History of Rodeo Mechanical Bull Ride

A mechanical bull, also known as a Rodeo Bull or Bucking Bronco is a machine that replicates the sensation of riding a bucking animal such as a rodeo bull or horse.

Its speed can be adjusted. Padded flooring is often installed around the equipment in order to prevent injury to those thrown off it. A “Quick Stop” motor allows the operator to safely control the ride and ensure safety for the rider; this feature allows the operator to stop the ride prior to a rider being thrown. The trained operator at the variable speed control box regulates the unit’s Buck-and-Spin speed as well as spin direction. The equipment has the capability of starting rides very slowly and can be advanced to speeds according to a rider’s ability. It can go slow and simply spin for beginners and run at a more advanced speed for experts or professionals.

Mechanical bulls have existed for decades as a training device for rodeo competitors, as they enable a rider of rough stock (bucking horses and bull riding) to enhance rodeo performance and refine skills without the risk and unpredictability of a live animal. Although mechanical bulls are still routinely used for rodeo training, they are also utilized as an amusement ride, both as mobile rental (i.e., party entertainment) and stationary entertainment found in bars, restaurants, and clubs.

As a form of entertainment, the mechanical bull often includes a saddle (even though saddles are not used in real bull riding) and often a model head of a bull, complete with horns. One of the earliest uses as a form of entertainment was at Bertrand Island Amusement Park in New Jersey) ,where a mechanical bucking bronco ride was introduced in the 1930s, under the name of “Ride ‘Em Cowboy!”.

The mechanical bull as an entertainment device was popularized by Sherwood Cryer who was the owner of Mickey Gilley’s nightclub in Pasadena, Texas,Cryer would drive around Pasadena Texas to find mattresses for the padding by the Mechanical bull.The commercial use of mechanical bulls gained popular appeal with the release of the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy. In this movie John Travolta and Debra Winger demonstrated the art of riding a mechanical bull to the larger movie-going population. The mechanical bull featured in this movie was the El Toro brand of mechanical bull. This brand of mechanical bull is still in circulation, but does not carry the same safety features that are available on more current models

A bucking bronco was originally cowboy slang for a horse that jumps about with stiffened knees and an arched back.The bull is mostly used by cowboys training bull riding

Mechanical Bulls are commonly Referenced in Problem Sleuth, an MS Paint Adventures; a character is often prompted to ride X like a mechanical bull