PBR Bull Riding
In Professional Bull Riding (PBR), the rider sits on a large male bovine that weighs between 1000 and 2500 pounds. The bovine is held in a small piped enclosure called the bucking chute. The rider holds tightly on to a long woven leather rope that is fastened around the bull. When the rider is ready, the gate of the bucking chute is opened and the bull is let out. When the bull bursts out, it attempts to throw off or buck off the rider using techniques like belly rolls and spins. The rider attempts to stay on the bull for 8 seconds without touching the bull with his free hand.
In Barrel racing, contestants compete for the fastest time in running a triangular, cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The horse and the rider are allowed a running start and the time starts and ends when a visible starting line is crossed. Touching a barrel is permitted, but there is a five-second penalty for knocking over a barrel. The pattern can be started either from the left or the right, and those who go off the prescribed course are disqualified. At the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA), a barrel racing show must meet the following safety conditions:
- A minimum of 15 feet between each of the first two barrels and the side fence
- A minimum of 30 feet between the third barrel and the back fence
- A minimum of 30 feet between the timer line and the first barrel
The rider can choose to start on either of the front two barrels. A pattern that starts with the right turn around the right hand barrel must be followed by two left turns. A rider who chooses to go left first must make two right had turns for the second and third barrel. Either start produces the desired “clover leaf pattern.” Racing times are measured in the hundredths of seconds. Clearly, knocking over a barrel is disastrous in a race that may take as little as 14 seconds from start to finish.
Barrel racing became popular as an event that would keep wives, girlfriends and daughters busy and involved when men were competing in the rough rodeo sports. In some circles, barrel racing is known as a woman’s sports.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Saddle bronc riding is quite similar to bareback bronc riding. The rider holds onto a length of rope that is fastened to halter on the horse. When the rider says he is ready, the gate of the bucking chute is opened and the horse bursts out and attempts to throw or buck off the rider. The rider tries to stay on the horse for 8 seconds without touching the horse with his free hand.
Bareback Bronc Riding Team
A rider gets on an untamed equine or bronco that weighs between 800 and 1500 pounds. The bronco is held in a small piped enclosure called the bucking chute. The rider tightly grips a handle strapped to the horse. When the rider says he is ready, the gate of the bucking chute is opened and the horse bursts out and attempts to throw or buck off the rider. Horses that cannot be trained
to accept riders may become broncs in rodeos. A flank strap is used to encourage the bronc to kick out in addition to bucking you can find some professional bronc riding teams. The flank strap is about 4 inches wide and is covered in sheepskin and fastens behind the widest part of the abdomen. The rider attempts to stay on the horse for 8 seconds without touching the horse with his free hand and is scored on a scale of 0-50 and the horse is also scored on a scale of 0-50.
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