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 Will Lowe, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Bareback rider Will Lowe will turn 29 on Christmas Eve and may very well do so as the 2011 World Champion Bareback Rider. As of the end of September, Lowe is in a tight race with Kaycee Field, of Payson, Utah. So tight in fact, that they are only $3,028 in earnings apart from each other, yet more than $38,000 ahead of the third place contender, Steven Dent. This contest will make the National Finals Rodeo more exciting than ever as these two men vie for the gold buckle....
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