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RODEOS AND ME
I’m not a fan of rodeo for the simple reason that some are not supervised with the health and welfare of the animals as supreme.
Having said that, there are events that I like to watch because the animal has an even chance against the human. A like an even-steven showdown. A real contest. I love it when the commentators speak about the animal with as much regard as the rider.
So, the three events that I like to watch are upper level bull riding and upper level bronc and bareback riding.
(I say “upper level” because we pretty much know that a top quality bucking bull or bucking horse is very valuable and therefore well maintained.)
COWBOYS AND INDIANS MAGAZINE ‘SPECIAL HORSES’
I’m not a Western rider but I totally get into many of the Western customs. One of the Western customs I partake in every month is COWBOYS AND INDIANS MAGAZINE. If I could live inside any home interior presented on those pages, I’d be a happy woman…
Anyway, this month, C&I featured ‘Special Horses’. Love that.
One of the featured special horses was a saddle bronc called, Painted Valley. The magazine photo of him was awesome and I needed to find out about this incredible athlete who was named Bronc horse of the Year in 2010.
VALUABLE RODEO ANIMAL
Here is where I need to step in and add my disclaimer: Yes, lots of bucking stock horses don’t have a great life. With that, I need to add that lots of any kind of horses don’t have a great life. And, if I could save and house them all, I would… But today, I’d like to celebrate the bucking horse athlete strictly for the individuals and their success.
One good thing about the bucking horse trade is that there are many horse owners who find themselves with an equine whose sole purpose is to buck. If there weren’t bucking horse outfits, these horses would have no outlet. I know, I know, I hear what you are thinking. But, many of the famous bucking horses did come off the track or from private individuals.
Bred Bucking stock horses have a bad name because the horses are genetically inclined to buck which makes them less usable in the outside world. However, if they aren’t good at bucking, they are good for the outside world.
When a bred bucking horse is good at it, that individual could have a job for many, many years. From my research, quality bucking horses can be sold for upwards of $100K. With values like that, most of them retire handsomely.
Not bad for getting to knock around a cowboy for 8 seconds twice a week…
Oh yeah, bucking broncs aren’t gender exclusive. Some of the best bucking horses are mares. Yay! Of course, this doesn’t surprise me at all having several mares around here…
HOW IT WORKS
There are rules in upper level rodeos. The animals have to be healthy, the bucking strap has to be placed loosely on the flank (if it is tight, they won’t buck), the strap has to be fleeced lined with a quick release, the spurs have to be dulled and not stationary, the cowboy cannot injure the horse or he is disqualified, and the rider has to stay on for 8 seconds or none of this life-threatening mayhem matters at all.
Lest us not forget, the rider has to stay on while sitting in a tiny saddle and holding onto a rope, with one hand, that is attached to the bronc’s halter – all the while spurring the bronc in a rhythmic pattern as the horse is flinging himself about to the beat of an unheard drummer.
On the other hand, the bronc has no rules other than to buck high and well.
If the horse can buck high and well, all bets are off for the poor cowboy… The horse can slam him into the fences, he can buck in the chute, he can do anything he wants to offload the cowboy and once the cowboy is offloaded, the horse can stomp on him – if the cowboy doesn’t get out of the way in time.
Hmmmm. Seems like fun for the horse!
And, for his 8 seconds of flank strap misery, the valuable bronc horse is treated like a king/queen.
I was drawn to him not only because of his photo in C&I… and not only because he was chosen as Bronc of the Year in 2010…
I was drawn to him because of this photo:
Here he is with his girl, Kirsten Vold, daughter of legendary rodeo stock contractor, Harry Vold. As you can see, Painted Valley is posing for the camera between a reporter and Vold.
What you don’t know is that Painted Valley is not halter broke. He stands by Kirsten because he loves her. She raised him. He is her horse.
She calls him ‘treat broke’.
How cool is that?! This woman can work with the most feared bucking bronc stallion in the USA, merely by being his girl. She says he is a ‘sweetheart’. Hmmmm. Tell that to the hundreds of ex-riders as they brush themselves off and hobble back to the chutes…
Another tidbit I find interesting is that most saddle broncs are half draft crosses. All of the bucking broncs at Vold’s ranch are half Clydesdale and half Standardbred. Interesting, eh?
(I wish those Premarin mares could have their day at this sport…)
PAINTED VALLEY is a ranch raised stud – son of Harry Vold’s 6x WNFR mare 050 Big Valley and a Brookman bred stud. Selected to his 3rd WNFR in 2009, Painted Valley, had a breakout year from carrying World Champion Billy Etbauer to 89 points in Cheyenne to earning Best Bronc San Antonio, Best Bronc Mountain States Circuit, 3rd Runner up PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year voting and 2009 Best Bronc of WNFR In 2010 Painted Valley and Cody DeMoss paired up to set the arena record in Cheyenne at 91 points in the short round. Additionally, Painted Valley racked up the Best Bronc in San Antonio on the way to his 4th selection to the WNFR. Most notably, in 2010 Painted Valley was awarded the most coveted honor in rodeo, winning the 2010 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year!
WHAT A RIDER SAID ABOUT HIM.
From Brad Rudolf:
“He really bucked for sure,” Rudolf said. “I kind of gave myself a disadvantage because he reared up and threw a fit in the chutes right before I got on him and my saddle kind of slid back. Then, that horse, he really breaks over and kicks really vertical and with my saddle back I was back closer to his rear end where he was kicking and he jerked everything away from me and threw me forward.”
Rudolf, from Battle Mountain, Nev., had no regrets about grabbing the rein with his free hand.
“He had me up out of there so bad right from the start that I tried to get down for a couple of jumps, but I knew there was noway I was going to be able to ride him,” said Rudolf, who was aboard Painted Valley for the first time. “So, I was trying to get to where I could double grab and get to where I could jump off on my terms instead of his.”
GREAT JOB IF YOU CAN GET IT…
Bucking horses can have a long and illustrious career. You’d think that all the bucking would make them unsound but it appears to keep them healthier than many other types of working equines.
Perhaps ‘getting their bucks out’ on a regular basis (no more than twice a week) helps them emotionally. Dunno.
Maybe at a price over $5K a ride, these animals are well cared for, for sure!
But the facts speak for themselves…
(excerpt from Cindy Schonholtz)
One of the best indicators of the suitability of (bucking) horses to the sport of rodeo is their longevity of life and career. High Tide, a legendary bucking horse, bucked off a 19-year old-cowboy at the national finals when he was 32 years old. Sippin Velvet, a descendent of Man O’ War, bucked at the National Finals Rodeo 18 times and was retired to a standing ovation during the 1994 National Finals Rodeo at he age of 25. The Calgary Stampede Rodeo Company, one of the oldest breeding programs in rodeo, include many older horses in their list of top bucking horses. A few of these older champion broncs currently bucking include: 21-year-old Go Wild, 21-year-old Kloud Grey, and 24-year- old Guilty Cat.
BUCKING BRONC NAMES
For me, I love the names given to bucking horses.
Lunatic Fringe, Hell’s Angel, 5 Minutes to Midnight, Come Apart, High Tide, Dusty Dan, Dust Devil, Billy the Kid, Sheep Tick, Elvis, Matterhorn, Yellow Devil… I think I’d love the job of naming bucking stock!
I hear the Harry Vold Rodeo Company is hoping to clone the famous Bobby Joe Skoal. He was three time Bronc of the Year. Even though Bobby Joe is now retired, Vold hopes to keep his legacy alive by cloning the horse he calls “a dream to handle with a disposition to match.”
Hmmmm. Pretty good for a horse who is best known for dumping his rider…
VIDEO (no affiliation)
I found this short video of the highlights from the 2010 Pro Rodeo Finals. The riding is amazing. The bucking is amazing.
Painted Valley is in there a few times. You cannot mistake his coloring…
DVD (no affiliation)
Or, you can purchase a DVD and watch these bad boys and girls buck away! A great watch when you’d like to see a fair fight! ;)
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