What is Bareback Riding

The bareback event is the most physically demanding event in rodeo. The cowboy rides a bucking horse for eight seconds without benefit of a bridle or a saddle. Instead, his hand is wedged in a handhold made especially for each individual rider. This is called a rigging. The rider must ride with one hand only, and his free arm must not touch either the horse or himself. The cowboy must mark the horse out. This means that the cowboy must have his spurs at the point of the horses’ shoulder when he makes his first jump out of the chute. If he fails to do so, he is disqualified. The rider is scored on technique, as well as that fine line of being in control while looking almost wild, and his horse is judged on his bucking style, power, and difficulty

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Meet Bareback Rider Steven Dent, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Competitive? Oh yeah! Steven Dent is one competitive cowboy and has been his entire life. He began competing at the age of 4, under the tutelage of his father who was a PRCA member at the time. In addition to rodeo, he participated in football, wrestling and track and field during his high school years. But ‘participated in’ is not an accurate description. Dent’s high school, Mullen High was state champion in eight-man football during his junior year when he led the state with 2,488 yards rushing....
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