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BAREBACK RIDING - Partners – Complete Wireless Solutions

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. Back in 1864 two neighboring ranches in Deer Trail, Colo. met to settle an argument about which ranch hands were better at performing daily ranching activities. Among the activities in that historic meeting was bareback riding. Today the argument may be gone, but the sheer strength and determination to compete is alive and well.
 

What to watch for:

  • Contestants must ride a bucking horse for eight seconds, holding nothing but a single-handhold rigging made of leather and rawhide is cinched around the horse’s girth.

  • If the cowboy fails to have his feet in the correct position when the horse leaves the chute, the cowboy will be disqualified for “missing” the horse out

  • A rider is disqualified if he touches his equipment, himself, or the animal with his free hand, or if he is bucked off before eight seconds.

  • Half the cowboy’s score comes from his spurring technique and “exposure” to the strength of the horse; the other half is determined by the bucking strength of the horse.

     
TIE-DOWN ROPING - Partner SCS Board
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 Needless to say, it requires a great athlete accomplish the mad dash in a matter of a few seconds.

What to watch for:

  • The calf gets a head start; one end of a breakaway rope barrier is loped around the calf’s neck and stretched across the open end of the box. When the calf reaches its advantage point, the barrier is released. If the roper breaks the barrier before the calf reaches its head start the roper is assessed a 10-second penalty.

  • Once the loop catches the calf, the horse comes to a stop. The cowboy dismounts, sprints to the calf to begin the tie, otherwise known as flanking. If the calf is not standing, the cowboy must allow the calf to get back on its feet before flanking it.

  • Once that roper throws his hands in the air, hold your breath and count to six. That calf must stay tied for six seconds; if the calf kicks free the roper receives no time.

     
STEER WRESTLING - Partner - Partner SCS Board
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 event.
 

What to watch for:

  • The contestant and his hazer -- an assistant who rides on the opposite side of the steer -- start from behind a barrier that allows the animal a head start. If the cowboy breaks out early, he is assessed a 10-second penalty.

     
SADDLE BRONC - Partners - North Santiam Paving Co. & North Santiam Red Angus
Rodeo’s classic event – saddle bronco riding -- was truly born in the Old West, where ranch cowboys would test themselves against one another and unbroken horses. Not much has changed. Today the cowboys are still climbing aboard bucking horses and the competition between man and man -- and man and horse -- remains as intense as ever. 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 naturally built into the scoring system, a smooth rhythmic ride is sure to score better than a wild uncontrolled one.

What to watch for:

  • A bronco rider must begin the ride with his feet placed over the bronco’s shoulders.

  • In order to receive a higher score the cowboy must synchronize his spurring action with the animal’s bucking style.

  • A saddle rider is synchronized with the movement of the horse, unlike bareback riding, where the cowboy is looking for a wild and less-controlled ride.

  • The saddle bronco rider must have both heels on the animal’s shoulders when it makes the first jump from the chute. If the rider misses his mark, he receives no score.

  • A rider is disqualified if he touches his equipment, himself, or the animal with his free hand, or if he is bucked off before eight seconds.

     
TEAM ROPING - Partner - K&E Excavating
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 heeler can ride in and rope both of the steer’s hind legs. A roper is allowed 3 loops.
 

What to watch for:

  • The clock starts once the ropers leave their respective boxes. It stops when their ropes are tight and their horses are facing each other.

  • If the heeler catches only one leg, a five second penalty is assessed; if the header fails to give the steer its allotted head start, the team receives a 10-second penalty.

  • A figure eight around the horns is a no-time or disqualification

     
BARREL RACING - Partners - CW Specialty Lumber
There are not too many situations where a rodeo event is described as “elegant.” Barrel racing is the exception. Watching the horse and rider work together in perfect harmony at a full run with dirt flying can make a spectator forget to breathe. 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 to the third and last barrel for the final turn. Then the race is on to the finish line.
 

What to watch for: 

  • The contestant enters the race at a full gallop and the time starts as the horse crosses the Score Line.

  • Speed is everything so electronic timers are used and the final result can come down to a hundredth of a second. The horse must be fast and agile enough to turn on a dime.

     
BREAK-AWAY ROPING - Partner - Wilco
This rodeo event features a calf and one rider. The calves are moved through a narrow pathway leading to a chute with spring-loaded doors. A 10 foot rope is fastened around the calf’s neck; this ensures the calf a head start. The contestant is behind a taut rope fastened with an easily broken string. The string is fastened to the rope on the calf. 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.
 

What to watch for:

  • The calf gets a head start; one end of a breakaway rope barrier is loped around the calf’s neck and stretched across the open end of the box. When the calf reaches its advantage point, the barrier is released. If the roper breaks the barrier before the calf reaches its head start the roper is assessed a 10-second penalty.

  • Once the loop catches the calf, the horse comes to a stop and the rope will breakaway from the contestants saddle.

     
BULL RIDING - Partner - A&W Restaurant Stayton
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. With angry bulls weighing up to a ton trying to throw their cowboy riders off, it’s one of rodeo’s most unpredictable events.
 

What to watch for:

  • Riders are not allowed to use their freehand.

  • If the rider falls off before the buzzer sounds, the contest is over.

     
MUTTON BUSTIN
The event has become a crowd and family favorite at the Stampede. Over the years, brothers and sisters have grown full of experience and wisdom on the best technique for riding the sheep. Most of the contestants for this event have out grown the size and age limit to ride, by the time they become “pros.” (The size is 60lbs and age is six years.) They then become the “old timers” and like any good cowboy, they are there to lend a hand to the “young guns” by sharing the tricks of the trade! They will help them put on their protective gear, show them the best spot to hold the rope, and then tell them to hold on for the ride of their lives!
 

What to watch for:

  • Holding on tight to the rope

  • Holding on to the sheep it’s self

  • Little ones in the dirt

     
JR. BARREL RACING - Partner - CW Specialty Lumber
This event is fairly new to the Stampede, but is fast becoming a real crowd pleaser. Jr. Barrel Racing is the beginning of a love for the sport. It is one, of not many sports that contestants can start at an early age and continue to compete in, late into life. At an early age it’s about learning the pattern, with age and experience it’s about the time, the faster the better. With experience comes a harmony between the hose and the rider, that creates an event spectators marvel at.
 

What to watch for:

  • The contestant enters the race and the time starts as the horse crosses the Score Line.

  • This event is a timed event so electronic timers are used to track each rider and her horse.

  • The horse must be fast and agile enough to make the turns around the barrels or “cans” as some of the girls call them.

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