In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top ideas you might pass on to your kids if they're looking for a rodeo theme in their Halloween costume this year. While we know it's still quite a while until the spooky day actually hits, we know many kids and their parents love to get started on costume ideas months in advance, and we figured we'd line up with the program!

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're happy to offer a wide selection of custom rodeo belt buckles, Western accessories and numerous other items to help you build any kind of Western outfit you're in need of in Texas -- and Halloween is one of our busiest times each year. What are some other possible ideas to consider for your child's rodeo-themed Halloween costume? Here are a few.


For those looking for a slightly simpler costume idea, but one where your child can carry multiple accessories and really look the part, consider going as a roper. A cowboy hat, chaps, Western boots and of course, a lasso are all you really need to put this one together. You can find most of these items used -- or even better, borrow them from a friend who rides!

For those who aren't familiar, the roper is the one on horseback who tries to lasso the calf (or in this case, perhaps a younger sibling) and secure it for points. If you're going this route for your child, just be sure they're old and mature enough to know not to use their rope in any mean or dangerous ways when interacting with others.

Bronc Rider

One of the most well-known rodeo events, bronc riding, is a great option for a Halloween costume as well. A plain Western shirt, jeans, boots and a cowboy hat are the foundation for this outfit. You can even find fake horses at some party stores to help complete the look -- or if you have access to a real horse, that's an even better option!

Cowboy or Cowgirl

Finally, perhaps the single most common rodeo-themed costume idea of all is to just go as a cowboy or cowgirl. This one is easy enough that just about anyone can do it, and you have a lot of leeway in terms of what kind of accessories you want to add. A bandana, rodeo belt buckle, Western boots and a cowboy hat are some classic choices, but you can really add or subtract just about anything to personalize the costume to your child's liking.

As you can see, there are plenty of great rodeo-themed Halloween costume ideas out there for kids of all ages. At A Cut Above Buckles, we're proud to be your go-to source for custom rodeo belt buckles and other products in Texas. Contact us today to learn about our products or services!

While we know Halloween is still multiple months away, we also know many people -- especially kids -- like to get their costume ideas and shopping done very early. And if you live in an area where rodeo events are popular, or if you've introduced your children to this world in the past and they've taken a great interest in it, their desired Halloween costume may just be rodeo-related this year.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're here to help with any Western or rodeo look you or your children are going for, offering everything from quality belt buckles to Western jewelry, accessories and more. In this two-part blog series, we'll go over several Halloween costume ideas that are common in our world, plus which might be right for your child.

Bull Rider

One of the most popular rodeo events out there is bull riding, which takes a lot of bravery, skill and practice. If your child loves the adrenaline rush that comes with this event or just thinks it looks really cool, they may want to dress up as a bull rider for Halloween this year.

To get the look right, start with some key clothing items like a plaid shirt, cowboy boots, denim jeans and a cowboy hat. From there, you can accessorize with items like a rope or bandana tied around the neck, a fake bull riding vest and more. You may also want to consider adding some face paint to make your child's costume look even more authentic.

If your child happens to have a favorite bull rider from the events they've attended or watched, they may also want to dress up as that specific person. This can be done by including items like a replica of that rider's jersey number or even having them wear the same brand of clothing that rider is typically seen in.

Barrel Racer

Another popular rodeo event, especially with young girls, is barrel racing. This involves a horse and rider working together to complete a cloverleaf pattern around barrels in the shortest amount of time possible.

To dress up as a barrel racer for Halloween, your child will need a few key items like a Western shirt, cowboy boots, denim jeans or shorts and a cowboy hat. You can also accessorize with items like chaps (these can be real or fake), a lariat rope, a halter and lead rope for their horse (if they're using a toy horse) and more. Again, face paint can also help to complete the look.

Rodeo Clown

For kids who enjoy being goofy and having a little fun with their Halloween costume, dressing up as a rodeo clown may be the perfect option. Rodeo clowns play an important role in rodeo events, helping to protect bull riders from being hurt by angry bulls after their ride.

To get the look of a rodeo clown, start with some key clothing items like oversized overalls or denim jeans, a brightly-colored shirt, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. From there, you can accessorize with items like face paint, a red nose, suspenders and more. If your child is dressing up as a specific rodeo clown that they're familiar with, be sure to include items that will help make them recognizable.

In part two of our series, we'll go over some further themes here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our custom belt buckles or other Western accessories, speak to the team at A Cut Above Buckles today.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on why bulls "buck" during certain rodeo events. From how they're bred to how this behavior is encouraged (exclusively in safe, ethical ways), there are a number of interesting themes here that many don't know much about -- even those who attend rodeos regularly.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're proud to provide custom rodeo belt buckles and other quality materials that are ideal for both practical and aesthetic needs in a rodeo or any similar setting. In today's part two of our series, we'll look at several of the most common bull bucking styles you may see -- plus the telltale characteristics of each of them.

Jump Kick

One of the most common and well-known bull bucking styles in rodeos today is the jump kick, which is characterized by the bull lifting its back legs high and kicking them out, often to the side of itself. This is a common style for younger bulls that haven't yet fully figured out the spinning technique (more on this below) -- they're still getting used to having a rider on their back, and their first instinct is often to try and throw them off by jumping and kicking.

If you see a bull doing this, it's important to stay calm and keep your grip tight. You may be tempted to try and jerk the rope to get the bull back under control, but this will only aggravate it further and increase the risk of injury. Instead, just hang on and try to relax until your ride is over.


While some bulls have this technique even when they're young, it often takes them a bit more time to perfect it -- which is why you may not see many bull spins during a young bull's first few rodeos. With this style, the bull will usually lose its footing and begin to spin in circles on the spot, often throwing its back legs out wildly as well.

These bulls are often known as "money" bulls because, if they're ridden correctly, they can rack up a lot of points for the rider. They're also notoriously difficult to ride, which is why you'll often see less experienced riders avoiding them if they have the opportunity.

Right Out

Another common bull style is the right out, which refers to a bull that begins bucking immediately out of the chute gate with zero delay. However, these bulls don't tend to buck in any particular pattern -- they simply get going as fast as they can and try to throw off the rider.

This is another style that experienced riders will often prefer if they're looking for maximum points and a relatively injury-free exit. However, it requires excellent timing and positioning to pull off correctly -- otherwise you can get thrown off quickly and lose the chance at achieving some of those high points.

Few Out

Finally, another common style is the few out. This describes a bull that will begin bucking soon after leaving the chute, but will quickly turn to the left or right and stop bucking just as quickly. These bulls are often ideal for novice riders or those with little experience, and will usually reward them with a solid ride time.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we believe that quality materials like custom rodeo belt buckles can make all the difference when it comes to your performance in the arena -- no matter which style of bull bucking you're dealing with! For more on our products, contact our pros today.

There are numerous important components involved in a rodeo event that involves bull-riding, and the actual bull is one of the single most important. Specifically, the bucking actions that bulls take during bull-riding events are the basis for the entire setup -- and did you know that bulls buck in a few different ways, and for a few different reasons?

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're proud to play just one small role in rodeos and related events: Custom rodeo trophy belt buckles, which we offer to championship bull riders and numerous others for a mixture of style and functionality. We're also here to help educate many of our clients on the wide world of rodeos, including certain areas that even some regular rodeo attendees might not be fully up to speed on. Why do bulls "buck" during these events, and what are some of the different bucking styles that have been identified? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

Breeding Themes

First and foremost, the vast majority of bulls used in bull-riding events are bred specifically for their bucking abilities. There are a few different reasons for this, but the biggest one is that it's simply more entertaining for the fans to see a good bucking bull than it is to see a placid steer.

Breeders will often cross different breeds of bulls in order to create offspring that have the best chance of inheriting the bucking gene. There are certain physical characteristics that bucking bulls tend to have (more on that later), and breeders will often select for these when creating new generations of bulls.

In addition, bulls will be trained on knowing when and when not to buck. For example, a bull that is constantly bucking in the chute prior to an event will generally be penalized, as this is considered bad behavior.

Flank Straps

Similar to a lead chain for a dog or a bit in a saddle horse's mouth, flank straps are sometimes used to exert pressure on a bull's hindquarters in order to get it to buck. To be very clear, these straps do not cause pain in the bull -- rather, they incentivize it to buck as hard as possible. Contrary to some myths, the strap does not come into contact with the bull's genitals, and it's actually one of the most humane ways to get a bull to buck.

Bulls Are Not Hurt

We wanted to emphasize this again, because it's a major myth among some who don't know about rodeo events. Modern rodeos and their training formats do not hurt bulls in any way. Bulls are well-cared for and respected animals, and the events that take place are all in good fun.

In part two of our series, we'll go over the different ways a bull may buck during a rodeo event. For more on this, or to learn about any of our trophy rodeo belt buckles, speak to the staff at A Cut Above Buckles.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on how judging works within various bull riding rodeo events. While many are aware of the simple themes these events involve, such as staying atop a bucking bull for a period of time, fewer are aware of how these events are actually scored and how winners are determined.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we happily provide cowboys and many others with quality belt buckles for clients throughout Texas and nearby areas, including custom rodeo belt buckles that come in several different styles. Part one of our series went over the judges and a couple simple themes for these events -- today's part two will look at some of the simple rules at play, plus how extra points can be awarded.

Stock Points

As we noted in part one, scoring for bull riding events is based not only on the rider's performance, but also on the difficulty of the bull. This latter area is referred to as "stock points," which are tallied and announced after the ride. Bulls are given a rating from 1 to 100, with the higher numbers corresponding to more dangerous bulls. A bull that rates at 95 is generally considered "rough," whereas one that rates at 50 would be considered relatively easy.

For instance, if the bull in question just runs and kicks in a straight line, with no spinning or bucking, it would score low on the stock point scale. But if the same bull bucks and twists unpredictably, it would score much higher.

Control and Rhythm

Once again, despite noting it in part one, here's a reminder: The simple amount of time the rider spends on the bull is a factor for scoring, but not the only one. In addition, judges will be looking for themes like constant control and rhythm, as well as proper hand position and spurring.

Extra Points

In addition, there are certain ways riders may gain extra points during their ride. For instance, if the rider spurs the bull to encourage bigger bucks during their ride, they may be given extra points. Alternatively, if the rider manages to hang on for an additional eight seconds after the required time has expired, they will receive bonus points.


In some cases, if a rider's score comes out very low due primarily to poor bull performance -- such as if the bull stumbles or runs into a fence -- the judges may offer the rider a "re-ride." This means the rider gets to try again on another bull, with the hope of scoring higher and offsetting the low score from their first attempt.

The rider will have to give up his original score here, but this is usually just fine given that the score was low. They will then wait until all other riders have completed their rides, and the event will then be judged as a whole.

We hope this two-part series provides a little more insight into how scoring works during bull riding rodeo events. Be sure to check out A Cut Above Buckles for all your buckle needs in Texas and other areas!

While many are at least familiar with the sport of bull riding during rodeo events, fewer know exactly how this sport works. Most know that it involves attempting to stay atop a bucking bull, but do you know how such events are judged, scored and eventually determined for winners?

At A Cut Above Buckles, we're proud to offer a variety of custom rodeo trophy belt buckles and other buckle types, plus expertise and tips to those who take part in rodeo events -- including those who are newer to these areas and just learning about them for the first time while taking on a new interest. For those in this position, here's a primer on how judging and scoring works in bull riding across a two-part blog series.


First and foremost, it's important to know how bull riding events are judged. Like with most other roughstock events, there will be two judges watching the ride -- they will be paying attention not only to the rider, but also the bull itself.

Each judge will score both the rider and the bull on a scoring range of 0-25. Higher numbers for the rider indicate a better job done during the ride, while higher numbers for the bull indicate a rougher ride and a more difficult time for the rider.

For a given bull ride, then, there will be four scores: Two from each judge for the rider and beyond that, two more scores for the bull (one each from each judge). A final ride score can range from 0 to 100, with 100 signaling the "perfect" ride (these are virtually never achieved).

Staying On Doesn't Mean Winning

For those new to bull riding or who have only seen it on TV once or twice, there's a common misconception that simply staying on the bull for eight seconds is good enough -- in truth, it's just the bare minimum for earning points in a bull riding event. If you are able to stay on the bull for eight seconds, you will earn at least seven points, with each point being worth one tenth of a second.

If you stay on through all eight seconds but only by leaning back or otherwise not managing to secure a grip on the bull, you will only earn six points. These numbers will vary based on a few other specifics, as well.

There are slightly different systems for points being awarded to bulls, but we'll go over these in part two. In addition, we'll look at certain forms of extra points that may be earned, plus certain situations where a re-ride might be allowed to the rider.

For more on how bull riding events in a rodeo are judged and scored, or to learn about any of our rodeo or other belt buckles, speak to the team at A Cut Above Belt Buckles today.

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