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Rodeo Rules

Timed Events

Calf Roping

Calf Roping Calf Roping (Catch-as-catch-can) (30 second time limit) There shall be two or more timekeepers, a tie or field judge, a barrier judge and as many other officials as the local management finds necessary. Arena conditions will determine start and deadline. Animals used for this event should be inspected and objec-tionable ones eliminated. If there must be a re-run of calves to complete a go-round, all calves must be tied down before any stock is drawn. If, after one go-round has been completed, a fresh calf has to be used, the calf must be roped and tied down before the drawing, but if extra calves have been tied at that rodeo, they will not be con-sidered fresh. Two loops will be permitted if carried; should the roper miss with both, he must retire and no time will be allowed. Roping a calf without releasing the loop from hand is not permitted. A contestant must adjust rope and reins in a manner that will prevent his horse from dragging the calf, and horse must have a neck rope (strap) or rope latch. Contestants must receive no assistance of any kind. If horse drags calf, field judge may stop horse and the flag judge can assess any penalty for such offense. The rope must be tied hard and fast; contestants must dismount, go down rope and throw calf by hand, and cross and tie any three feet. If the calf is down when the roper reaches it, the calf must be first up on at least three feet, (the calf may be helped by the roper, but at least three feet must be dangling straight under the calf) and then rethrown by hand. If the roper's hand is on the calf when calf falls, the calf is considered thrown by hand. The rope must hold the calf until roper gets his hand on the calf. Tie must hold until passed on by the judge, and roper must not touch the calf after he has com-pleted his tie. If the tie comes loose or the calf gets to his feet before the tie has been ruled a fair one, the roper will be marked no time. Untie man must not touch calf until judge passes on tie. Inspection by the field judge: the field judge will use a stopwatch; the calf must stay tied securely for six seconds. The judge will start timer after the roper has remounted and given the calf complete slack. Under any circumstances a roper will be disqualified for removing rope from calf after signaling for time, and a ten-second penalty will be assessed for beating or breaking barrier. If roper intends to use two loops, he must carry two ropes. There will be a 30-second time limit.

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling Steer Wrestling (30 second time limit) Arena conditions will determine start and deadline. There shall be two or more timers, a barrier judge, a field judge, and, as many other officials as the local management find necessary. Animals used for this contest should be closely inspected and objection-able ones eliminated. Contestants will not be required to compete on a crippled steer or a steer with a broken horn. If contestant jumps at steer, he accepts him as sound. Contestant will be disquali-fied if he attempts in any way to tamper with steers in the chute. Only one hazer is allowed. If a steer gets loose, dogger may pace no more than one step to catch steer. Contestant must furnish own hazer and horse. After catching steer, wrestler must bring it to a stop or change its direction and twist down. If the steer is accidentally knocked down or thrown down before being brought to a stop or is thrown by wrestler putting animal horns into the ground, it must be let up on all four feet and then thrown. Steer is considered down only when it is lying flat on its side, all four feet and head straight. Wrestler must have hand on steer when flagged. The fairness of catch and throw will be left to the judges, and their decision will be final. Hazer must not render any assistance to the contestant after the contestant has left his horse. Failure to observe this rule will disqualify the contestant. Contestant and hazer must use the same two horses with which they leave the chute. The hazer will be disqualified for jumping at steer. When a barrier is used in the steer wrestling, it must be an automatic barrier and there must be at least a twelve-foot box. If the box is shorter, steer wrestling must lap and tap. A ten-second penalty shall be assessed in any case in which a flag judge rules the dogger's feet touch the ground before flag line is crossed. If dogger misses or loses his steer, the flagman must ask dogger if he wishes another jump. Dogger must replay at once. There is no penalty for breaking horn. Cattle used for steer roping, cutting, or other events shall not be used for steer wrestling. The steer-wrestling chute must have at least 30 inches clearance inside the chute and at the gate when in an open position. There shall be a 30-second time limit.

Ladies Barrel Racing

Ladies Barrel Racing Any two (2) contestants riding the same horse in this event will be disqualified. A horse can only go once in each age group/division. Knocking over a barrel will cause an automatic 5-second penalty per barrel. Failure to follow course shall cause disqualification. Western type equipment must be used. Use of a hackamore or other type of bridle is the choice of the contestant; however, the timer or judge may prohibit the use of bits or equipment which he con-siders severe. Barrel racing and pole bending course to be raked or renovated as conditions warrant so conditions are similar for all contestants. A clearly visible starting line shall be provided. Two stopwatches or electric timer with back-up watches shall be used. If the electric eye fails, the contestant is given an option to take the hand time or rerun the pattern. The contestant must make that decision before he/she leaves the arena and before the time is announced by the announcer. The rerun will be taken at the end of that event in that performance or the end of the go-round whichever comes first. In the event that the eye fails to operate completely, then all hand times will be used. Hand and eye times are not to be mixed unless the contestant has waived their option of a rerun. The electric eye and hand times will be used through the 1000's unless the technology to do so is not available. Instruction For Barrel Racing Course A contestant must enter the arena with horse under control and may circle the horse once before begin-ning the run. The gate will be closed after entering the arena and will be kept closed until the run has been completed and the horse is under control. The contestant is allowed a running start. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse's nose reaches the starting line and will be stopped when the horse's nose passes over the finish line. Failure to follow the course, or crossing over the starting line prior to completion of the pattern shall be cause for disqualification. At a signal from the starter or timer, such as the word "go" or "raising of flag" the contestant will go to barrel number 1, turn to the right around the barrel, complete a 360 degree turn, then to barrel 2, turn left around the barrel with another turn of 360 degrees; go to bar-rel number 3 turn to left around the barrel, and sprint the horse to the finish line. As soon as the turn is completed around barrel 3 the contestant sprints the horse to the finish line where the timers stop their watches as soon as the horse's nose reaches the finish line. The barrel course may also be run to the left. For example: The contestant will start to barrel 2, turn left around this barrel; proceed to barrel 1, turn right, then ride to barrel 3, turn to the right again and sprint to the finish line. The cloverleaf pattern is designed to test the speed and maneuverability of the horse. When measuring the area for the barrel course, remember to leave ample room for horse and rider to complete their turns and also to pull to a stop at the finish. The course must be measured exactly. If it is too large for the available space, the pattern shall be reduced 5 yards at a time until the pattern fits the arena. REMEMBER TO LEAVE adequate space between barrels and any obstacle. The distance from barrel number 3 to the finish line need not be reduced 5 yards at a time if there is sufficient room for a horse to stop.


Saddle Bronc

Saddle Bronc Saddle Bronc Riding (8 second ride) Horses are furnished by the producer. Riding is done with halter, one rope rein and committee sad-dle. Each contestant is responsible for obtaining necessary rodeo equipment in order to be ready to contest when called. Committee saddle specifica-tions are as follows: three-quarter rigging, this is determined by one-fourth the measurement from the center of the base of the horn to the inside of the top of the cantle. Standard halter must be used unless both contestant and stock contractor make agreement. A protective vest and mouthpiece are mandatory equipment in all rough stock events. Riding rein and hand must be on same side. Horses will be saddled in chute. Rider may cinch own sad-dle or examine same to determine if satisfactory. Either stock contractor or contestant shall have the right to call the judges to pass on whether or not horse is properly saddled and flanked to buck its best. Middle flank belongs to the bronc rider, but contractor may have rider put flank behind curve of horse's belly. To qualify, rider must have spurs over the break of the shoulders and touching horse when horse's front feet hit the ground first jump out of chute. One arm must be free at all times. Saddle bronc riding shall be timed for 8 seconds. If, in the opinion of the judges, a saddle bronc deliberately throws himself, the rider shall have the choice of that horse again or he may have a horse drawn for him from the re-ride horses. If the contractor's flank comes off or breaks during the ride, the rider may take score or get a re-ride. If flanks comes off the horse, rider may have a re-ride, provided rider com-pletes a qualified ride. Any of the following offenses shall disqualify a rider: being bucked off; changing hands on rein; wrapping rein around hand; pulling leather; losing stirrup; or touching animal or saddle or rein with free hand; riding with locked rowels or rowels that will lock on spurs. (The judges will examine clothing, saddle, rein, and spurs and exception will be made if local rules make it necessary for the covering of spur rowels).


Bareback Bareback Bronc Riding (8 second ride) One-hand rigging is used. Riders may use their own rigging, if rigging is not over ten inches in width at loose hand hold, and "D" ring is not over six inches and not a freak. Contestants must be able to freely insert a hand into and out of the handhold. No wedges, gimmicks or fingertucks allowed. Judges are permitted to inspect the riggings. Riders who are knocked off at chute or when horse falls out of chute will be entitled to a re-ride at discretion of judges. A rider will be given a re-ride, or he may take his score if the flank comes off or breaks, pro-vided the rider completed a qualified ride. Horses will be ridden 8 seconds; time to start when horse leaves chute. The matter of re-ride shall be decided by the judge. Stock contractors are required to have halters on horses. If rigging comes off horse without breaking, rider is disqualified. To qualify, rider must have spurs over the break of the shoulders and touching horse when horse's front feet hit the ground first jump out of the chute. Contestant will have the right to call judges to pass on whether or not horse is properly flanked and cinched. Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider: being bucked off; riding with rowels too sharp in the opinion of the judges; touching animal with free hand; riding with locked rowels. Judge may require rider to take his hand out of the rigging after a horse is cinched. Stock contractor may request judge to take such action. A protective vest and mouthpiece are mandatory equipment in all rough stock events. There will be no tape or any other adhesive material or substance other than dry resin used on rigging or on rider's glove, which will be plain glove with no flaps, rolls, wedges, welds or gimmicks. Rider may have a single layer of sheepskin or leather under handhold. Rider may not take any kind of finger tuck or finger wrap. Violator shall be disqualified. Rigging must lie flat on horse's back while rigging is being cinched. Stock contractor may call judge to pass on whether rigging is being set and/or cinched in a way that might hurt horse's back. No fiberglass or metal will be used in riggings or hand holds. Only leather or rawhide is allowed for hand holds. Flathead rivets are allowed to secure handhold; only other metal allowed will be in the "D" ring. All rig-gings must have enough sheepskin or sponge rubber or one-inch thick pad underneath to cover the bars. Judges shall disqualify bareback rider, who has been advised he is next to go, if he is not above the ani-mal with his glove on when previous horse leaves the arena. Cinches on bareback riggings shall be made of Mohair and shall be at least five inches wide.

Bull Riding

Bull Riding Bull Riding (8 second ride) Head-fighting bulls or those having bad horns must be dehorned or kept out of the drawing. Riding must be done with one hand and loose rope, with or without handhold; no knots or hitches to prevent rope from falling off bull when rider leaves him. Rope must have bell--no bell, no marking. Bull will be ridden 8 seconds; time to start when animal leaves chute. Riders who are knocked off at chute, or if bull falls, are entitled to a re-ride at the discre-tion of judges. Riders are not to use sharp spurs. A protective vest and mouthpiece are mandatory equipment in all rough stock events. Permitted hand hold: Laying of loose end through hand, around back of hand across the palm of the hand a second time with loose end hanging free. Additional wraps, tucks or gimmicks are cause for disqualification. If the flank comes off, the rider may take the score given or a re-ride bull, provided the rider completed a qualified ride. Rider will be disqualified for any of the following offenses: being bucked off; touching animal with free hand; using sharp spurs; or placing spurs or chaps under the rope when rope is being tightened. If the rider makes a qualified ride with any part of rope in riding hand, he is marked. Contestant will have the right to call judges to pass on whether or not bull is properly flanked to buck to the best of his ability. A bell must be under the bull's belly. The matter of re-rides shall be decided by the judges. No more than two men may be on a chute to pull the contestant's rope.

Last modified: Wed Jul 18 13:30:08 JST 2001