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, Steer Wrestler, and Tie-Down Roper Trell Etbauer

Etbauer. A legendary name in rodeo. This time we have Trell Etbauer, son of former World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider (1990, 1991) Robert Etbauer, and nephew of five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004) Billy Etbauer. His other uncle, Dan Etbauer made the third of the Etbauer trio and also qualified for the NFR saddle bronc competition 10 times....
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