You may love the western sports if you want to compete in fast paced, timed events. Cutting, Team Penning, Pole Bending, Cowboy Mounted Shooting along with the rodeo sports such as Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping and Barrel Racing are all done while riding western.
In team roping, a pair of riders race to catch and tie down a calf together running at full speed. One rider attempts to catch the horn or head (the Header), and the other the legs (The Heeler). Learn more about this sport here.
In Cutting you’ll be assigned a cow to keep from rejoining the herd. The horse does some impressive leaps back and forth in time with the cow, keeping him from rejoining the herd. You can learn more at this website.
Team Penning is where three horse and rider combinations are assigned specific cows to separate from the herd and to herd those cows into a pen. This is a timed event and they can’t touch the animals. Go to the Team Penning website for more information.
In Barrel racing you run around three barrels in a specified cloverleaf pattern. The fastest time wins. You are disqualified if you knock a barrel down, run the pattern wrong or fall off your horse. This western horseback riding sport has exciting fast galloping and super tight turns at high speeds!
Pole bending is a series of evenly spaced poles that the horse and rider weave through quickly. It is also timed.
See the association page here.
This is one of the fastest growing western sports. It involves running a specified course, which should typically take 15-35 seconds, and shooting a special blank ammunition at balloons. It is a game of speed, but accuracy is typically more important. Want to find out more about cowboy mounted shooting? Check out the official website.