Rodeo Athletes

Rough Stock Event: Saddle Bronc Riding

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The rodeo’s classic event – saddle bronc riding is judged similarly to bareback bronc riding, but there are additional disqualification points: losing a stirrup or dropping the rein attached to the horse’s halter. The cowboy sits on the horse differently due to the saddle and rein, and the spurring motion covers a different area of the horse. Saddle broncs are usually several hundred pounds heavier than bareback horses and buck in a slower motion. Horse and rider must make synchronized movements; similar to someone sitting in a rocking chair.

World record: 95 points (1996)

2023 Clovis Rodeo Saddle Bronc Riding Champion

Jesse Wright, 89 points
on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic From Hell, $9,842

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