Bareback Riding/Ranch Bronc Riding

BAREBACK RIDING

  1. Riding is to be done with one-handed rigging. a) Rigging shall not be less than ten inches (10”) in width at the handhold and not over six inches (6”) at the “D” ring. Latigo cannot be blocked in “D” ring. Riggings wilt use a standard “D” ring to be set to sit flat on horse’s back when cinched. b) Rider may have single layer of leather, not to be skived under hands-hold, which will extend at least one inch (1”) on both sides of the center of the hand-hold. It shall be glued down. c) No fiberglass or metal in riggings or hand-holds. Only leather or rawhide allowed for hand-hold. Flat-head rivets and/or screws and “t” nuts allowed to secure hand-hold; only other metal allowed will be in the “D” rings. 26 d) Cinches on bareback riggings shall be made of mohair and shall be at least eight inches (8”) in width at the center, but may be tapered to accommodate cinches “D” or rings.

  2. Required bareback pads are to completely cover the under-side of the rigging and are to extend a full two inches (2”) behind the rigging. a) Pads used under riggings must be leather-covered on both sides. If they are hair pads they must be at least one-and one-quarter inch (1 1/4”) thick. b) In addition to the pad, a piece of leather a minimum of one-eighth inch (1/8”) thick and four inches (4”) square must be glued or sewed to the pad and centered in comparison to the total body length of the rigging. This piece of leather shall be placed so that one-half inch (1/2”) of it extends behind the rigging and the remaining two inches (2”) are under the rigging.

  3. Stock contractors will have the right to have judges pass on whether riggings are objectionable. Judges are to decide on all riggings and pads.

  4. The rider’s glove will be a plain glove with no flaps, rolls, wedges or gimmicks. a. A palm piece may be used in glove, which will be at least one inch (1”) wide and three inches (3”) long and will be glued in.

  5. There will be no adhesive material other than dry resin used on rigging or on rider’s glove. Benzoin may be used.
  6. Riders may be given a re-ride on same horse if flank come off or breaks, provided he completes a qualified ride. The matter of re-rides shall be decided by judges.

  7. Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider. a) Riding with rowels too sharp or locked in the opinion of the judges. b) Being bucked off. c) Touching animal, equipment or person with free hand. One arm must be free at all times. d) Rigging comes off horse, with or without breaking. e) Not having spurs above the break of the shoulders and touching horse when horse’s feet hit the ground in initial move out of the chute. f) Taking finger tuck, finger wrap, or using finger tape are violations. Violators shall be disqualified and may also be subject to a fine. 27 g) Judges shall disqualify bareback rider who has been advised he is next to go, if he is not above the animal with his glove on when previous horse leaves the arena.

  8. If, in the opinion of the pickup men and/or stock contractor, a bareback rider is unable to free his hand from the rigging at any point after the eight (8) second whistle, he shall be fined. Judges are to report the offense.

RANCH BRONC RIDING

  1. Riding is to be done with plain halter, one rein (rein may not be over 6 1/2 feet long) and saddle. Saddle to be furnished by contestants.  A cinch at least eight (8) inches wide must be used on all bronc saddles. 

  2. Measurements for the saddle to be: Cantle - not more than five (5) inches tall measured from back jockey to tallest point. Gullet - not less than four (4) inches at center of swells. Swells - not more than fourteen (14) inches wide or undercut more than one (1) inch on either side. Stirrups - hung over the bars with fenders. Deviation from specifications provided herein will be considered illegal.  

  3. Riding rein and hand must be on the same side. Horses to be saddled in chute. Rider may cinch own saddle or examine same to determine if satisfactory; bucking rein must be connected to halter. Bucking rein ONLY may be attached to halter under penalty of disqualification. (This to be at the stock contractor’s discretion.) If horse flips in box and breaks riders equipment, contestant may draw out and receive entry fee back. 

  4. Horses to be ridden eight (8) seconds, time to start when inside shoulder crosses plane of bucking chute.

  5. Middle flank belongs to rider; however, flank cannot be pulled further back than the break unless permission is granted by the stock contractor. 

  6. Riders will use dry rosin only on saddle and chaps. Judges can inspect saddle and chaps before or after competition. Contestant can be disqualified and fined for cheating. 

  7. Rider may wave or fan stock with hat only, not hand, to show being in control of ride (for possible extra points)  

  8. Disqualifications: Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider: 

  9. No night latch but rider can hold saddle horn or saddle cantle
    2. Cannot wrap rein around hand
    3. Feet must remain in stirrup for complete ride
    4. Rein and hand must be on same side of horse
  10. A contestant shall compete in the performance in which they are entered and be ready when called upon to compete or be disqualified from the go-round of competition. Once a contestant is determined to be a " Turn Out " then the contestant will not be allowed to compete.