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 Sterling Crawley, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

This will be the first trip to Las Vegas for the 21-year-old Sterling Crawley. He won six events this year; 128th Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.), Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell, Neb.), the Oregon Trail Rodeo (Hastings, Neb.), the Heart of the North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.), the Nacogdoches (Texas) ProRodeo & Steer Show, and the Will ...
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