2018 YOUTH RODEO RULES

ADMINISTRATION

  

1. The RCYRA Rodeo rules and regulations in this guide have been adopted by the Advisory Board and Organizers.

2. The RCYA objectives shall be:

a. To establish a teaching environment      where youth age 0-17 can learn the sport of Rodeo in a safe and affordable environment.

b. To teach traditions of the sport.

c. To encourage and promote safety, respect, sportsmanship, and horsemanship.

d. To assist contestants to the sport to challenge themselves safely in events they may not have the opportunity to learn previously.

e. To create knowledgeable youth that can move safely to other rodeo organizations for competition.

f. To help elevate the standards of youth Rodeo within our state and surrounding areas.

3. Any Parent/contestant/member wishing to change the adopted rules and regulations for an approved RCYRA rodeo they are sponsoring must first have the changes approved by the RCYRA Advisory Board and Organizers.

4. The Rodeo Organizers will keep track of the tentative Rodeo Dates. Any hosting arenas are asked to inform the Organizers of the date and location of the proposed rodeo. This will help to prevent conflicts and assist with promotion of the events.

5. Any RCYRA rodeos must be approved by the Organizers and be open to all members and nonmembers of the RCYRA.

6. The RCYA Administration is made up of Organizers and an advisory board. The advisory boards responsibilities are to recommend changes, create regulations and make disciplinary decision if needed, to ensure the success of the association.

a. The Advisory Board is made up of 11 individuals.

7. The Organizers responsibilities are to schedule events, rodeo dates, keep stock updated, decide upon ground improvements or changes, office administration duties, and incorporate any new recommendations from the board into the association.

a. The Organization Board is made up of 3 individuals.

8. The current RCYRA rodeo year shall be determined as of the first of January of that year.

9. Membership in the association shall be open to all persons of good character ages 0-17.

10. Members will only be able to accumulate points for participating in the Awards Banquet from approved RCYRA rodeos.

a. The point system for the RCYRA has been revised and simplified to assist the rodeo secretary. The system is a simple 6 to 1-point system. The first-place person in the event will receive 6 points, second place 5 points, third place 4 points, fourth place 3 points, fifth place 2 points, and 1 point for each child that tries an event.

b. Cumulated points will be added for yearend awards.

11. All RCYRA rodeos will be split into 5 age divisions.

a. Junior Division

i. Ages 0-5 Mavericks

ii. Ages 6-8 Buckaroos

iii. Ages 9-12 Jr Wranglers

b. Senior Division

i. Ages 13-15 Wranglers

ii. Ages 16-17 Sr Wranglers

c. The age of each contestant shall be determined as of January 1st of that year.

d. It is the contestant’s responsibility to enter in the proper age group

12. Membership

a. Each child is responsible to enroll for a membership.

b. Membership costs are $50/year per family.

c. Memberships provide the child with eligibility for year end and day awards, free Saturday practices, equipment use, and arena & indoor use at nonevent times free of charge. (Arena use must be scheduled with the arena owner prior to use, please contact Lonnie directly for use of the arena outside performance and practice dates)

d. Members will be provided laminated back tags to be worn throughout the season.

e. Entry fees for Members are $5 per event.

f. No membership shall be accepted by the RCYRA when the proposed member is on the suspended/disqualified list if the applicant has not completed their full suspension period. Upon completing their suspension period, a member can appeal to be reinstated. The applicant may appeal such rejection in writing to the Advisory board and organizers. These appeals will be decided at on a case by case basis. Upon such appeal being filed, the Advisory Board shall determine by majority vote whether the subject membership application shall be granted or whether said rejection or denial shall stand. Executive Board decision shall be made within (thirty) 30 days of appeal.

g. Memberships can be purchased throughout the season until the September show. Memberships will not be accepted after this event. Points awarded prior to a membership purchase will be used towards your year end points only if the contestant has filled out an event form at each rodeo they have participated in. 

13. Non-Members

a. Non-members are welcome to participate in practices or performances.

b. Non-member are required to pay a $10-day fee per family for practice dates and a $10-day fee for performance dates.

c. Non-members are NOT eligible for yearend awards.

d. Non-members ARE eligible for day awards.

e. Non-members do not have the use of the facilities free of charge for dates outside of practice and performance.

f. Non-members will receive a generic backtag they are required to wear to performances. They can attain these when paying entry fees.

g. Entry Fees for Nonmembers are $5 per event.

h. No day passes shall be accepted by the RCYRA when the proposed day rider (Local) is on the suspended/disqualified list. The applicant may appeal such rejection in writing after the suspension time has been fulfilled to the advisory board and organizers. These appeals will be decided on a case by case basis.  Upon such appeal being filed, the Advisory Board shall determine by majority vote whether the subject membership application shall be granted or whether said rejection or denial shall stand. Executive Board decision shall be made within (thirty) 30 days.

14. Waivers and Medical Forms

a. A hand signed liability waver will be required the day of sign up when entries are paid.

b. A hand signed medical form must be on file prior to competing in any RCYRA event.

15. Closing of the books will be 1 hour prior to the start time of the performance. You MUST have your child signed up and entries paid 1 hour prior to the performance.

16. Parent, Guardian, or ADULT contestant advocate must be present at all practices or shows. A child cannot be left unattended on the grounds to practice or compete.

17. The RCYRA will hold an awards banquet after the season ends. All enrolled members and their families will be invited. Dates and location of the banquet will be announced during the rodeo season.

18. Suggestions from non-advisory board members will be appreciated.

19. RCYRA members, and non-member contestants acknowledge that rodeos are dangerous activities and that participation in a rodeo as a competitor, an independent contractor or volunteer, exposes the participant to a substantial and serious risk of property damage, personal injury or death. RCYRA members, and non-member contestants acknowledge that participation in RCYRA rodeos will expose said member or non-member contestant to substantial and serious risk of property damage and/or personal injury or death, said member, or non-member contestant hereby releases RCYRA, RCYRA Advisory Board, RCYRA Organizers, sponsors, and Volunteers, their affiliated, related or subsidiary companies, and the officers, directors, employees, and agents of each entity or organization from liability for any and all property damage, personal injuries, or other claims arising from participation RCYRA rodeos, including claims that are known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen, future or contingent. RCYRA members, associate members and non-member contestants shall not now or at any time in the future, directly or indirectly, commence or prosecute any action, suit or other proceeding against the before mentioned arising out of or related to the actions, causes of action, claims, and demands hereby waived, released or discharged by RCYRA member, and non-member contestant. This provision shall be binding upon each RCYRA member, non-member contestant, , his/her parents, legal representatives, heirs, successors, and assigns.

20. All amendments to rules will be made by the advisory board and organizers as needed throughout the season.

21. No member or nonmember will be allowed to participate in practices or performances without a parent or guardian present. Under no circumstances will this be permitted. All Age groups must have a parent or guardian present at all times.


TRADITION

  

1. All RCYRA members and nonmembers will abide by tradition of the sport. It is not asked that you believe but please honor the tradition of Rodeo by:

a. Standing for Prayer and National Anthem.

b. Males removing their hat or helmet during the prayer and National Anthem

c. Standing silently during these events.

2. Any member, nonmember or member assistant that does not comply with tradition by taking a knee or showing blatant disrespect will face disciplinary action.

a. 1st offense verbal warning

b. 2nd offense written warning and meeting with parents/advisor

c. Suspension from day’s events and forfeiture of fees for the day.

d. Suspension from rodeo for a period of 1 season and forfeiture of fees for the season.

3. There are to be no American Flags in the Arena prior to Grand Entry on a performance day. No practices with these items.


RODEO GROUNDS RULES

1. RCYRA is based out of the Clementshaw Arena in Reed City. Grounds rules apply to this arena. Travel Arenas may have different rules and should be viewed prior to any traveling show.

2. Golf carts and Quads are prohibited to contestants and contestant families on the grounds unless needed for handicapped access. Motorized vehicles may be used by RCYRA Staff during these events.

3. There is absolutely no running of horses on the rodeo grounds. For safety of the campers, spectators, and contestants. No hot rodding is allowed on the grounds. Trail Riding is available in the surrounding properties.

4. Please remove all trash/manure and fill in any fire pits that have been created on the grounds before leaving.

5. There is a playground available to children. This playground is to be used at your own risk. Reed City Rodeo, Clementshaw arena, any of its advisors or volunteers are not liable for any injury or death caused by use of the equipment.

6. Small campfires are allowed in approved containers or fire rings. Please note this is a pasture when not being used by the association.

7. Clean up any messes prior to leaving the property. Trash receptacles are available in many locations at the grounds.

8. Alcohol is prohibited to any minors on the grounds. Legal aged adults can have alcohol, but it must be placed in a container as to not be seen by the kids. Anyone seen with visible containers of alcohol will be warned. If a second warning has to be given, they will be removed from the grounds. Any public drunkenness will result in removal from the grounds and forfeiture of any fees paid. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor will result in police action.

9. Rodeo Grounds Arena closes at 10PM all horses must be out of the arena and back at your trailer at this time.

10. Rodeo grounds quiet time starts at 11PM. All contestants, parents, etc. shall be at their trailer by 11PM with music turned down and respectful noise levels for the comfort of other campers.



USE OF GROUNDS HORSES

  

1. The “Grounds horses” are supplied by volunteers and is a privilege. These animals are owned by No Boundaries Horsemanship and are available for use in events on a first come first serve basis.

2. Anyone using a Grounds Horse, MUST attend the Saturday practice in order to do so. Contestants need to practice on the horses before going into the arena. If you do not practice on Saturday under the supervision of No Boundaries, you will not be permitted to ride one of these animals on Sundays Performance.

3. All Grounds Horse MUST be kept by the arena gate. No riding around the grounds on these animals. You are allowed to warm up the animals under the supervision of the owners in the warm up area.

4. Absolutely no hot rodding on these animals.

5. You must sign up to use a grounds horse. If you need a grounds horse, please let us know during your text in so that we can try to accommodate you needs. These are on a first come first serve basis and kids will have to share animals.

6. The horse owner retains all rights to remove a contestant from an animal for any reason.

7. RCYRA members, and non-member contestants acknowledge that use of these animals will expose said member or non-member contestant to substantial and serious risk of property damage and/or personal injury or death, said member, or non-member contestant hereby releases any grounds horse owner from liability for any and all property damage, personal injuries, or other claims arising from participation, including claims that are known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen, future or contingent. 

8. Any child found mistreating a grounds horse or disrespecting the horse owners will lose this privilege and is susceptible to disciplinary action.

9. Grounds horses are NOT available at travel shows.

 

TEXT IN/CALL IN FOR THE RODEO

  

1. You must text in on the call-in day with your name, age as of January 1st, and events you want to participate in at the performance. You are able, to add and scratch an event prior to the event Sunday morning if needed, but this must be done 1 hour prior to the show beginning and be completed at the time of paying entries.

2. We do accept late entries on a case by case basis prior to the performance.

3. If you find that you like an event the day of practice and want to try it at the performance, sign ups are allowed at least 1 hour prior to the performance. You must have this change made prior to the books closing.

AGE DIVISIONS

  

1. JUNIOR DIVISION

a. 0-5 MAVERICKS

b. 6-8 BUCKAROOS

c. 9-12 JR WRANGLERS

2. SENIOR DIVISION

a. 13-15 WRANGLERS

b. 16-17 SR WRANGLERS

i. Your age division is determined by your age as of January 1st of the season year. 

ii. Contestants must be prepared to show proof of age if needed.

iii. Contestants may be moved up in an age division due to level of ability, if decided by parent and board, this will be determined on a case by case basis.

   

RULES FOR ANY RCYRA RODEO

  

RULES FOR ANY RCYRA RODEO

1. Reed City Youth Rodeo Association (RCYRA) assumes no responsibility or liability for injury or damage, to the person, property, or stock of any owner, contestant, or assistant. All participants, by the act of their entry, waive all claims against the organizers, advisors, contractors, or volunteers for any injuries they or their property may sustain.

2. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY IN EVERY EVENT AT EVERY SHOW AND DURING PRACTICES AT THE RCYRA.

3. Only rodeo judges, timers, arena director, chute help, similar officials and contestants entered the event are allowed to be in the arena during rough stock events there are no assistants allowed in rough stock events. A contracted photographer may be present during mutton busting. One assistant may be behind the chutes with full rodeo attire to help their child. During the timed events only, the judges and the contestant with or without assistant will be allowed in the arena. With the exception of Goat Tying, when there will be a horse catcher and a goat holder and contracted photographer, and during roping when a roper requests a helper to line the calf out. This rule will be strictly enforced.

2. Timers or judges for the rodeo may not be changed after the event begins except for sickness or injury, by the request of the organizers or advisors because of incompetence, or through the agreement of the stock contractor, and organization officials.

3. All decisions made by the judges, flaggers, timers and the advisory board will be final. No further protest by contestants, parents, or any other person will be allowed. A rule may be protested, but not a judge’s decision. Protests may be submitted in writing to the rodeo secretary by the end of the go round in question. (if you are the last person in the Go round, you have 10 minutes to enter a protest) The advisory board will rule on the protest before the next rodeo or 30 days, whichever comes first. Protest forms will be available at all rodeos. There is a $10 fee for protest forms, this ensures that the protest is necessary and doesn’t cause an overage of protests without warrant.

4. Contestants must observe all ground rules set by the arena owner or sponsoring committee. (See Ground rules)

5. Dry rosin should be used on equipment and gloves.

6. No reride or rerun will be given because of the contestant’s faulty equipment. Granting rerides or reruns due to the malfunction or breaking equipment belonging to the rodeo or stock contractor may only be done by the judges.

7. Judges have access to Stopwatch times. In the event of an electronic timer failure, contestant has the option of taking the stop watch time or rerun the event. If the contestant takes the rerun this will be the final time. A contestant cannot go back to the stop watch time.

8. All scores are unofficial until Judge’s sheets have been added by Secretary.

9. All decisions made by judges are final. 

10. Backtags are to be worn 1 hour prior to any performance until the end of any awards ceremonies. 

11. No un-sportsman like conduct either by Parents or Contestants will be allowed. 

12. Parents or other persons approaching, engaging or in any way distracting the judges during an event, for any reason, will be subject to having their child disqualified from the event.  

13. Equipment or devices considered to be inhumane by the judges, organizers, advisors, rodeo personnel etc., may not be used by contestants on the rodeo grounds. (See Humane Rules)

14. The families of contestants entered a RCYRA rodeo may enter the practice and rodeo as spectators free of charge at the home arena. During Travel Rodeos, there is a contestant +1 rule when paying entry fees. A contestant is allowed one adult to be in the back pens, by the arena with them free of charge. Any other family member must pay the normal fees associated with entering the travel arena including any parking fees. Some travel shows require all contestants to pay a parking fee, you will be liable for this fee.

15. Full safety equipment is required when riding rough stock. Helmet, Flack Jacket, mouth guard etc.

16. The Chute boss reserves the right to remove any contestant from rough stock in the event of crying, fear, or disrespect of the animal, or RCYRA Volunteers or parent/assistant. (We want to make this fun, not scare a child.)

17. Safety Helmets are required to ride in an RCYRA event, 

18. Scores recorded by the secretary and judges will be the official times. No video or photo playback will affect the recorded times/scores by judges or secretary.

19. Clothing worn by contestants may be adorned with patches, stickers, and monograms.

20. Conduct and attire: 

a. Western attire and backtags must be worn 1 hour prior to the performance and through out any awards ceremonies. The only exception to this rule will be in the rough stock events. A rider may roll up his sleeve on the riding arm. Proper Rodeo Attire must be worn behind the chutes and in the arena area this is for both contestants and assistants.

i. Western attire; Western hat or safety helmet, long sleeved shirt with sleeves rolled down (must be wrist length sleeved shirt, with collar and cuffs), Western boots and long pants. Sweatshirts, T-shirts, pullovers, sweaters or vests may be worn over a long-sleeved shirt as long as proper collar and cuffs are visible. 

b. Contestants appearing in any contest, the grand entry, and awards program will be in acceptable rodeo attire or will be disqualified.

c. Western Saddle and equipment is required.

21. A child may have 1 contestant helpers (assistant) or 1 adult helper (assistant)in the arena to assist in a timed event. The use of contestant helpers is strongly encouraged. In all roping events an adult helper may assist in holding the horse in the box but must relinquish control of the horse when contestant nods for stock. 

22. Arena or Setup

a. Same side of the arena and same equipment (such as poles) must be used for all contestants in any event, as conditions may not be the same.

23. No person shall be in the alleyway. Only the gate person, the contestant, and an assistant may be in the alley at any given time. 

24. Children cannot be left unattended around the alley, due to safety reason, parents should not leave their child unattended on the playground during an event. 

25. Any child or contestant or horse that is found to be in the alley during an event will be asked to move immediately for safety reasons.

 

POINTS

  

POINTS

1. Points will be given up to 5th place at each show.  Participation points will also be given to each contestant that doesn’t place.  The points system will work as follows.

a. 1st Place    6 points

b. 2nd place   5 points

c. 3rd place    4 points

d. 4th place    3 points

e. 5th place    2 points

f. participation 1 point

g. In case of a tie points will be given to both contestants. (example: Tie for 3rd place, each contestant will receive 4 points for the tie. There will be no 4th place if there is a tie.)

h. Points will be accumulated through the day.  The individuals with the most points for the day of the 5 chosen events, will be awarded Daily High Point Awards.  Reserve High Point will also be awarded. Points will be tallied throughout the season for yearend awards. 

i. An assisted rider cannot win over an unassisted child for daily high point or yearend award.

j. Rough stock riders will be placed by qualifying rides per the judges scores, the unscored placings will be finished out by the longest times of rides thereafter.

2. Of the 8 events the contestant will be required to pick 5 events at the beginning of each performance, to go towards their yearend points totals. 

3. A contestant can participate in as many or as few events as they prefer to qualify for those specific event championships per age group. The 5 events will be totaled into their points for awards, these events can be changed each show, but have to be in writing to the secretary when fees are paid for that specific rodeo.

EQUIPMENT

1. RCYRA has some equipment for use by new contestants. This equipment comes on a first come first serve basis. 

2. At no time is a contestant or parent to get into a gear bag. 

3. There will be an equipment manager on the grounds to ensure that all equipment is returned to the proper places. Bull Ropes, Gloves, Spurs, Vest, and helmets, rough stock equipment will be given to each child for use by an equipment manager or volunteer on performance days. When this item is done being used it is to be returned to the equipment manager to be properly put away or used on the next child. 

4. Equipment on Practice days will be signed out to the contestant. Parents will be responsible for the equipment borrowed. If the equipment is not returned the parent will be billed for these items at replacement costs.

a. Equipment includes, pigging strings, goat ropes, bull ropes, gloves, and all other community items. Helmets, vests, and bronc equipment will not be used on practice days.

5. After 1 year of membership in an event, contestants should be purchasing their own equipment for use. Please try to keep the community equipment available for new members and those trying new events.

ENTRIES

1. Entries for the rodeo begin at 7:30AM the day of the performance. The secretary will be available from 7:30am to 9am when books close. All entries and fees paid must be completed prior to 9am. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. 

2. Exceptions can be made in the case of a breakdown or emergency.

3. A representative can file your entry for you if you are going to be late, but you must come to the secretary booth as soon as you arrive.

4. If you are running late, you MUST call 616-482-7685 to have your spot held or have a representative pay your fees before 9am.

5. Repeated tardiness will result in not being able to enter.


RULES FOR CONTESTANTS

1. It is the responsibility of the RCYRA contestants and members to know and understand the rules and regulations contained in this book.

2. Contestants are not allowed to attend a rodeo or practice without the presence of a parent guardian or adult. 

3. No contestant or parent may approach a judge or timers during the rodeo performance unless retrieving tack or a hat. It is up to the parent or contestant to approach the rodeo secretary to clear up any problems. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification of that contestant and all points of accumulated for that day.

4. RCYRA does not insure any contestants or spotters, RCYRA is not liable for any damage or injury.

5. All contestants are required to attend the contestant’s meetings prior to practice and performance to go over any ground rules, new matters, and issues.

6. Each contestant is allowed only one assistant in the arena when competing. Assistant must be in full western attire.

7. Each contestant will be charged an entry fee or stock charge.

8. Contestants must call in on the scheduled call in day in order to compete.

9. In the event of a rule infraction(s) they may be turned into the rodeo secretary with the name of the contestant, and the infraction. Infractions must be turned in for that rodeo by the end of the rodeo.

a. The name and infraction will be reviewed by the discipline board and organizers and will be handled in accordance to the terms listed in this rule. 

10. Disqualification from an event shall occur for the following:

a. Deliberate or continued failure to report for any event.

b. Profanity or obscenity

c. Use of improper equipment

d. Not making an honest effort when competing in the arena. If an honest effort is not made the contestant is liable fore disqualification at the discretion and request of the rodeo Organizers and Advisors.

e. Use of illegal wraps and tucks in bareback bronc and bull riding riggings and ropes are found. 

f. Improper attire.

g. Not being ready when called. Announcer will call the contestant three (3) times. If the contestant is not present and prepared to compete he/she will be disqualified from the event.

h. Refusing stock drawn.

i. Contestant grabs the fence while competing.

j. Running into the electric eye or flagger

k. Exceeding time limits

i. Failure to complete an event in the prescribed time limit (excluding penalties) set for that event.

l. Not being mounted 

i.  a contestant must be mounted at the completion of the event unless being on foot is an integral part of the competition.

m. Recrossing the start/finish line.

i. In all timed events using a start/finish line, a contestant will be disqualified for recrossing the start/finish line prior to finishing the prescribed pattern. A child is however encouraged to finish out the pattern for practice purposes.

n. Breaking patterns 

o. The contestant must start his/her run within sixty (60) seconds of being called

p. In any roping event, throwing the rope before the horse’s chest has crossed the barrier line.

q. Breakaway roping

i. Altering the original makeup of the string issued by the rodeo (thinning or stripping in any manner.)

r. A contestant may be disqualified from any event for failure to have a helmet on his or her head 

i. Intentionally knocking off helmet by hand or shaking head will result in disqualification.

11. Re-runs or re-rides will be granted, under the following conditions:  

a. Rough Stock Events:  

i. If animal fails to buck to the satisfaction of the judges.  

ii. If animal falls during the ride, providing the contestant has made a qualified ride up to the point where the animal fell.  

iii. If the rider is fouled coming out of the chute.  

iv. If the flank comes off prior to the end of the allotted time, provided the rider has made a qualified ride up to the time the flank comes off.  

v. If the contestant has made two (2) honest attempts to get out on a chute fighting animal.  

vi. Interference from officials (example: pick up man runs into stock) providing contestant has made a qualified ride up to the time of the interference.  

vii. If contestant feels he has been fouled he must declare himself by double grabbing immediately. 

viii.  When a re-ride is offered, the judge must advise the contestant of the score if a score is given and of the option for a re-ride. The contestant must then immediately choose to accept his score or take the re-ride.  

b. Roping Events: 

i. Mechanical failure of chute or barrier.  

ii. Interference from neck rope or barrier rope—contestant must declare him/her self by pulling up.  

iii. Interference from officials or others in the arena— contestant must declare him/her self by pulling up. 

iv. Any attempt to compete after interference or foul will negate any claim for a re-run.  

v. If an animal goes down (to his knees or belly) prior to reaching score line and contestant declares him/herself, a re-run will be awarded.  

vi. If animal escapes arena, the field judge will drop the flag stopping the time, the animal will be brought back, and the contestant will continue “lap and tap”. “Lap and tap a. When foul occurs with rope on animal, rope must be put back on animal as close to the way it was when time stopped and a lap and tap rerun is merited. Time starts when animal breaks the plane of the chute gate.  b. When foul occurs, and rope is not on animal, any loops or jumps already thrown or taken may not be reused. Time will begin when animal breaks the plane of the score line. 

vii.  All re-runs will be done bringing the same animal back unless that animal cannot be competed on.   Timed 

c. Events with Patterns: 

i. Interference from officials or others in the arena.  

ii. Failure of the committee to properly set pattern.  

iii. In the event that the pattern was set improperly, all contestants will re-run.

1. If there is a Timer Error, and there is a stop watch time the contestant is able to choose this stop watch time (as some judges use both stop watches and timers).  A contestant must choose the stop watch time before a rerun is taken.  If the rerun is taken that rerun time will be the final score.  

d. Timed Events with Goats:  

i. Interference from officials or others in the arena.  

ii. Interference from officials or others in the arena— contestant must declare him/her self by pulling up 

iii. Any attempt to compete after interference or foul will negate any claim for a re-run. 

iv. If the goat comes loose from the tether or the tether breaks. A goat tether is a means of containing the goat to a specific area. A goat becoming untethered after the contestant begins a “throw and tie” does not warrant a re-run. If wrong goat is tethered and officials insist the contestant compete on that wrong animal when the contestant points out that the animal is not the correct animal.   

 

ASSISTED VS UNASSISTED

1. An assisted Rider is defined as any rider with a helper that crosses the timer line. In the event the assistant crosses the timer line, that child is then considered an assisted ride.

2. Any unassisted ride will be considered over an assisted ride in any event for points and placings.

3. Parents cannot ride on a horse with a child.

4. An assisted rider cannot win over an unassisted child for daily high point or yearend award.

5. If an event volunteer intervenes with a rider for safety reasons in any situation, it will be at the judge’s discretion if said ride is assisted or unassisted.

DICIPLINARY ACTIONS

1. In the event that disciplinary actions have to take place the following will be enforced.

a. First offense - verbal warning and an incident report put in file.

b. Second offense – incident report written up and filed, meeting with parents and advisory board.

c. Third offense – incident report filed suspension from one rodeo and forfeiture of all fees.

d. Fourth offense removal from association and forfeiture of all fees.

i. All disciplinary actions for removal can be appealed to the advisory board in writing within thirty days of removal from association. These appeals will be considered and ruled upon on a case by case basis by the board. A RCYRA member who has been disqualified from further participation in a RCYRA rodeo due to violations or infractions may file an appeal or present his or her case before the disciplinary board. Only contestants will be allowed to appeal.

2. The following acts will cause immediate dismissal from the association.

a. Violation of the RCYRA conduct policy which states anyone participating in the RCYRA who is caught in the act of theft or vandalism or caught with illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco who is involved in any such other offense, will be immediately sent home at his or her own expense. If it is determined by the persons in charge of the activity that the offense warrants it. The offender will be turned over to the proper authorities.

3. The following acts will cause disciplinary action up to but not limited to dismissal from the association.

a. Rowdyism, quarreling, or fighting on the rodeo grounds

b. Mistreatment of stock.

c. Cheating or attempting to cheat by a contestant, helper or member of the contestant’s family.\

d. Conduct or speech of any kind detrimental to the best interest of the RCYRA.

e. Contestant, Parent, or Other Party Attempting to fix, threaten, bribe, influence, harass, or coerce the judges at any time, in or out of the arena. Violators of this rule must be reported to the organizers and advisors by the judge involved.

f. Abuse of stock. In any event, if in the opinion of the judge and/or arena director, a contestant abuses any stock, including the contestant’s own horse, that contestant may be disqualified from that event.  

g. Bullying

h. Poor sportsmanship

i. Poor horsemanship (i.e. Excessive whipping of a horse, yanking on a horse’s mouth, causing pain or harm to an animal)

j. Disrespect to ANYONE will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to disrespecting, contestants, parents, spectators, advisors, staff, volunteers or organizers.

ALL AROUND

1. RCYRA will have the following events.

a. Bull Riding/Mutton Busting

b. Barrel Racing

c. Bareback Riding

d. Saddle Bronc Riding

e. Pole Bending

f. Goat Tying

g. Break Away Roping/Dummy Roping

h. Down and Back

2. Of the 8 events the contestant will be required to pick 5 events at the beginning of each performance, to go towards their yearend points totals. 

3. A contestant can participate in as many or as few events as they prefer to qualify for those specific event championships per age group. The 5 events will be totaled into their points for awards, these events can be changed each show, but have to be in writing to the secretary when fees are paid for that specific rodeo.

AWARDS

1. The following day prizes will be distributed at each event.

a. 0-5 Daily High Point

b. 0-5 Reserve High Point

c. 6-8 Daily Hight Point

d. 6-8 Reserve High Point

e. 9-12 Daily High Point

f. 9-12 Reserve High Point

g. 13-15 Daily High Point

h. 13-15 Reserve High Point

i. 16-17 Daily High Point

j. 16-17 Reserve High Point

k. Junior Overall Daily High Point

l. Junior Overall Daily Reserve Point

m. Senior Overall Daily High Point

n. Senior Overall Daily Reserve Point

2. The following prizes will be distributed at year end awards. (More awards may be added according to member fees & sponsorship fees attainted by the association.)

a. Bull Riding/Mutton Busting

i. Champion in all age groups

b. Saddle Bronc 

i. Champion in all age groups 

c. Bareback 

i. Champion in all age groups 

d. Pole Bending

i. Champion in all age groups 

e. Goat Tying

i. Champion in all age groups 

f. Breakaway Roping/Dummy Roping

i. Champions in all age groups 

g. Down and Back

i. Champions in all age groups 

h. All Around Per Age Group 

i. Reserve All Round Per Age Group

j. Junior Grand Champion Overall

k. Junior Reserve Champion Overall

l. Senior Grand Champion Overall

m. Senior Reserve Champion Overall.

SPECIFIC EVENT RULES

JUNIOR BULL RIDING

1. Must wear protective vest, helmet and mouth piece. Must have your own bull rope, glove etc. THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR YOU. YOU WILL NOT RIDE WITHOUT THE PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT.  (These items can be signed out on site, and we will try our best to find equipment for kids to share equipment comes on a first come first serve basis).

2. Rider shall ride with one hand.

Steers will be flanked.

3. Stock will be selected by the chute boss for the child’s ability for safety reasons and to ensure the appropriate size stock for the contestant.

4. Contestants must have a qualifying score of 6 seconds if ages 0-12, and 8 seconds if ages 13-17.

5. The chute boss along with parents may move a child up to a more challenging division in rough stock if agreed upon by both parties. If it is agreed upon a child in the 12 and younger age group can be moved to the 13 and over rough stock. That child will then ride the 8 second time frame and compete for the bull riding in that division.

6. All re-rides will be at the discretion of the judges and must be decided immediately.

7. If a flank comes off, a re-ride may be given, provided the rider has made a qualified ride up to the point of the flank coming off.

8. If a rider makes a qualified ride with any part of the rope in his hands, he is to be marked.

9. Soaking the animals will not be tolerated- if you are caught you will be disqualified from the event. This is a zero-tolerance rule.

10. Latch side Judge will be the official time unless he is not in the position to make the call, then it will fall to the judge with the best view.

11. If the Junior shows signs of distress the Judge and Chute Boss have the right to refuse to let the child compete. 

12. Junior Bull Riders may not participate in mutton busting during the same event day

13. Both males and females can participate in this event.

14. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

15. Points will be given for all placings in this event. If there is not a qualified ride the event, the longest ride will be considered first place and so on. All Qualified rides will be considered prior to longest times for points.

BARREL RACING

1. Helmet is required to participate.

2. The fastest time wins. The rider is allowed to choose either the right or left barrel as their first barrel but must complete the correct pattern, allowing for turn changes depending on whether they are on the right or left lead. Running past a barrel and off the pattern will result in a "no time" score and disqualification.

3. If a barrel racer or horse hits a barrel and knocks it over there is a time penalty of five seconds per barrel.

4. Competitors are required to abide by this dress code beginning one hour before the competition and lasting until after slack.

5. Contestants names will be called 3x, if you are not ready or in the arena by third call you will be disqualified.

6. Gates can be open or closed at the digression of the rider.

7. Both males and females can participate in this event.

8. Breaking the pattern or recrossing the timer line will result in disqualification of the event.

9. All judge’s decisions will be final.

10. 0-5 age group in barrels will have the pattern moved in (made smaller) for the contestants. 

GOAT TYING

1. Helmet is required to participate.

2. The object is to race to the end of the rodeo arena to where a goat is staked out on 10 feet (3.0 m) rope, catch the goat, throw it to the ground and tie three of its feet together

3. The distance from the starting line is 100 feet.

4. Contestants dismount their horse while it is sliding to a stop, though usually while still in motion, run to the staked-out goat, which must be taken to the ground and laid on its side in order to tie three of its legs together.

5. When the goat is tied, contestants signal the end of their run by throwing their hands up and getting off the goat to indicate the completion of the run. The contestant with the fastest time wins.

6. There are penalties that may be added to the contestant's run at the judge’s discretion, including disqualification if the goat comes untied during the 6 second tie period, and a 10-second penalty added to a time.

7. If the horse crosses the staked rope of the goat or causes the goat to become loose. If the contestant touches the goat or string after indicating that they are finished, they will receive a no time.

8. After the contestant is finished tying, they must move at least three feet away from the goat

9. Competitors are required to abide by this dress code beginning one hour before the competition and lasting until after slack.

10. Both Males and Females can participate in the goat tying at this event.

11. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

MUTTON BUSTING

1. Helmet required (equine or bike helmet is suitable)

2. In the event, a sheep is held still, either in a small chute or by an adult handler while a child is placed on top in a riding position. Once the child is seated atop the sheep, the sheep is released and usually starts to run in an attempt to get the child off.

3. Longest ride wins.

4. Sheep Ropes are allowed also Children can hold on with legs, sheep’s wool etc.

5. Child must be under 50lbs to participate.

6. If a Child is assisted with their ride they will be scored lower than an unassisted ride Children that ride without being held on will be scored accordingly per the Judges. An assisted ride cannot win over an unassisted ride.

7. Mutton Busters may not participate in the Junior Bull Riding.

8. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

9. Points will be given for all placings in this event. If there is not a qualified ride the event, the longest ride will be considered first place and so on. All Qualified rides will be considered prior to longest times for points.

POLE BENDING

1. HELMET is required to participate.

2. Starting lines in pole bending will be subject to ground rules.  

3. During pole bending events, the arena will be dragged at regular intervals, to be determined by the management.  

4. A contestant may enter the Arena at the speed of their choice. 

5. The pole bending pattern is to be run around six poles.

6. No flags to be used on poles.

7. The distance from the starting line to the first pole shall be 21 feet and spacing between poles shall be twenty-one (21) feet apart. End pole must be twenty (20) feet, at least, from fence.

8. Poles shall be set on top of the ground, six (6) feet in height. 

9. Poles must be straight in line. 

10. Touching poles is permitted by horse or contestant. 

11. A horse may start either to the right or left of the first pole and then run the remainder of the pattern accordingly.

12. There is a 5 second penalty for each pole that is knocked over.

13. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

BREAKAWAY ROPING

1. Helmet is required to participate.

2. Breakaway roping is available to contestants 9 and older. Break away ropers will not Dummy Rope unless agreed upon by board and parents. Points cannot be taken for both events. (All participants will have exceptions based on board review with parents depending on level of the contestant on a case by case issue.)

3. There will be a 30 second time limit to complete the catch

4. Only one loop will be permitted. A dropped loop is considered a thrown loop. 

5. Rope must be tied to saddle horn with a nylon string and have a handkerchief or Other colorful cloth attached to the rope at the saddle horn. Strings will be provided by a judge or the contestant may provide a string but must be nylon string of any color. Penalty for misplacement of the handkerchief or string will be disqualification by the line judge; no coils or knots allowed between the end of rope and string. 

6. The field judge will flag the contestant when the rope breaks away from the saddle horn and time will be given. 

7. The contestant will receive a “no-time” should she break the rope away from the Saddle horn with her hand. However, if the rope should dally around the horn, the contestant may ride forward, un-dally the rope, and stop her horse to make the rope breakaway from the horn. 

8. The contestant must pass through the barrier before throwing her loop. Breaking a barrier will result in a 10 second penalty. 

9. The contestant must be on their horse when time is given. 

10. A legal catch is a bell collar catch. Bell collar defined as passing over the calf’s head and must not include any appendages including figure eight over the tail. 

11. Time to be given between barrier flag and field flag. 

12. Once score has been set in timed events, it will not be changed at that roping, nor can the length of box be changed. 

13. Animal belongs to contestant once stock crosses score line, regardless of what happens, except in cases of mechanical failure. If contestant accepts animal, they accept it as sound. 

14. All stock will be drawn to finish run on cattle before any cattle can be re-run. 

15. Tampering of calves in pen or chute and/or barrier results in disqualification of contestant. A contestant may have a person to push their calf out of the chute. No pusher will be allowed to follow the calf out of chute in the act of tailing cattle. This will incur an immediate disqualification. 

16. When a barrier is stretched, and the animal is standing, contestant has a 45 second time limit to call for stock. After 45 seconds the animal will be released, and contestant receives a no time. 

17. An assistant is allowed to help the child in the box by holding the horse, but the assistant must let go of the horse as soon as the child nods for stock.

18. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

DUMMY ROPING

1. Dummy roping is available to contestants 8 and under. Dummy Ropers will not break away rope unless agreed upon by board and parents. Points cannot be taken for both events. (All participants will have exceptions based on board review with parents depending on level of the contestant on a case by case issue.)

2. The competition begins with round one, where two loops are thrown. Contestants who catch the steer both times advance to round two. In the finals, a distance line is marked and increases until a winner is crowned. Horn size may also be changed to determine a winner. Three legal catches will be used.  Boundary lines will be used in all rounds. Contestants may not rope the entire dummy.

3. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

DOWN AND BACK

1. A barrel is set at the end of the arena.

2. The rider will cross the timer line, ride to the barrel turn around the barrel and come back around the timer line. 

3. Fastest time wins

BAREBACK BRONC RIDING

1. Riding One hand riding is to be used in bareback riding. 

2. Riders may use dry rosin or tape on handhold and glove. 

3. There will be no finger tucks or wedges allowed in the bareback riding. 

4. Anything not stationary on the handhold or glove will be considered a wedge. 

5. There will be no wedges sewn inside of bareback riding glove. Plain glove only, no gimmicks. 

6. Horses will be ridden eight (6) seconds for ages 0-12 and 8 second time limit for ages 13-17, time to start when the horse’s front feet touch the ground the first time out of the chute. 

7. The contestant must have both spur rowels touching the animal, one on each side of the animal, anywhere above the break of the shoulders when the animal’s front feet touch the arena floor the first time out of the bucking chute. 

8. Either judge will have the option to waive the mark out rule if the contestant is fouled or the animal stalls. 

9. Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider: 

a. Riding with rowels too sharp in the opinion of the judges. 

b. Rider must finish ride with hand in hand hold. 

c. Locked rowels or rowels that will lock during ride. 

d. Being bucked off. 

e. Touching himself or horse with free hand or assisting himself with free arm by touching animal. 

f. Failure to mark horse out of chute. 

10. To qualify in bareback and saddle bronc riding, the rider must have his or her spurs touching the horse over the break of the shoulders when the animal’s front feet hit the ground on its first time out of the chute.

11. If the animal balks when coming out of the chute, either judge may tell the rider to “go to the belly” to move the horse. The contestant must follow the judge’s order to “go to the belly”. The “start” or “mark out” rule is waved for that ride.

a. It is not mandatory for ages 0-12 to mark out or start their animals. However, juniors that do mark out will receive 2 points per judge, per side for a total of 4 points, when there are 2 equally scored rides. The contestant who starts or marks out will place over the one that does not.

12. All judge’s decisions will be final. 

13. Points will be given for all placings in this event. If there is not a qualified ride the event, the longest ride will be considered first place and so on. All Qualified rides will be considered prior to longest times for points.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

1. is to be done with plain halter, one rein and saddle. Saddle to be furnished by management, but contestants are permitted to use own saddle when sanctioned by judges. Standard halter and committee saddles must be used

2. No foreign objects shall be attached to or placed under saddle. If equipment is sanctioned by judges and contestants furnish equipment (which is acceptable to judges) contestant MUST use same. 

3. Riding rein and hand must be on the same side. 

4. Horses to be saddled in chute. 

5. Rider may cinch own saddle or examine same to determine if satisfactory; 

6. bucking rein must be connected to halter. Bucking rein ONLY may be attached to halter under penalty of disqualification. (This to be at the stock contractor’s discretion.) 

7. Horses to be ridden 6 seconds for ages 0-12 and 8 second for ages 13-17, time to start when animal’s front feet touch the ground the first time out of the chute. The contestant must have both spur rowels touching the animal, one on each side of the animal anywhere above the break of the shoulders when the animal’s front feet touch the arena floor the first time out of the bucking chute. 

8. Either judge will have the option to waive the mark out rule if the contestant is fouled or the animal stalls. 

9. During a Bareback or Saddle Bronc Ride, if the flank comes off, and contestant made a qualified ride to that point he will be awarded a re-ride. 

10. Riders will use dry rosin only on saddle and chaps. 

11. Judges can inspect saddle and chaps before or after competition.

12. Disqualifications: Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider: 

a. Use of anything other than dry rosin on saddle and chaps 

b. Being bucked off. 

c. Changing hands on rein. 

d. Losing bucking rein. 

e. Wrapping rein around hand. 

f. Pulling leather. 

g. Losing stirrup. 

h. Riding with locked rowels or rowels that will lock during ride. 

i. Touching himself or horse with free hand or assisting himself with free arm by touching animal. 

j. Wrapping rein around horn. 

k. To qualify in bareback and saddle bronc riding, the rider must have his or her spurs touching the horse over the break of the shoulders when the animal’s front feet hit the ground on its first time out of the chute.

l. If the animal balks when coming out of the chute, either judge may tell the rider to “go to the belly” to move the horse. The contestant must follow the judge’s order to “go to the belly”. The “start” or “mark out” rule is waved for that ride.

m. It is not mandatory for ages 0-12 to mark out or start their animals. However, juniors that do mark out will receive 2 points per judge, per side for a total of 4 points, when there are 2 equally scored rides. The contestant who starts or marks out will place over the one that does not.

13. Points will be given for all placings in this event. If there is not a qualified ride the event, the longest ride will be considered first place and so on. All Qualified rides will be considered prior to longest times for points.

HUMANE RULES

1. Arenas, chutes, corrals, mangers etc. Must be constructed so as to prevent injury to stock. All areas should be kept free of rocks, holes, and obstacles that could cause injury or discomfort. The arena area must be worked up (tilled) or covered to no more than a 4” resilient consistency.

2. Humane hot shots should be used only when necessary, and only in appropriate areas of the animal’s body, such as the neck, chest, shoulders and hips.

3. No contract performer will abuse rodeo stock or animals used in her rodeo acts.

4. Arena help may be dismissed and or contestant may be disqualified fore any mistreatment of stock.

5. Stock that becomes excessively excited that it appears to be in danger of injuring itself should be released from the chute.

6. All horse and bull flank straps are to be fitted with a protective covering. Horse flank straps must have a quick release. No extraneous or harmful objects will be allowed on the flank straps.

7. No sick or injured animal will be used in competition. Animals will be inspected and those judged to be unsuitable will be eliminated from the draw. The judge and the rodeo advisors/organizers will be responsible for inspecting the stock.

8. Any contestants deliberately abusing animals in or out of a RCYRA arena will be disqualified from that rodeo. Repeat offenses of this type will result in a disqualification from all RCRYA events.

9. RCYRA contestants will be responsible for the care and wellbeing of their personal animals. This includes such things as feeding, watering, proper confinement etc.

10. At no time will inhumane or abusive treatment of personal animals be allowed. This infraction may lead to disqualification from the rodeo.

11. No locked rowels, or rowels that will lock on spurs, may be used on bareback horses or saddle broncs. Spurs must be dulled.

12. No wooden paddles or twisted wire whips are permissible.  

13. No sharp or cutting objects permitted in cinch, saddle girth, or flank straps. 

14. No bull tails will be allowed under the flank strap.  

15. No stimulants or hypnotics are to be given to any animal used for contest purposes.  

16. No small animals or pets allowed in arena where restraint is necessary, or where subject to injury or attack by another animal.  

17. If RCYRA member, including contestant and stock contractor abuses an animal by an unnecessary non-competitive or competitive action, he may be disqualified. Officials will immediately inform the announcer that the contestant has been disqualified and spectators will be informed of the disqualification due to unnecessary roughness to livestock.  

18. Any RCYRA member, including stock contractors, guilty of mistreatment of livestock may be disqualified or suspended.  

19. No animal shall be beaten, whipped, mutilated, or cruelly prodded.  

20. No dogs or other pets shall be allowed in the arena, track and chute areas while events are in progress. 

21.  Any stock contractor or rodeo personnel, contestant or parent guilty of mistreatment of livestock will be asked to leave the Rodeo Grounds, and all monies will be forfeited.   

22. Mistreatment, endangerment or neglect of the Rodeo stock will not be tolerated. 

23. In all riding events, contestants will be disqualified for riding with rowels the judge thinks are too sharp.

24. All saddled horses should be properly equipped, so as to control the animal. However, at no time will ill fitting or severe equipment that may cause harm or undue discomfort to the horse be allowed.

25. Only a western type bat may be used with a minimum width of 1”, or an over and under may be used.

26. Any animal used by contestants that is deemed not in good health, severely underweight, injured, or lame, will not be allowed to participate in the events. This will be determined by at least 2 members of the board, and a judge. If an animal is deemed not in good health, RCYRA will inform the contestant and parent in a non-confrontational manner away from other contestants and explain the reasoning as to why the animal has been deemed unfit for participation in writing to the contestant and parents and keep this on file. This action does not disqualify the animal for the year. The animal will be reviewed at the next rodeo by a judge and board to determine eligibility at that rodeo. (i.e. Lameness is gone, weight put on etc.)

JUDGING RULES

1. In riding events, contestants and animals are to be marked separately. Each judge will mark the ride according to how well the contestant rides and by how much he or she spurs the animal. The animal is judged on how hard it is to ride and by the way it bucks. Riding events will be scored from 1 to 25 for both the animal and for the rider by each judge. The full spread makes a possible total score of 100 points.

2. To qualify in bareback and saddle bronc riding ages 13-17, the rider must have his or her spurs touching the horse over the break of the shoulders when the animal’s front feet hit the ground on its first time out of the chute. Ages 0-12 do not have to mark out, but if they do, they will receive 2 extra points per judge for doing so giving them a total of 4 extra points for the ride.

3. If the animal balks when coming out of the chute, either judge may tell the rider to “go to the belly” to move the horse. The contestant must follow the judges order to “go to the belly”. The “start” or “mark out” rule is waved for that ride.

4. In all rough stock events the 13 and above aged riders will ride for 8 seconds, while 12 and under must ride for 6 seconds. The judges and or secretary timer will keep time during the ride. Should a ride end before the qualifying time is reached the length of time the ride lasted will be recorded and used for placings.

5. In all riding events, contestants may pull their own riggings, saddle cinches, and bull ropes from the side the prefer. The position of the middle flank strap is up to the contestant.

6. Animals are to be flagged when crossing the start or deadline in front t of the chute. The barrier judge should make sure nobody is close enough to the barrier equipment to tamper with it.

7. In any timed event, if an animal escapes from the arena, the flag will be dropped, the watches stopped, and the time recorded. The judge must ask the contestant if he or she wants the animal back provided:

a. A catch was made before the animal escaped.

b. The rope that was carried was not thrown and missed

c. The time limit had not expired

8. The judges will disqualify a contestant who has been advised that he or she is next to go if he or she is not standing above the animal with her or her glove on when the previous horse or bull leaves the arena.

9. Judges will inform the contestant if he or she is entitled to a reride. Contestants may refuse to reride and take the marking. A rider is entitled to take the reride on the same animal if the stock contractor is willing. If not, the rider may need to take another animal for the reride.

10. If a reride is given because the animal fouls the rider in the chute or falls, it may be brought back at the rider’s request. But if the animal fouls a second time the can ask for a reride animal drawn for him or her.

11. In timed events, In the event of a failed electronic timer, the contestant has the option to take the stopwatch time, or a reride directly after their run or may wait until the end of the go to run for their reride. If the decision is made to take a reride, they cannot go back to the stop watch time of the original run. The reride time will be the final time.

PLACINGS

1. First through five places will be awarded in each day event. In the riding events the highest scored qualified ride will place first and the second highest will be second etc. In the timed events the lowest time will place first, second lowest will place second, etc. In riding and timed events contestants who tie will share the place tied for. (For example, if two contestants tied for third place, they would share the place tied for and the next contestant would be in 5th place).

POSTING MARKINGS

1. Markings must be totaled by the judges and checked by the secretary.

2. Contestants are permitted to see the records of all contestants in any event in which they take part. This must be done at the end of each go round, within a reasonable length of time and in the presence of the secretary and at least one judge.

3. No posting of scores or times will be done until scores are official.

RESULTS

  

1. The results of a RCYRA rodeo will be posted in a timely manner after a show on the website.

GLOSSARY

Arena Director – The person who ensures that the rodeo goes off smoothly and according to the rules. He/She supervises all jobs and details concerning the rodeo arena itself, such as loading the chutes, keeping the arena clear, etc.

Average

Usually used to describe the aggregate score for a contestant who competed in more than one round, e.g., “He had times of 9.3 and 9.8 seconds in the two rounds and placed third in the average with 19.1 seconds on two head”

Barrier – A rope stretched across the front end of the box the ropers horse comes out of. When the barrier flag drops the stock is given a predetermined head start, of score, marked by the score line. The head start, or score is determined by the arena conditions.

Breaking the Barrier – When a contestant rides through or breaks the barrier before it is released. A 10 second penalty is added to his or her time.

Bronc Rein
A saddle bronc rider holds onto a bronc rein at a specific position that he determines based on the size and bucking habits of the horse he’s about to ride; bronc riders often give each other advice about the length of rein a specific horse will perform best with, e.g., “Give him 3½ fingers”

Bullfighter

An athlete who protects the bull rider after he dismounts or is bucked off by distracting the bull and directing its attention to the exit gate, sometimes stepping between the bull and the bull rider

Box

In a timed event, the area a horse and rider back into before they make a roping or steer wrestling run Breaking the barrier: in the timed events, if the rider leaves the box too soon – failing to give the animal enough of a head start – he is assessed a 10-second penalty.

Chute

A pen that holds an animal safely in position Covering: in the rough stock events, staying on for at least the minimum time, eight seconds: “He covered all three broncs he rode last weekend.”

Contract Act – Any act or performer that is retained on a contract by the rodeo advisory board to perform in the arena. Contract acts do not compete for prize money.

As in other sports, trained judges ensure that all participants follow rules; they determine times for runs in the timed events and scores for rides in the rough stock events; record penalties for any infractions of the rules; and inspect the arena, chutes and livestock before each competition.

Hooey

The knot that a cowboy uses to finish tying the calf’s legs together in tie-down roping.

Flank strap

A soft sheepskin- or Neoprene-lined strap placed in the area where a human’s belt would go, it encourages the animal to kick out behind itself rather than rear up, which provides a safer, showier ride.

Foul-Rough stock – To hit the gate hard enough to throw you off or out of position.

Left (or right) delivery

Many bucking animals prefer to stand in the chute facing a particular direction, so they can leave the chute in the direction they prefer.

Flags

Because rodeo’s timed events are measured in tenths of seconds, judges in the arena drop flags to signal the timers to stop the clocks.

Mark out

In the bareback and saddle bronc riding, a cowboy’s feet must be above the point of the horse’s shoulders when the horse’s front feet hit the ground – if so, he “marked the horse out,” but if not, he “missed him out” and the ride is disqualified.

Slack
Excess entries at some rodeos may be scheduled for preliminary (slack) competition, usually before the rodeo opens to the public.

Standings

A professional cowboy’s success is measured in earnings and cowboys may keep track of where they rank in yearly earnings in several sets of standings.

Rough stock

The bucking horses and bulls used in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, usually bred and raised for the job.

Stock contractors

The companies that bring livestock to the arena for rodeos – bucking horses and bulls for the rough stock events and steers and calves for the timed events.

Timed events

Steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping – events in which the contestant(s) who make the fastest qualified runs win.

Reride

If a cowboy’s score is affected by equipment failure or a horse or bull that doesn’t buck to performance specifications, the judges may offer the cowboy a clean-slate chance on a different horse or bull.

Drop

In rough stock events, the way a bucking horse or bull may lower its front end suddenly while kicking out in back, creating a more difficult ride; in timed events, the way a calf or steer may lower its head to avoid a catch.

Rank

An adjective of praise and respect used to describe especially challenging rough stock.

Ropes

The correct term is rope, not lasso, lariat or riata; most ropes used in ProRodeo timed events are made of strong yet flexible braided materials such as nylon/poly blends, and a cowboy may change his rope selection depending on the weather and the cattle; bull ropes and bronc reins are often made of sisal or poly blends.

Draw

Each rough stock competitor who enters a PRCA rodeo is assigned a specific bucking horse or bull in a random draw conducted at PRCA headquarters three days before the rodeo; each timed-event contestant is assigned a calf or steer in a random draw on site, shortly before each performance of a rodeo begins.

Pigtail

A piece of string attached to the barrier that breaks if a timed-event contestant’s horse exits the box too soon, not giving the calf or steer enough of a head start 

Nodding

In the rough stock events, a cowboy nods when he is ready for the gateman to open the gate and the ride to begin; in the timed events, a cowboy nods when he is ready for the calf or steer to be released from the chute and get its head start.

Turn out

A cowboy may turn out of a rodeo if, for example, he has a scheduling conflict; this is different from “doctor-releasing” due to injury.

Go-round

Many rodeos have more than one round of competition; each is called a go-round, and all cowboys entered in that rodeo compete in each go-round unless there is a semi-final, final or progressive round.

Pickup men

mounted cowboys who help riders dismount, release a bucking horse’s soft flank strap, and escort bucking horses and bulls to the exit gate after a ride

Dally

In team roping, each roper, after throwing his loop, wraps the loose rope around his saddle horn – dallies – and the two ropers move their horses to face each other, pulling the ropes taut to stop the clock.

Riggin’

A suitcase-style handhold customized to a rider’s grip and attached to a molded piece of leather that is cinched, with a pad, around the horse’s girth.

Hung up

When a bull rider or bareback rider cannot remove his hand from the rope or handle before he dismounts or is thrown off the bull’s or horse’s back, his hand is “hung up” – a dangerous situation – and the pickup men or bullfighters will move in to help dislodge his hand, so he can get clear of the animal.

Piggin’ string

In roping, the small rope used to tie legs together.

Penalty

In timed events, common penalties include 10 seconds for breaking the barrier and, in team roping, five seconds for a one-hind-leg catch.

Rules may be amended per situation * Judges Decisions are FINAL * Board Decisions are final