Photos: Professional Bull Riding Classic comes to Matthew Knight Arena

Posted by Nate Barrett, Michael Arellano, and Mason Trinca on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:05 am.

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A bull makes an acrobatic exit from its cage during the first second of the rodeo rider's thrashing journey. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Thirty of the world's best rodeo riders are introduced during the PBR Tour's Pro Division in the opening ceremony at Matthew Knight Arena. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

A bullrider attempts to hang on while his steer takes flight. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

Marcel Allen, a 13-year-old rodeo rider from Salem, Ore., takes in his first views of Matt Knight Arena during the Professional Bull Riders Pro Rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Allen has 2 years of rodeo experience under his belt. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Bull riders are considered some of the toughest competitors and often receive extreme blows and injuries to their bodies during regular competition. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

A bull rider writhes in agony after suffering a suspected fractured hip during a fall. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

A rider strains to keep himself upright after a hard buck by a feisty bull. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

Marcel Allen, just left of center, chats with an older boy as the Pro Rodeo's youth segment prepares to compete during halftime. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Matt Triplett acknowledges the crowd at Matt Knight Arena after winning the evening's rodeo competition, securing him a place in the PBR Pro Rodeo's next event. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

One of the six junior steer riders takes a hard fall after being thrown off his bull. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

A bull waits to be loosed from its gates to unleash its bucking fury onto a PBR rider. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A young rider waits to be introduced during the PBR's halftime performance at Matt Knight Arena. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

Seven-year-old Lane Vaughn receives counsel from an older rider moments before the gate is unleashed during the youth bull riding competition. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

Rodeo clowns try to herd an enraged bull back to its pen during the PBR's Pro Division at Matthew Knight Arena. (Courtesy of Mason Trinca)

A rider sprints back to the safety of the railing as his bull sets his sights on the professional wranglers. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A bullrider is thrown around like a rag doll but manages to hang on. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

A rodeo rider kneels to pray before facing his steer during the PBR's youth competition. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A rodeo clown is sandwiched by a loose bull while trying to direct the steer out of the ring. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

Lane Vaughn reins in his bucking calf during the PBR's young riders competition. The 7-year-old regularly trains on 900 pound calfs, ranging from one to two years of age. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A rider pauses for a moment of reflection amidst the chaotic, dirt-filled arena at Matt Knight. Over 25 truck loads of dirt were dumped into the arena for the PBR Pro Rodeo event. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Nine-year-old Patrick Papé clasps an orange bucket with the words "Ugly Kid" scrawled across it before making his way into the dirt arena for an act with the rodeo clown, Dennis Halstead. Papé is an avid mutton buster, riding bucking sheep and holding on by the bare fur of their backs. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

A rider is ejected from the back of his steer. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

Marcel Allen heads out of Matt Knight's lower corridors with a wide smile on his face after competing for the first time at Oregon's annual rodeo event. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

  • Darby Johnson

    Such awesome photography. A great mix of capturing the action as well as the emotion and passion of bull riding!Great work guys!!!!!

  • proofreader

    Really great photos and vividly written captions! Note, “reigns” should be reins.

    • Michael Arellano

      Thanks for catching that! We certainly strive for engaging captions & it’s nice to know they are noticed : )