The Different Types of Rodeos posted by Rodeo Fan
Rodeo is a sport that came about from the practices used in cattle herding across United States, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. The sport involves the skills generally used by a cowboy with livestock and horses. Professional rodeo consists of different competitive events such as steer wrestling, calf roping, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and saddle bronc.
In this rodeo event, a rider on a horse has to chase a steer, then drop from the horse onto the steer, and wrestle it to the ground by manipulating the steer's horns. This requires specialized technique and there is high risk of injury. Presently, the steers used for this competition are longhorns or Corriente cattle that weigh around 450 to 650 pounds.
This is a timed event where a person riding a horse has to catch a calf by throwing a lasso around its neck, dismount, and then go to the calf and tie three of its legs together in order to restrain it. This has to be done in the shortest time possible. The PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) mainly regulates this event, and according to the rules, the calf's weight should be between 220 to 280 pounds.
Bare Back Bronc Riding
In this competition, the rider climbs on to a horse without a saddle, which is kept in a wooden enclosure. The gate of the enclosure is then opened to allow the horse to burst out into the arena and start bucking. The rider has to stay on the horse for at least eight seconds, using only one hand to grab onto a leather strap that is fastened around the girth of the horse. This event has more risk of injury than even steer wrestling. The horse used in this competition is from specially bred bucking stock, and is not a wild horse.Continue reading "The Different Types of Rodeos"