Gavin Laielli – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS offers a large variety of traditional sports, however some Mustangs participate in non-traditional, challenging sports that require long practices and dedication.
LRHS junior Jackson Dugmore, competes in bull riding events hosted by the Arcadia Youth Rodeo Association.
Dugmore explained, “Bull riding is a challenging sport that requires nonstop work and training. Although the practices are difficult, I love the adrenaline rushes of riding the bull, and accomplishing a new feat.
“Bull riding practices consist of repeatedly going through the process to increase my strength.”
Bull riding is a sport that involves riding on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck the rider off. American bull riding has been called “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports” by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Bull riding is especially challenging, as well as dangerous, because of the mechanics. Riders use a rope that straps his or her hand to the bull. Equipment also includes protective gear and bull riding boots.
Dugmore explain that the goal is to stay on the bull as long as possible and maintain the grip of the rope to keep control of the bull.
Dugmore wants to pursue bull riding and hopefully obtain a scholarship relating to agriculture. He is also considering becoming part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).