SOME describe bull riding as the toughest eight seconds in sport.
There will be plenty of thrills and spills this Saturday when bull riding returns to WIN Entertainment Centre for the Professional Bull Riders 2013 Wollongong Invitational.
Some of Australia's most accomplished bull riders and an all-star line-up of internationals will take on NSW's most brutal bulls.
Bull-riding veteran Luke Snyder, who has notched up 370 bull rides, will lead the international riders. It will be the last chance for Wollongong bull riding fans to see Snyder in action - after this Australian tour he will hang up his bull rope.
Snyder has earned more than $1.7 million in his career and holds the record for most consecutive Built Ford Tough Series appearances, as well as being a former Rookie of the World and World Finals Champion. He rates his win at the Last Man Standing event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as one of his all-time career highlights.
Snyder has had several successful previous trips to Australia and is the only rider to win one of the nation's most prestigious events, the Troy Dunn Invitational, on two separate occasions.
Joining Snyder will be Morpeth, Hunter Valley, boy Brendon Clark, who moved to California 10 years ago to pursue a professional bull riding career on the PBR Built Ford Tough Series. Clark recently became the second Australian rider to break the $1-million mark in career earnings. Australia's only world champion, Troy Dunn, was the first in the late 1990s.
Clark will also be making his final appearance in Wollongong as he prepares to retire at the end of the Tamworth event in late November.