Saddle Bronc riding

Rodeo's "classic" event, saddle bronc riding, has roots that run deep in the history of the Old West. Ranch hands would often gather and compete among themselves to see who could display the best style while riding wild horses. It was from this early competition that today's event was born.

Each rider must begin his ride with his feet over the bronc's shoulders to give the horse the advantage. A rider who synchronizes his spurring action with the animal's bucking efforts will receive a high score. Other factors considered in the scoring are the cowboy's control throughout the ride, the length of his spurring stroke and how hard the horse bucks.
Model spurring action begins with the rider's feet far forward on the bronc's point of shoulder, sweeping to the back of the saddle, or "cantle," as the horse bucks. The rider then snaps his feet back to the horse's neck a split second before the animal's front feet hit the ground.

Disqualification results if, prior to the buzzer which sounds after eight seconds, the rider touches the animal, himself or his equipment with his free hand, if either foot slips out of a stirrup, if he drops the bronc rein, or if he fails to have his feet in the proper "mark out" position at the beginning of the ride.


Bareback Riding

Bareback riding, developed in the rodeo arena many years ago, consistently produces some of the wildest action in the sport.

A bareback rider begins his ride with his feet placed above the break of the horse's shoulder. If the cowboy's feet are not in the correct position when the horse hits the ground on its first jump out of the chute, the cowboy has failed to "mark out" the horse properly and is disqualified.

Throughout the eight-second ride, the cowboy must grasp the rigging (a handhold made of leather and rawhide) with only one hand.

Optimum spurring action begins with the rider in control, his heels at the horse's neck. He then pulls his feet, toes turned outward, to the horse's withers until the cowboy's feet are nearly touching the bareback rigging.
A rider is disqualified if he touches his equipment, himself or the animal with his free hand.
The rider is judged on his control during the ride and on his spurring technique.


Calf Roping

Like bronc riding, tie down roping is an event born on the ranches of the Old West. Sick calves were roped and tied down for medical treatment.
Today, success in tie down roping depends largely on the teamwork between a cowboy and his horse. The luck of the draw is also a factor. A feisty calf that runs fast or kicks hard can foil a roper's finest effort.
After the calf is given a head start, horse and rider give chase. The contestant ropes the calf, then dismounts and runs to the animal.
After catching and flanking the calf, the cowboy ties any three of the animal's legs together using a "pigging string" he carries in his teeth until needed. If the calf is not standing when the contestant reaches it, the cowboy must allow the animal to stand, then flank it.
When the cowboy completes his tie, he throws his hands in the air as a signal to the judge. He then remounts his horse and allows the rope to become slack. The run is declared invalid if the calf kicks free within six seconds.


Prise du veau au lasso pour dame *********************

Cette classe est similaire à celle de la prise du veau au lasso pour hommes. Dans cette classe communément appelée « breakaway roping », la cavalière n'a pas à descendre de sa monture.

Elle doit quand même attraper le veau au lasso qui est attaché au pommeau de sa selle et au bout duquel se trouve un mouchoir de couleur vive qui, lorsque libéré, indique au juge que le veau est attrapé.





Steer Wrestling

Wrestling a steer requires more than brute strength. The successful steer wrestler, or bulldogger, is strong, to be sure, but he also understands the principles of leverage.

The steer wrestler on horseback starts behind a barrier, and begins his chase after the steer has been given a head start. If the bulldogger leaves too soon and breaks the barrier, he receives a 10-second penalty.

The steer wrestler is assisted by a hazer, another cowboy on horseback, tasked with keeping the steer running in a straight line.

When the bulldogger's horse pulls even with the steer, he eases down the right side of the horse and reaches for the steer's horns. After grasping the horns, he digs his heels into the dirt. As the steer slows, the cowboy turns the animal, lifts up on its right horn and pushes down with his left hand.
After the catch, the steer wrestler must either bring the steer to a stop or change the direction of the animal's body before the throw, or he is disqualified. The clock stops when the steer is on his side with all four legs pointing the same direction.


Team Roping

This is another event which has its roots in the everday work of the range cowboy. Cattle often must be caught in order to treat injuries, change brands due to a transfer of ownership, or to brand one that escaped branding as a calf. It is necessary to rope by both the horns and the hind feet which means two cowboys are needed. Team roping requires not only teamwork between the two cowboys but also between their horses.

Both cowboys. are positioned off to the right of the steer behind the time barrier. The steer is released from the chute when the front cowboy or "header" nods his head. Any premature breaking of the barrier by the header requires a 10 second penalty assessed against the team. The "heeler," or rear cowboy, is a little to the right and back of his partner. once the header has roped the steer around both horns, around half of the head, or around the neck, he "dailies" (wraps) his rope around the saddle horn and turns his horse to the left, also turning the steer so that it is in position for the heeler to rope the 2 hind legs and to dally his rope. If only I hind leg is caught, the team will be penalized 5 seconds. Each cowboy is allowed to carry only one rope but a total of 3 throws is allowed. Both horses must then be turned so that they face each other to "shape the steer." Once this has been done and the ropes are taut and dallied properly, the judge flags the team for time. A good time is any run under 7 seconds.

Barrel Racing

Although barrel racing may look less harrowing than some other rodeo events, it certainly is not for the faint-hearted. The horsemanship skills and competitive drive in this fast and furious event make it a crowd favorite.

In barrel racing, the contestant enters the arena at full speed on a sprinting American Quarter Horse. As they start the pattern, the horse and rider trigger an electronic eye that starts the clock. Then the racer rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the arena, and sprints back out of the arena, tripping the eye and stopping the clock as she leaves.

The contestant can touch or even move the barrels, but receives a five-second penalty for each barrel that is overturned. With the margin of victory measured in hundredths of seconds, knocking over one barrel spells disaster for a barrel racing competitor.



Bull Riding

Unlike the other roughstock contestants, bull riders are not required to spur. No wonder. It's usually impressive enough just to remain seated for eight seconds on an animal that may weigh more than a ton and is as quick as he is big.

Upper body control and strong legs are essential to riding bulls. The rider tries to remain forward, or "over his hand," at all times. Leaning back could cause him to be whipped forward when the bull bucks.

Judges watch for good body position and other factors, including use of the free arm and spurring action. Although not required, spurring will add points to a rider's score.

As in all the riding events, half of the score in bull riding is determined by the contestant's performance and the other half is based on the animal's efforts.
A bull rider will be disqualified for touching the animal, himself or his equipment with his free hand.

Bull riding was the subject of the feature film "Eight Seconds." The movie chronicled the life of 1987 world champion Lane Frost, who died as the result of a bull riding accident at the 1989 Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo.


Clown de rodéoBehind his make-up, wide and oversize clothes, there is a young reckless and athletic man. A cowboy stunned by the fall off a 875 kg enraged bull,becomes easy target for the beast. In this case the help riders can't do anything for the cowboy.It is at this moment that the rodeo clown becomes needed, his appearance distract the bull from the cowboy and become the bull's target himself and thus gives a chance to the cowboy to get away.


Pick-up Man

Clown de rodéoThe pick up rider will appear at the moment were the rider has hold on to his mount for the required time, and help the cowboy to dismount, and bring him back to safety.

Also if a cowboy is in difficulty, the pick up rider will come and help the cowboy to get away or get off a bad situation.