Riding Bulls Takes Hard Work, a Lot of Safety Gear for Boy, 11

Ever since Avery Mullins was little, he has wanted to become a bull rider. He began to ride when he was 5. Avery is now 11.

His dad and rodeo champion Ty Murray inspired Avery. It takes a lot of time and hard work to ride. He works out every day, practices on a mechanical bull, and gets on one real bull every week to get ready for a big ride.

Avery wears a helmet, spurs, boots, vest, rope chaps, mouth piece, clove and rosin when he rides. He has been doing this for six years now. He wants to pursue this to the pro level once he turns 18. Avery gets $350 and a belt buckle if he rides, but it’s not like professional football and basketball where you have a signed contract and get money even when you are on the sideline.

Avery and his family own $1,000 worth of gear. When you ride you get many injuries. Avery has broken his nose twice, had his hip out of place, and has also had concussions, stitches and a broken arm.

Avery is a Christian and he thanks his sponsors and parents for supporting his riding.

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