Rough Riding (1954)

Approved   |    |  Short, Sport


This rare Technicolor entry in the Pete Smith Specialty series shows various events at a rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.


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14 October 2008 | bkoganbing
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| Pete Goes To The Rodeo
This probably has to be one of the last Pete Smith specialty shorts ever done. MGM even splurged for color which we can be grateful for.

It's a nice instructive look at the sport of rodeo and the various event components. Fascinating for someone like myself who over the past several years has become a fan of the Professional Bull Riders.

8 seconds seems to be an accepted time. I learned it seems to be the standard for more events than bull riding. The bull doggers, calf ropers, and both saddle bronco horse and bareback bronco horse riders all have the 8 second stay on time for their events.

I even learned that some events can be timed for 10 seconds, that it was at least back in the day something that was occasionally done.

The PBR is looking for ways to spice fan interest. I expect one of these days a ten second ride on some kind of challenge dare to be offered. It would really be a dare because those riders have enough on their hands staying on a bull for 8 seconds.

Of course 8 or 10 seconds, it would all be in a day's work for such bovine athletes as Copperhead Slinger, Chicken on a Chain, Booger Butt, Doctor Proctor, and Cooper.

The newsreel footage of the rodeo in Casper, Wyoming was nice to see. And interesting to reflect on the kind of money that those cowboys rode for as versus what the PBR offers its bull riders now.

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