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 Wes Stevenson, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

A member of the PRCA since 1998 and winner of more than $1 million dollars, in 2012 Wes Stevenson has qualified for his eighth WNFR, though he is yet to win a World title.   His highlights for 2012 include wins at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver, Colo.), the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, the ...
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