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The Basic Guide to Rodeo Events


New to rodeo? Or a lifelong fan looking to brush up on facts? Check out the basic guide to the most common rodeo events you're likely to see this summer as you head to your local arena.

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National Day of the Cowboy

Learn more about this day set aside to honor the history, lifestyle, traditions and contributions of the American cowboy.

How a Rodeo Works

To the uninitiated, the rodeo can be a confusing mishmash of spectacles that don't make a lot of sense to a casual observer. What's going on behind the scenes?

Steer Wrestling: Event Details

Steer wrestling, or "bulldogging," requires strength, timing and courage. Explore this timed rodeo event in detail.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Event Details

Saddle bronc riding is an exciting rodeo event with its own traditions of technique and style. Learn more about the event details and current trends.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Event Details

Said to be the hardest rodeo event on cowboys, bareback bronc riding is an exciting roughstock event. Learn more about the event details, including strategy.

Team Roping: Event Details

Team roping involves two mounted ropers and a steer, making up one of rodeo's most exciting timed events. Learn more about this popular rodeo event.

Tie-down Roping: Event Details

This classic rodeo event evolved naturally out of ranch chores and requires a cowboy to be fast, accurate and well-mounted. Learn more about tie-down roping.

Glossary of Rodeo Terms

Find the definitions to rodeo terms and vocabulary in this comprehensive list, and use this list as a starting point to learn more about the sport.

Barrel Racing: Event Details

Barrel racing is a wildly-popular rodeo event that draws both spectators and competitors alike. Learn more about the origins and procedure of this event.

Bull Riding's Safety Revolution

Bull riding is experiencing a safety revolution with the introduction of protective vests and helmets. Learn more about bull riding safety equipment.

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