Yee-haw! Cowboys risk it all as they cling on for dear life at adrenaline-fueled rodeo in Canada

  • Dramatic photos show traditional cowboys riding bulls and horses as they kick up dust in Ontario competition
  • Photographer Li Jian said it was 'such a thrill' to watch the cowboys try to avoid falling from bucking beasts
  • Most performers wore protective head and body gear, while some others stuck to wearing boots and a hat

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Cowboys in Canada put on a show as they held on to their bulls and horses for dear life in an adrenaline-fueled rodeo.

Dramatic pictures show seasoned traditional cowboys clinging on to the beasts as they kicked up dust at a competition in Ontario, eastern Canada.

More than 200 of North America's best performers took to the ring while they attempted to remain on the saddle of bulls and horses.  

Photographer Li Jian who snapped the pics, born in china and now residing in Canada, said: 'This is the first time in 20 years I have photographed a sport such as this and it was such a thrill. These rodeo competitions are such high energy and it's amazing to see how long the riders last on the bulls.'

Most of the performers wore protective head and body gear, while some others stuck to wearing cowboy boots, a hat, and mouth guard. Spectators watched on in awe as the cowboys attempted to stay on the animals as long as possible.

Cowboys in Canada have put on a show as they cling on to their bulls and horses for dear life in an adrenaline-fueled rodeo in Ontario. This man wore nothing but a mouth guard as part of his protective wear

Cowboys in Canada have put on a show as they cling on to their bulls and horses for dear life in an adrenaline-fueled rodeo in Ontario. This man wore nothing but a mouth guard as part of his protective wear

Dramatic pictures show seasoned traditional cowboys being flung from the beasts as they kick up dust at a competition in Ontario

Dramatic pictures show seasoned traditional cowboys being flung from the beasts as they kick up dust at a competition in Ontario

Over 200 of North America's best performers take to the ring while they attempt to remain on the saddle of bulls and horses which were flailing themselves about

Over 200 of North America's best performers take to the ring while they attempt to remain on the saddle of bulls and horses which were flailing themselves about

Photographer Li Jian who snapped the pics, born in china and now residing in Canada, said: 'This is the first time in 20 years I have photographed a sport such as this and it was such a thrill'

Photographer Li Jian who snapped the pics, born in china and now residing in Canada, said: 'This is the first time in 20 years I have photographed a sport such as this and it was such a thrill'

Most of the performers wore protective head and body gear, while some others stuck to wearing cowboy boots, a hat, and mouth guard

Most of the performers wore protective head and body gear, while some others stuck to wearing cowboy boots, a hat, and mouth guard

Photographer Jian said of the rodeo: 'These rodeo competitions are such high energy and it's amazing to see how long the riders last on the bulls'

Photographer Jian said of the rodeo: 'These rodeo competitions are such high energy and it's amazing to see how long the riders last on the bulls'

Spectators watched on in awe as the cowboys attempted to stay on the animals as long as possible. Pictured, a cowboy in Ontario rodeo competition

Spectators watched on in awe as the cowboys attempted to stay on the animals as long as possible. Pictured, a cowboy in Ontario rodeo competition

The Ontario rodeo involved both bulls and horses running and jumping around the ring as those competing tried to stay on their beasts

The Ontario rodeo involved both bulls and horses running and jumping around the ring as those competing tried to stay on their beasts

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Yee-haw! Cowboys risk it all as they cling on for dear life at adrenaline-fueled rodeo in Canada

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