NORFOLK RODEO TO FEATURE A RAM ROPING TOUR EVENT

The Norfolk RAM Rodeo is pleased to announce that it will feature a RAM Roping Tour live event. Just check the Schedule page for show times!


TIE DOWN ROPING: Tie Down Roping’s roots can be found on the ranches of working cowboys and the skills are still in use today for catching and immobilizing calves. The calf is given a head start while the roper waits in “the box” behind a barrier. If the roper leaves the box too soon, breaking the barrier, a ten second penalty is added to the roper’s time. The roper pursues the calf at speeds of up to 30 mph and attempts to throw his loop around the calf’s neck. The roper’s partner, his well-trained horse, plays a key role in achieving a fast roping time. Once the calf is roped the horse comes to a stop. As the roper dismounts, sprinting to the calf, the horse will help the roper by taking small backwards steps to take up any slack in the rope. While his horse maintains tension on the rope, the roper then throws the calf on its side and uses a pigging string, which he carried in his teeth, to tie any three legs together. The roper remounts his horse, moving ahead giving back some slack in his rope and waits six seconds. If the calf breaks free the roper gets no time.




LADIES BREAK-A-WAY ROPING: Similar to Tie Down Roping, the cowgirl starts from the box and her calf is given a head start. The cowgirl pursues and attempts to loop her rope around the head of the calf as quickly as she can. Unlike calf roping, cowgirls have no other chances at making up time. If a calf roper is slow to catch his calf, he can still make up some time bringing it to the ground and tying its legs. The Break-A-Way roper’s time comes only from the catch. If she misses, there’s no time marked. If she catches, the fastest time wins. Her rope is attached to her saddle horn and comes free as she makes her catch. A red flag, attached to the rope, is revealed with the catch and alerts the judge to stop the time.



TEAM ROPING: Team roping is the only rodeo event with two competitors at once: a “Header” and a “Heeler”. Skill, cooperation and good timing are essential in a successful run. The steer is given a head start by a barrier that is released when the steer is at a given point in. If the header leaves too soon the barrier is broken resulting in a ten second penalty. Once the steer is in the arena it is quickly followed by the Header and Heeler. The Header must rope the steer first, either around both horns, around one horn and the head or around the neck. He then turns the steer to the left, exposing its hind legs to the pursuing Heeler. The Heeler then needs precision timing to rope both heels. When the Header and Heeler have then taken up the slack in their ropes and have their horses facing each other, the clock is stopped. If only one heel is caught, the team faces a five second penalty.
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