The Battle on the Mountain, Berry's fifth annual bull ride, brought several hundred community members, students, staff and faculty to the Gunby Equine Center.
Berry students showed their southern roots with cowboy boots and flannel shirts while cheering on some of the nation's top riders, including the winner of last year's rodeo, Eli Vastbinder. The thrill began with riders mounting 2,000 pound bucking beasts and attempting to hold on past the 8-second mark. A few of the bulls had only been ridden once, posing a greater challenge for the riders but more exciting show for the audience.
Jake Denton, a freshman from Knoxville Tenn., was surprised at the intensity of the show.
"I've obviously heard of bull riding before, but I didn't realize just how violent they were until I saw them throwing these men like rag dolls" Denton said.
During the intermission, guests had the opportunity to meet the riders and pet sheep and lambs.
"Battle on the Mountain" was the climax of a week of events for Berry's Block and Bridle Agricultural Week. Students had the opportunity to rent a puppy, watch a Ferrier demo, climb a rock wall and milk a cow.
Article by student public relations assistant Alyssa Smith and photos by Student Photographers Blake Childers and Lauren Neumann.