Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Rodeo Festival Grabs The Bull By The Horns

ROBSTOWN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mess with the bull, and you get the horns.

That’s the motto for bull riders in Robstown, Texas, competing in Bull Fest 2007 this weekend (Nov. 9-10), and bull rider and event founder Vidal Conde says avoiding a bull horn to the butt takes both brawn and brains.

He says, “Bull riding is 90 percent mental outlook. That’s what determines how well you do. You never know what a bull is going to do, so you have to be prepared.”

To avoid a buckin’ bull ride, Conde recommends sitting square center of the bull, leaning forward, and holding out your free arm for balance for a smoother saddle experience.

But even the most seasoned riders get a good buckin’ – and that’s no bull.

Says Conde: “I’ve had 27 broken bones. My medical record looks like a phone book, but nothing hurts me. I’d never wear a helmet or padding, but I’m a little bit old school.”

Still, Conde knows how to handle the burly beasts.

He adds, “Don’t scare the bull. Just put your foot on his back very gently to let him know your mounting him pretty soon.”

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