It is a wild eight second ride and Cody Ford is one of the best. He is a professional bull rider and is in Omaha for the BlueDEF Tour at the CenturyLink Center on April 15th and 16th. Ford grew up in Kansas and says he knew what his profession would be at a young age.
Ford said he knew he wanted to be a professional bull rider at age 10. He grew up ranching and for him it is natural. Ford says, “I tell people all the time I ride bulls because I can. I’ve always been pretty talented at bull riding and it has been something I love to do. We always had a good joke that you could drop me off in the middle of New York City and I could make a living. I could do whatever but I love riding bulls.”
Ford will be competing with about 40 other riders from around the world on Friday but says he has no idea which bull he will be on until the event. When it comes to the bulls, Ford says bulls are just like the horses for racing and are bred to do it. If a bull doesn’t want to buck it won’t.
There are always plenty of animal rights activists protesting these bull riding events so Ford sends a challenge for those who think they are mistreated. He says, “For that I encourage them to come to an event and come behind the scene and actually see how well they are taken care of.”
PBR announcer Scott Grover has been an announcer for for twenty years. He says he analyzes what happens on the arena floor. He says the star is the action in the arena and his job is to get the crowd involved and excited. He says this is actually a Broadway production on dirt and those attending won’t walk away disappointed.
Tickets for the event are available at the CenturyLink Center box office or through Ticketmaster.