Novice Bareback

Novice Bareback

Cowboys 20 years of age and under as of January 1, 2013 will match up with the young, up and coming horses from the Stampede Ranch. Novice Bareback riders follow the same rules as the open Bareback competition.

A rider is judged on his control during the ride and his spurring technique. He holds onto a leather rigging with one hand and keeps his free hand clear of himself, his rigging and the horse. The spur stroke runs from the point of the horse’s shoulders up through the horse’s neck towards the rigging. This event is scored out of 100 points with 50 for how well the cowboy rides and 50 for how well the horse bucks.

With all the youthful eagerness involved – this can be wild and exotic to watch.

Contestants in the Novice Bareback riding compete in a minimum of one go-round with the top six competing in the finals.