Bareback riding is one of the wildest and most physically demanding events in the rodeo. Bareback riding is in the “rough stock” category meaning it is judged by combining the score of the rider and the score of the bucking horse. A successful bareback ride includes a spurring cowboy and a bucking bronco. It is believed that bareback riding was the start of the rodeo tradition. Back in 1864 two neighboring ranches in Deer Trail, Colo. met to settle an argument about which ranch hands were better at performing daily ranching activities. Among the activities in that historic meeting was bareback riding.