Vernon Bull-A-Rama ready to ride

Coyote Creek Rodeo presents its fourth annual Vernon Bull-A-Rama Saturday

It’s eight seconds of spine-rattling, bone-jarring drama.

Or, at least the cowboys hope it lasts eight seconds.

Coyote Creek Rodeo presents its fourth annual Vernon Bull-A-Rama Saturday, 2 p.m. at Coyote Creek Ranch on Westside Road (around the corner from the Okanagan Indian Band office – watch for signs).

“We’ll have 30 bull riders from B.C., Canada, the U.S. and Australia,” said Wade Marchand, with Coyote Creek Rodeo.

Among those expected to compete for the prize money is Vernon’s Cody Moore, who has won the event two of the last three years.

The 30 bull riders will all try to stay on in the first go-round for the mandatory eight seconds. The top six scorers advance to the short-go.

The rider with the top combined score from the two performances will be declared the winner, and will then have a chance to ride a special “bounty bull” to pocket another $1,000.

“All they have to do is stay on for eight seconds,” said Marchand. “It doesn’t matter what they score.”

The bucking stock is being provided by Vernon’s Coyote Creek Rodeo and JRB Bucking Bulls, along with stock contractors from Merritt and Kamloops.

Spectators will also have a chance to get in on the action and the winning as the fan favourite Watkin Motors Ring of Fear returns.

A total of 12 fans will have a chance to compete for $500, a custom made belt buckle and a coat.

There will be six circles placed inside the bull ring, and, in each of the two rounds, six contestants will stand inside one of the circles as a bull is let loose inside the arena.

The last person to leave their ring is declared the round winner. The two winners will then meet for a chance to win the prizes.

Tickets for Bull-A-Rams are $13 in advance (available through Ticket Seller, 3800-33rd Street, 250-549-7469) or $18 at the gate.

Sponsors for the event include The Green Pub, Great West Equipment, Little Kingdom-TRU Hardware Gas Station and Autowear Accessories.