Twelve-Year-Old Boy Dies in Bull Riding Competition

200px-Bull-Riding2-SzmurloWhen researchers recently found that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport, they probably did not consider bull riding. The accident happened around 11:20 a.m at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Richard Wayde Hamar, 12, of Yuma died in the junior bull riding competition held in Boulder County Fairgrounds this week while riding a bull.


The children have to stay on the bull for six second and Richard was thrown off after a couple of seconds. The rear legs of the bull then came down on his lower abdomen. He was wearing a protective vest but the bull hit Richard just below it. He died at the hospital.

The National Little Britches Rodeo Association is based out of Colorado Springs and holds more than 275 junior rodeos across the United States, including the national championship in Pueblo. Little Britches are aged between 8 and 18 years old.

The accident is likely to raise questions over the safety of putting eight-year-olds on a bucking bull. The organizers insist, however, that the safety rate is quite good for their sport. Sgt. Mike Dimond of the sheriff’s office said that accidents are rare but always a concern: “It could happen any time. I’m just surprised it doesn’t.”

The rodeo clowns were too far away and the accident occurred too fast for them to act to separate the bull from the boy. Most of these competitions have extensive waivers, but such waivers may not protect against reckless or gross negligent conduct. The problem with a lawsuit is that such a fatality can occur without gross negligence. The question is whether, even when rodeo clowns and staff are acting reasonably, the sport is still too dangerous of kids as young as eight. The competition tries to select animals that are age appropriate, but these are still huge animals.

Recently, a gun organization faced the same question when a child shot himself in the head with an Uzi, leading to criminal charges. There is clearly no criminal allegations likely here, but there may be some questions of unacceptable risk for children.

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37 thoughts on “Twelve-Year-Old Boy Dies in Bull Riding Competition

  1. I fall on the side that says an 8 year old should not be riding wild, dangerous animals who are not trained for riders. The whole idea of this “sport” is for the animal to wildly shake the rider off. I also have a problem with the motorbike racing that children are allowed to do even though they are not even close to being of the requisite age to drive. The same is true for snowmobile riding and boat riding. How can a child not of the legal age to drive a car, be allowed to drive motor vehicles that can go as fast as a car and sometimes in even more dangerous conditions. Sad situation for the family of this 8 year old, but I consider it tantamount to child abuse to allow a child to participate in this dangerous activity.

  2. The mentality of these parents is no different than that of parents who push their kids into being the best soccer or baseball player. It is an ingrained mentality. The children at this age do not want to disappoint the parents, so they will do it.

    If you really stop and think about it, this is not much different than teaching a reluctant child to swim. They have to trust someone, even if that someone is themselves.

  3. I suspect no pre-incident waiver would be enforced on public policy grounds. This is organized reckless conduct in the context of young bull riders who have no capacity to consent to the foolishness of their parents. I find these cases are rarely brought since the parents feel justifiably guilty over the tragedy, and don’t want their own judgment to come under the scrutiny of the jury.

  4. I have some mixed feelings about this story. To rodeo afficionados there is no difference between a 12 year old participating in bull riding and playing Little League baseball. When I was 11, my father came home from work one day and announced that he had signed me up for the junior bull riding competition at the Otero County (New Mexico) Fair. I have to admit that I felt like quite a cowboy stud walking around the rodeo grounds wearing spurs and a number pinned to the back of my shirt. That swagger melted away instantly as soon as I was lowered onto the back of what to me appeared to be the largest Brahman bull in the history of the world. As the rope was wrapped around my hands to secure them to the bull’s back, I remember thinking that I would not be able to pull my hands out and would remain indefinitely tethered to this wild animal. I was terrified. The chute gate was opened and the bull lurched forward, grazing my knee against the side of the gate on the way out. My next recollection is of literally flying through the air and landing flat on my back. The rodeo clowns were there instantly and helped me to my feet. Then I heard the announcer say, “Let’s give that cowboy a big hand!” My swagger returned briefly as I walked out of the arena to the applause, having set a new record for the shortest bull ride. I was supposed to ride the next day as well, but when I reached the chute, my panic returned and I withdrew. My mother was relieved, and I think my father probably was as well. I did receive a dollar for my efforts, however, which was accurately described as “ground pay.” So ended my brief and inauspicious career in the rodeo. Although I don’t regret the experience, I quite happily repaired to the baseball diamond after that.

  5. Mike A,

    What a story. I felt your sincerity in writing that. I was too chicken, couldn’t make me do it. The best I did was ride the oil barrel tied to 4 ropes, saddled if you don’t mind.

    The bravest or one of the stupidest things done as a kid was walking the 2X4, from the middle rafter of the barn to the horse shed/paddock. This was over the muddy part of the pen. It is amazing that none of us ever got hurt. Well maybe we did, I am just not aware, you figure after 40 years they’d let me take the sponge hat off. Only kidding.

  6. Mike A., -Great story!

    I can’t believe that they permit tweens to participate in this kind of sport. (One where your opponent has a desire, and the ability, to mame or kill you.)

  7. I guess you could argue that this is an ultra-hazardous activity, which is I think what Prof. Turley said. With an adult there is an assumption of the risk, but here we’re talking about a minor. I agree that most of these types of events (as well as child beauty pageants) are for the parents’ ego/satisfaction.

  8. I’d like to see some statistics comparing it to sports where we know that multiple catastrophic injuries occur. The venom I’ve heard over this incident (not necessarily here) seems out of balance for a single fatality. I’ve yet to hear calls for bans on cheerleading. “Little league” parents unfortunately exist in all activities.

    I have yet to speak with a gun enthusiast who thinks that the child killed with the micro-Uzi was anything but grotesque negligence. A fully automatic weapon of that size is tricky for an adult, that both the parent and the event organizers allowed it was astonishing.

  9. mespo, needless to say, I wasn’t watching the clock. I’d say I was airborne within 2 seconds of leaving the chute, a record of ignominy that probably still stands. In retrospect, the spurs were probably a mistake.

  10. I find it interesting that you have judged Wayde’s parents. This is something that he wanted to do and they supported him. Rodeoing was not for their egos or pocketbooks. Believe me, his parents knew the risks. He could have been shot by one of his classmates at school, hit riding his bicycle, or died in a plane crash what’s the difference. Even though as tragic as it is, Wayde died doing something he loved doing!

  11. My heart goes out to this family. My 13 year old son decided about a little over a year ago that after 8 years he wanted to put his baseball bat and glove away and try riding bulls. Needless to say, it scared me to death! And still does, I have been seen by many at the rodeos snapping pics with one hand while the other one hides my eyes so that I can not see my son (or the other boys) if/when they are bucked off. My son has been stomped on, had a broken arm, and bruises like you wouldn’t believe. A month or so ago, he was bucked off and stomped on bad enough that the guys at the rodeo said he needed to go to the hospital to be checked to make sure his spleen was not injured, so off we went. While enroute, I texted our Pastor and other friends and family, and asked that they pray for Cody. They did xrays, blood work and a urine test, then the DR told us he had blood in his urine and would need an MRI to determine any organ damage. They did the MRI. While waiting, we, along with others were praying that there would be no organ damage. The xrays showed nothing broken, blood work came back good. The DR came in shaking his head, when I asked what was wrong, he said, “Nothing, nothing at all….I just dont understand it…this young man was stomped like that and he has no broken bones, and no organ damage”….I just smiled at him and said, “oh I understand why….God protected him, just like he always does”….the DR looked at Cody and said “you are a tough little boy”…Cody just smiled and said, “Yes sir, thats why I ride bulls”…because he loves riding those bulls! Our family just returned from Louisana attending a Bullriding/Bullfighting school that PBR guys, Chris Shivers, Mike White and Shorty Gorham instructed these young men for 3 days of the “how to ride” and “how to protect the riders when you fight the bulls”. The last 3 days were very interesting, and my son came home with ALOT of knowledge, and so did we. The steers and bulls they had there are “VERY RANKED”…meaning they are BAD TO THE BONE! My son rode 10 bulls in 3 days, and was his little boney legs were stomped several times a day, he has the bruises to prove it. Cody weighs about 85 lbs soaking wet, we are talking about 800-1200 lbs bulls he rides……I have begged him to take up something like…….golf! He just laughs at me and says, “Mom this is what I want to do, please don’t make me do something I don’t want to do”…..so there you go, “don’t do something I don’t want to do”…when he said that to me, I thought why MAKE him play golf when his heart is not in it….just like the reader who said, their father signed them up to ride bulls and they were scared to death, the kid didnt ask to do it and didn’t want to do it, the parents wanted him too…..don’t get me wrong, I do not want Cody riding these bulls, BUT, he wants too and we have to support him. His father passed away 2 years ago and his stepdad goes with him to every rodeo, sometimes I can not go due to a conflict, but I always try to be there too. I have only missed a couple. We, as a family usually are there for him. Me, his stepdad and his two sisters. His bestfriend rides too and his family is usually there also. This sport is a very Christian organization….and they pray before every rodeo for safety for the riders and the livestock. Cody’s motto is “Ridin on Faith”…..how do I as his Mom handle seeing my 13 year old son climb on that big bull in the chute? I pray alot………God Bless all these kids that have the passion in their heart to ride bulls. This IS the “Toughest Sport on Dirt”…and the most dangerous. But we have to be there and support our kids…if we don’t they will be in the streets getting in trouble….so support them in whatever they decide to try, although it might just be once or twice, or it might be a career…..love them, support them and pray for them. God Bless you all! DeLisa Brown – Locust Grove, Ga

  12. And in response to the comment about “padding the parents pocket”…..please read on……

    Oh and I forgot to mention, this is not a “cheap” sport! It costs everytime Cody rides,usually $14-45 for his entry fees).

    The protective gear:
    Helmet $150
    Vest $250
    Gear bag ($50-75)
    Rope ($180)
    Bell ($35)
    Rosin bags ($20 per bag)
    Mouth piece ($10)
    A couple pair of boots, ($160 per pair)
    Spurs ($50 per pair)
    Wrangler jeans ($25 per pair gotta be Wrangler for him!)
    Western shirts,($20-25 each)
    Gloves ($35 per pair which he is on his 3rd pair now!)
    Membership dues,(varies from location to location usually $50-100)
    Chaps ($200-300
    Cowboy hat ($50-150)
    Ads/banners for the programs for the rodeos at the end of the year ($25-160)

    Padding OUR pockets?? I don’t think so! Cody received his first points check for bullriding, it was $14.00….you can do the math…..$14.00 vs what we pay out……I wish OUR pockets WERE padded….just like with any sport….football, baseball, cheerleading….it costs alot….

  13. To the family,
    I am sorry for the loss of your son. I lost my son, Tommy Botell, on July 29th while on a hiking trip. I know everyone will say not to pay attention to the comments, but I know from first hand expereince it is hard not to. I became fixated on reading them and was so hurt by many of them. I pray that you will find comfort in friends and family and that your heart will not be further hurt by inconsiderate comments….you have suffered the worst possible loss and it will be a dark shadow that you will have forever.
    From another grieving mother,
    Jennifer

  14. To Jennifer Botell:

    I am sorry for the loss of your son. I lost my son last November 9th. It is also is sisters birthday and my deceased Mother in Laws Birthday as well. As far a MIL’s she was the best anyone could ask for.

    You will find that a lot of people do not know what to say but feel compelled to say something, for some reason or another. What I have learned is take what you can and leave the rest. I cannot imagine the pain that you have nor can you mine. At least you were doing something constructive with your child or your child was doing something that he enjoyed. Think about that, so many parents get so busy doing what it is that they deem important that they forget the value of the children until they lose one.

    I guess priorities shift once that loss occurs.

  15. Mike A., your father placed “you” on the back of a brahma bull at the age of 11! I have heard of some outrageous examples of poor parenting, but this is in the “upper bracket” of parental misconduct!

  16. i think this is horrible how can you comment so rudley to a loss of a child
    its not the parents fault! im 13 and i hope to be riding by this summer! if the child truley didnt want to the child wouldnt have besides most parents are terrified of the fact but need to realize if you dont let them try things as soon as possible then the child will want it more and more to the point were they do it neway without protection need from things the parents could provide and possibly and more than likely die anyway! you people need to realize as complex as kids today r we r more likely to be rebelious, use reverse phycology on us! if you dont want us to do sumthing becuz its dangerous, give us a chance get us right up at it, chances r we will chicken out last minute and ull get wat you want
    but if you dont let us try things and give us some freedom chances r our fear will be blinded with rage and adreniline and we will do things without thinking

    PARENTS GIVE US A CHANCE, LET US TRY THING

    i feel terrible for the loss and i am very sorry
    you people should be ashamed of yourselves for these comments, i hope you ALL r influenced by this messeges now i have to go and workout, i have alot of muscle to build before i ride

  17. I am deeply sorry for the loss of this young bull rider. My 9 year old started riding steers and then moved up to pee-wee bulls after years of competing in various gymkhanas on his horse. This “sport” is not a hobby or an ego booster, this is my son’s identity and this is his way of life. This is who he is. Some of the previous comments paint a picture of a terrified kid being forced onto a full size bull with their macho parents tying their rope and kicking them out of the chute screaming and crying. That’s just not how it works folks! I’ve yet to meet a parent that isn’t terrified when their son gets in the chute and I’ve yet to see a kid nod to open the chute that didn’t want to. Sure there is fear… fear is what drives these kids to make a good ride! This is not gross negligence. Gross negligence is letting a child ride in a car without a seat belt or leaving a loaded firearm on the coffee table. These young bull riders wear professional protective gear as required by the various associations and have at least 2 or 3 bull fighters/clowns in the arena with them. This is an extremely RARE tragedy. Say or think what you want but bubble wrapping kids won’t protect them from life. In my opinion, condemning his parents for supporting him is shameful.

    I pray Wayde’s family can find some peace in the aftermath of this tragedy.

  18. This so gay! Yes stuff like that happens. but I get hurt more doing simple stuff like walking out the door than stuff like jumping off the top of 20 foot bleachers.

  19. Parents, if you want to keep your children from getting hurt the only thing to do to keep that from happening is sticking them in a bottle and putting them on a shelf, and even that they could still get hurt so just think about that when you don’t let them do things.

  20. reasonable\ˈrēz-nə-bəl, ˈrē-zən-ə-bəl\, adj.,

    1a : being in accordance with reason (a reasonable theory) b : not extreme or excessive (reasonable risks)
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    1a : not governed by or acting according to reason (unreasonable people) b : not conformable to reason : absurd (unreasonable beliefs)

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    1: possibility of loss or injury : peril

    2: someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard

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    These three terms have a relationship. They even have a relationship to this story.

  21. Im sorry to here that, im 15 and i ride bulls too and i love it. Ive been stomped and had broken bones but i think the good lord makes things like this happen for a reason, everything has an explanation, but sometimes things, I think, are best left alone. God has a plan for everybody and for some of us, our plan might be simply just to lead someone to Christ. Ill be praying for yall.
    The bull riders prayer
    As i live the cowboy way,protection is what i pray, i don’t know my fate, outside of the gate. If my ride sees trouble, send angels on the double, for in you the lord I rest, let my life pass your test. By pure grace i am saved, lord, ride with me. That’s the cowboy way, And what bull riders pray.

  22. cody:

    “im 15 and i ride bulls too and i love it. Ive been stomped and had broken bones but i think the good lord makes things like this happen for a reason, everything has an explanation …”

    *********************

    I agree with you, cody. I would say the explanation is either absent or careless parenting. When you mature you might feel differently if your body is mangled and arthritic. Maybe another sport might give you as much satisfaction without needlessly risking your life.

    If you participate in the “Little Britches” rodeo here’s the language from the release you’re parents had to sign prior to your participation:

    We acknowledge that participation in any National Little Britches Rodeo Association, (hereinafter NLBRA) sanctioned rodeo or activity as a competitor, participant, volunteer or spectator exposes a competitor, participant, volunteer or spectator to a substantial and serious risk of property damage, personal injury, or death. <We assume all risks to ourselves, our guests and our children, including risk which can be eliminated, altered or controlled, whether or not integral to equestrian recreational activities. In consideration for our child being permitted to participate in NLBRA rodeos and activities, we hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release NLBRA its agents, executive committee members, sponsors, volunteers, owners, stock contractors and any NLBRA franchisee, production entity or organization, their agents, representatives, sponsors, volunteers, owners, and stock contractors from liability for any and all property damage, personal injuries, death, or other claims arising from our child(s), our own, or our guest(s) participation in any NLBRA activity, including but not limited to, rodeos, practices, play days, or other activities, including claims that are known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, future or contingent.”

    By the way, I have it on good authority the good lord is ok with you swimming or running and doesn’t make you get hurt “for a reason.”.

  23. okay, wayde was a friend of mine and i miss him a bunch. he actually died before he got out of the arena. i do little britches and you have to be a junior(8-13) or a senior (14-18) to ride the bulls. no one is going to put an 8 year old on a bull. thats crazy. it was not wayde’s fault or his parents fault that he got killed, it was just a freak accident. it was not careless parenting, and im certain of that. i agree with annie and wyatt. everything they are saying is true. do not blame this on the parents. my brother bull rides and he has gotten severely hurt, but what kid dosent get hurt? i do not know one parent that dose not want their kid to get on such a dangerous animal. trust me, i get nervous evreytime i go to a rodeo and watch my brother ride. the bull fighters got almost evrything handled. in wayde’s case, they just weren’t quick enough and they were standing too far away. seriously? you people are really irritating. i cant believe that you are leaving such rude comets on this and just blame other people when it was really no ones fault. i am so angry because you people just dont get it. honestly, yall need to wake up and get the whole picture before you start blaming people. i am a 13 year old girl and i have more sense then half of you people!

  24. i am 16 and have been ridein since i was 14. i was introduced to the sport by an older gentalmen who taught me everythin i know. this is a dangerous sport but its a way of life. you dont just jump on the back of a bull. it takes practice and alot of time. this is a tragic story and my regards go strongly to the family of this fallen cowboy but i dont blame the parents. it is an adrenaline rush when you get on the back of a bull. i love to ride and i choose to ride every chance i get. all this political stuff about kids shouldnt be able to ride at the age of 8 is a bunch of crap. this way of life is dieing out slowly and there arnt that many of us left. i think its great to teach the next generation this way of life. so if you have never been on the back of a bull then you dont understand the love you can have for the sport. RIP Wayde, you knew the risk of rideing and you rode that bull. thats a sign of love for the sport. RIP to all the cowboys young and old. you will be missed.

  25. i used to ride in rodeos with him when i was younger and sometimes he wold hang with one of my brothers. but then i went by a different name.it felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest.he was like a brother.we all miss him and feel sorry for the family’s loss and but that is the risk with rodeo.

  26. I found this after searching for an explanation of why boys want to ride bulls. I don’t like it, but my 13 year old does. We have had roping horses, barrel horses, played ball….. And his heart is in riding bulls! It’s scary. But, I will support him.
    My brother started riding calves, then steers, Jr. Bulls, then big rank ones. Rode for 15+ years. He was killed in a car wreck at age 21. So, you never know how you will go. He always thought a bull would get him. Wasn’t a bull! He loved riding bulls. He loved his rodeo family! Do what makes you happy. Life is too short to try to fix stupid people that sit around and judge others decisions. Rodeo is a family sport. It takes true grit and passion. It takes supportive family members. It takes a whole lot if money for fuel!!!!!

  27. I’m16 years old and gonna be riding this winter, ive always wanted to do it, constantly buggin mom to let and shes said no no no its not safe you can get seriously hurt, now that im older i finally talked mom into it by letting her know i can get seriously injured by playing football just as much as riding a bull, i agree with some above, if the parents dont let them do there gonna do it soon as they have the say to, its like when your little mom says no your gonna do it behind there back.

  28. FOR ALL OF YOU THAT SAY THIS IS BAD PARENTING YOU BETTER PULL YOUR KIDS OUT OF BASEBALL, FOOTBALL , AND OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU HAVE TO DO. IF YOU EVER TOOK THE TIME TO GET THE JNOW THESE BOYS THAT RIDE THAY ARE MORE MATURE AND MORE RESPECTFUL THEN ANY OTHER OF THE SAME AGE. THEY FULLY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THE RISK. I ALSO KNOW FOR MY SON IT IS PUNISHMENT TO NOT LET HIM RIDE. YOU CANT LIVE YOUR LIFE BY HIDING IN THE CORNER. DONT JUDGE WHAT YOU DONT KNOW.

  29. It really surprises me how many people want to berate others for something they have never dealt with. My son came to me one day and wanted to ride a bull. Of course I held ground and denied him time and again. I had the wonderful idea to take him to a rodeo and let him see how scary it was; this only drove his want to be a bull rider. I went home and researched it fully, talked to other parents, and learned the facts of the whole ordeal. In doing the research it almost made me relieved to know my son had no interest in football and other sports that most would call tame. The results took me by surprise: Average deaths annually from football are well over the 2,000 mark. Average annual deaths from bull riding…3! Hmm, who is a crazy parent now? More children are lost to “TAME” (as you are calling them) sports a year than bull riding.
    So the next year we walked by the Buckaroo rodeo booth and as my son smiled and took the sleeve of my shirt and pulled me toward it, I started by instinct to shake my head no, but his face was so bright and his smile so big and although it was scary for me, I had in my mind that he was more likely to die playing sports for his school than spending a few seconds on a calf. I signed him up, paid the $45 registration fee, relieved to know that protective gear would be provided as he would be riding in an annual benefit rodeo that all the proceeds would be used for college scholarships. All he had to do was show up.
    So we go and he gets a pretty little calf that bucked and twisted and ran, tossing my son off a mere 2.3 seconds out of the gate (It felt like 20 minutes to me, though). My son jumped up, tossed his arms in the air, and then strutted out of the arena to all the clamping and whoops and hollers of all the parents and bystanders. My video of the whole ordeal looks like we are in the middle of a huge earthquake I was shaking so hard, and you can hear me sniffling and teary eyed and praying in the background. I was more traumatized than my son with the whole ordeal. I hoped that had cured him of his idealism of bull riding. Instead he grew to love it more. His words ” Momma, thank you. I accomplished something great and I didn’t get hurt. See..” and he turns a complete circle before running off to talk and act “Big” with all the other little Buckaroos.
    We have been doing the Buckaroo and Youth Futurity Rodeos for three years now. He still rides calves and won’t go on to the little steers for another year yet. I am still nervous and hold my breath until he is safely back in the bleachers with me, but every time he returns with a huge smile and sparkling eyes to show me is perfectly okay before running back to stand with all of the other buckaroos. They play and talk between rides and stand and stay quite as they watch their friends ride. They kneel in prayer when necessary and clap and congratulate when the times are right. These boys are respectful and mature in some ways, but only in the ways that makes a parent smile and nod with a tear in their eyes as they watch their sons actions and faith speak outwards, time after time.
    I have to say the sense of community and level of support between all involved cannot be beat by any other competitive sport. The boys may be competing to win, but are a family of their own. We pray together and we play together. In the end, it doesn’t matter who won or who ate dirt the fastest, it’s comes down to community and lifelong friendships. Sure there are injuries, but none worse than any other sports.
    It comes down to this, call me a horrible parent for allowing this, but my son as of yet has not been injured. I know the chances go up with each rodeo, but I have had to have my children stitched and patched up more times from riding bicycles, trying to climb trees, jumping off of random items, and in my daughter’s case, a plastered arm from running across the yard and tripping over her own feet more times than I have ever seen from all of the accidents from the children’s rodeos my son as participated in.
    I know this post is already overly long, but parents research and learn facts before you start berating other parents. I don’t go around calling football parents irresponsible and unreasonable or other names that I am sure I would get struck by lightening for repeating because they allow their children to play one of the worse sports around.

  30. And just to point out, that this does not in any way pad a parents pocket, the entry fee for the futurity rodeos are in the 100s of dollars, buckaroos range from $5 to $45. Sometimes we walk away with a cash prize from the futurity events if he places. 80% goes into an interest bearing education fund, 10% will pay for gear replacement and his entry fees, and my son will usually get to keep a small amount to spend as he pleases, and he will donate 10% to church and charity. Most of the time (well over 95% of the time) my husband and I eat the expenses. Meaning we pay out way more than he ever has brought home and we do not keep anything he earns for ourselves. One thing that wasn’t mentioned before is the cost of transportation and tickets for these events. While my son is allowed in the gates for free as a participant, my husband, my daughter, and I still have to buy tickets to watch; ranging from $5 to $35+ each. We foot the bill for the cost of gas each month to travel at times 6 hours away pulling a full sized travel trailer to sleep in. We always end up spending an additional $100 or so on T-shirts, pictures, and food and drinks. There is the cost of upkeep on both our travel trailer and our trucks. The Buckaroo rodeos are often just for fun or benefits, some will pay out with a $25 gift card to somewhere like Cavender’s, but usually its just a trophy and job well done type of event with only ribbons and/or medals giving for participants who do not place.

  31. I can’t believe how stupid people are about this whole thing. I didn’t know this existed until tonight. The excuse “My kid really wants to do it” doesn’t hold water, people. Kids want to do tons of inane stuff but parents are supposed to be there to guide them away from stupid ideas like getting on a twelve hundred pound bull with a cinch infuriating him. I watched a kid tonight get carried into the ambulance tonight and they don’t know how he’s going to do. He’s 12. I also watched a kids ankle gets stomped on and probably broken and another kid get caught in the rope and get flung into the gates like a rag doll. The other argument “More total deaths or injuriies in football” shows how little you know about statistics. There are millions of kids playing those sports, so their average is insanely low compared to the small number of junior bull riders and then the number of them who get hurt or killed. This is child abuse.

  32. This is simple. Organize your own house before you try organizing someone else’s. You would probably find out you wont have enough time to keep up yours, much less ours. God bless all of our rodeo family

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