Eight Seconds to Glory

Travis Finley, right, chats with fellow competitor Adam as all of the cowboys prepare for the first round of bull riding on Friday, December 9, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C.


Travis Finley practices his moves before making his way to the bucket shoot for his first ride of the competition on Friday, December 9, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C.


Steven Finley ties leather straps around his boots to secure them to his feet in preparation for the second night of bull riding on Saturday, December 10, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Steven still choice to ride despite injuring his knee the night before.


Travis Finley is thrown from his bull shortly into the ride on Friday, December 9, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C. The bull then turned around and trampled Travis as he attempted to get up and make his way to safety.


Travis Finley is being examined by EMS personnel after a bull stomped on his chest on Friday, December 9, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C.


Travis Finley lays in his hospital bed at Wake Med in Raleigh after being trampled by a bull on Friday, December 9, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Travis was diagnosed with three broken ribs, a lacerated spleen and a punctured lung. His brother, Steven, and Steven’s wife, Shaina, spent Saturday night in the hospital with him.


Steven leaves the bucking chute riding the bull that had trampled his brother only 24-hours prior in the finals round of riding on Saturday, December 10, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C.


Steven feels a sense of defeat after failing to remain on the bull that injured his brother and losing the competition on Saturday, December 10, 2011 during the Bulls, Bells & Barrels rodeo at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Although he had a decent shot at the victory, Steven locked his feet in an awkward position after leaving the bucking chute and could not maintain his stance on the bull.


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