Saddle bronc riding is rodeos classic event. Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old West. Many cowboys claim riding saddle broncs is the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success.
One of the similarities shared by saddle bronc and bareback riding is the rule that riders in both events must markout their horses on the first jump from the chute. To properly mark out his horse, the saddle bronc rider must have both heels touching the animal above the point of its shoulders when it makes its first jump from the chute. If the rider misses his mark, he receives no score.
While the bareback rider has a rigging to hold onto, the saddle bronc rider has only a thick rein attached to his horses halter. Using one hand, the cowboy tries to stay securley seated in his saddle. If he touches any part of the horse or his own body with his free hand, he is disqualified.
Judges score the horses bucking action, the cowboys control of the horse and the cowboys spurring action. While striving to keep his toes turned out-ward. To score well, the rider must maintain that action throughout the eight-second ride.