Live Black Cowboys and Black Cowgirls "Doing that Rodeo Thing!"

Havisham Park

Bare Back Riding

It's an exciting eight second joust between man and horse, nothing quite equals the classic pose of horse and rider pitched high in the air, six legs off the ground. For the contestant, bareback riding as an event is a grueling combination of strenuous athletic training, riding skill, balance, stamina, and pure nerve.

Things to look for:
The key to winning in bareback riding is timing the rider's motion with the bronc's bucking action. As the horse bucks high in the air, the rider - jerks his knees, running his spurs up the bronc's shoulders.

As the horse come back down, the cowboy straightens his legs so that his spurs are again over the bronc's shoulders as its front feet hit the ground. The rider must bring his feet back to touch the horse's neck each jump.

Both the bronc and the rider are judged on a scale of 1 to 25, the horse on how well he bucks and the cowboy on how well he resists. The rider is disqualified for bucking off or touching the bronc or himself with his free hand before the eight seconds are up

“eight second joust between man and horse,“

Bull Doggin

If riding on the back of an ill-tempered bull isn't enough, there's always "doggin" a steer! Most steers used in this event weigh between 650 and 700 pounds and are chased down by a rider on horseback, at about 30 miles per hour! This is an event of speed, skill and raw nerve and the event that made Bill Pickett famous.

Things to look for:
Racing to overtake the steer, the "dogger" positions his horse alongside the steer, reaches with his right hand and grabs the steer's right horn. As the horse speeds by the steer, the cowboy gets the horn in the crook of his right elbow. At the same time, his left hand passes down on the other horn while he veers off the horse to the left.

Using his weight, momentum and determination, the dogger wrestles the steer to the ground making sure that the steer is lying flat on its side with all four feet and head in the same direction.

Bull Doggin' is the only event in which a cowboy is allowed help in the arena. His partner is called the "hazer'." The Hazer watches for mistakes which happen if the steer slams on his brakes or veers away form the dogger. The hazer has to foresee these possibilities and correct them, often in a split second.

Is all a matter of seconds; the fastest take down wins!


Bull Riding

For excitement and the ultimate danger in rodeo, there is nothing to match bull riding. With the bull weighing nearly a ton and with surprising agility, bucking bulls generally are very bad tempered. Many of the crossbred Brahmans go a whole season without being ridden the required eight seconds by any bull rider.

For the bull rider, it's a contest of mind over matter, both for the rider as well as the bull.

Things to look for:
Bull riding is done with either hand while gripping a loose rope with a bell attached. Watch how the rider uses his free arm, jerking and thrusting to counter the bull's spins and lunges.

The rider lunges his body forward as if to jump over his riding hand and will move his feet forward to grab a new hold. These are a series of complex movements learned after years of training to enable the rider to stay on as long as possible.

The rider must stay on the bull for eight seconds and is judged on how well he rides. The rider is disqualified for bucking off before the eight seconds is up or for touching himself, the animal or equipment with his free hand.

After the eight second ride is over, the danger isn't!

The cowboy has to run for his life from the bull to avoid being trampled or tossed in the air like a rag doll. The cowboy's safety depends on his own speed and the skills of the rodeo clowns and bull fighters.


“there is nothing to match bull riding“

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Ladies Barrel Racing

In barrel racing, the contestant and her horse enter the arena at full speed. As they start the pattern, the horse and rider trigger an electronic eye that starts the clock. Then the racer rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the arena, and sprints back out of the arena, tripping the eye and stopping the clock as she leaves.

The contestant can touch or even move the barrels, but receives a five-second penalty for each barrel that is overturned. With the margin of victory measured in hundredths of seconds, knocking over one barrel spells disaster




Ladies Steer Undecorating

This cowgirl event consists of two participants, the contender and the hazer.

Things to look for:
Similar to steer wrestlin' the hazer is responsible for keeping the steer running on a straight course.

The contender chases, the steer, which is decorated at the shoulder with a ribbon, and reaches, down onto the steer's shoulder while attempting to remove the ribbon.

Once the contender has successfully removed the ribbon, she raises the ribbon high overhead to signal to the judge she is finished. All this happens as fast as the steer can run and requires tight coordination between rider and horse.

The contender with the fastest time is declared the winner

“importance of rider and horse working as a team“


Mutton Busting

Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep. The sport is about as simple as it is obscure: Take willing kids, age 6 and under, strap a hockey helmet to their heads, put them on the backs of live sheep and see how long they can hang on.

Things to look for:
The vast majority of children participating in the event fall off in less than 8 seconds. Age, height and weight restrictions on participants generally prevent injuries to the sheep, and implements such as spurs are banned from use. In most cases, children are required to wear helmets and parents are often asked to sign waivers to protect the rodeo from legal action in that event.


“similar to bull riding or bronc riding,“


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