NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A line-up of 35 of the best bull riders in the world will be competing for a top prize of $100,000 this weekend at Madison Square Garden.

PBR held a weigh-in for the bulls on Thursday morning, reports CBSN New York’s Scott Rapoport.

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For some, it’s the most exciting 8 seconds in sports.

“You name something else that’s this exciting and I’ll call you a liar,” said PBR champion Jake Lockwood.

What is it like to try and stay on one of these burly beasts?

“You are always gonna get hurt when you ride balls,” said Lockwood. “It’s something you’re not gonna be able to get away from. We just hope it’s not too bad. You can have aches and pains regardless.”

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“It is pretty insane to get on something 10 times your weight,” said rookie rider Ezekiel Mitchell.

The event literally kicks off Friday night with the Monster Energy Buck-Off where the top 35 bull riders in the world compete.

Last year’s bull riding champion earned $1.4 million, and riders can actually earn nothing if they don’t perform.

The 15/15 bucking battle airs Saturday on CBS2 at noon, while further rounds and the championship can be seen on CBS Sports Network.

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For more information about attending this year’s event, see the website.