Here is a short video clip of the Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding events last Friday and Saturday night May 19-20 at the Baytown Fairgrounds in Baytown, Texas, just east of Houston, Texas and home to Exxon Refinery adjacent to the the Houston Ship Channel.
The rodeo was produced by the Flying J Rodeo Company, sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. There was a big turnout of 11 Saddle Bronc Riders competing in the historical and colorful event for the two day roundup.
The cowboy spirit was reminiscent of yesteryear when cowboys from local ranches would gather annually in the Spring after gathering, branding, doctoring calves and cattle. Of course a bit of competition always ensued after all the work was done. And bragging rights for the best bronc rider of such and such ranch had to be established. Thus the rodeo was born.
Bragging rights for the top hand riding Saddle Bronc at the Baytown show went to an Australian Cowboy hailing form Perth, David Metaljam. Out west we call these Cowboys buckaroos and down under you have jackaroos.
In the Bareback event there was only three riders entered for the 2 day rodeo. All the bareback bronc riders in this event covered there horses for the full 8 seconds, displaying suberb skill twisting every which way in their wild western rides. See for yourself in the video and tell me what you think? Congratualtions to George Thomas of Sunnyside, Texas in his 72 point ride on "CrackerJack." Currently, George is number one in the CPRA Bareback standings and we'll for look for him at the CPRA Finals in October