Rodeo Basics

Not familiar with the events that take place at the rodeo? Here are some explanations to help you enjoy the action!

  • Tie Down Calf Roping

    Tie Down Calf Roping

    As with saddle bronc riding and team roping, the roots of tie-down roping can be traced back to the working…

  • Team Roping

    Team Roping

    Team roping requires close cooperation and timing between two highly skilled ropers - a header and a heeler - and…

  • Steer Wrestling

    Steer Wrestling

    The objective of the steer wrestler, who is also known as a "bulldogger," is to use strength and technique to…

  • Saddle Bronc

    Saddle Bronc

    Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old…

  • Mixed Team Roping

    Mixed Team Roping

    Team Roping is a true team effort. There are two riders, a header and a healer. The header first ropes…

  • Ladies Breakaway Roping

    Ladies Breakaway Roping

    Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. It is…

  • Jr. Bull Riding

    Jr. Bull Riding

    Using smaller animals for the first time tikes testing the waters of competition, Jr. Bull Riding is available for all…

  • Indian Relay

    Indian Relay

    This event is one of the wildest, most colorful events in all of equine sports. This event is a long…

  • Businessmen’s Ribbon Roping

    Businessmen’s Ribbon Roping

    The business entered in this event must have a representative from their business plus a roper and a mugger. (At…

  • Bull Riding

    Bull Riding

    The bull rider may use only one hand to stay aboard during the eight-second ride. If he touches the bull…

  • Barrel Racing

    Barrel Racing

    The barrel pattern is fairly simple; there are three barrels set up in a triangular pattern and each rider must…

  • Bareback

    Bareback

    To stay aboard the horse, a bareback rider uses a rigging made of leather and constructed to meet PRCA safety…