The Horsemanship program is a popular choice for many campers, both new and returning. Every day, campers will enjoy learning new skills, both on and around horses including the basics of riding and caring for horses. This activity class has something for everybody, no matter what their skill level!
Campers with little or no experience as well as campers who want to learn how to ride, can participate in BRBC's Horsemanship Class. The class involves basic horsemanship including saddling and grooming but always finds the campers on horseback everyday. Learning care, horse control techniques, patterns, and participation in the rodeo are all a part of the class.
Barrels and Poles
Barrel Racing and Pole Bending are competitive events involving the teamwork of a horse and rider. For the events, the riders then enter the course at a running start, quickly rounding each barrel or pole in a set pattern 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 both Barrel Racing and Pole Bending. This will allow the instructors to help the rider develop that special communication with their horse.
Goat tying is a rodeo event that is typically seen in youth, high school and college rodeos in which the participant rides to a tethered goat, dismounts, catches, throws, and ties any three of its legs together. The goat must stay tied for six seconds after the contestant has backed away from the animal. If the goat becomes untied before six seconds have passed, the rider receives no score. A participant may be disqualified for undue roughness while handling the goat, touching the goat after the tie, or after signaling completion of the tie a contestant's horse coming in contact with the goat or tether while the contestant still has control of the horse.
Rodeo Event Information
To help you decide which event suits you best, here is a brief explanation of each area of rodeo event instruction that we offer at BRBC. We do require our campers to select only one event category where they will receive the best training we can offer.
Events offered are subject to change based on instructor and stock availability. See current years registration form for most current listing.
Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding are events 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 difference, as the names imply, are in the rigging used. 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. When the gate opens, 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. Originally based on the necessary horse breaking skills of a working cowboy, the events are now highly stylized competitions that utilizes horses that often are specially bred for strength, agility, and bucking ability. These are exceptionally dangerous events that can lead to serious injury without proper safety equipment and professional instruction.
Chute dogging is a rodeo event related to steer wrestling, in which the steer used weighs between 400 and 500 pounds (180 and 230 kg). However, the competitor starts the event in a roping chute with the steer as opposed to grabbing onto the steer from horseback. The event is designed to give novices a chance to prepare for steer wrestling.
When the chute opens, the competitor must bring the steer to a line ten feet from the chute and wrestle (or "dog") the steer to the ground. In order to count as a legal fall, all four feet of the steer must be in the air when the steer is on the ground. Other falls are called "dog falls," and the competitor must try to let the steer get up and try to get all four legs in the air. The competitor can be disqualified for losing contact with the steer or tripping the steer.
It is a timed event, with the time starting at the moment the chute dogger crosses the ten foot line. The steer must be wrestled within 60 seconds.
Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck off the rider.
American bull riding has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." To receive a score, the rider must stay atop the bull for eight seconds with the use of one hand gripped on a bull rope tied behind the bull's forelegs. Touching the bull or themselves with the free hand, or failing to reach the eight-second mark, results in a no-score ride.
For safety reasons, BRBC utilizes smaller Steers as well as Bulls, and is the discrescion of the instructor to which animal the camper will be allowed to ride based on their skill level.
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.
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.
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.