The eight-second ride is a lot of times the least of the kids' worries. It's the little bit of fame and the late nights that can be more dangerous than the stock draw.
For Donnie Gay, bull riding is a lot like golf: you've just got to figure out how to get it in the hole. Difference is there aren't too many 2,000-pound putting greens trying to put you on your butt.
Whether you're trying to make the eight-second whistle or navigate an airplane through a thunderstorm with Jesus as the co-pilot nothing helps you more than experience. Just ask Peyton Manning.
The opening night of the '06 Xtreme Bulls Ride Hard Tour lived up to the hype thanks to butts in seats and a couple gut-check performances by Jarrod Ford.