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Bronc Riding News

Below are current news stories gathered from Google News containing the words “bronc riding.” Most of the news stories are actually about bronc riding, but occasionally you will find news stories about something else that has similar words in it. Please scroll down to see a brief article on bronc riding, including a description of differences between men's and women's bronc riding, and links to shopping for bronc riding items.

Bronc Riding

Bronc riding is a competitive event in which a rider tries to ride a bucking horse for eight seconds. If the rider makes the eight second time, he will receive a score for his riding skills and the horse will receive a score for its bucking skills. The two scores are added together with the highest total score being the winner. While bronc riding is competed in by men far more commonly than women, there are women bronc riders. A brief overview of some of the differences in the rules for men's and women's bronc riding can be found at the end of this article.

Saddle Bronc Riding And Bareback Bronc Riding

In rodeo there are two types of bronc riding: Saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding. In saddle bronc riding contestants compete using a specially designed bronc riding saddle, and the bronc wears a halter with a rein called a "hack rein" held by the contestant. In bareback bronc riding the contestants ride the horse bareback instead of with a saddle and hold onto a "bareback rigging," a special piece of equipment designed for the event.

Below: Photo of a saddle bronc riding saddle.

Saddle bronc riding saddle

Below: Photo of a bareback bronc riding rigging.

Bareback rigging for bareback bronc riding

Note: There is also a type of bronc riding known as ranch bronc riding. Ranch bronc riding is associated with ranch rodeo, a type of rodeo where contestants compete in teams from ranches instead of as individuals as in a "regular" rodeo. We have more information about ranch bronc riding here.

We have lots of pictures of saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, and more.


If a bronc rider makes a qualified ride on a bronc for eight seconds he and the bronc are eligible to receive a score from the judges. There are two judges, and at the end of a qualified ride their scores are added together to arrive at the total score. Each judge can score the bronc from 1–25 points (for a total of 50 points possible for the bronc) and the rider from 1–25 points (for a total of 50 points possible for the rider). Therefore, the total number of points possible that can be awarded is 100.

Bronc Riding - The Difference Between Men And Women

The rules for bronc riding for men and women are different. Below is a brief overview of some of the differences.

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