It is thought that the first rodeo was held when two ranchers in Colorado wanted to determine who was better at performing everyday cowboy tasks. Ranchers would break wild horses to ride, rope livestock for branding or for medical attention, and have finely honed horseback skills to ride in rough terrain. All of these skills are tested in rodeo events. There are many events at a rodeo including bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, breakaway roping, team roping, and steer wrestling.
This cowboy is saddle bronc riding in a rodeo.
Bareback Bronc Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding
These are some of the different events (competitions) that are in a rodeo.