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Rodeo

Rodeo is a sport which demontrates cowboy skills, with many events developed from cattle ranching. Rodeo is popular in Spain, Mexico, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. 

The sport traces back to the 1820’s in the United States and northern Mexico. Rodeo events are both timed and rough stock events.

The usual events competitors join are: calf roping, team ropes, steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bareback, bronc riding, Bull Riding, and Barrel Racing. The most popular timed event is the Roping. The competitors try to capture cattle using a rope.

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Other types of roping events are calf and breakaway roping. There is a rodeo event for women and pre-teen girls which is called goat tying. Wild horses are used for rough stock events. There should be two well-trained riding horses for this event. They are ridden by “pick up men” or women, they are to assist fallen riders and help them get back up.

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