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 Bull Rider Tilden Hooper

At age 23, bareback rider Tilden Hooper already has PRCA career earnings of $244,210 and as of the end of September, 2011 is sitting sixth in the world standings in the race for the gold buckle with earnings of $83,130. Headed to his third appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Hooper started riding in bareback competitions at age 15. He studied at Panola Junior College, earning an associate’s degree in business before turning to rodeo full time in 2008 when he competed in 113 PRCA rodeos. He travels with his best friend, Kaycee Feild, Jessy Davis, Joe Gunderson and Jared Schlegel....
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