What is Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding, which is considered the classic event in rodeo is another rough stock event. As the name implies, the cowboy has a saddle. There is also a halter on the horse with a rein, or rope, on it. The cowboy holds on to the rein, and how short or long it is depends on the style of the bucking horse. At the right length, the rein greatly aides the rider in his timing. Compared to bareback, saddle bronc riding is much smoother and more controlled looking. The rider is judged primarily on fluidity and spurring action. His horse is judged on a strong buck for the entire eight seconds and smooth, strong jumps. The rider must not touch any part of the horse or himself with his free arm or he will be disqualified. And as with bareback, he must also mark the horse out of the chute or face disqualification.

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Meet Saddle Bronc Rider Wade Sundell, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Currently third in the Saddle Bronc World Standings with $113,782 in earnings is just over $41,600 behind first place leader Taos Muncey. With ten rounds in the Wrangler World Finals however, this does not put him out oft he race. The 26-year old Sundell has qualified for the Wrangler NFR twice in the past, in 2009 and in 2010. He joined the PRCA in 2007...
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