Riding a Mechanical Bull & the “No Buck” policy

We have heard way too many “horror” stories from people that got on a mechanical bull where the operator was a jerk and threw them before they were even seated.   Or, of course there are the stories of the operators that do this to the guys and slow the bull WAY DOWN for the girls.  Either way, the rider had a horrible experience, and we just don’t understand this type of mechanical bull operation.  THESE OPERATORS ARE NOT PART OF THE MECHANICAL BULL ASSOCIATION.  This type of mechanical bull operation just doesn’t fly with us.

 

MECHANICAL BULLS ARE FUN AND SAFE IN THE HANDS OF A TRAINED OPERATOR!

 

At the Mechanical Bull Association we feel that the rider’s experience and safety are the most important elements.  We want people to stay on the mechanical bull and look good doing it.  For this reason, the Mechanical Bull Association has a NO THROW policy.  This means that we don’t throw you off the minute you get on, or try to intentionally throw you off before you can have the experience of the ride.  People do get bucked off the bull, but it is in a controlled and safe environment.  Rider safety, along with the experience, are the utmost objectives of a mechanical bull operator.

 

We found that the safest ride is one that comes with an education, so operators provide safety and riding tips.  A rider that acquires knowledge and experiences a fun, safe ride will return to ride again.

 

Interested in renting a mechanical bull for an event or have any mechanical bull questions?  

Call us at 1-800-279-8365.

How to Ride a Mechanical Bull: Five Quick Tips Before This Weekend!

How to Ride a Mechanical Bull: Five Quick Tips Before This Weekend!

 

You don’t need 100 different stories, thoughts, and tips floating in your head from all of your friends that got on a mechanical bull once in a bar, as you grab a mechanical bull’s strap with a sweaty hand waiting to see what kind of a ride you are going to get from an operator you don’t know from Adam.

 

At the Mechanical Bull Association, we understand this situation.  For this reason and more, we have compiled 5 basic tips to help you look like you know what you are doing when riding a mechanical bull and look good doing it.

 

FIVE QUICK TIPS:

1.  Hold the padded strap with one hand while using your free DOMINANT hand (that’s the one you write with) in the air to balance.

2.  Move your legs forward and squeeze with your lower body.  Relax the upper body.

3.  Watch the head of the mechanical bull to indicate directional changes and maintain balance.  Do not smile at your friends when the bull is moving.  Just watch the head of the mechanical bull.

4. Lean back when the bull head moves down and forward when the bull head moves upward.  A good operator will give you a chance to practice a bit before speeding up the mechanical bull.

5. If you are concerned at any time, say, “STOP,” or use an extended arm with flat hand, the international signal for “stop,” to communicate to the operator that you are ready for the ride to end.  You may want to make sure the operator knows the signal before you start.

Have a great time, ask your friends to take pictures

 and share them on social media!

Spread the word, MECHANICAL BULLS are fun

and you can look great riding them!

 Call 1-800-279-8365 if you have any mechanical bull questions

Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part II

Renting a Mechanical Bull? Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part II

 

Want to rent a mechanical bull but feel a little out of your element?  Do not worry.  The Mechanical Bull Association is committed to making the process easy and fun.  This article is a continuation of “Renting a Mechanical Bull?  Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, PartI.”  If you have any other questions, then please feel free to contact us at any time.  We love to talk mechanical bulls!

 

What are the power requirements?  

As mentioned earlier, this will depend on the type of mechanical bull you rent.  The 110 volts mechanical bulls will need two dedicated standard outlets on separate breakers.  The 220 volts will require a 220v outlet (with 30-50amps, depending on the model) and a 110v outlet on a separate breaker.  In the case of a 220v mechanical bull, rewiring may be necessary at the venue or a generator may be required.

 

What are the space requirements?

In general, you should have a 20’x25’ space.  This will give you plenty of room for the inflatable mat, the operator to run the bull, and for a cushion of space for spectators.  Depending on the mechanical bull rented, the inflatable mat can be square or circular.  You also want to make sure there is plenty of clearance above the mechanical bull.  A 110v may allow you to have a ceiling as low as 10 feet, but a 220v should be no lower than 12 feet.

 

What is the process of renting a mechanical bull from you?

This is an important step because at the end of the day you want to feel confident that you are going to get what you expect to get.  We have heard too many stories where bull operators pull out at the last moment, and there is no contract in place to protect the person renting the bull.  The Mechanical Bull Association makes sure to establish clear communication between everyone involved and that everything is addressed prior to the event.  We draft and follow contracts to protect the renter and give them a feeling of certainty.  You should expect a contract and for all of your questions to be addressed ahead of time.

 

Do you have experience doing an event like mine?

Although most mechanical bull operators have been in almost every situation under the sun, you should know that the company from which you rent a bull understands your situation.  You may need an operator who can keep the ride exciting by being vocal, or you may need an operator that discusses riding tips with young riders.  You should feel at ease that your needs are met and that safety standards are always in place.

 

How much is it to rent a mechanical bull?  Is your rate all-inclusive?

This is an obvious question.  The answer you get from mechanical bull companies will depend on the date of your event, time of your event, duration of your event, and the distance needed to drive.  A late event may incur a hotel charge.  A long event may kick an overtime charge into effect.  Multiple days booked in a row may cause a lower rate since transportation costs are spread out across all the days.  There are many factors involved.  Another big cost that influences pricing is insurance.  If you run into a rate that seems much lower than others, then you should definitely make sure that you ask Question One (Do you have insurance, and can I see your certificate of liability?), as this can be a red flag.  Also, make sure that the rate is all-inclusive.  Nothing drives us crazier than hearing a rate only to find out that taxes, transportation, and a hotel were not tacked onto the price quoted.

 

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Renting a Mechanical Bull? Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part I

Renting a Mechanical Bull?  Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part I

 

Most people don’t rent a mechanical bull every day.  And with this new prospect often comes giggles (“Wow, I can’t believe that I am actually looking to rent a mechanical bull!”) and a great deal of confusion (“How much is it?  Is it safe?  Do I have to run it?”).  The Mechanical Bull Association collaborated with our group of mechanical bull owners to create a list of important questions to ask.

 

Here is Part One of questions to ask and some answers to expect (and some to demand) when renting a mechanical bull.

 

Do you have mechanical bull insurance, and can I see your certificate of liability?

This is the most important question and should always be a deal breaker.  Mechanical bulls should carry commercial general liability policies of at least $1M per occurrence and $2M aggregate (some states require more).  With a downturn in the economy, some bull owners chose not to renew their insurance. This unfortunate decision puts you at risk should you book this bull.  We have heard too many first-hand accounts of friends suing friends because someone got hurt at a backyard party when someone rented a bull that had no insurance and was not run in a safe manner.  Mechanical bull companies should be able to email or fax you a certificate of liability and be able to name any interested parties as additionally insured.

 

Where is your mechanical bull located?

Now, this one we hesitated to write down because too many people think this is the deal-breaker when it is not.  Yes, a bull should be close to you because typically this saves you money in terms of transportation, but not always.  Some bulls may be less expensive even though they are based a state away from you.  Also, mechanical bulls travel to events, and a bull from across the country may just be in your area at the time of your event.  At the Mechanical Bull Association we work with our mechanical bull owners to know their schedules and rates to make sure that the best deal is reached for you.

 

What safety standards do you have in place when operating a mechanical bull?

A mechanical bull in untrained and unsafe hands, like any mechanical or amusement device operated incorrectly, can be dangerous.  You should know that the operator is experienced and trained in certain safety standards to ensure a safe ride.  Feel free to ask about safety and the operator when looking to rent a mechanical bull.  At the Mechanical Bull Association, we operate under a NO BUCK policy.  This means that we don’t throw you off the minute you get on, or try to intentionally throw you off.  We strive to help people stay on the mechanical bull and look good doing it.  The safest ride begins with an education, so operators provide safety and riding tips.  A rider that acquires knowledge and experiences a fun, safe ride will return to ride again.

 

What type of mechanical bull do you have?

There are several different types of mechanical bulls available, but depending on the location of your event and the availability in your area, you may not ultimately have a choice.  The first distinction is power, which leads to differences in appearance and ride style.  The professional mechanical bulls are 220 volt and are generally known as “220’s.”  These bulls provide the most authentic ride and look the part to boot.  They are the bulls that someone training as a professional bull rider would use.  In general, these mechanical bulls are preferred if you want a realistic look and ride.  The other option available is a 110 volt mechanical bull, or “110’s,” of which there are several different makes.  There are definitely better makes than others and some carry very low weight restrictions.  These 110’s sometimes come with colorful kid-appealing inflatables surrounding the mechanical bull.  The 110 mechanical bulls are the most readily available mechanical bulls and are the only type of mechanical bull in operation in many states.

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Mechanical Bulls for Post Proms and Graduation Parties: Book Today!

The school year has started once again, which means that it becomes time to think about the end of the school year.  It sounds crazy, but now is a great opportunity to consider your entertainment for post proms, sober graduation parties, and other celebrations.  April, May and June are very busy months since schools tend to celebrate on the same nights.

 

We have been working with many schools over the years, and we find that most book our mechanical bulls as early as September since this is a memorable showpiece at any event.  Moreover, we have found that over the years a mechanical bull at high school graduations and prom parties have become a right of passage – students expect, or at least hope, to see mechanical bulls at their events to help make it a night that will not be forgotten.

 

The Mechanical Bull Association understands the unique needs of schools.  We work with you to address any paperwork and to secure additionally insured certificates on the mechanical bull’s commercial general liability insurance policy.

 

If safety is ever a concern, then we will take the time to explain our safety policies.  The Mechanical Bull Association’s policies were developed over the years and all members of the Mechanical Bull Association must comply.  We found that the safest ride is one that comes with an education.  Our operators spend time providing safety tips and riding instructions.  A rider that acquires knowledge and experiences a fun, safe ride will return to ride again.

Mechanical Bull Rentals & Sales Local, Safe & Affordable

Welcome!  We are the Mechanical Bull Association, a group of mechanical bull owners and operators committed to safety, insurance compliance, and always ensuring a good time is had by all.  Our goal is to bring you an authentic cowboy experience in a professional and courteous manner.

 

We are the industry’s leader in mechanical bull rentals, which are available for any event including: Weddings, Schools, Birthdays, Fundraisers, Festivals, Private or Corporate Events, Television and Film Studio Shoots, Bat & Bar Mitzvahs, Fairs & Festivals, or just plain having a good ol’ time.  We are your authority on mechanical bulls.

 

We have been in the western entertainment business for over fifteen years. Since that time, we have done a wide array of events, both big and small. We have the experience and attention to detail you need to ensure a safe and fun event!

 

Want to Rent a Mechanical Bull? CONTACT US and we will get back to you with a quote! Or, call us at 1-800-279-8365 today! We would love to talk to you about a Mechanical Bull rental, . . . YEEHAW!

 

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