Rodeo is a popular sport in America in which cowboys and cowgirls put their skills to the test. They ride on bulls, catch animals with a lasso or gallop around barrels on horseback.
The word rodeo comes from the Spanish term rodear, which means to go around and refers to the traditional way in which groups of cowboys rounded up herds of cattle. The most spectacular category in rodeo is bull riding. In bull riding, the rider sits on the back of a bull and holds on to a rope that is tied around the animal. The bull is then released from the chute and runs out, bucking wildly. The rider has to stay on the bull’s back for at least eight seconds.