addle bronc riding has the deepest roots in the sport of rodeo. This event began on ranches throughout the American West as early as the 1800s. Cowboys competed amongst each other to see who had the skill and style when riding untrained horses. While strength and skill are important in this event, many cowboys believe that saddle bronc riding is the toughest event to master because of the technical work behind it. Learn more about the riders behind ProRodeo’s toughest event with Parker Kempfer, the Southeastern Circuit Finals year-end saddle bronc champion!
Getting started in Rodeo
Sitting on the back of the bucking chutes at the original Silver Spurs Arena nearly 20 years ago, Parker idolized the rough stock cowboys that came to compete. As he grew, his love and admiration for the sport grew too. Parker traveled with his dad, George, and Uncle Doug to several rodeos across the state hauling bucking bulls. Parker and his family have always been involved in the rodeo industry. Though his mom wouldn’t allow him to rodeo as a child, he eventually found his way as a champion saddle bronc rider.