It is not Dodge City, Kansas, Reno or Neveda. Nope, the Wild West came to the big city of New York. The Professional Bull Riders circuit aka PBR brought the rodeo to Madison Square Garden last weekend, transforming the arena in the middle of Midtown Manhattan into the wild west. The competition featured 40 of the world’s top bull riders trying their best to hang on eight seconds to some of the meanest bulls ever bred. It’s not old-school rodeo, the modern PBR circuit is fast-paced and designed for TV broadcast to the generation that grew up on NFL football and video games.

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Bulls are brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A bull looks on as it is brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Bulls are brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A bull looks on as it is brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Bulls are brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A man watches as bulls are brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A bull walks through a corridor before it is brought into Madison Square Garden in preparation for the Professional Bull Riders invitational in New York,. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor prepares to ride a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor walks through a corridor during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A young fan watches as a competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A hat is left in the ring after a competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Competitors line up during introductions at the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A handler helps secure a bull before a ride, during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor watches during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor rests after riding a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor puts on a glove before riding a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Spectators are seen outside the arena after the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor adjusts his hat before the gate opens for him to begin his ride, during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor adjusts his rope before the gate opens, beginning his ride, during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor prepares before riding a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A bull chases handlers during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A spectator watches as a competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor is seen during introductions at the Professional Bull Riders invitational, at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A bull chases a rodeo clown during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A competitor is seen before riding a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A rodeo clown jumps off stage during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

A spectator is silhouetted while walking down the stairs during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

The Professional Bull Riders 2013 at Madison Square Garden

Spectators watch as a competitor rides a bull during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. ERIC THAYER/REUTERS

Jan 07, 2013