In the bareback riding, the rider must have the heels of his boots above the break of the horse’s shoulder when the horses feet hit the ground for the very first time. For a maximum score, the cowboy must bring his knees to his shoulder with toes turned outwards and then return his feet to the point above the break of the shoulders each jump.  This motion should be completed in synchronicity with the horse bucking motion.


  • Rigging (leather handle)
  • Spurs (rounded end)
  • Seatstrap (wide leather and sheepskin strap covering the horse’s flanks)


  • 50% to the horse (jump height and kick strength)
  • 50% to the contestant (style and spurring motion)

Regulation time :

  • 8 seconds