Professional New York Rider of the Bulls Daylon Swearingen to compete in Madison Square Garden this weekend

From a young age, Daylon Swearingen knew exactly what he was planning to do with his life: ride bulls.

Today, the 22-year-old is one of 40 professional riders competing in the 15th annual ‘Monster Energy Buck Off’ at Madison Square Garden on January 7-8, and Swearingen couldn’t be more excited.

“I’ve always been intrigued by bull riding,” he said in a recent interview. “I grew up in a Western world and have always liked it.”

Where other 12-year-olds living in the rural hamlet of Piffard, New York, found pleasure in playing video games and splutting on candy, the young Swearingen did not felt more shiver than when he was mounted on the backs of roaming sheep and calves. the pastures near his childhood home.

However, what started out as a ‘taste’ for the sport quickly turned into a full-fledged love story, as Swearingen went from sheep to bull by the time he entered high school and carried on everything. throughout his academic career at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. .

While there may be some confusion initially as to how this native New Yorker fell in love with the sport of bull riding – a bigger activity in the South – it becomes pretty clear when he meets his parents, Sam and Carrie Swearingen.

Riding a four-legged animal for competition is no foreign concept to the Swearingen, as they themselves are fully immersed in the lifestyle and traditions of riding. Ms. Swearingen is an experienced equestrian and acrobatic rider, while Mr. Swearingen is the creator of the eminent Rawhide Rodeo Company, which has been accredited to produce thousands of professional rodeo events for over 30 years.

With the support of his parents and his unwavering dedication to the sport, Swearingen became the dark horse of bull riding, quickly setting himself apart from his competition. The young bull rider continued to win titles and awards from year to year until in 2018 he was recruited by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), an international bull riding organization that trains its members to participate in “the richest bull riding event on the planet,” according to their website.

At the end of 2018, Swearingen was ranked No.70 in the world and maintained his success until he climbed to No.13 in 2019 and No.9 in 2020.

Daylon Swearingen 2020 World Finals Studio.Photo by Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media

Coming out of the 2020 riding season, Swearingen underwent hip and shoulder surgery, both due to an unfortunate incident while riding a bull, preventing him from participating in the competitions until June 2021.

After a brief period of rest and relaxation to recover, Swearingen was back in the saddle, where he reclaimed his status as one of the best riders in the world.

This weekend, Swearingen will take part in the “toughest sport on earth” as the PBR calls it, in the “ultimate man vs. beast clash”, in the arena which is known as “the most famous colosseum in the world. “

“It’s really cool to compete at MSG, especially because it’s such an iconic place to go,” said Swearingen. “And it’s like with me, being from New York, it’s kinda cool, like it’s my home state.”

While PBR promises a weekend filled with ‘edge of your seat, bone crushing action’, they are dedicated to ensuring the health, protection, respect and well-being of every bull that goes against each other. in their arena.

Over the next two nights, each rider will ride a 2,000 pound bull to compete for the crown, be named the event champion, and earn points for their world ranking.

“Nothing bothers me,” Swearingen replied quickly, when asked if he thought his recent surgeries would affect his performance this weekend.

“It will be a great event and I hope everyone comes out! “

Earnest L. Veasey