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Rodeo Questions Answered!

What is rodeo?
The word 'rodeo' was borrowed from the Spanish cowboys or vaqueros. Rodeo is a form of the verb 'rodear', which means 'to surround' or 'round-up'. The word was used to describe the act of gathering cattle before a cattle drive.
Why is rodeo only 8 seconds?
The 8 second length of a qualified ride was devised purely for the safety and well-being of the animals involved. After 8 seconds the horse or bulls bucking ability decreases because of fatigue, adrenaline loss, etc.
Do rodeo animals get harmed?
No, in fact the sport is so humane that life expectancy for rodeo animals is longer than most livestock, including saddle horses.
Can women compete in rodeo?
In college and high school rodeo, all events are open to both genders. While women have yet to break into other events on the national scene, at other levels of rodeo women are represented and can compete.
How is rodeo organized?
Rodeo is administered by groups known as rodeo Associations, the biggest of which is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Association memberships are usually made up of the competitors, stock contractors (provide all the livestock), judges, and organizational personnel (like announcers, secretaries, etc.). Rodeo organizations exist at the local, county, state, and national levels.


October 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm
(1) Tims Boots says:

Great info! Nice to see women are being able to slowly move into this.

December 8, 2010 at 11:40 am
(2) billy says:

r u stupid what abt barrel racing its in the NFR and they can team rope dumb guy.

April 16, 2011 at 4:26 am
(3) Jennifer says:

I recently came accrossed your section about Steve Hindi, I am from Pendleton Oregon famous for the Pendleton Round Up rodeo. Mr. Hindi has posted several video’s on youtube alleging animal abuse as usual. But the problem is he is using the Pendleton Registered trademarks logo and slogan as tags to also get donations from viewers. He has personally harrassed me for defending the round up.
While I agree unfortunatly animals do get hurt, I also stand by Pendleton as I have attended the round up most of my child hood. In the last year and a half users of his channel on youtube have resorted to threatening me and bullying me but i am undetered in my mission.
if you can help me in any way please email me at cheyennesn@yahoo.com….
I am truely greatful for anything you can do and it’s nice to see that some people are still undetered in their defense of rodeo also…
god bless

May 14, 2011 at 12:26 am
(4) Terry says:

THEY COMMENT THAT ANIMAL’S NEVER GET HURT AT RODEO’S, what a crock that is, there are more animal’s killed and mammed from rodeo than any other animal’s on this planet!
how can you say they live longer lives ect.. well maybe cuase the first year you used them for rodeo they got damaged and now all there good for is eating the weed’s out form under the fence, that way the owner doesent have to do it! lol
the rodeo assotation’s make up ther own law’s and get them passed, so no one can touch them and they can go on abusing animal’s legaley ( by there standard’s) in washington if you force your child to inflict pain on an animal it’s a felony
so if you teach your child to closline a 3-6 month old baby cow by the neck and drag it around the arena while it cries for it’s life, thats a felony and shame on the parent’s for doing so.

August 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(5) Country Bill says:

Come on Terry get your spelling right. Rodeos and these types of events has been going on for a few centuries now do you really think if it was as bad as you say it is on these animals that it would of come this far and allowed to be continued a rope around a calves neck doesn’t do no harm unless it is tightened enough to cut or construct the airway which is not the case yes on occasions animals do get harmed or injured but so does people this is the nature of the event also like football, baskeball, baseball etc, get my point!

October 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(6) makenze' says:

this is cool lolss

May 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(7) Becky says:

Oh come of it. You think people will stop a sport they enjoy just because it is destructive to animals. The people that do this don’t care for the animal. The amount of horses that get gored by a bulls horns, or break a neck cause they slip etc is unbelievable. The animals are not looked after. It is just the same as race horses. People don’t care about them either. They are back at 2 years when they should be backed at 4 years and they are raced so much they are often having to be shot by the time their 6. Rodeo is a violent and horrific sport from the animals point of view. They shouldn’t have to go through that much fear. It is pure barbaric and your a fool to think they would stop it purely for the animals benefit.

August 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(8) geezer says:

Shouldn’t lump everybody together. There are people who really care about their animals and take good care of them.

August 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm
(9) Eric Mills says:


C’mon, at least be honest about this pseudo-”sport.”

I was present at the 1995 California Rodeo in Salinas when five animals were killed. At this same rodeo in 2009, three roping calves suffered broken legs and had to be euthanized. This year (July 20, 2012), a bareback bronc suffered a broken leg, and was left untended for some 45 minutes, repeatedly rising and falling. (I have the eyewitness report.)

At the June Calgary Stampede, three more horses died the the calamitous “chuck wagon races”–bringing the total to 55 since 1986. Two weeks later, another two horses died at a rodeo in Alberta.

Also in June, at the Reno Rodeo, SHARK videotaped nine horses being hotshotted in the holding chutes, a violation of both arena and PRCA rules. A roping calf with a broken neck was dragged and STILL tied by the cowboy. These guys should all be in jail.

What a crappy “sport”! For most of the animals rodeo is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. Rodeo is a macho and sexist anachronism which belongs in the dustbin of history. And so does this dishonest website.

Correspondence welcome.

Eric Mills, coordinator
Oalkand, CA
email – afa@mcn.org

August 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm
(10) Todd says:

Well, it’s sad to say but you people that dislike rodeo have no clue what y’all are talking about. Y’all need to get a life and stop worrying about what is going on in other peoples lives.
Yes ever once in a while an animal gets hurt in the rodeo arena but it’s not like we are trying to hurt them. We love the animals too. but they were put on this earth for a reason just like humans. Good or bad we all have a job to do and sometimes we get hurt doing these jobs whether it be man or beast and I’m not just talking about in a rodeo arena. I’ve been hurt in the arena before but was hurt a lot worse on a job dealing with human beings out of the arena and “no” animals weren’t involved.
Why don’t you people that are trying to protect animals that dont need protection go and try to do something with the gangs and misfits in L.A. or N.Y. Arent they more important than animal? I know why yall dont because yall are to damn scared. The reason why yall do it with animals is because yall are protected from the animals and not protected on the streets of L.A. where someone can get to you with a knife or gun. Do something useful for a change. Go talk to all the gang leaders, drug heads and try to protect them from getting hurt.

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