Rodeo's classic event, saddle bronc riding, has deep roots in Old West history. Ranch hands used to gather and compete to see who could display the best style while riding untrained horses. That early tradition is how today’s saddle bronc riding emerged as a fierce competition.
The rider begins with his feet over the bronc’s shoulders, giving the horse the advantage. Riders who synchronize their spurring with the animal’s bucking receive a higher score. Other than the time of the ride, judges also consider the rider’s control, the length of his spurring stroke and how hard the horse bucks.