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We’re back! Read below for some RODEO knowledge!

Today we’re going to talk about what is called the “classic event” of rodeo… Saddle Bronc Riding! This is classified as a roughstock event, meaning that the contestants score is equally dependent upon his performance AND the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand to hold the bronc rein, must stay aboard the bucking horse for eight seconds!

Some vocabulary you should know…

 • Bronc Rein - a braided rope attached to the bronc halter, riders use it to lift on and help them balance during their ride.

 • Flank - a wool or neoprene lined strap placed in the area where a humans belt would go, tightened similarly to the tightness you’d wear a belt, to encourage the animal to kick out behind itself instead of rearing up providing a safer and flashier ride.

 • Flankman - A cowboy or cowgirl who works in the bucking chutes, adjusting the flank strap around the animal before the ride; the best flankmen and women are familiar with each individual animal and know exactly how much flank to give each animal to encourage optimal bucking.

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