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 Matt Bright, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Qualifying in 12th place in bareback riding is Matt Bright. Bright, who was born in Tennessee and now resides in Texas, won one event in the 2012 season, the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.). He was the Co-champion at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo.   Last year he ...
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