LIMA — Depending upon your seat, it can be the most exciting 8 seconds of your life, or the most terrifying.
If you’re riding a bull in the Professional Bull Riders Lima Invitational this weekend, it can be 8 seconds that seem like eternity. If you’re a spectator, the time will fly.
“Either way, it’s all about the adrenalin, pure and simple,” said Anne Decker, a partner in Lima Bull Riding LLC, which is bringing the event to the Schmidthorst Pavilion at the Allen County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday for the first such event to hit Lima.
“There’s been a lot of non-professional bull riding events in the area, and they get a good response. We thought we would pull in a professional event to let people enjoy that,” Decker said.
This weekend, 40 riders from 18 states will try for the $10,000 first place purse, sitting atop one of 100 bulls for the elimination rides. Included among the riders are Cody Nance, who is ranked 6 in the world, and Carrson Hiatt, ranked 5 in Touring Pro events. There will also be four Ohio contestants, including Josh Rorabough from Kenton.
Known as the toughest sport on dirt, these riders strap one hand to the back of a hulking, snorting, 2,000 pound bull and try to stay there for eight seconds. “You can’t believe this when you see those bulls bucking in the pen. Then, when the pen opens and they come out into the arena, it’s simply amazing that anyone can stay on top,” Decker said.
Definitely an extreme sport. “These are all professional bull riders. They know what they’re doing,” Decker said.
For the fans, the 2,000 seats in the Schmidthorst Pavilion are all under cover. And, tickets will be available at the gate, rain or shine.