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 Cody Wright, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

The two-time World Champion saddle bronc rider Cody Wright comes from an amazing rodeo family! Cody is the eldest of seven brothers (Calvin, Alex, Jake, Jesse, Spencer and Stuart) and all but Stuart are PRCA saddle bronc competitors. Brother Jesse won the 2007 Utah high school saddle bronc title and his twin brother Jake, who finished fourth in the State finals, won the national high school championship. Brother Spencer won the 2008 National High School Championship, with Jesse 10th. Last year (2010) Cody, Alex, Jesse and Rusty Allen all traveled together....
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