You'll be on the edge of your seat, holding your breath. The gate is flung open and the 1,000-kilo bull explodes into the arena bucking, kicking and spinning. The rider's gloved hand tightly wrapped around the rope, his only security that will keep him on until the bell rings. Bull riding is just one of the exciting events at the rodeo which showcases the skills of these talented and brave men and women. Experience the thrills for yourself by getting Rodeo tickets at StubHub.
Rodeo background and events
Rodeos began in Spain to showcase the skills of ranch hands and cowboys. The popularity of this competition spread far and wide and is extremely popular in the Americas, Europe and Australia. Events such as bronco riding, tie-down and team roping, steer wrestling and bull riding keeps the crowds mesmerised at the skill and courage of the riders. The element of danger adds to the excitement as the cowboys are tossed around like a rag doll. If a rider is thrown, the rodeo clowns are quick to divert the attention of the bull or horse so the rider can get to safety.
Don't think women only rope calves and barrel race, they too ride bucking broncos and bulls. From as far back as the late 19th century when Annie Oakley became part of Wild Bill's Buffalo Show, women have been an integral part of the rodeo scene.
Where to see rodeos around the world
Canada's biggest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede attracts more than a million visitors in July for the 10-day event. From its beginnings, in 1912 the Calgary Stampede is called the greatest outdoor show on Earth. The National Finals for the US are held in Las Vegas, Nevada and here top riders give their best performance for the hefty prize money on offer. Book your seat now for rodeo tickets at StubHub. To see the best rodeo in Australia head to Queensland for the National Rodeo Trials. South America has its own versions of rodeos that are very popular, in Brazil the Festa do Peão de Barretos is held every year in the state of Sao Paulo. Argentina has the Jineteadas rodeo where their gauchos perform for crowds. Similar rodeos are held in other South American countries where equestrian sports have a long history. Whether you are travelling across town or across the globe to see a rodeo, you'll be engulfed in an atmosphere of a traditional sport filled with classic clothing and authentic cowboys.