and strength are the name of the game in steer wrestling. In fact, with
a world record sitting at 2.4 seconds, steer wrestling is the quickest
event in rodeo.
objective of the steer wrestler, who is also known as a "bulldogger,"
is to use strength and technique to wrestle a steer to the ground as
quickly as possible. That sounds simple enough...here's the catch: the
steer generally weighs more than twice as much as the cowboy and, at
the time the two come together, they're both often traveling at 30
miles per hour. Speed and precision, the two most important ingredients
in steer wrestling, make bulldogging one of rodeo's most challenging
tie-down and team ropers, the bulldogger
on horseback in a box. A breakaway rope barrier is attached to the
steer and stretched across the open end of the box. The steer gets a
head start that is determined by the size of the arena. When the steer
reaches the advantage point, the barrier is released and the bulldogger
takes off in pursuit. If the bulldogger breaks the barrier before the
steer reaches his head start, a 10-second penalty is assessed.
combination of strength, timing and
are necessary for success in the lightning-quick event of steer
wrestling. In addition to strength, two other skills critical to
success in steer wrestling are timing and balance.
cowboy reaches the steer, he slides down
off the right side of his galloping horse, hooks his right arm around
the steer's right horn, grasps the left horn with his left hand and,
using strength and leverage, slows the animal and wrestles it to the
ground. His work isn't complete until the steer is on its side with all
four feet pointing the same direction. That's still not all there is to
the sprinting steer, the cowboy uses a
who is another mounted cowboy who gallops his horse along the right
side of the steer and keeps it from veering away from the bulldogger.
efforts of the hazer can be nearly as
those of the steer wrestler. For that reason, and the fact that he
sometimes supplies the bulldogger with a horse, the hazer often
receives a fourth of the payoff.