Bareback Riding

Bareback riders endure more abuse, suffer more injuries and carry away more long-term damage than all other rodeo cowboys.

To stay aboard the horse, a bareback rider uses a rigging made of leather and constructed to meet PRCA safety specifications. The rigging, which resembles a suitcase handle on a strap, is placed atop the horse’s withers and secured with a cinch.

Bareback riding has been compared to riding a jackhammer with one hand. As the bronc and rider burst from the chute, the rider must have both spurs touching the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s feet hit the ground after the initial move from the chute.  This is called “marking out.”  If the cowboy fails to do this, he is disqualified.

As the bronc bucks, the rider pulls his knees up, rolling his spurs up the horse’s shoulders. As the horse descends, the cowboy straightens his legs, returning his spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulders in anticipation of the next jump.

Making a qualified ride and earning a money-winning score requires more than just strength. A bareback rider is judged on his spurring technique, the degree to which his toes remain turned out while he is spurring and his willingness to take whatever might come during his ride.

2017 World Champion: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, IA

2017 DRR Champion: Orin Larsen, 83 Points on Powder River Rodeo’s Big Prize

DRR Arena Record: Royce Ford, 91 Points, 2006

Bareback ride from Saturday Night 2017

Posted by Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This year’s Bareback Riding is sponsored by: