The bull pawed the mud-covered ground as the breath from his nostrils shadowed through the leftover midst of the torrential rains at the Jackson County Fair in Black River Falls. The Rice Bull Riding Company drew crowds to the rodeo that the mud and rain couldn’t stop. Stormy skies lit up the arena as the bulls were hustled into their pens and riders suited up in leather armor. The unguarded elements put the riders to the test as the wild brawl between man and his bull began. Wet hides made the riders earn their eight seconds of fame. As darkness fell the lights shined down onto their stage of mud, their battleground of righteousness. These warriors may be competing for the top prize, but the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood remains steadfast in their efforts to help each other. As the hours wind down a winner is eventually crowned and the stage goes dark…the bull riders pack up and hit the road until their next eight seconds. – written by Erika Johnson
Photos from Rice Bull Riding Co. at the Jackson County Fair in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
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