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Bareback riding is one of the wildest and most physically demanding events in the rodeo. Bareback riding is in the “rough stock” category meaning it is judged by combining the score of the rider and the score of the bucking horse. A successful bareback ride includes a spurring cowboy and a bucking bronco. It is believed that bareback riding was the start of the rodeo tradition.


Barrel Racing

There are not too many situations where a rodeo event is described as “elegant.” Barrel racing is the exception to this situation. The contestant can choose to go to the left barrel or right, whichever. A 360 turn is required around the barrel to the next barrel opposite it, then around that final turn. Then the race is on to the finish line. Barrel racers lose points if they knock over a barrel.



This involves 1 rider and 1 calf. A 10 foot rope is fastened around the calf’s neck; this ensures the calf a head start. When the roper is ready she calls for the calf, the chute man trips a lever opening the doors. The calf reaches the end of his rope; it pops off and simultaneously releases the barrier for the roper. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run. Fastest run wins.



Bull riding is perhaps the most exciting event to watch. A cowboy tries to ride a bull for eight seconds while holding a bull rope looped around the bull’s midsection. Scoring is based on a possible perfect score of 100 points, with half deriving from the contestant’s efforts and half the bull’s. Sounds simple enough but it’s not. Bullriding is one of rodeo’s most unpredictable events.


Freestyle Bullfighting

American Freestyle bullfighting is a style of bullfighting developed in American rodeo. The style was developed by the rodeo clowns who protect bull riders from being trampled or gored by the bull bull. Freestyle bullfighting is a 60-second competition in which the bullfighter (rodeo clown) avoids the bull by means of dodging, jumping and use of a barrel. Like in Bullriding, the Bullfighter and the Bull are scored.


Saddle Bronc

Rodeo’s classic event – saddle bronc riding — was truly born in the Old West, where ranch cowboys would test themselves against one another and unbroke n horses. Judges score the horse’s bucking action and the cowboy’s control of the horse combined with his spurring action. While the horse’s bucking ability is built into the scoring, a controlled ride tends to score higher.


Steer Wrestling

The concept seems straight forward enough: Jump from a horse, grab a steer by the horns and wrestle it to the ground, stopping the clock as quickly as possible. Easily said, not easily done. Timing, technique, strength and the horsemanship of the hazer, who guides the steer in a straight path for the cowboy, are the primary factors of this popular, historic rodeo event.


Team Roping

Team roping is team work in action. Success takes two teammates anticipating each other’s moves and the antics of a steer on the run. It’s rodeo art in motion. One cowboy works as the header, roping the steer around the horns, neck or a horn-neck combination. Then he turns the steer to the left so that the he can ride in and rope both of the steer’s hind legs. A roper is allowed 3 loops.


Tie Down

A tie-down roping run begins with a mounted cowboy giving a head start to a calf of about 250 pounds, then giving chase down the arena. After roping the calf, the cowboy dismounts, runs down the rope (which is anchored to the saddle horn), lays the calf on its side and ties any three of its legs together with a “piggin’ string” he carries clenched in his teeth and looped through his belt


Professional rodeo action consists of two types of competitions – roughstock events and timed events – and an all-around cowboy crown.


In the roughstock events bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his performance and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, himself or any of his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified.


In saddle bronc and bareback riding, a cowboy must “mark out” his horse; that is, he must exit the chute with his spurs set above the horse’s shoulders and hold them there until the horse’s front feet hit the ground after the initial jump out of the chute. Failing to do so results in disqualification.


During the regular season, two judges each score a cowboy’s qualified ride by awarding 0 to 25 points for the rider’s performance and 0 to 25 points for the animal’s effort. The judges’ scores are then combined to determine the contestant’s score. A perfect score is 100 points.


In steer wrestling and the roping events, calves and steers are allowed a head start. The competitor, on horseback, starts in a three-sided fenced area called a box. The fourth side opens into the arena. A rope barrier is stretched across that opening and is tied to the calf or steer with a breakaway loop. Once the calf or steer reaches the head-start point – predetermined by the size of the arena – the barrier is automatically released. If a cowboy breaks that barrier, a 10-second penalty is added.

Casper Baca Rodeo Co established in 1976 in the sands of San Fidel NM. 

W Santa Fe Ave
Grants, NM 87020

T. (505) 240-0736E.

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