Bareback

The rider attempts to stay on the back of his horse using only his balance and a suitcase type handhold, known as a rigging, which is placed on top of the horse's withers then secured with a cinch. The rigging must be of NZRCA approved standards.
The rider must ‘mark out' the horse. On the first buck out of the chute the rider must have both of his spurs touching the horse forward of the break of the shoulders, they must stay there until the horse's feet have hit the ground from that first buck. If a rider fails to mark his horse out, on either or both sides, then he is disqualified.
As the horse bucks the rider brings his knees up, and in doing this he rolls his spurs up the horse's shoulders, as the horse comes down from his buck the rider returns his legs straight down ready for the next buck.
A bareback rider is judged on not only his actual ride, but also his spurring technique. He is required to ride the animal for a full 8 seconds.
How a rider can be disqualified: if he is bucked off before the required 8 seconds, if he touches the animal or himself with his free arm, or if he misses his mark out.