Thursday, March 5, 2015

Five Facts about Bull Riding – Jeanine McAdam

Jeanine McAdam is a writer of twenty-five romantic short stories, a few spicy anthologies and three cowboy books. Telling stories about imperfect people finding perfect love is her thing. Even though she lives in New York City she’s fascinated with the American west. She’s currently writing about bull riders and the spunky urban women who adore them in her Skirts and Spurs Trilogy. When she’s not writing she spends time with her teenage sons, ultra marathon running husband and two rescue Labrador retrievers named Desdemona (Desi) and Aaron. 

Her ‘Skirts and Spurs’ trilogy features a family of bull riders. While researching the books she learned a lot about this extremely treacherous sport.

1) Bull riding is called the ‘most dangerous eight seconds in sports’. A bull rider must remain on the bull for eight seconds to be judged for the ride. During that time the bull bucks, spins and turns trying to dismount the rider.

2) It’s not if a bull rider is going to get hurt but when. An International Federation of Sports Medicine study found that riding a bull is more dangerous than boxing, hockey or football. It is estimated that every 15 rides end in injury.

3) Bulls are scored and ranked just like the cowboys and they are considered athletes like the riders too. So they are cared for very well and there are rules governing bull welfare. For example, a bull can only travel for ten hours at a time and is given an equal amount of time for rest. A championship bull can be worth as much as $500,000.

4) Bull riders are not required to wear helmets. Fifty percent do, however some feel the sport is only pure unless they wear a cowboy hat. Head injuries are a serious problem in bull riding.

5) The riders don’t get paid unless they ride. And if they do ride but are bucked off, they don’t get paid. If they get hurt, they don’t get paid. The best riders make about five million dollars their entire career while lower ranked riders can make as little as five thousand. Bull riders are freelancers, no benefits, retirement or health insurance in bull riding.


“Would you please stop gawking at me and give me a blanket to cover myself with?” Rachel Fox demanded, cupping her breasts in both hands and shifting on her heels. With a crossed leg she tried to hide her exposed bottom half and almost fell face first into the sod-covered floor.
Good God, why did she let Erin talk her into this?
Honestly, Rachel was more than willing to do anything to save Punisher and the other bulls from the abuse they suffered at the hands of cowboys like the man standing before her. But God help her, she was still shaking from the reaction of that angry mob.
And Logan Cooper had no right spanking her. Now, he was denying her clothes.

Animal right activist Rachel Fox is a woman with a mission. The plan is to step into bull rider Logan Cooper’s ring wearing nothing but a poster calling the rodeo a ‘blood sport’. While rescuing this passionate protester from a nineteen hundred pound charging bull Logan decides he likes what he sees. Only problem, he’s got to direct Rachel’s love away from the livestock and onto him. With the press hot on their heels, because who isn’t interested in a story about a bull rider and a naked protester, Logan brings the dark haired, curvy figured Brooklynite to his Montana ranch.

Except, now that he’s got Rachel in his bed he’s nervous his annoying, problematic brothers and surly preteen nephew will scare her off. But when Rachel meets Logan’s deeply flawed family she realizes the bulls aren’t the only ones who need saving, the Cooper brothers need her help too. The only problem is Rachel has a secret, after believing she was infertile, it turns out that this sexy bull rider may have changed her childless fate forever.

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  1. Very informative. Looks to me like you're better off being the bull than the rider! Seriously. Why do these men do it? Great post. Thank you.