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Bareback Steer Riding

  • Must ride one handed for 6 seconds to receive score
  • Highest score wins
  • Score is based 50 off the animal and 50 off the rider
  • Feet of rider must be on point of shoulder when animal’s front feet hit the ground leaving the plane of the chute
    • If fail to do so, that marks as a no score
  • Can not touch animal with free hand
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 80)

Barrel Racing

  • Fastest time wins
  • Run a cloverleaf pattern starting with either barrel first
  • 5-Second Penalty for every down barrel
  • One/Horse rider combo
  • Time starts and stops when horses nose crosses the timer line
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 62)

Breakaway Roping (Boys/Girls)

  • Fastest time wins
  • Rope is tied to saddle horn with string
  • Calf is roped, as calf continues to run, horse and rider stop
  • Which causes the rope tied to horn to break
  • When the rope is set free, time is stopped
  • 10-Second time penalty for broken barrier
  • Horse must clear box before loop is thrown
  • If contestant carries two ropes, two throws are acceptable
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 73)

Bull Riding

  • Must ride one handed with bull rope, for 8 seconds
  • Highest score wins
  • See rulebook for equipment rules
  • Score is 50 off of the bull and 50 off the rider
  • Can not touch bull with free hand
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 95)

Tie-Down Roping

  • Fastest time wins
  • Cowboy ropes calf
  • Dismounts horse
  • Throw calf by hand (flanking)
  • Tie any 3 feet
  • If calf is down upon cowboy’s arrival it is required to pick up before flanking
  • Tie must hold for 6 seconds after roper calls for time, usually hands thrown in air
  • 10-Second time penalty for broken barrier
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 108)

Goat Tying (Girls/Boys)

  • Fastest time wins
  • Goat is tied to a stake with a ten foot rope
  • Horse and Rider pass starting line
  • Rider dismounts
  • Catches goat
  • Flanks goat
  • Ties any 3 legs, with piggin’ string
  • Time stops when contestant throws hands up and walks away from goat
  • After goat sits for 6 seconds, time is finalized
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 76)

Pole Bending

  • Fastest time wins
  • Serpentine through a set of six poles
  • Start on either left or right side
  • Each pole is 21-feet apart, including from timer line
  • Time starts and ends when horses nose crosses the timer line
  • 5-Second penalty for every downed pole
  • One/Horse rider combo
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 66)

Chute Dogging

  • Fastest time wins
  • Contestant and steer start in chute
  • Contestant signals start
  • Crosses score line to start time
  • Time stops when steer is flat on his back/all four feet facing the same way
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 100)

Saddle Bronc Steer Riding

  • Must ride one handed, with riding rein for 6 seconds to receive score
  • Highest score wins
  • Score is based 50 off the animal and 50 off the rider
  • Feet of rider must be on point of shoulder when animal’s front feet hit the ground leaving the chute
    • If fail to do so, that marks as a no score
  • Can not touch animal with free hand
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 88)

Team Roping

  • Any gender combo
  • Time stops when header and heeler face with tight ropes
  • Please see rulebook for fair head catches (pg. #)
  • 5-Second penalty for one-hind foot catch
  • 10-Second penalty for broken barrier
  • For a full list of event rules see the rulebook, (PG. 114)


Ribbon Roping

  • Mixed Event–meaning a one boy one girl team
  • One is mounted on horseback, one is on the ground (the runner)
  • The contestant on horseback calls for the calf, time starts here
  • Ropes the calf and then gets off to help steady the calf
  • The runner approaches and tries to take the ribbon from the calf’s tail
  • Once the ribbon is in hand the runner goes back to the designated finish line for time completion
  • 10-Second penalty for broken barrier
  • For a full list of rules please go to page 114

Shooting Sports

  • For junior high
    • .22 caliber (smallbore) Rifle competition
  • For more info on these events contact Lyn Ankeny lankeny@nhsra.org


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