IS THIS YOUR FIRST RODEO?
If it is, you’re in for a real treat. Since the first rodeos in America in the late 1800s, folks have enjoyed the thrill of witnessing everyday ranch skills turned into high-level competition. These contests are challenging, daring feats, and tests of true grit that was required to tame the wild west. Discover what happens at the rodeo, and learn what to expect from your Red Lodge Home of Champions PRCA Rodeo Experience.
ROUGH STOCK EVENTS
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, breakaway 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.