Saddle up your cowboy hats and slide into your best boots! The PBR Velocity tour is making its way into the Ohio Valley this weekend.
On Friday morning, crews were in full preparation mode at Wesbanco Arena where the big event is taking place.
Heavy equiptment tilled the dirt while crew members sprayed it several times with water to suit the preference of the bull’s.
By early afternoon, the bulls had not entered the building yet but the chutes were in place pending the arrival of the bulls and their competitors.
“You come into every event level headed just level headed just ready to do your job. Nothing every really changes. You take the wins with the losses and keep going,” Michael Lane, PBR, Pro-Rider.
Lane said, bull riding is the toughest sport that takes place on dirt. It’s also one of the most dangerous. Lane said, at one point in his 24-year bull-riding history, he sustained injuries that were so bad, he had to leave the sport for two years.
This is why players go through an extensive workout routine to keep their bodies in shape, according to Lane who trains for five hours a day.
“I have a two hour training session in the morning and then I do yoga for an hour and I train two and a half more hours in the evening,” said Lane.
The bulls have a workout routine too.
There is a bull in the show named ‘Shark Bait’ who takes walks and jogs through his home arena with his owner, according to a pro-rider outside the arena Friday afternoon.
Both the bulls and their apponents have to be in shape because points count for the both of them.
Both the riders and the bulls can earn a total of 50 points each. Judges make their decisions based on overall technique from both man and beast. In order for points to count for the bull-rider, he or she must remain on the bull for at least eight seconds while keeping one hand off of the bull at all times.
The next PBR at Wesbanco is happening at 7p.m. Saturday.