Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.
Not many professional baseball or basketball players have the ability — or desire — to ride a wild, bucking horse for 8 seconds, holding nothing but a single-handhold rigging cinched around the horse’s girth.
Rendering bareback riding even more frustrating are the rules which state if the cowboy touches himself, his equipment or the animal with his free hand, or if he is bucked off before the 8 seconds, he has no pay day.
In a day of guaranteed salaries and injured reserve clauses, not many professional athletes, other than cowboys, would compete knowing if they lost or were injured, they wouldn’t get paid.
The determination and athletic ability of the professional rodeo cowboy has not gone unnoticed.
National television continues to showcase some of the nation’s top cowboys competing in rodeos around the country. But watching the action on television is nothing compared to seeing it live.
So, come out to the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo and see master athletes in their element.