The term rodeo bull refers to the game of bull and horse riding. Rodeo has its roots in the Spain where cattle herding was a regular practice and to make it funny and full of bravery, people there made it a competitive sport called rodeo.
You will be surprised to know that the game was conceptualised and developed based on the skill sets required for the cowboys and the vaqueros. The first ever edition of this game was played way back in 1869. Now, different countries have adopted this rodeo bull for fun, entertainment, speed, and above all, the guts for participating in the game. It is open toboth men and women.
The crux is: there are differences in the rules governing the game in different parts of the world. For instance, the American rodeo bull rules are slightly different from other countries and the professional version of the game comprises seven distinct events such as the following.
- Tie-down roping: This is also called the calf roping. In this event, you get to see a person on a horse and a calf. The game is about throwing a lariat (lasso) around the neck of the calf while sitting on the horseback and then, run to catch it. The person has to tie the three legs of the calf together so that it cannot run around any further. This version of the game relates to the practice of the cowboys where they were to catch calves and restrain its’ movements in the farm for branding or the medical care.
- Team roping: Team roping is another version of the rodeo event where you find two riders on two horses and a steer a.k.a. cow. The first roper (a cowboy who uses lasso to rope the steer) is called the ‘header’ and the second roper is called the “heeler”. The rule is that the first roper has to tie the rope around the horns or the neck of the steer while the second roper has to tie the hind legs of the steer.
- Steer wrestling: This is also known as the bulldogging. Here, a rider on a horse has to chase the steer and then jump off the horse to catch the steer by horns and then, to pull it down on the ground by twisting its horns.
- Saddle bronc riding: Here, a person has to ride on a horse where the horse tries to buck the rider off. The horse in this event is referred to as the bronc.
- Bareback bronc riding: It has a great similarity with the saddle bronc riding. The difference lies in saddle that is absent here apart from others.
- Bull riding: Here a bull replaces the horse and the rest remains the same. The rider has to stay on the back of the bull for eight seconds to be counted as a qualified ride.
- Barrel racing: The rider on a horse has to complete a cloverleaf pattern around the pre-set barrels fast.
On the whole, the rodeo bull is a risky game that calls for the highest degree of agility, fitness and the courage.