Buckle Bunnies are rodeo groupies, often women, who dress and behave in sexually suggestive ways and seek intimate relationships with rodeo performers. They follow their favorite stars around the competition circuit and offer things like places to stay and home-cooked meals.
A Buckle Bunny is a kind of rodeo groupie, a woman who seeks out rodeo performers who excel in competition. Like the groupies that follow other sports and music groups, Buckle Bunnies are quite notorious for dressing and behaving in sexually suggestive ways, and some seek intimate relationships with people who compete in the rodeo. While male versions of the buckle bunny undoubtedly exist, women tend to dominate the rodeo groupie community.
There’s certainly a lot to like about rodeo performers, even if you’re not a buckle bunny. Rodeo is a very tough and demanding sport and the best competitors are at the peak of their physical condition. Rodeo stars also embody the mythology of the West, in the eyes of some observers, as they demonstrate skills associated with the Western lifestyle, from calf roping to barrel racing. Like other top athletes, rodeo stars may not necessarily be devastatingly attractive, but they make up for it with their unique skills and allure of competition.
Buckle bunnies get their name from the buckles that rodeo contestants typically receive as prizes. Many of them follow their favorite stars around the competition circuit, or try to make time to see certain athletes when they perform in the surrounding areas. A Buckle Bunny may not be able to ride a horse, but they have admiration for someone who can, and many also have an appreciation for Western culture that allows them to enjoy rodeo events.
As is the case with other groupies, Buckle Bunnies are often considered to be extremely uninhibited and highly interested in physical relationships with the rodeo stars they follow. Many of them dress the part, donning skintight pants, suggestive tops and high heels, and do their makeup heavy-handed. A savvy Buckle Bunny also takes the time to stand out from the crowd, choosing to wear loud colors or developing a skill like dancing to set her apart at crowded afterparties and other rodeo-associated events.
For rodeo cowboys, an entourage of buckle-up bunnies is undoubtedly flattering. Many buckle bunnies also offer things like places to stay and home-cooked meals, which can be nice for someone who endures the rigors of the rodeo circuit. Presumably some also offer physical companionship, although others prefer to admire from afar.