• 1Helmet Down

    Beginning with the 2013 season, any contestant born on or after Oct. 15, 1994 is required to wear a protective helmet. The PBR leaves the choice of headwear up to any of its riders born before this date. Over 50 percent of PBR riders choose to wear a helmet and/or mask to help protect them from threatening head blows and injuries to the face and jaw. The helmet is similar to those worn in hockey with some adaptations.

  • 2Protective Vest Down

    The vest, invented by PBR Livestock Director and former bull rider Cody Lambert, is worn by the PBR athletes for protection. It serves two primary purposes: it absorbs shock and dissipates the blow to the body, while protecting the torso from threatening punctures caused by direct contact with the bull's hooves and horns.

  • 3Glove Down

    Cowboys wear a glove only on their riding hand (the hand that grips the bull rope). This leather glove protects a cowboy's hand and fingers. It also makes it easier to hold on to the bull rope.

  • 4Rosin Down

    Rosin helps the cowboy's glove adhere to the bull rope. It is a sticky substance that provides the cowboy with a little extra grip.

  • 5Chaps Down

    Chaps are custom-made and often display the logo of a cowboy's sponsors, as well as various decorative elements. Chaps may be flashy, but they are part of the armor that adds a layer of protection for the cowboy against a bull's horns and hooves.

  • 6Bull Rope Down

    The bull rope is a flat rope braided from nylon or grass that goes around the bull's girth area behind his front legs. The rope has a handle, constructed partially of leather that is braided into it and serves as the cowboy's only anchor for the duration of his ride.

  • 7Boots Down

    The boots the cowboys wear while riding have a special spur ridge on the heel which helps their spurs to stay in place. Some cowboys wear the traditional pull-on boot, while others prefer those that lace up to fit the foot snugly.

  • 8Spurs Down

    Spurs help the cowboy stay in position on a bull. The rowels are dull so they don't injure or cut the skin of the bull. The spurring action displays the level of complete control of the cowboy during the ride.