Professional Bull riding is the "original extreme sport". Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves the bull rider getting up on a large bull and doing his very best to stay on top for at least 8 seconds. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope and while the rider attempts to stay mounted the bull naturally attempts to throw him off. It is a risky sport and has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. The bull rider's primary piece of equipment is the bull rope a braided rope of polypropylene, grass, or some combination. A metallic bell is strapped to the rope and hangs directly under the bull throughout the ride. In addition to the sound the bell produces, it also gives the rope some weight, allowing it to fall off the bull once a rider has dismounted. Bull riding is a family favorite!