Sticking on a bucking horse is no mean feat, not something I could do, but it really has nothing to do with riding in the real world, it is a stylised sport, where you gain points for form, form that is not going to help you in the real world
No one ever awarded me points for staying in some of the buckers I have ridden!
The boarding school that rode with the riding school had a lot of international girls.
A new girl, from Japan, started riding. She was a really good rider, had the horse she was riding working on the bridle, really good position and a neat little rider.
The first couple of rides were in the arena and then we rode down to the beach. She was riding an Anglo Arab, well,schooled and a very good competition horse.
First canter I sent them all individually and then we had a charge. This really good rider was shocked, she really never knew that a horse could take a hold on the bridle or travel as fast. Her 'perfect' position and ability to get a horse on the bit meant nothing riding in the real world! All her riding had been done in an indoor arena.
I will say she was a jolly good sport. Last ride with the seniors we went to the beach, had a great ride charging along, jumping breakwaters. The tide was coming in as we returned.
This girl was riding my mare and as we were heading home, I sent them one at a time along the beach for the last short canter. I sent her first.
There was an unjumpable breakwater, as the tide had gone out it had pulled the sand away from the end of it so there was a deep puddle around it. The sea was coming into the puddle and this girl, not knowing, instead of going into the sea, kept close to the breakwater. The horse was stopped dead, went base over apex and th girl was having a swimming lesson.
When the rest of us got there she was diving and then coming up to dove again.
I yelled out to get out the water and she said, "I am looking for my spectacles!"
Brave girl as it was mid winter!