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Saddle bronc riding requires the balance of a gymnast, the timing of a springboard diver and grace of a dancer – all aboard a 1,200 pound pitching, twisting bronc. Considered rodeo’s “classic” event, saddle bronc riding evolved from ranch work of breaking and training horses. Many cowboys say bronc riding is the most difficult rough stock event to master because of its technical requirements. Spurring action must be synchronized with the horse’s movements. If a rider is able to “keep in time” with the horse, the ride will be fluid and graceful – not wild and uncontrolled.