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Looking for Big Bucks and Early Retirement? Try Bull Riding.


In 1994, bull riders, whose sport is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event, launched Professional Bull Riders with the idea that riding was so spectacular that it could be a stand-alone spectator sport. It turns out they were right.

After 15 years of ticket sales, television, endorsements, and so forth, riders like J.W. Hart can retire on a 500-acre ranch in Oklahoma. Hart earned $1.3 million in earnings over his career, not to mention endorsement deals, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.


Of current or retired tour regulars, 19 have earnings totaling $1 million or more, and 50 top $500,000. The tour’s current leader, Kody Lostroh, 23, of Longmont, has already rounded up $250,000 in earnings this year, with five months still to go in the season that ends in with World Finals week in Las Vegas.

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