Inside the Life-or-Death World of Competitive Bull Riding

submitted by Huzzaz on 12/06/17 1

As a third-generation Native American bull rider, Bo Tyler Vocu faces risk of serious injury and death each time he gets in the ring. At just 16 years old, Vocu has already broken his hip twice pursuing his dream of becoming a world champion bull rider—a dream that's been passed down from his grandfather to his father and is now his. ​On this episode of 'Rites of Passage,' VICE caught up with Vocu and his family ahead of a major bull riding competition in Oklahoma to talk about the serious risks riders take to compete in one of the most dangerous sports on Earth. Vocu talks about his grueling practice schedule and his pre-competition rituals, and his father weighs in on what it's like to watch his son compete as a parent, and as a bull rider himself. WATCH NEXT: Drunken Horse Racing in Guatemala - vice.video/2iqv4c5 Click here to subscribe to VICE: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: vice.com More videos from the VICE network: www.fb.com/vicevideo Like VICE on Facebook: fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: pinterest.com/vicemag Download VICE on iOS: apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: bit.ly/28S8Et0

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