A classic rodeo event, Saddle Bronc Riding stems back to the taming and training of wild horses for farm transport and hunting. Some horses would not submit easily and so the contest began.
Today, the event is a stylised and highly skilled event on the rodeo circuit. The cowboy begins with his feet turned out and over the break of the horses shoulder as it leaves the chute.
The cowboy must synchronise his spurring with the horses bucking and is judged on his style and spurring action while attempting to stay on the bucking horse for eight seconds.
A rider is disqualified if he touches the horse or equipment with his free hand or if he loses a stirrup or the single rein.
Equipment used in Saddle Bronc Riding is a standard contest saddle and a plain head collar with a single rope rein held in one hand.