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 J.R. Vezain, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

J.R. Vezain, the young gun from Cowley, WY joined the PRCA in 2011 and has qualified for the WNFR both years. Last year he was also named Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year for 2011.   His big wins for this year came at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), ...
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