Expert rodeo action consists of two sorts of competitors-- roughstock events as well as timed occasions. Take a look at the list of professional rodeo events listed below with a deep-dive into the what, why as well as how of each event.
In the roughstock events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding – a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his performance and the animal’s performance. In order to earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal with his free hand, he is disqualified.
In saddle bronc and bareback riding, cowboys must mark out their horses; that is, they must exit the chute with their spurs set above the horse’s shoulders and hold them there until the horse’s front feet hit the ground after its first jump. Failing to do so results in disqualification.
During the regular season, two judges each score a cowboy’s qualified ride by awarding 0 to 25 points for the animal’s performance and 0 to 25 points for the rider’s performance. The judges’ scores are combined to determine the contestant’s score. A perfect score is 100 points.
In the timed events – tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and women’s barrel racing – a contestant’s goal is to post the fastest time in his event.
In the cattle events, calves and steers are allowed a head start. The competitor, on horseback, starts in a three‐sided fenced area called a box. The fourth side opens into the arena. A rope barrier is stretched across that opening and tied to the calf or steer. Once the calf or steer reaches the head-start point– predetermined by the size of the arena – the barrier is automatically released. If a cowboy breaks that barrier before it is released, he is assessed a 10‐second penalty.
In women’s barrel racing, a horse and rider follow a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels and then dash across the finish line. A five-second penalty is assessed for each barrel that is tipped over during the contestant's run.
"Breakaway roping is a great exhibition of the partnership between a woman and her horse. Their athleticism and quick reflexes working together are a must,” says Keri Smith of Caldwell who competes locally.
"A roping horse needs to be quick-footed, have explosive speed and be able to stop on a dime. The rider, working in tandem, swings her rope across the line taking her first shot. Then pitch the slack so the rope breaks away from the saddle. It's so much happening in the blink of an eye.”
Each contestant will rope one head during the first 5 performances or slack competition. The fastest 12 women return for the finals on Saturday to determine the champion.