In the beginning rodeo was not for entertainment. A “rodeo” was a contest between a group of ranch hands competing against each other doing what they do on a regular basis. Events consisted of calf roping, team roping, bronco riding, and the favored bull riding.
Now, while rodeo is very competitive it is mostly for entertainment. National rodeo competitions allow a competitions allow a sport for girls only called barrel racing. High school rodeo however has pole bending and goat tying for girls only. Many cowboys and cowgirls participate in roping for example breakaway roping, tie down roping, and team roping.
By far Bull riding and Bronc riding are the most known and maybe the most dangerous rodeo sport ever. Bull riding requires balance, coordination, quick reflexes, flexibility, and, perhaps above all else, a positive mental attitude. The bull rider holds a flat-braided rope during his eight-second ride. In preparation for the ride, he pulls the tail of the rope through a loop, then wraps the rope around his riding hand, sometimes weaving the rope through his fingers to secure his grip. He nods his head as a signal for the chute gate to be opened and the ride to begin. Each bull has a unique style of bucking. Many bulls spin, or continuously circle, in one area of the arena. Others add a jump or kick to their spin, making them more difficult to ride. Still others jump, and kick in a straight line, move side to side during a jump, or lunge forward in an attempt to rid themselves of a rider. The cowboy’s control during the ride and the bull’s bucking efforts each account for half of the rider’s score. While both are physically demanding, bareback riding is on of the most physically damaging in the long run, back and neck injuries are almost guaranteed.
Rodeo competition falls into one of two categories: rough stock events or timed events. Rough stock events are the scored riding events of professional rodeo: saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and bull...