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Serious Hang Time
June 2008 Fred Schaad

Serious Hang Time

Williams Lake, British Columbia

Instead of a saddle, a double-thick leather pad, called a rigging, is cinched on the bronc's back.
No stirrups or reins are used in the event. To qualify, the rider must mark the horse out of the
chute by keeping his spurs over the break of the shoulders until the first jump out of the chute is completed.
The bareback rider will be disqualified if he touches the animal or equipment with his free hand or
if he is bucked off before the eight-second ride is completed.

No other event in professional rodeo is as physically demanding as bareback riding.
Using only one hand, the cowboy must hold onto the leather handhold of the rigging which is
customized to snugly fit to the rider's grip.
The rider tries to spur the horse on each jump, reaching as far forward as he can with his feet and
then bringing his ankles up toward the rigging.
It's the bareback rider's arm that takes all the stress as it absorbs most of the horse's bucking power.
While his arm endures this incredible tension, his hand must remain intact within the rigging's
handhold for the full eight seconds. (CPRA)

Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ,Digital
1/3200s, f/2.8, ISO 320, 105mm, -2/3 EV full exif

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Jose Maria Patricio14-Feb-2009 16:01
Amazing. It cannot be better. Impressive.
Marco Valk17-Aug-2008 06:56
cool shot! vote
Enrico Andreoli02-Aug-2008 20:04
Sooo impressive V
Nikhil Bahl30-Jul-2008 18:37
Super shot! v
Anna Pagnacco28-Jul-2008 21:18
This series is sooo breathtaking! Anna
Marcio Cabral21-Jul-2008 18:57
Wow!! excellent capture Fred!!!v
Yiannis Pavlis20-Jul-2008 13:41
I will say the composition is outstanding..Beautiful capture.V
Paul L-R16-Jul-2008 01:15
Wow Fred. This is an incredible action shot V
Matthew Mannell12-Jul-2008 18:34
Woa, absolutly stunning freeze, I didnt even know they had such events...very cool stuff.
Barry Ailetcher10-Jul-2008 04:06
another good cpature