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Top 5 Bull Riding Books

Top 5 Bull Riding Books

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  1. Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders
  2. Bull Rider
  3. Gold Buckle Dreams: The Rodeo Life of Chris LeDoux
  4. King of the Cowboys
  5. Professional Bull Riders

1. Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders

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Written by award-winning sports journalist Josh Peter, Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, & Bull Riders uncovers the true death-defying nature within the sport of professional bull riding. Throughout the book, Peter discusses the intense adrenaline rush experienced by some of the most courageous riders.

The novel focuses on the 2004 Professional Bull Riders Tour, from the brave riders to the crazy fans who gather year-round to watch. The PBR Tour starts out with 800 riders, eventually zoning down to 45 who compete in 29 major events during the season. The book is a wonderful, informational entrance into the sport which is why it ranks as the greatest bull riding book of all time.

2. Bull Rider

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Written by Suzanne Morgan Williams, Bull Rider is a true story about a family of bull riding champions. Cam O'Mara, the main character, is the youngest brother who has no interest in the sport of bull riding. But when his older brother Ben returns from Iraq paralyzed from a brain injury, Cam takes a different outlook on life.

The story focuses on Cam's drive to become a bull riding champion, not just for himself, but working because his brother can't. It is a wonderful read that reflects the dangerous nature of the sport, but why the sport is admired by so many people around the world.

3. Gold Buckle Dreams: The Rodeo Life of Chris LeDoux

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Gold Buckle Dreams tells the story of Chris LeDoux, a world champion bull rider who started at the age of 12. The entire book takes the reader through his career, from entering rodeos to becoming a musician later in life. He discusses the difficult life of a bull rider, from the strict diet of pork and beans to receiving inadequate prizes for risking serious injury. The book also explains some of the worst accidents LeDoux has been involved in while competing, and the impact that those accidents can have on a person. The biography is a great story about a bull rider who significantly impacted the sport.

4. King of the Cowboys

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Written by Ty Murray, King of the Cowboys is an inside look on his true story as one of the greatest rodeo champions of all time. At only 13 months old, Murray started climbing on top of his mother's sewing machine. Before long, he was winning every peewee bull riding event possible. Murray also spent a long time hanging out with rodeo legend Larry Mahan on his rodeo ranch.

Ty Murray's autobiography gives the reader an inside look into the world of bull riding. By focusing specifically on the life on the road, readers are truly able to capture his real career as a professional bull rider.

5. Professional Bull Riders

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Professional Bull Riders is an informational guide that examines the behind-the-scenes of the world of bull riding. The book is more than just stories and information, but also includes hundreds of images over the years of some of the most famous moments. Authors Jeffrey Johnstone and Keith Ryan Cartwright include some of the biggest names in the game, from Adriano Moraes to even some of the fan favorite bulls like Mossy Oak Mudslinger. This is a great book for individuals just getting into the sport and who want a clear understanding of the rules, history, and excitement behind one of the most adrenaline-rushing sports in the world.



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