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Saddle Bronc

Saddle bronc riding is rodeo's classic event, both a complement and contrast to the wilder spectacles of bareback riding and bull riding. This event requires strength to be sure, but the event also demands style, grace and precise timing.

Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old West. Many cowboys claim riding saddle broncs is the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success.

Every move the bronc rider makes must be synchronized with the movement of the horse. The cowboy's objective is a fluid ride, somewhat in contrast to the wilder and less-controlled rides of bareback riders.

Dan Erickson shows the form and technique that have made him a Wranger NFR qualifying saddle bronc rider. One of the similarities shared by saddle bronc and bareback riding is the rule that riders in both events must mark out their horses on the first jump from the chute. To properly mark out his horse, the saddle bronc rider must have both heels touching the animal above the point of its shoulders when it makes its first jump from the chute. If the rider misses his mark, he receives no score.

While a bareback rider has a rigging to hold onto, the saddle bronc rider has only a thick rein attached to his horse's halter. Using one hand, the cowboy tries to stay securely seated in his saddle. If he touches any part of the horse or his own body with his free hand, he is disqualified.

Judges score the horse's bucking action, the cowboy's control of the horse and the cowboy's spurring action. While striving to keep his toes turned outward, the rider spurs from the points of the horse's shoulders to the back of the saddle. To score well, the rider must maintain that action throughout the eight-second ride. While the bucking ability of the horse is quite naturally built into the scoring system, a smooth, rhythmic ride is sure to score better than a wild, uncontrolled effort.

*Courtesy of the PRCA Pro Rodeo Website

RODEO WESTERN WEEK 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday January 10th

12-2pm Miss Rodeo Montana Horsemanship, Fours Seasons Arena, Fairgrounds, Free

5-8pm Great Falls Chamber Pro Rodeo Mixer, Heritage Inn Plus, Convention Center Free

7pm Cowboy Auction, Heritage Inn Plus, Convention Center, Free

Friday January 11th

11am-1pm Miss Rodeo Montana Speech Luncheon, Holiday Inn

Noon-2pm Contestant Check-In, Heritage Inn Plus, Convention Center

2-3pm Contestant Check-In, Heritage Inn Plus, Convention Center

3-6pm Rodeo Committeeman's Meeting, Heritage Inn Plus, American Room

7pm MPRF Rodeo Performance, Montana ExpoPark, Great Falls

Saturday January 12th

10:30am MPRF Ranch Rodeo Four Seasons Arena, $10 at the door

Noon - 1:30pm Miss Rodeo Montana Coronation and Luncheon, Hampton Inn

1:30-3pm Kiddie Rodeo by Miss Rodeo Montana, Heritage Inn Plus, Free

2:30 - 3:30pm Cowboy Auction, Heritage Inn, Free

7pm MPRF Rodeo Performance, Montana ExpoPark, Great Falls

Sunday January 13th

9:30-11:30 Miss Rodeo Montana Coronation, Hampton Inn

10-11am Church Service, Heritage Inn Plus, Britain Room

2pm Tough Enough to Wear Pink MPRF Rodeo Performance, Montana ExpoPark, Great Falls

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