Eric Layton lives a rodeo life.
The 31-year-old professional bullfighter, who lives in Red Bluff, attended West Hills Colleges rodeo program for two years. He started riding bulls at 15, but he left competition when he realized he wouldnt make it in the big leagues.
Now, his passion is protecting riders from angry bulls.
Its a dangerous job. He faces down bulls until riders can get safely out of the arena. Hes had many injuries from broken fingers to a torn rotater cuff to a torn ACL that required reconstructive knee surgery.
Heres a look at a day in his life at the Clovis Rodeo.
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