Bryan Titman has been a sportsman since he was a child. He received a football scholarship to college, but he ended up pursuing his hearts dream: Bull Riding.

Dr. Alan Campbell spoke with Titman about being a professional bull rider a few days before the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour competition in Hampton, Virginia. Campbell (a secret cowboy fanatic) visited the event and spoke with other bull riders, a competition judge, a barrelman (or “distractor”), and audience members to get a real feel for the cowboy culture. Listen to the conversation to get a feel for it yourself (link above). 

Bull Open 1200
Photo by Gina Gambony, WHRO 

The opening ceremony of the competition includes fire, smoke, music, and all the riders in the ring.

While Titman didn’t make the 8 seconds needed for the competition in Hampton, he did in the Maine competition a few days later. You can watch that ride here.