Cracker Day Rodeo | Fellsmere Riding Club

The Fellsmere Cracker Day is held the first Saturday of March at the Fellsmere Riding Club. The club has been in existence in one form or another since 1955!

The day starts with Mutton Busting. Little kids hold on to the backs of a sheep and take a ride. Don’t worry, they are well protected always one or two Cowboys right by them to make sure they don’t get hurt, although some of the older kids are confident enough to go it alone. Actually, it is sort of cute and pretty brave of them to try.

Little kids hold on to the backs of a sheep and take a ride. Don’t worry, they are well protected always one or two Cowboys right by them to make sure they don’t get hurt, although some of the older kids are confident enough to go it alone. Actually, it is sort of cute and pretty brave of them to try.

Next came the Bull Riders. I had to research to understand what makes them buck. “First, these are no run-of-the-mill bulls. Most rodeo bulls are bred specifically for their bucking ability. Yes, it’s in their genes. They’re further trained to know when they should—and when they shouldn’t—get cantankerous and kick up a little dust. This isn’t to say that they’ll necessarily buck on cue, but they don’t have to be provoked by pain or even discomfort before they’ll do so. ” (go here to read more from The Truth About Why Bulls Buck)

The most amazing part of Bull Riding was how they got the bull out of the arena. Two Cowboys, on horses lasso the bull and very (mostly) calmly move him to the exit. This powerful animal is wrangled by two men on horses. Just goes to show you the bond between human and horse.

Then the Barrel Racing!
“Originally, Barrel Racing was a women’s event and alternated between a figure-eight and clover leaf pattern. In the early 1930’s speed was not as much of a factor in the results as the rider’s outfit and horsemanship as demonstrated by maneuvering through the designated pattern. This was an event for women, while the men participated in the athletic rodeo events like roping and bull or bronco riding. By 1948 a group of women formed the GRA (Girl’s Rodeo Association) and in 1949 Barrel Racing became all about speed” (go here to read more about Barrel Racing)

I guess the “girls” showed them!

Another example of the bond that is created between rider and horse. They have to be very strong, not only physically but mentally to get their horse to work with them.

Local events such as these are what is unique about the areas in which we live. When you have the opportunity, take advantage of the interesting things going on in your community.

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