Rodeos: Rodeo and Event

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Rodeos
Dedication and hard work are two qualities that will make any person successful. Some of the most dedicated and hard working people around are rodeo cowboys. Over the years, rodeos have gone from everyday tasks of a common cowboy doing his job to a spectator sport that draws massive crowds with its thrilling events.

From its beginning rodeo has grown to be a well loved sport. "The beginnings of rodeo can be traced back to the ranches of the early 1700's, when the Spanish ruled the West." The duties on these ranches evolved directly into the modern rodeo events (Early Years). Although rodeos involve the same activities Western cowboys performed, they are not done in quite the same way. "Rodeo has continued to grow from its roots as a working ranch competition to a huge national sport. With the continued success, rodeo has grown in the number of associations at regional and state levels." Rodeo is also competed at college and high school levels. "There is even an association for younger children known as The National Little Britches Rodeo Association" (Modern Era). The National Little Britches Rodeo Association is for children between the ages of five and eighteen (National 35). There are seven main events in most rodeos. These events are broken down into two categories, "timed" events, and "rough stock" events. The timed events include steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and women's barrel racing, while the rough stock events are bare-back bronco riding, saddle-back riding, and bull riding. All seven events are unique in their own way, but are equally exciting for competitors and spectators.

Steer wrestling is the quickest and one of the most exciting events of the rodeo. Steer wrestling is also known as bulldogging and is sometimes called the big man's event because the cowboys who participate in this event are usually large and hefty. "Steer wrestling is a timed event, and cowboys compete against each other and the clock." A good time to...
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