Hanging On…But Not For Long

By: danitacahill

Mar 19 2012

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Category: Animals, Farm, Photojournalism, Rural Photography, Western


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I’m sharing this photo because over the past few days I’ve been posting photos of riders coming off of bulls. And call me crazy, but I like what the string of bull snot/slobber adds to the shot!

If I’m remembering right, this bull’s name is Toy Tiger. He was a huge bull, but fairly gentle. Even so, you wouldn’t want an animal this size to stomp on you if you happened to fall off underneath him.

The rider is my son-in-law, Kirk. He was losing his seating and came off the bull soon after this.

I understand Toy Tiger was a tough one to ride. He had so much loose skin that the riders would slip easily from side to side and topple off.

This shot, like the other bull riding photos, was taken at Gorham’s Bucking Bulls in Lebanon, Oregon.

As for my son-in-law — who wasn’t yet my son-in-law when I took this photo more than two years ago — he now rides bareback broncs (horses) in rodeos. His wife – my daughter – does barrel racing (also on horseback).

Bull riding is an exciting sport, full of action and fun to photograph. But I can’t say I’m sad that Kirk and Alyssa are no longer riding bulls…

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


2 comments on “Hanging On…But Not For Long”

  1. I love the intensity.

    Went to the rodeo this past weekend and I enjoy bullriding every time I see it.

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