Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding is considered rodeo’s “classic event”. The cowboy must ride for eight seconds while judges score both him and the horse. The horse is scored on his bucking action, and a rider is disqualified or receives a no score if he misses the “mark out” or grabs the rein or riggin’ with his free hand. Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old West. Many cowboys claim riding saddle broncs is the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success.
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* 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; he fails to have his feet in the proper “mark out” position at the beginning of the ride; or he bucks off.