by Diva Christine Harris
It was a beautiful day for a rodeo, the sun was shining and there was not a rain cloud in sight. The afternoon was packed full of action with many different events to watch.
We started the day off with an event called Pole Bending. It’s a timed competition where the ladies have to take their horses through six poles weaving them back and forth and racing back to the finish line.
Tie down roping is also a timed event. The cowboy gives the calf a head start out of the box and then has to throw his loop around the calf’s neck and get the horse to pull back on the rope, he then jumps off the horse, throws the calf on its side and ties up its feet. This was initially used to administer antibiotics on the farm before it became a sport.
Break-a-way roping is a timed ladies event where she has to throw her loop around the calf’s neck and as the rope takes up the slack it breaks away and that’s when the time stops.
Steer wrestling starts with the steer getting a head start leaving the gate, the cowboy then rides up on his horse to catch up and jumps off and brings the steer down, all four legs must be off the ground. His partner called the Hazer keeps the steer from veering away.
Saddle bronc riding is a classic rodeo event. The cowboy must stay on his bucking bronc for at least 8 seconds to qualify for a score and he may only touch the bronc with one hand on the horses halter.
The junior bull riding is for cowboys under the age of fifteen and they ride steers instead of bulls. They must also stay on the animal for a minimum of eight seconds to receive a score.
Just before intermission we were treated to some ladies performing daring tricks on their beautiful horses, and the little ones got to participate in a sheep scramble where they were to chase sheep to get coupons off of their backs.
Barrel racing uses three barrels and the cowgirls weave their horses around them in a clover pattern and races back to the finish line as this is also a timed event. If they tip over a barrel they receive a five second penalty.
Team roping is similar to tie down roping, but there are two ropers. One is designated to rope the head and the other is to rope the back feet. If they don’t give the steer the appropriate head start they get a ten second penalty.
Last but certainly not least is the adult bull riding, and this is what most people come to see. The cowboy is sat on a 2000lbs bull who wants nothing but to get this guy off of his back. The cowboy must stay on the bull for at least eight seconds. More points are awarded for the difficulty to stay on the bull for things like bucking, spinning and changing directions. So it helps to have an angry bull.
It was wonderful to have such a big event so close to home and it looks like this annual event will continue for years to come. If you didn’t make it this year, make sure to come next time!
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