Rodeo Events Timed Events:More Like This
Calf Roping In this event a lone cowboy starts off in a chute with his horse, alongside a chute that holds a weaned calf. The calf is released with a head start (determined by the length of the arena) and then the horse and cowboy take off after it. The cowboy ropes the calf and swings off his horse. He then proceeds to tie up three of the calf's legs. The fastest time wins. This event can easily be linked to its origins in ranch work, where, even in modern times, cowboys must rope a calf in order provide it with medical treatment.
Barrel Racing An event that is dominated by the cowgirls, barrel racing consist of a rider and her horse entering the arena, running a pattern around three barrels, and exiting as quick as possible.
Steer Wrestling This involves two riders and one steer. The riders exit their chutes when the steer is released (like in cal
Rodeo Fact Sheet General Facts:More Like This
The PRCA has over 60 rules that govern the care and welfare of their animals.
In 2004, the injury rate of animals in the entire PRCA circuit was .0004.
A veterinarian is required to be on site at all PRCA-sanctioned rodeos. Adequate transportation for an animal must also be available at each rodeo.
Stock animals are inspected for weight, eyesight, injury, and illness before each rodeo and one's that fall below standards are not allowed to compete.
Cattle prods are only allowed to be used on the hip or shoulder areas (where there are less nerve endings) and only to be used when an animal has stalled in a chute or walkway or when the animal is in danger of injury.
Any PRCA member caught abusing an animal is disqualified from competition whether they were caught in the arena or elsewhere on the rodeo grounds.
Calves are required to weigh between 220