Buckaroo Rodeo Bible Camp
Always in June  -  Pendleton, Oregon

Barrel Racing
Barrel Racing is a competitive event involving the teamwork of a horse and rider. For the Barrel Racing event, they clear the arena and three 55-Gallon barrels are set up at different marked locations. The riders then enter the arena at full speed, quickly rounding each barrel in a cloverleaf patter and then exiting where they entered. Officials use a stopwatch or timer to register the timed event down to the hundredth of a second and the rider & horse with the fastest time wins. This event requires the rider to be able to communicate with their horse, using subtle body movements. Due to the need for a bond between the horse and rider, BRBC requires campers to bring their own horse for instruction in Barrel racing. This will allow the instructors to help the rider develop that special communication with their horse.
Roping Events
Calf Roping (also known as Tie-Down Roping) is a timed event that requires a single rider to ride at high speeds while attempting to rope a calf. Once roped, the rider must quickly dismount, grab the calf and throw it to the ground while their horse maintains a tight rope. Once the calf is down the rider gathers and ties the legs with a separate rope. In this event, the horse and rider build a bond to be able to work together to get the job done quickly. It is due to this reason that BRBC requires the campers to bring their own horse for instruction in this event.

Team Roping is a timed event in which two riders ride at high speeds to rope a steer. One rider, called the Header, is to rope the horns of the head of the steer, while the second rider, called the Heeler, has to rope the hind legs. When the riders have successfully thrown their ropes and pulled them tight, the judge stops the timer. In this event the horse and rider build a bond to be able to work together to get the job done quickly. It is due to this reason that BRBC requires the campers to bring their own horse for instruction in this event.

Breakaway Roping is a timed event in which the rider and horse ride at high speeds while attempting to rope a steer. Unlike Calf and Team Roping, the time ends when the rope "Breaks away" from the saddle where it is temporarily anchored. A bright colored flag, also attached to the rope, helps the judges see when the rope "breaks away" from the saddle. In this event the horse and rider build a bond to be able to work together to get the job done quickly. It is due to this reason that BRBC requires the campers to bring their own horse for instruction in this event.


Here is a brief explanation of each area of rodeo event instruction that we offer at BRBC to help you decide which event suits you best. We do require our campers to select one event category where they will receive the best training we can offer.
Pole Bending
Pole bending is a fast-paced timed event that requires a horse and rider to run a weaving or serpentine path around six poles arranged in a line. Good horsemanship is the foundation for success in pole bending. The horse and rider team must work as one in order to excel. Each contestant will begin from a running start, and time shall begin and end as the horse’s nose crosses the line. When riding a horse through the poles, the rider must first look to where they want to go. It is essential that the rider sits in the saddle and uses lower body and legs to navigate their horse through the poles. This event requires the rider to be able to communicate with their horse using subtle body movements. Due to the need for a bond between the horse and rider, BRBC requires campers to bring their own horse for instruction in Pole Bending. This will allow the instructors to help the rider develop that special communication with their horse.
​Bareback Riding is an event where a rider attempts to ride a high strung bucking horse for a period of eight seconds while properly spurring the horse out of the chute and using only one hand to hold on a during the ride. The bareback rider does not use a saddle or rein, but uses a rigging that consists of a leather and rawhide composite piece often compared to a suitcase handle attached to a surcingle and placed just behind the horse's withers. The rider leans back and spurs with an up and down motion from the horse's point of shoulder toward the rigging handle, spurring at each jump in rhythm with the motion of the horse. Bareback Riding emphasizes the balance of the rider as only one hand on a rigging strap helps him to stay aboard his bucking mount. Originally based on the necessary horse breaking skills of a working cowboy, the event is now a highly stylized competition that utilizes horses that often are specially bred for strength, agility, and bucking ability. This exceptionally dangerous event can lead to serious injury without proper safety equipment and professional instruction.
Bareback Riding
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