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Rodeo Events

Saddle Bronc Riding

This is the most traditional event in rodeo. This is where it all started in the second half of the 19th century in the USA. The rider must hold onto a rope measuring 1,20m with only one hand and must also do the “mark out”. If the rider doesn´t do the “mark out” he will be disqualified. The spurring action goes back and forth with the rider bending his knees in rhythm with the horses bucking motion. There is also an 8 second mark and a like the other riding events, the score also goes from 0 to 100. In this kind of riding the rider uses a special saddle with free swinging spurs and no saddle horn.


This type of riding started in the United States of America. The rider holds onto a leather strap with a handle which wraps around the horses withers and leans back against the bucking horse and spurs in an up and down rhythm in motion with the rhythm of the horse. On the first jump of the chute the rider must “mark the horse out” which means that before the horse touches its front legs on the ground, he must have his heels in contact with the horse above the point of the shoulders. The scores go from 0 to 100 as long as the rider stays on for 8 seconds.


The rider must immobilize a steer without using any equipment, meaning no ropes or lassoes may be used, they must use brute force. It is considered the most daring of the timed events. A rope tied around the steer’s neck called a barrier must be broken before the rider can wrestle him to the ground. If the barrier is broken a 10 second penalty is added onto the time of the contestant. There is also a hazer who helps keep the steer in a straight line for the contestant. The Brazilian record belongs to Renato Finazzi Jr with a time of 2.90 seconds. The time is kept by three timekeepers with the intermediary time being the one that counts, the highest and lowest times are discarded.


This event is only done in Brazil. It started officially in Barretos in 1956. As time went by the rules were altered. The name “cutiano” comes from the shape of the upside down “v” shape of the rigging. The rider must hold the rein with only one hand and the free hand must not touch any part of the horse. The rider must spur the horse in rhythm with the horses bucking motion. The higher the animal bucks, the higher the score with is also from 0 to 100 and the rider must also stay on for 8 seconds.

Team Penning

This is a type of “cutting” event, common in daily ranch handling. Thirty steers are numbered in three´s from 0 to 9. They are placed opposite a small corral mounted in the arena. A group of three riders, usually formed by family and friends, which is why it´s called the Family Event, have to separate three steers when the numbers are announced in 60 to 90 seconds. In between the corral and the steers there is an imaginary line. If more than 4 steers cross this line the trio is disqualified.

Bull Riding

This event is considered the most radical event in rodeo and was introduced in Brazil in the late seventies. The rider must hold onto a braided rope with one hand called a bull rope. The free hand must not touch any part of the rider’s body or the animal, and will be disqualified if he does. Another reason for disqualification is if the rider fits his spurs into the bull rope, which may sometimes happen involuntarily.

Both bull and rider are awarded points also from 0 to 100 and the rider must stay on for 8 seconds. No equipment that may harm the animal is allowed.

Barrel Racing

This is the only event for women in the Brazilian rodeo. Three barrels are placed in a cloverleaf pattern in the arena. The competitor has to cross an imaginary start line which triggers the electronic eye. She then has to go around all three barrels at a fast gallop. For each barrel knocked over, a 5 second penalty is added to her time. The fastest time wins. At the end of each run, the arena judge checks the horses for any spur or whip markings which might have injured the animal and in a case of injury the competitor is disqualified. So that the competition is fair for everyone, each rider must weigh over 65kg with all the riding tack included. If the rider doesn´t reach the 65kg mark, weights must be added on to the tack.

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