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.