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The basic seven rodeo events fall into two categories: Roughstock and Timed Events

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, himself or any of his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified.


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Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding - Watch the cowboy try to stay atop a bucking animal.

A rider's score is equally dependent upon the animal's performance.

Fastest Time WINS!  Don't break the Barrier...

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In steer wrestling and the roping 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 is tied to the calf or steer with a breakaway loop.

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, a 10-second penalty is added.

Bareback riding has been compared to riding a jackhammer with one hand. As the bronc and rider burst from the chute, the rider must have both spurs touching the horse's shoulders until the horse's feet hit the ground after the initial move from the chute. This is called "marking out." If the cowboy fails to do this, he is disqualified.


The objective of the steer wrestler, who is also known as a "bulldogger," is to use strength and technique to wrestle a steer to the ground as quickly as possible. A perfect combination of strength, timing and technique are necessary for success in the lightning-quick event of steer wrestling.


Team roping, the only true team event in ProRodeo, requires close cooperation and timing between two highly skilled ropers – a header and a heeler – and their horses. The event originated on ranches when cowboys needed to treat or brand large steers and the task proved too difficult for one man.


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.


The roots of tie-down roping can be traced back to the working ranches of the Old West. When calves were sick or injured, cowboys had to rope and immobilize them quickly for veterinary treatment. Ranch hands prided themselves on the speed with which they could rope and tie calves, and they soon turned their work into informal contests.


One of the fastest-moving events at the Dayton Rodeo will be cowgirls barrel racing, a race against time as cowgirls run highly-trained horses around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. This equine athlete must run full speed, check himself and make a 360-degree turn around a barrel, then run hard again to the next barrel. Barrel racing requires extreme precision, as winners are often decided by a mere thousandths-of-a-second.


Bull riding, which is intentionally climbing on the back of a 2,000-pound bull, emerged from the fearless and possibly fool-hardy nature of the cowboy. The risks are obvious. Regardless, cowboys do it, fans love it and bull riding ranks as one of rodeo's most popular events

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