Inside The Life-Or-Death World Of Competitive Bull Riding

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in Lifestyle Sports


As a third-generation Native American bull rider, Bo Tyler Vocu faces risk of serious injury and death each time he gets in the ring. At just 16 years old, Vocu has already broken his hip twice pursuing his dream of becoming a world champion bull rider—a dream that's been passed down from his grandfather to his father and is now his.

​On this episode of 'Rites of Passage,' VICE caught up with Vocu and his family ahead of a major bull riding competition in Oklahoma to talk about the serious risks riders take to compete in one of the most dangerous sports on Earth. Vocu talks about his grueling practice schedule and his pre-competition rituals, and his father weighs in on what it's like to watch his son compete as a parent, and as a bull rider himself.

There's gotta be an easier way to make a living.
There are 15 comments:
Male 755
This is useless right? No one needs to ride a bull and there is no functional gain to society from it.
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Male 1,483
toetagmodel2 Except it's really really fun and gets you laid.
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Male 755
waldo863 I get bronco busting. It is a method to domesticate them. But  bulls? It's just not necessary.
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Male 1,483
toetagmodel2 Lot's of things are not necessary yet still fun.
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Male 41,475
toetagmodel2 don't knock it till you try it
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Male 41,475
Best part of bull riding is throwing food at the PETA protestors outside the gate.
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Male 110
No wonder the bulls buck so much, they've a rope tied around their nuts. Brings tears to the eyes just thinking about it :(  ... ladies, stop sniggering
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Male 1,483
I used to ride bulls when I was 17.  It wasn't about money or anything for me, it was just a lot of fun.  I was never in anything serious though, just went to "practice" bull riding at a place called Kicker's Corner on Saturday afternoons.  Main reason I liked to go was there was always a party/dance afterwards and if you were a rider it was easy to get lucky.  Girls would come out to watch the bull riding, then hook up with the bull riders at the dance.  It was great.
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Female 4,887
waldo863 not the same by any stretch, but my uncle had cows (mostly beef-a-lo) but he had a brahman bull like this that we'd run out into the pasture and climb all over him because he didn't give a crap. :D
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Male 4,631
Bull riding in bullfighting I don't really much different. Except in bullfighting the bull has a chance of living.
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Male 1,698
dm2754 Competitive bulls travel the circuit living the life of a king. The more riders they throw and the harder they are to ride, the bigger the draw. And when they are done, they get put to pasture with the friendly ladies for a few years and then it's meat back on the menu. Nothing wrong with that.
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Male 4,822
scheckydamon I somehow think your idyllic view of bull riding is incorrect.  

Then again, I eat beef regularly so I can't really gripe on how they are used too much.
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Male 1,698
daegog Nothing idyllic about it. The bull will try to hurt, maim and kill you every time. Then he gets laid for a while and then we eat him. Circle of life?
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