NEW YORK—Part of the Wild West was transported to Madison Square Garden Jan. 2 as two large bulls stepped onto the road.
Luckily, the animals were cordoned off behind a metal fence, so there was little chance they would smash out and trash the city, Godzilla-style.
But they will be bucking off riders in the Professional Bull Rider show in Madison Square Garden, Jan. 3–5.
Pistol Robinson, 30, is taking part in the show for a fourth time this year—breaking both his legs when a bull trampled on him two years ago hasn’t put him off.
He is a calm, laid-back country boy and has been riding since he was 5 years old.
“Bones heal,” he said.
“It’s definitely an adrenalin hit, it’s the fun of the game. If it was boring, none would do it.”
The bulls were ushered to a large digital scale in the enclosure. The black bull, Chicken on a Chain, weighs 1,760 pounds and Slim’s Ghost (Panhandle Slim’s clone) weighs 1,125 pounds.
In comparison, bull rider Jory Markis, 24, is 164 pounds.
Matt Triplett, 22 is also competing in the show at Madison Square Garden for the first time and is looking forward to the electric atmosphere and adrenalin rush.
The winner of the show will get prize money of $30,000.