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Rodeo Events

Bareback

Bareback riding is a rodeo event where the cowboy must stay on the horse for 8 seconds.  There is no saddle, stirrups or even a rein. To stay aboard the horse, the bareback rider uses a rigging made of leather and rawhide. The rigging, which resembles a suitcase handle on a strap, is placed over …

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Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is an all female timed event that has no judges and therefore no subjective points of view. Barrel racing is graceful and simplistic — one woman, a horse, three barrels and the stopwatch. The horse is ridden as quickly as possible around a cloverleaf course of three barrels. Ride quickly and win. Hesitate …

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Breakaway Roping

Breakaway roping is the female version of rope and tie. The event differs in that the cowgirl does not have to dismount, thrown the calf and tie it’s legs.  Instead, the cowgirl, throws the rope, catching the calf around the neck and then the rope breaks away from its tie to the saddle horn with …

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Bull Riding

The most popular rodeo riding event and the most dangerous!  Cowboys (and some cowgirls) climb on the back of a tonne of bucking bull and try to stay there for eight seconds. The risks are obvious and serious injury is always a possibility but the adrenaline is addictive.  Bull riding is EXCITING, demanding intense physical …

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Rope And Tie

Rope and tie is a timed event where a mounted cowboy ropes or “lassos” a calf, leaps from his horse, throws the calf to the ground and ties its legs together.  Roping can be traced back to the working ranches of the American Old West. When calves were sick or injured, cowboys had to rope …

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Saddlebronc

Saddle bronc riding is rodeo’s classic event. It evolved from breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the American Old West. The event requires strength, style, grace and precision timing. Every move the bronc rider makes must be synchronized with the movement of the horse with the objective being a fluid ride.  …

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Steer Undecorating

Steer undecorating is the female  version of steer wrestling. Rather than dismounting the horse and pulling the steer to the ground, the cowgirl has to gallop up along side the steer and remove the ribbon attached to its back. The event begins with the cowgirl in a starting box secured behind a rope barrier.  The …

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Steer Wrestling

Formally known as “bulldogging”.  Steer wrestling requires two cowboys, a steer and judges.  The objective of the steer wrestler is to leap from his galloping horse and then use strength and technique to wrestle a steer to the ground as quickly as possible. That sounds simple enough.  Here’s the catch: the steer generally weighs more …

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Team Roping

Team roping, the only true team event in rodeo, requires close cooperation and timing between two ropers — a header and a heeler — and their horses. The event originated on ranches when cowboys needed to treat or brand large steers and the task proved too difficult for one man. Similar to tie-down ropers and …

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