Rodeo is much more than an event at a local country fair. It has evolved into a sporting event with a governing body, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Rodeo tickets purchased for an event not coupled with some sort of a fair are most likely attending an PRCA-sanctioned event, or Women’s Professional Rodeo Association-event.
So just what kind of events are there at a rodeo? Well, there are tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, horse riding (both saddle and bareback), and barrel racing. Actually, the one must recognized is the one left off that list, bull riding. This is rodeo’s defining sport, a test of man or woman’s will over a powerful bull. It is a lone rider atop a bucking bull, all in the name of staying on for eight seconds (also known as the most dangerous eight seconds in sports). Overall, the rodeo is meant to test the speed and strength of the cowboy and cowgirl. A century ago these competitions coupled nicely with the arrival of livestock, but now the same skills are tested as homage to life a few modern technological developments ago. So, the rodeo is both a chance to showcase skill and a chance to keep in touch with history.