Cowboyway Home Page

Menu    Photos    Newsletter    Top
CowboyWay.com

Cowboyway Home Page

Sign up for our free newsletter

 Disclosures / Privacy Policy / Photo Of The Day

Trick Riding Pictures

Below are trick riding pictures with trick riders performing the Apache Hideaway, the Cossack Drag, and Roman Riding. In the United States, trick riding first rose to prominence as a competitive event in the early days of rodeo. Today it is a favorite specialty act seen at rodeos, fairs, or other venues. For more information on trick riding, please see the descriptions with each picture and the brief article at the bottom of this page.

The trick riding shown below was performed by members of Gratny Family Rodeo Acts.

All photos are copyrighted © and property of CowboyWay.com

In this photo the Apache Hideaway is being demonstrated at a standstill. In the next photo you can see it a full gallop.

Trick riding demonstrated at a standstill

 

The Apache Hideaway. This trick originates from Native Americans who would hide on the side of their running horse to avoid being wounded in battle.

Apache Hideaway in trick riding

 

This trick is called the Cossack Drag. It is sometimes also called the Russian Drag or the Death Drag. It is named for the Russian Cossacks who were said to have hung upside down from their horses going into battle.

Trick riding: The Cossack Drag

 

Roman Riding. Roman Riding traces its roots back to competitions held in Ancient Rome.

Roman Riding performed by a trick rider

See All General Photos

See All Event Photos


Women In Trick Riding

In the United States trick riding first rose to prominence as a competitive event in the early days of "cowboy extravaganzas," or wild west shows, both of which were precursors to the sport we now call rodeo. By the 1920s many rodeos featured three competitive events reserved just for cowgirls: bronc riding, the relay race (if the hosting facility had a race track), and trick riding.

In trick riding, the ladies made up their own tricks to compete with and were judged on such things as ease, gracefulness, skill, and how many straps were used for hand and foot holds - the fewer the straps the higher the score.

As trick riding became more competitive, cowgirls performed increasingly dangerous tricks on their fast-running horses, including stands, drags, vaults, and passes underneath their horse's belly. In the mid 1930’s trick riding was dropped as a contested event due in large part to the increasing number of serious injuries suffered by highly competitive dare-devil cowgirls.

However, trick riding can still be seen throughout the United States as a highly popular specialty act, and is frequently performed by both men and women.



 



CowboyWay Facebook
CowboyWay Pinterest
Newsletter






Disclosures / Privacy Policy

CowboyWay.com

Some images and/or other content on this website are copyright © their respective owners.
All other material copyright © 1999 - 2021 by CowboyWay.com - All Rights Reserved


Search CowboyWay.com


CowboyWay Home

Horses For Sale / Classifieds

Cowboy eBay / Amazon

Saddles For Sale

How To / What Is

Horse Names

Horse Gestation Table

Horse Facts/Trivia

Cowboy Dictionary

Cowboy Music

Cowboy Quotes

John Wayne Quotes and Sound Clips

Stories

Reviews

 

Newsletter

Miscellaneous

Is Bronc Riding Cruel?

Rodeo News

Recipes

Coupon Codes

Links

Photos

Pin It!

Sitemap

Disclosures

Privacy Policy

Contact CowboyWay

CowboyWay Facebook   CowboyWay Facebook