Bareback

This is the most physically demanding rodeo event. Using one arm, the cowboy holds onto the rawhide handhold of a riggin (a leather pad cinched around the horse's girth). The handhold is snug-fitting and is customized to the individual's grip. The stress on the rider's arm is intense as the riding arm absorbs most of the horse's power.

A bareback rider will be disqualified for touching the animal or equipment with his free hand, or bucking off before the end of the eight-second ride.

The bareback rider tries to reach as far forward as he can with his feet, then rolls his spurs back up toward the riggin. At the same time, he must keep from being pulled away from the handhold. The higher and wilder the rider spurs, the higher the marks.

Pool A

Kyle Bowers

Brooks, AB

Richie Champion

The Woodlands, TX

Logan Hodson

Telkwa, BC

Matt Lait

Cayley, AB

Clint Laye

Cadogan, AB

Will Lowe

Canyon, TX

Wes Stevenson

Lubbock, TX

Jake Vold

Ponoka, AB

Pool B

Clint Cannon

Waller, TX

Luke Creasy

Brownfield, AB

Kaycee Feild

Payson, UT

Austin Foss

Terrebonne, OR

Dusty LaValley

Bezanson, AB

Bobby Mote

Culver, OR

J.R. Vezain

Cowley, WY