May 25, 2001, Newsletter Issue #39: Rodeos, Cowboy & Cowgirl Competitions!

Tip of the Week

The International Buckskin Horse Association. The IBHA was registered in 1971 to register and to preserve the pedigree and to promote the activity of the Buckskin Horse, the Dun Horse, the Red Dun Horse and the Gruella Horse. The IBHA has proven to be the largest and most progressive registry in the world for the registry of these horses. By creating interest and a demand through National, State, Family and Individual activities, the marketability of IBHA Registered Horses has only increased. Activities are promoted through state chartered associations and national marketing and advertising. IBHA maintains permanent horse show records and pedigrees. The official IBHA publication, Horse Circuit News, provides members with current registry information on a monthly basis.

Buckskin Horses must have a body coat of some shade of yellow, but not red. The points are black or dark brown. A dorsal stripe is not necessary. For the remainder of this article, go to the Breed of The Week Column for 05/25/01 at Good GO! Farm.


In 1926 the first Rodeo event was held in Salinas, California. Events today include the Wild Horse Races, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, and of course, Wild Bull Riding. All are timed events.

Wild Horse Races: 3 Cowboys or Cowgirls, work on each team. Wild horses are released into the arena in a herd. One person is expected to lasso the horse, one person is expected to saddle the horse and the last person is expected to ride the horse from the "start" end of the arena to the "finish" end of the arena. The first team to finish wins.

Bareback Riding: A horse is held in a chute, and has a cinch applied around the girth area of the horse’s barrel. The rider mounts the horse from above while still in the chute. When the chute is opened, on the first jump out of the chute, the Rider must spur the horse overtop of the shoulder joint before the horse’s front feet touch the ground or the Rider and the ride are disqualified. The Rider is expected to spur the horse on every consecutive jump. The Rider is to keep the free hand from touching either the horse or his person or the tack. The other hand holds onto a cinch strap that is tightened around the horse’s girth area. The Ride is judged on the Rider’s spur action, height and power of horse’s buck or jump, and the difficulty of the horse to ride. The Rider must remain active and seated on the horse for a minimum of 8 seconds. For the remainder of this article, go to the Discipline of The Week Column for 05/25/01 at Good GO! Farm.

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