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This video shows the oldest surviving footage of a rodeo.  Filmed on October 16, 1894, it shows Lee Martin, a genuine cowbow, riding a bronc.

He seems to make a relatively controlled bailout after staying on for roughly 15 seconds while an onlooker fires several rounds into the ground near him.


It’s not likely this would be a qualified ride! We don’t know if this was a timed event, roughstock or simply staged for the camera.

The horse is ducking around a small arena while several spectators clap along.

The second clip is of calf branding in 1898. The footage shows a fire with branding irons, while three men go through the procedure of branding the calf.