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The Long Ride

Most years, Pro Bull Riding’s elite series events are held at major arenas like Madison Square Garden and AT&T Stadium. In 2021 PBR is going back to the sport’s roots, touring outdoor venues and other historic sites in the south and west. In February that meant a stop at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, built in 1908 as the first indoor rodeo arena in the U.S. SI was there for a behind-the-scenes look at bull riding’s celebration of its rich heritage—and at a slate of riders shaping its present and future
FEELING BULLISH
João Henrique Lucas was briefly the center of attention in Fort Worth—emphasis on briefly. His two rides lasted a combined 3.93 seconds before he was tossed.

FEELING BULLISH: João Henrique Lucas was briefly the center of attention in Fort Worth—emphasis on briefly. His two rides lasted a combined 3.93 seconds before he was tossed.

GETTING A GRIP
Lucas Divino, who finished third in Fort Worth, coated his rope with sticky rosin before competing.

GETTING A GRIP: Lucas Divino, who finished third in Fort Worth, coated his rope with sticky rosin before competing.

GETTING A GRIP
2018 PBR world champion Kaique Pacheco mentally prepared in the Coliseum’s spartan locker room.

GETTING A GRIP: 2018 PBR world champion Kaique Pacheco mentally prepared in the Coliseum’s spartan locker room.

BEAUTIFUL GAMER
Jose Vitor Leme (with phone, and fellow rider Dener Barbosa), a former semipro soccer player in Brazil, was the 2020 PBR world champion.

BEAUTIFUL GAMER: Jose Vitor Leme (with phone, and fellow rider Dener Barbosa), a former semipro soccer player in Brazil, was the 2020 PBR world champion.

BEAUTIFUL GAMER
After breaking his ankle in PBR’s January season opener he returned to the circuit in Fort Worth—and won.

BEAUTIFUL GAMER: After breaking his ankle in PBR’s January season opener he returned to the circuit in Fort Worth—and won.