|CRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. Officers: The officers of the CRA will consist of a President, Vice-President and Secretary.
2. Directors: There shall be ten (10) directors: One representing each of the following: Bull Riding, Saddle
Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Breakaway Roping, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying,
Cowgirls Barrel Racing and Personnel Director. Personnel Director represents everyone who works under a
Labor Card. Over-N-Under Calf Roping will be represented by the Calf Roping Director. Junior Barrel Racing will
be represented by the Cowgirls Barrel Racing director.
3. All Board members shall receive honorary membership cards and gate passes for all CRA rodeos while
serving their term. The membership card will be an $80 Regular Competitor card, or the board member can opt
to have an $80 credit towards a producer card or stock contractor card.
4. President: The president will preside as chairman at all regular and special meetings of the Board of
Directors and the General Membership and perform duties that are usually attached to the office. The Vice-
President shall assume the duties when the President is unable to attend.
5. Secretary: The secretary shall keep minutes at all meetings, keep all Association records, act as point
tabulator, and handle the association funds. The secretary will handle all notifications of fines and the collection
thereof. The secretary will also be responsible for the website updates and membership monthly notifications by
email and/or mail, and will be chairman of the Sponsorship Committee for the annual Finals. The secretary is
hired and fired by the majority vote of the board.
6. Duties and Functions: All members of the Board of Directors will serve as representatives of the CRA.
They are expected to know the CRA rulebook thoroughly and are to strictly abide by rules therein and set an
example for the general membership. While attending a rodeo, they may be called upon to make
recommendations to rodeo committees, producers, judges or contestants concerning a problem in question. A
director is to be a spokesman for his event as a whole, and is to uphold the rules of the rulebook and advise
according to the rules therein. Under no circumstances will a board member be able to override a judge’s
7. The board of directors will have the right to veto a rule or policy passed by the General Membership if they
feel it is detrimental to the CRA.
8. Quorums: At any meeting of the Board of Directors, two-thirds (2/3) presence of all board members will
constitute a quorum and a majority vote of the duly constituted quorum will govern that body.
9. Any member of the board that misses three (3) scheduled meetings within a fiscal year will relinquish his
position and return his complimentary gate pass to the secretary with the majority vote of the board. The Board
will list the position as open for applicants on the website, and then fill the position by majority vote of the board at
the next meeting.
10. Any board member that does not conduct himself in a manner that is constructive and honorable to the
Association may be impeached from office by a 2/3 vote of a meeting of the board.
11. All official meetings and functions of the CRA shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, except in
those cases in which Robert’s Rules of Order are in conflict with the constitution, bylaws or rules of the
12. In order for a person to hold a board position they must be at least 18 years old and a member in good
1. The general membership will elect a president every year.
2. Each board position is a two-year term. On even numbered years the following positions will be up for
election: Vice-President, Calf Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping. On odd
numbered years the following positions will be up for election: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding,
Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying, Personnel.
3. All positions up for election will be voted on by the general membership at the general membership
4. In any vote the President may vote only to break a tie. The secretary does not have a vote on the Board
of Directors, but can vote in the general membership meeting as a cardholder.
5. Any cardholder in good standing will be eligible to vote on issues in the general membership meeting.
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT AND PRIVILEGES
1. Contestant membership dues shall be $80 per fiscal year. Fifteen and under as of November 1st of the
current fiscal year will qualify for a Junior membership and dues shall be $50 per fiscal year. General Membership
dues $80 per fiscal year. Producer/Stock Contractor card dues $80 per fiscal year. Labor card dues are $20 per
2. Cards are due on November 1st of each year. If cards are not renewed by November 1st, points that have
been earned for the new fiscal year will be lost.
3. Membership application must be completed in full on all card applicants before a card will be issued. All
applications are required to be notarized.
4. Minor’s release must be signed by parent or legal guardian, and notarized for all applicants under the age
of eighteen (18) before a card will be issued.
5. A Labor card can be purchased by rodeo personnel and/or fans of rodeo. This card will include general
membership voting eligibility, subject to being a member in good standing. This is a non-competing card.
6. Producer cards and Stock Contractor cards include general membership voting eligibility, subject to being
a member in good standing. This is a competing card. In the event that a producer or stock contractor card is
bought representing two or more people, the application must designate who will be competing on that card.
(Example: J-J Rodeo Co applies for stock contractor and designates that Joe Smith is competing on that card.)
1. Long-sleeved shirt with collar (sleeves rolled down, shirt tucked in, no t-shirts), western hats with a crown,
boots and western denim jeans or western dress pants must be worn in the arena, on the back of the bucking
chutes and on back of the timed event chutes by all participants one hour prior to performance, during the
performance and slack. (Clarification: A collar is any material attached to the neck of a shirt. Stand-up collars,
band collars, tuxedo collars, ruffle collars, and shawl collars all meet this definition.) Failure to comply will result
in disqualification. In all events, a sweater or jacket may be worn over proper western attire. Pullovers that have
a collar, button cuff, and at least three buttons at the neck will be allowed. Pullover dressy sequin or flashy shirt
may be worn in Cowgirl Barrel Racing.
2. All rodeo personnel will abide by dress code in rule #1 with only one exception: Timers and secretaries do
not have to wear hats.
1. All contesting members will at all times conduct themselves in an exemplary manner upholding the CRA
purpose and shall present themselves in neat, clean and orderly cowboy or cowgirl manner.
2. A person charged with disorderly conduct will be fined at the discretion of the board.
3. The Board will not tolerate harassment of rodeo personnel. The secretary is to report any harassment to
the board, and fines will be issued at the board’s discretion.
1. CRA members will receive one (1) point for every dollar won in approved rodeos. A contestant must have
been a member prior to contesting to receive accredited points won in a CRA approved rodeo.
2. Prize money is defined as entry fees totaled minus association approved sanction fee going to the
3. Points awarded to any member will be totaled for the year to determine the champion cowboy or cowgirl in
4. To be eligible for the All-Around, a contestant must compete in eight (8) rodeos in two (2) or more events
and win $250 per event in at least 2 events before the finals. After meeting this criteria, all money won in eligible
events counts towards the all around. Men's all around events will be as follows: Team Roping, Calf Roping,
Steer Wrestling, Bareback Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding. Women's all around events will be as
follows: Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing, Jr Barrel Racing, Goat Tying.
5. Added money that is awarded in an event will count toward All-Around points.
6. The CRA will be responsible for all trophies awarded on the annual CRA points system. The points are to
be counted from previous cut-off date of year being followed until designated cut-off date of the fiscal year and
include the CRA Finals Rodeo. The champions will be those accumulating the most points in each event.
7. To be eligible to compete in the finals, a person must be a cardholder in good standing, be in the top
fifteen (15) in points accumulated in the event competing in and have competed in eight (8) rodeos in that event.
8. To receive a title or an award, a person must be a member in good standing when the awards are
9. To be eligible to compete for the Rookie of the Year, a person cannot have won more than three hundred
fifty dollars ($350) in a lifetime in a cardholding rodeo association in the event applied for excluding youth rodeo
and State High School Rodeo Associations, and must compete in eight (8) CRA rodeos after becoming a
member. A person can only win the rookie in that event one time. Money won in Junior Barrel Racing will not
count towards Cowgirls Barrel Racing rookie eligibility.
10. To be eligible for rookie you must declare yourself a rookie when the membership application is
submitted. You must submit a list of any money won in any card holding rodeo association for the event applied
1. Each producer is responsible for individual rodeo judges, secretaries and timers. CRA will have a list of
recommended judges, secretaries and timers for your reference. Each judge, secretary and timer will have a
profile kept by the CRA secretary of any complaints and/or disciplinary actions issued for a producers review
prior to hiring.
2. Producers do not have the right to tell the judge how to judge a rodeo in which he has hired him to judge.
3. There must be two timers on the announcer’s stand at all times, with all types of watches or timers used.
Once a person starts timing an event, she is to finish that event. The same timer is to blow the whistle or use the
buzzer in rough stock. (This is for each go-round, not performance.) If timer wishes to compete in an event, she
is responsible for getting someone to replace her in that event. Stopwatch times must be averaged.
4. There shall be a score line judge, a field judge and a qualified person to tie neck rope around timed event
cattle’s neck and feed neck rope from box, and as many other officials as are necessary.
5. The producer will be responsible for all help including men turning out stock for timed events at individual
6. The board has final discretion in barring or black listing personnel from working a CRA approved rodeo.
Any individual being placed on a black list will be notified. The board has the discretion to remove an individual
from the black list once the individual has proven satisfactory skills to fill the requested official position.
1. A veterinarian shall be in attendance, or immediately available, at every rodeo and will examine, treat, or
recommend disposal of any injured animal after its removal from the arena. When destruction of an animal is
recommended, such destruction will take place a soon as possible.
2. A conveyance of a type on which an injured animal may be easily placed without causing additional injury
must be made available at all rodeos to remove animals from the arena in case of injury. A pen, corral or truck
bed shall be prepared to receive injured animals removed from the arena with an adequate bed of straw or other
appropriate bedding laid down for their comfort.
3. No stock belonging to either contestant, producer or stock contractor should be confined to vehicles
beyond a period of twelve (12) hours without being unloaded, properly fed and watered. When animals are
carried in conveyances in which they do have proper food, water, space and opportunity to rest, the provision for
unloading shall not apply.
4. Chutes, corrals, mangers, etc. must be so constructed as to prevent injury to stock. All areas in which
stock is kept and the arena shall be free of rocks, holes, and obstacles. The judges will determine the safe
condition of the above with all maintenance and repair expense borne by the owner of the chutes, corrals,
5. Use of fireworks on any animal will be prohibited.
6. Humane hot shots shall be used only when necessary. No other kind of prods (such as pointed sticks) are
allowed. Absolutely no other electrical devices may be used. In riding events, hot shots may be used from back
of bucking chute ONLY.
7. No contract performer will abuse rodeo stock or animals used in their acts in any way.
8. Arena help may be black listed and/or contestant may be disqualified for any mistreatment of stock. Fines
will be issued at the Board’s discretion.
9. Any member tampering with competition livestock will be disqualified for the remainder of that rodeo and
may face disciplinary action by the Board of Directors.
10. Animals will be inspected and objectionable ones eliminated before drawing. However, a sick or injured
animal, whether discovered before or after the draw, will not be used in competition.
11. Stock that becomes excessively excited, so that it gets down in the chute repeatedly or tries to jump out
of the chute, or in any way appears in danger of injuring itself, should be released from the chute.
12. All horse flank straps are to be provided with protective lining and shall be of the quick release type.
Flank straps are to be fastened onto the animal so that the protective lining portion covers belly and both flanks,
and shall be kept in good repair. No tacks, spiders, or foreign objects will be allowed on flanks.
13. Timed event cattle shall be loaded in the release chute no more than five (5) minutes before the
beginning of that event.
14. Any individual deliberately abusing livestock at a CRA rodeo (anywhere on the rodeo grounds), will be
removed from the grounds, totally disqualified from that rodeo, and disciplinary action will be determined by the
15. If an animal is injured in the process of contesting in timed events, the contestant shall not receive
another head during the go-round.
16. Optional ground rule: Calves will not be jerked down. A ten (10) second penalty or disqualification will
be imposed for a jerk down.
17. Calf roper shall be disqualified for remainder of rodeo for deliberate dragging or jerking down of calf after
tying and remounting horse. Judge must notify the secretary of reason of disqualification immediately, and
secretary will report same on result sheet. This will be strictly enforced by judges, NO TOLERANCE.
18. IN JUDGE’S OPINION, if a horse, calf roper, or calf is in danger; the rope may be cut by the roper or cut
by another person for humane reasons. Six seconds will start after the roper gives finish signal for his tie and
slack given (cut of rope).
19. The hazer must not hit steer in the face before catch is made, or must not render any assistance to
contestant for which he is working steer. Failing to observe this rule will disqualify the contestant.
1. Sanctioned events of the CRA are: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Over-
N-Under Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing,
Junior Barrel Racing.
2. Contestant will pay five dollars ($5) finals fee in addition to his or her entry fee in each event with the
exception of Team Roping. Three dollars ($3) will be set aside by events for added money at the Finals. Two
dollars ($2) will be placed into the general fund to help pay for finals expenses and/or awards. Team Roping
contestants will pay eight dollars ($4 per man, $8 per team) each entry. Six dollars ($6) per entry will be set
aside for added money at the Finals. Two dollars ($2) will be placed into the general fund to help pay for finals
expenses and/or awards.
3. Ground rules (not in conflict with CRA rulebook) must be posted before contestants will be required to
comply with same.
4. General regulations – All contestants shall read and know the prevailing rules of each individual rodeo.
Failure to know the rules will not be accepted as an excuse.
5. There will be a 60 second time limit for contestants in all events to get ready for their run or ride. The
announcer will give three (3) calls for contestant during that time. It will be the judge’s discretion to allow more
time if he thinks the contestant is making a legitimate try at getting ready. Stock will be turned out if contestants
do not comply with this rule.
6. Contestants must be on hand to answer the call of the arena director or announcer and must comply with
other rules of the management of each particular contest or exhibition held under the auspices of the CRA as
long as they are not in conflict with the CRA rules.
7. Judges have the right to require contestants to clear the arena unless they are contesting, including slack.
8. Two or more contestants competing in an event will constitute a contest.
9. If a contestant contests on a wrong animal they will receive a re-run or re-ride on correct animal drawn.
10. The Board can make rule proposals throughout the year. These proposals will be published on the
website for one month so members can voice opinion on the subject. The second month it will be brought back to
the Board to be voted on. These proposals must be made in writing.
11. Advertising on the website will be allowed as long as the advertisement is approved by the Board.
12. Judge has final decision regarding all details of rodeo event.
13. Timed event stock: Producer and/or Stock Contractor shall endeavor to keep uniform (meaning even
weight, height and age) sets of timed event stock. Calf roping calves must be strong and healthy and each calf
shall weigh not less than one hundred fifty (150) pounds and not more than two hundred fifty (250) pounds. The
deviation in weight from the smallest calf to the largest calf should be no greater than twenty five (25) pounds.
Team Roping steers shall have a maximum weight of 650 pounds (refer to each event’s rules for further
clarification). Producer/stock contractor, Judges, CRA President, CRA Vice-President and/or event director shall
retain the privilege of eliminating (pulling) uneven or undesirable stock when necessary. It takes only one to do
so. Stock contractor/producer’s failure to comply will result in fine set by the Board.
14. If a cardholder enters a rodeo and does not show and does not call the rodeo secretary during the call
back period to notify her of Turn Out, it will be a “Non Notified Turn Out” and fees plus a $25 fine will be due
according to the following rule #15. If contestant calls rodeo secretary during the call back period and notifies
her of Turn Out, contestant will only be responsible for paying his fees to the CRA office within 10 days of the
15. If a cardholder enters a rodeo and is a “Non Notified Turn Out”, or if cardholder is issued a fine,
fees/fines must be paid within 10 days of the rodeo entered, or member will be placed on suspended list and
unable to participate in a CRA rodeo until fees/fines are paid. They can pay their fees to a rodeo secretary.
16. Approval of rodeos can be done at a CRA board meeting, or by phone if each board member is called
and notifies the secretary of their approval or denial.
17. The amount of stock charges must be listed on rodeo approval forms when sent to the CRA secretary. If
an event is to be limited on number of entries, the number of entries offered should be placed on the rodeo
approval form. The number of entries will not be limited to less than eight (8).
18. Five percent (5%) will be taken out of the prize money as an approved sanction fee. A maximum of eight
percent (8%) will be held out if co-sanctioned with another rodeo association, with the division of the 8% being
designated on the rodeo approval.
19. Any cancellation of rodeo that does not run in the newsletter, or is not sent out by postcard, or is not
listed on website for at least two weeks, will cost the producer a $300.00 fine. If a town committee or arena owner
cancels the rodeo, the producer must have the owner or town committee submit a letter to the board. The board
may, at their discretion, waive the fine.
20. Rodeo secretaries and producers shall charge entry fees, stock charge, gate fees, finals fee, office
charge and the CRA percentage sanction fee, as listed in the rodeo listing on the website and on the approval
form. In the event of a printing or typographical error on the website, the secretary or producer for that particular
rodeo should request a letter of correction based on the rodeo approval form from the CRA secretary to post at
21. In the event that a timer records an official time incorrectly, such as in tenths instead of hundredths, the
contestants whose times were recorded incorrectly will be rerun, with any penalties that have incurred included.
1. The first hour after books open for call in to a rodeo shall be reserved for CRA members only.
2. Member: If a CRA member phones in his entry, and gives a valid CRA card number, his name shall be
accepted by the secretary without requiring entry fee paid until said member reaches his destination.
Immediately upon his or her arrival at the rodeo, member shall find secretary and make payment of fees due. No
stock will be given until entry fee is paid. No checks will be accepted for entry fees.
3. If a contestant calls in and enters a rodeo, and does not show up at the rodeo, the producer is not
responsible for his entry fee. The rodeo secretary will deduct the entry fee from money turned into the
association for said rodeo. The rodeo secretary should send the contestant’s name in to the CRA secretary, and
his name will go on a suspended list if the entry fee is not paid, including stock charges, finals money plus a fine
of $25 if Turn Out was not notified during the call back period. If contestant did call during the call back period
and notified of a turn out, contestant will be liable for entry fee, but no turn out fine will be issued.
INJURY OF MEMBERS
1. Injury of contestant: The management assumes no responsibility for injury or damage to the person,
property or stock of any owner, contestant or assistant.
2. Each participant by the act of paying his or her membership dues or entry fees waives all claim against the
management for injuries he or she or their property may sustain.
3. All producers must make reasonable effort to have medical personnel at rodeos.
1. Refunds of entry fees: No rodeo producer shall be responsible for the returning of a contestant’s entry fee.
2. Entry fees are to be a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00), unless pre-approved by the Board of
1. CRA approved rodeo producers must abide by said rules. A producer must be voted into the association
by the Board of Directors. A producer must produce a minimum of four (4) CRA first approved rodeos per fiscal
year to be eligible for producer awards at the finals. Stock must be contested on at least 4 times to be eligible for
the finals. Stock contractors can submit stock for the finals as long as the stock has been contested on at least
four times. Stock contractor needs to be sure the rodeo secretary submits his name and stock list along with the
rodeo records for documentation.
2. Producer has option to submit a rodeo co-sanctioned with other associations. The rodeo may be
submitted as CRA first or second. The rodeo approval will be at the CRA board of director’s discretion.
3. CRA can approve a rodeo as CRA second without the producer holding a CRA producer card. However,
he will not be eligible to take stock to the finals, or be eligible for any awards.
4. Producers that do not follow the rules made and approved by the CRA will be fined at the discretion of the
5. Producers must post draw for the first round, any applicable ground rules and order of events for the
rodeo before the rodeo starts. The draw for the slack will posted prior to each round of slack. (Note; Steer
Wrestling and Goat Tying must be run before the Cowgirls Barrel Racing and Junior Barrel Racing, unless arena
is re-groomed. Goat Tying can run after barrel racing if the goat stake is at least 20 ft in front of third barrel.)
6. All producers and stock contractors, or a designated representative, must be present at the Finals
meeting before the finals, in order to bring stock to finals.
7. The producer must offer all sanctioned events to be approved as a CRA first sanctioned rodeo.
8. All rough stock should be branded.
1. If the rodeo secretary mishandles prize money or entry fees, or falsifies rodeo records in any way, he/she
will be disqualified from working all CRA rodeos. Producers will be liable.
2. Secretaries are to check and reject any person who is currently on the suspended list. The contestant
who is on the suspended list for not paying fees/fines can pay the fees/fines to the rodeo secretary and
compete. They are to call to the attention of the judges any person or persons whom obtain entry by falsification
(using another member’s card or card number, etc.) Any such person or persons whom may obtain entry through
falsification will be drawn out, or if they have already competed, will be disqualified. Entry fees and prize money
will be forfeited.
3. At the CRA rodeos, the rodeo secretary will close the books thirty minutes before rodeo time (unless time
for the books to close is specified in the Rodeo Listing.)
DRAWING OF LIVESTOCK
1. It is the producer’s option to use bucking horses in both saddle bronc and bareback riding events at the
2. Drawing of Livestock: No closed drawing of livestock will be held. Any contestant who desires may be
present at the drawing. Stock is to be drawn by at least one judge.
3. If a mistake is made in the drawing of timed event livestock, the draw will be redrawn. If the mistake is
discovered after the contest has begun the draw will be drawn from the mistake on.
4. No contestant/team may compete on the same head of stock twice in the same event at a rodeo that is
paying off an average. Should the same animal be drawn, judges will draw another animal for the
5. All stock must be easily identifiable before the draw, and remain the same through the rodeo.
6. If an animal is disqualified from competition after the draw has been made, a new animal will be drawn by a
judge and the event will be redrawn from the change down. Disqualified animals are to remain disqualified for
remainder of that rodeo.
7. At all CRA rodeos, stock and contestant position will be drawn for in the timed events. Position must be
run in order. Rough stock events will run by gos, and stock will be drawn for.
8. No rough stock can be put in the draw unless previously bucked.
1. Secretary shall make payment to winning contestant(s) in each event as follows:
a.) Calf Roping, Over-N-Under Calf Roping, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Cowgirls Barrel
1 - 4 contestants pay one (1) place: 100%
5 - 8 contestants pay two (2) places: 60% and 40%
9 - 15 contestants pay three (3) places: 50%, 30% and 20%
16 - 24 contestants pay four (4) places: 40%, 30%, 20% and 10%
25 + contestants pay six (6) places: 28%, 24%, 18%, 12%, 10% and 8%
b.) Goat Tying, Junior Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding:
1 – 3 contestants pay one (1) place: 100%
4 – 5 contestants pay two (2) places: 60% and 40%
6 – 9 contestants pay three (3) places: 50%, 30% and 20%
10 – 19 contestants pay four (4) places: 40%, 30%, 20% and 10%
20+ contestants pay six (6) places: 28%, 24%, 18%, 12%, 10% and 8%
c.) Team Roping:
1-4 teams pay one (1) place: 100%
5-8 teams pay two (2) places: 60%, 40%
9 – 15 teams pay three (3) places: 50%, 30%, 20%
16-24 teams pay four (4) places: 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%
25+ teams pay six (6) places: 28%, 24%, 18%, 12%, 10% &8%
2. Team Roping will have 5 place payoff in effect if the number of teams warrants it. In all events except
Team Roping, if the number of contestants warrants payoff of six places, but the event only has 5 qualified rides
or scores, the following breakdown for 5 places should be used: 33%, 25%, 19%, 13% and 10%.
3. Computation of payoff in team roping will be on a team basis; however, points will be posted on an
4. The rodeo secretary will withhold the turn out entries full entry fee from the money due to the CRA. The
rodeo secretary will list all “Turn Outs” and note whether they were notified or not, and send those in with rodeo
results. The CRA secretary will be responsible for collecting the “Turn Out” entry fees and fines. The
contestants will be placed on a suspended list until his/her fees and fines are paid. The contestant has 10 days
from the date of rodeo to pay his/her entry fee/fine.
5. Producer can disperse added money in events of choice. The amount of added money in an event must
be designated in the rodeo listing. Added money awarded in an event will count for All-Around points. Should an
event be cancelled, the added money reverts to the sponsor.
6. Rodeo results and money due to association must be mailed to CRA secretary within 10 days or producer
will be fined $250.
7. There will be no ground money. Rough Stock and Timed Events: Qualified rides or times will receive all
the money. If there are not any qualified rides, then ½ will go to the producer and ½ will go to added money in
that event for the finals. The event cannot be “rerun” in effort to acquire a score or time.
8. A rodeo can either pay off one time (two performances, one payoff) or each night.
9. Rough stock events must not be paid off until score cards are turned in and verified.
10. Payoff in timed events shall be based on the following time recordings:
Tenths (such as 14.1)
1. Steer Wrestling
2. Calf Roping
3. Breakaway Roping
4. Over-N-Under Calf Roping
5. Team Roping
Hundredths (such as 14.11)
1. Goat Tying
Thousandths (such as 14.111)
1. Cowgirls Barrel Racing
2. Junior Barrel Racing
1. All judges will know and understand all rules governing rodeo as set forth in the CRA rulebook and any
valid ground rules enacted, and will be responsible for enforcing and upholding same. All decisions will be left to
the discretion of the judges.
2. Judges’ decisions are final if in accordance with the CRA rules. In all cases of dispute, the rodeo will
proceed without delay under the existing rules of the CRA and the matter of said dispute shall be settled by the
judge. Decisions of judges, flagmen and timers will be final and no undue protest by the contestant is permitted.
Any contestant arguing or protesting a judge or judge’s decision will be disqualified for the remainder of that
3. If judge issues a fine, re-ride or re-run, it must be done immediately following the original run, and he must
notify the contestant immediately. In the case of a fine, he must notify the rodeo secretary as to who the fine is
issued to and what the fine is for. The fine information must be sent to the CRA office with the rodeo results.
4. If a judge has three (3) written complaints in a fiscal year against him, he must appear before the Board of
5. Judge must total own score sheets.
6. If you are a judge at rodeo and you are contesting, you cannot draw the event in which you are
7. Judge or flagman that starts an event must complete that event in its entirety.
8. Faulty Equipment: All equipment used by contestant is his responsibility and no re-rides or re-runs will be
given due to faulty equipment. Borrowed equipment is accepted as contestant’s own.
9. Fouls: Anytime a contestant is fouled in any event, he must declare himself IMMEDIATELY when fouled,
or take that marking or time. In the timed events, any time a contestant contests on an animal and does not pull
up to declare himself of a foul, including late gate, a re-run will not be considered. If contestant does pull up and
declare himself fouled, whether or not a re-run will be given is the decision of the judge.
JUDGING METHODS/RIDING EVENTS
1. In rough stock events – only one (1) stopwatch will be used in the arena on each ride. The official
stopwatch time used on a particular run will be the one in the possession of the judge on the open (latch) side of
the gate. Judge is to stop the watch when the whistle blows or when rider is thrown.
2. The score is to be announced publicly after each contestant’s contest. This score is considered unofficial
until judges cards have been turned in and the total checked.
3. Judge’s markings are to be from one (1) to twenty-five (25) on rider and one (1) to twenty-five (25) on
animal, having a total of fifty (50) on each side making highest possible score of one hundred (100), with full
spread to be used. The rider and animal will be marked separately, marking the rider accordingly to how much
the rider spurs the animal and the animal according to its performance.
4. Each judge may change a contestant’s total marking a maximum of three (3) points if changes are made
immediately. Judge’s marking will be final. Judges’ books must be turned in to the rodeo secretary to be
recorded on a master sheet.
5. In all riding events, contestant may use his free hand against any foreign object (pick-up men, fences,
etc.) that obstructs his ride.
1. If a re-ride is given on any animal for failing to buck, said animal shall not be drawn for re-ride for the
remainder of that rodeo. If the judge declares a re-ride on a bull or horse he will have the option to have the bull
or horse pulled for the remainder of the rodeo.
2. If flank comes off, re-ride may be granted on the same animal, at the discretion of the rider, if a qualified
ride has been made, or take the marking on that ride.
3. If cowboy has option of re-ride, his score must be given and announced with option of re-ride (example:
Score of 65 with option of a re-ride). If the re-ride option is accepted, the contestant must then take the re-ride or
no score. All re-rides must be requested immediately to the judge. Judge’s decision on re-rides will be in
accordance with the rules set forth hereafter.
4. If agreeable among producer and contestant, the contestant may have the same stock in a re-ride; if not
agreeable, a different animal will be drawn for him. If contestant takes the same animal, he waives the right to
another re-ride or animal.
5. The judge has the authority to give re-runs and re-rides as often as the judge sees fit (judge’s decision is
a.) If, in the opinion of the judges, a rider makes three (3) honest efforts to get out on a chute fighting animal
and is unable to do so, he may have a re-ride drawn for him.
b.) If a qualified ride is made by the contestant and the animal is marked by either/or both judges at ten (10)
or under, falls on side, or stops, then contestant shall be eligible for a re-ride. Judges will notify announcer that re-
ride will be given.
c.) Re-rides are to be drawn out of the horses or bulls not drawn that performance. In all three riding events,
there must be three (3) head of horses or bulls drawn for re-rides out of entire herd of animals in that go-round
not drawn for that performance. Producer does not have to draw from entire herd of stock for re-rides. The re-
ride animals drawn should be posted on the judges cards and entry forms. If an animal is “turned out” the
producer may add that animal to the re-ride list.
d.) If an animal in a riding event comes out backwards, the mark out rule is to be waived and if rider is fouled,
he must declare himself to receive a re-ride.
e.) If rider is fouled by coming into contact with pickup horse or chute gate, rider may ask for a re-ride if he
does it immediately.
f.) If an animal falls on its side, the rider is granted a re-ride providing he has not been disqualified for other
reasons. Rider must declare himself immediately.
g.) It is suggested that if some error or question arises during the event, that the announcer be advised and
that he announce over the speaker that there may be a re-ride or re-run.
6. Any contestant asking for re-ride in an unbecoming manner will be subject to a fine by the Judge, enforced
by the CRA Board.
JUDGING METHODS/TIMED EVENTS
1. If flag judge mistakenly flags a contestant, he may require the contestant to make contest run again,
regardless of recorded time. Judges re-run decision must be made immediately following original run. In timed
events where barrier is used, any penalties incurred during the original run will be added to the re-run. If barrier
has been broken on original run, contestant will get stock lap and tap.
2. On a known turn-back animal, contestant will have the privilege of selecting one man to go into arena as
far as score line to prevent animal from turning back. Man must not come in physical contact with animal or throw
any foreign objects at animal under penalty of disqualification to contestant.
3. Same man must open all front gates for each event including slack. Producer will designate and be
responsible for providing a mane and seeing that he works the entire rodeo. However, an incompetent gateman
may be replaced if both judges deem it necessary.
4. In any timed event, if it is necessary to bring an animal back, several head of stock will be brought back
together. No animal will be penned separately.
5. Animal belongs to contestant when he calls for him, except when barrier hits rope or contestant, timer
misses time, or in the sole opinion of the line judge the gateman fouls the contestant by not releasing the animal
when called for by the contestant, the contestant will be awarded a re-run if he or she declares him or herself
immediately. If contestant contests on the animal, no re-run will be given if contestant declares a foul.
Contestant must pull up before a re-run will be considered. If the line judge does not feel contestant was fouled,
a “no-time” will be issued and contestant will retire from the arena.
6. If animal gets out of the arena, the flagman is to stop the time and roper will get the same animal back lap
and tap (roper to start in chute with same head catch in team roping) with the time he had when animal got out
added to that time.
7. There will be no re-runs given for horn or horns hanging in a chute.
8. There will be a one (1) minute time limit per contestant for completion of run on all events, excluding
1. All producers are to use a barrier.
2. Barriers must be inspected and measured by a standard measuring device (or method) by the line judge
immediately before timed events in each performance. In calf roping, the score line shall not exceed one (1) foot
per each seven (7) yards of arena length. In steer wrestling, the score line shall not exceed one (1) foot per
each ten (10) yards of arena length, and shall not be more than a maximum of twelve (12) feet in length at any
time, unless authorized by the board. Once score line has been set it will not be changed during that go-round
nor will box, chute or barrier be changed in any manner.
3. The length of steer wrestling box will be such that the distance from the breast of the horse to the barrier,
when horse is standing in back of box, will be equal to or exceed the distance from the front of the box to the
score line. A neck rope should be used with a slip hondo so as to allow the neck rope to slide down tight on the
4. If automatic barrier does not work correctly contestant must take animal over, whether stock is caught or
missed, during or immediately after that performance, time to be set at discretion of producer, officials and judges.
5. If neck rope hangs on animal, stops animal, turns animal back, jerks head out of position, or causes
animal to fall before crossing score line; preventing contestant from making fair catch, stock will be brought back
and decision of judge will determine if stock is re-run. No re-run will be given due to hanging of a horn, or horns
in the chute.
6. Barrier will not be considered broken unless ring falls within eight (8) feet of post. No metal may be used
on jerk line and neck rope that extends beyond front of chute. Barrier must be tied with string only.
7. If barrier equipment fouls contestant in any timed event, he will be entitled to re-run if he declares himself
immediately. If contestant attempts to compete, he is contesting on that animal and will not receive a re-run.
8. In the timed events, time is to start when barrier flag pops from animal’s neck.
9. Stock must cross score line in front of line judge after leaving the chute. If stock does not cross score line
in front of the line judge, stock will be brought back and re-run. Providing the contestant does not initiate the set
up by obviously over-running the animal, thus breaking the barrier.
10. Barrier and barrier equipment used in calf roping cannot be used in the steer wrestling event.
11. If a contestant breaks or beats the barrier, a ten (10) second penalty shall be enforced.
HORSE RIDING ONLY
1. Horse Riding Only: Contestant’s spurs must be over the break of the horse’s shoulders, touching animal
when the horse’s front feet touch the ground the first time out of the chute.
2. In both bareback and saddle bronc riding events, the first jump rule will be automatically waived if the
contestant is fouled by the chute gate or pick-up man, or if the horse stalls.
1. One hand rigging is to be used in bareback riding. Riders may use their own rigging, if rigging is not over
ten (10) inches in width at handhold or a break. A leather covered hair pad must be on the entire underside of
the bareback rigging next to the animal. Pad must not exceed a 22” square (standard hair pad). All pads must
extend a full two (2) inches from the back of the rigging. Stock contractors/producers will have the right to furnish
pads. Pads are to be no thicker or longer than standard pad. Riders may use dry rosin, Benzoin or tape on
handhold and glove.
2. There will be no finger tucks or wedges allowed in the bareback riding. Anything not stationary on the
handhold or glove will be considered a wedge. Plain glove only, no gimmicks.
3. Latigos cannot be blocked in “D” ring in any manner.
4. Horses will be ridden eight (8) seconds, time to start when the horse’s front feet touch the ground the first
time out of the chute. Contestant will have the right to call judge to pass on whether or not the horse was
properly flanked and cinched.
5. 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 handhold
c.) Locked rowels or rowels that will lock during the 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
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Riding is to be done with plain halter, one rein and an association saddle.
2. Measurements for the saddle to be: Rigging – ¾ rigging with D-ring pulling no further back than the rear
of the swells. Cantle – not more than five (5) inches tall measured from back jockey to tallest point. Gullet – shall
be no wider than four (4) inches at center of swells. Swells – not more than fourteen (14) inches wide or
undercut more than one (1) inch on either side. Stirrups – hung over the bars with fenders. Seat – not less than
fourteen (14) inches long. Deviation from specifications provided herein will be considered illegal.
3. Riding rein and hand must be on the same side. Horses are to be saddled in the chute. Rider may cinch
own saddle or he must examine to determine if satisfactory. Only the bucking rein may be attached to halter.
4. Horses to be ridden eight (8) seconds, time to start when animal’s front feet touch the ground first jump
out of the chute.
5. Middle flank belongs to rider; however, flank cannot be pulled further back than the break (unless
permission is granted by the stock contractor/producer).
6. Riders may use dry rosin only on saddle and chaps. Judges will inspect every saddle before each
7. Disqualifications: Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider:
a.) Being bucked off
b.) Changing hands on rein
c.) Losing bucking rein
d.) Wrapping rein around hand
e.) Losing stirrup
f.) Riding with locked rowels or rowels that will lock during ride
g.) Touching himself or horse with free hand or assisting himself with free arm by touching animal
h.) Failure to mark horse out of chute
1. There is no set distance from the starting line to the goat, but a minimum of 50 yards is desirable. Arena
conditions should govern distance.
2. Goat stake should be a minimum of fifty (50) feet from back fence.
3. Goats will be run before Cowgirls Barrel Racing and Junior Barrel Racing, or be staked at least 20 feet in
front of the third barrel.
4. Goat to be tied to a stake with a rope 10 feet in length. Goat rope must be a ½ or ¾ inch in diameter
cotton rope. Goat rope cannot be a ski rope. Stake is pounded completely into the ground with no part visible.
Stakes should be placed in the ground for the entire rodeo (for one pay off rodeos).
5. The contestant must be mounted on a horse and must ride from the starting line to the goat, dismount
from her horse, throw the goat by hand, cross, wrap and tie any three (3) legs together with leather string or
pigging string. No wire to be used in goat string.
6. If contestant’s horse crosses rope while mounted, there will be a 10 second penalty. One foot on the
ground means dismounted. If goat breaks loose at fault of horse, there will be a no time.
7. The contestant must stand back three (3) feet from the goat before judge will start the five (5) second time
limit on the tie – for the goat’s legs to remain crossed and tied.
8. If the goat is down when the contestant reaches it, the goat must be day-lighted before the tie is made.
9. If contestant’s hand is on the goat when goat falls, goat is considered thrown by hand.
10. Once a contestant has signaled his/her tie complete, he/she may not again touch the tie or the goat.
Infractions of this rule will constitute disqualification.
11. The goat must be held by the collar at the end of the rope in a vertical position from the starting line until
time begins. The goat must be released when contestant crosses the starting line as time begins.
12. Each goat shall not be tied more than three (3) times in a row. If the order is gotten off, it shall be re-
run. If you have an equal number of goats, a producer may choose to keep even runs on those goats.
(example: 6 contestant and 3 goats may run 2 contestants on each goat.)
13. Goats will have been previously tied down before competed on.
14. Goats used in the Goat Tying are to be of uniform size weighing 45 to 60 pounds. In the event the goats
are not uniform in size or due to animal being unhealthy, the judge, producer or Goat Tying director may elect to
use the best goat.
15. All goat tiers will enter the arena in a forward motion when there is a center ally.
16. Boys will be allowed to compete in Goat Tying. The age limit will be 13 years of age and younger as of
November 1st of the fiscal year. All ages of women are eligible for this event.
1. The age limit for boys in breakaway calf roping will be 13 years of age as of November 1st of the fiscal
year. All ages of females are eligible for this event.
2. One loop only will be allowed. The rope must be attached to the horn in such a manner as to allow the
rope to be released from the horn when the calf hits the end of the rope. No loops are to be rebuilt. If rope
happens to dally horn or if rope is broken free from horn by contestant, the contestant will receive a no time. If
the rope breaks free from horn, and the judge drops the flag, the run is over, even if the catch is an illegal catch.
Rope must be tied on saddle horn with nylon string. Producer is to furnish string. Rope cannot be run through
bridle, tie-down, neck rope or other device.
3. Line judge must inspect all ropes.
4. The rope is to be tied to the saddle horn with nylon string furnished by the producer. A cloth or flag must
be tied to the rope at the saddle horn so the judge can tell when the rope breaks from the horn.
5. There will be only one qualified catch, a bell catch around the neck (the rope must be in front of
shoulders), not "catch as catch can."
1. General requirements: Contestant must rope calf (catch as catch can-any catch is
legal), dismount, throw calf by hand and cross and tie any three legs. To qualify as legal tie, there shall be at
least one wrap around all three legs and a half-hitch. If calf is down when roper reaches it, the calf must be let up
to his feet and be thrown by hand. Calf may be helped up by roper but at least three (3) feet must be dangling
straight underneath calf. Rope must hold calf until roper gets hands on calf. Three legs must remain crossed
and tied for six seconds, as timed by the judge, from the time the roper's horse takes his first step forward after
the roper has remounted, until approved by the judge. Roper must not touch calf after signaling that he is
finished until after the judge approves the tie. Unless instructed to do so by the judge, roper will be disqualified
for removing rope from calf after signaling for time, until the tie has been passed on by the field judge. In the
event a contestant's catch rope is off a calf after completion of tie, the six-second time period is to start when
roper clears calf. Flag judge must watch calf during the six-second period and will stop watch when a calf has
been tied long enough to qualify. If tie becomes illegal by calf kicking, or calf gets to his feet before tie has been
approved by the judge, the roper will be marked a "no time".
2. A neck rope must be used on the horse and contestant must adjust rope and reins
in a manner that will prevent horse from dragging calf. If a horse turns his tail to the calf and drags the calf after
roper has dismounted, field judge may stop the horse and disqualify the roper. If roper, after mounting horse,
deliberately or intentionally drags calf, he will be disqualified. Contestant must receive no assistance of any kind
from outside except, in judge's opinion, for humane reasons.
3. All herds shall be even characteristics: all of the same type or equal crosses. Anytime a fresh calf is
added to herd, he must have been roped and tied down at least once. Calves used for Calf Roping can be used
for any other event after Calf Roping is completed.
4. Roper cannot rebuild first loop. Two loops can be used in average only. Roping
a calf without releasing loop from hand is not permitted.
5. Calves must be strong and healthy and each calf shall weigh not less than one
hundred fifty (150) pounds and not more than two hundred fifty (250) pounds with a deviation from
smallest to biggest not being greater than 25 pounds.
OVER-N-UNDER CALF ROPING
1. Fifty (50) and over and sixteen (16) and under as of November 1st of the rodeo fiscal year will be eligible
to compete in Over-N-Under Calf Roping. If a boy contestant competes in Over-N-Under Calf Roping, he cannot
compete in the Breakaway Roping.
2. A contestant can compete in both Calf Roping and Over-N-Under Calf Roping as long as he is the
3. Over-N-Under Calf Roping will follow the same rules as Calf Roping, with the addition of rules 1, 2 and 3.
1. Both contestants must pay entry fee. Contestants may enter twice, roping with different partners or
changing ends. All Team Roping will be dally. Optional: any team roper over 50 years old has the option of
either tying off or dallying on the heel side. Girls have the option of tying off on the heel side.
2. Roper is permitted one rope. Each team is allowed one (1) loop.
3. Steers used for team roping cannot be used for any other event. Steers will have a maximum weight
of seven hundred pounds.
4. Artificial horns may be used but not be mixed; they must all be artificial or all real. If plastic horns
come off a steer before run is completed, a complete re-run will be given, with penalty if barrier is broken.
5. Contestants must hold dallies until the flagman inspects and passes catches. Dally will be one
complete wrap around the horn.
6. Steer must change direction in tow one hop before heel rope is released or it is considered cross-
firing and will result in a disqualification.
7. If flagman mistakenly flags a team that has not dallied, that time will be disregarded and steer will be
re-run with penalty already incurred.
8. Contestants are not allowed to remove an illegal head catch in any way. If the field judge sees an
illegal head catch, he may flag the team a NO TIME and team will leave the arena. Loops may be changed
by fishing only.
9. Judge is to drop flag for time to be taken when steer is roped by both ends, in a direct line and horse
is on all fours. Horses must be facing steer in "L" or better, with ropes tight, dallied or tied.
10. Only three (3) legal catches: Around the horns, around the neck and half a head. All other head
catches are illegal.
11. Any heel catch behind both shoulders is legal if rope comes on from around heels.
12. There will be a five (5) second penalty for roping one heel.
a. Arguing with judges
b. Animal must be on feet when roped by either end
c. Using more than two (2) loops per team
d. Unnecessary rough treatment of steers
e. Failure to head and change direction of steers before heeled (cross- firing)
f. Illegal head catches
g. Lost or broken rope
h. Front foot in heel catch
i. If contestant dismounts during contest run
14. In the event that a team roper is in the top fifteen on both header and heeler side prior to the finals,
he must choose either header or heeler side to compete in the finals. He cannot compete both ways in the
1. Only one (1) hazer is allowed. Contestant must furnish own hazer and horse. Neither contestant nor
hazer will be permitted to change horses after leaving chute.
2. Hazer must not hit steer in face before catch is made, or render any assistance to contestant while
his is working steer. Failure to observe this rule will disqualify contestant.
3. Steer must be caught from horse. If steer is missed or gets loose after catch, no more than one (1)
step can be used to re-catch the steer. In average only, if contestant misses or loses steer, flagman must
ask contestant if he wishes another jump. Contestant must reply at once.
4. After catching steer, wrestler must bring it to a stop, or change directions, then twist steer down by
applying hold to head and/or horns. If steer is knocked down, tripped or thrown by putting horns into the
ground, or any other obvious illegal fall, steer must be let up and thrown again. Steer will be considered
down only when it is lying flat on its side, with all four feet clear from under him. Wrestler must have hand on
steer when flagged. The fairness of catch and throw will be left to the judges.
5. Animals used for this contest will be closely inspected before each performance and objectionable
animals will be eliminated by decision of one judge, producer, or member of the CRA board of directors.
Contestant will not be required to compete on a crippled steer or steer with a broken horn. If contestant
jumps steer, he accepts him as sound.
6. There will be no mixed sets of cattle. Steers must be all Mexican or all native. No combination steer
herds. All new or fresh steers must have been run and thrown at least one time.
7. The field judge must be as far back of the score line as possible before each run.
8. Steer Wrestling is to be run prior to Cowgirls Barrel Racing. This will apply to performance and slack.
COWGIRLS BARREL RACING
1. Contestant must start contest run from mouth of gate or alleyway, and move in a forward direction
(cannot enter arena and set horse), if gate or alleyway is the center of the barrel pattern.
2. Contestants cannot be required to begin run from an off center gate, side gate or alleyway. When
there is a split or double alleyway, contestants may be required to begin run from mouth of alleyway, if they
have a choice of either alleyway. When the center alleyway is used, it should be posted whether gate will be
open, closed, or barrel racer's option to run out.
3. Two cowgirls cannot ride the same horse in the same division. The same horse can run one time in
Cowgirls Barrel Racing and one time in Jr Barrel Racing, but not twice in same division.
4. Once a cowgirl enters the alleyway on a horse, she cannot change horses. If she takes longer than
the allotted 1 minute time to start her run, she will be disqualified.
5. Barrels must be staked and barrels are to be set on inside of each stake in a cloverleaf pattern.
6. Judges are responsible for measuring, staking and marking to the barrels and score line, before the
beginning of the first performance and thereafter measured off by judges before each performance from
such stakes, to determine if stakes are still in their original places. Measuring is to be done with a tape
measure. Judges must turn in barrel stake and score line measurements, in feet and inches, to rodeo
secretary for recording before the first performance.
7. Measurements for the standard barrel course shall be 90 feet between barrels 1 and 2, 105 feet
between barrels 1 and 3 and 2 and 3; 30 feet from barrels 1 and 2 to score-line; 40 feet from score-line to
the end of the arena for stopping room. First, measure the length and width of arena to determine if
standard course can be set. Measure score-line and stopping distance, then set barrels 1 and 2. Using
100-foot tape with 5 feet of rope or string attached (equals 105 feet), make an arc on the ground from barrel
1 and barrel 3, then from barrel 2 to3. Set the marker for barrel 3 where the arcs cross, being sure
that barrel 3 is at least 20 foot off the back of the arena fence (be sure that if Junior Barrels are moved
down, the Junior barrel will be a minimum of 20 foot off back fence.) Measure score line from both barrels 1
and 2 to be sure that the distance is equal for contestant going to either the right or left barrel first. Barrels
1 and 2 will be set a minimum of 15 feet off the arena fences. Standard course should be used wherever
possible. If arena size does not permit standard course, measurements in proportion to the size of the
arena shall be used, shortening the distance between barrels. The standard course lengths cannot be
exceeded. There must be the minimum of 40 feet from score line to bucking chutes or arena fence for
stopping room, unless the arena has a center gate or alley and contestants are allowed to run out the gate.
It is recommended that the Junior Barrel stakes be a minimum of 10 feet from the Cowgirls Barrel stakes.
When distance between barrels 1 and 2 is reduced from standard pattern: for every 10 feet barrels are
reduced between 1 and 2, the maximum distance between barrels 2 and 3 shall be reduced by 5 feet.
(Example: 80 feet between 1 and 2 barrels, reduce distance from barrels 1 and 3 and barrels 2 and 3 to
8. A contestant will not be disqualified or penalized for touching a barrel.
9. If all barrels are standing when a contestant crosses the score line after completing a qualified run, it
is considered a qualified run, even if a barrel falls after she is flagged.
10. Both judges will be required to be present during the barrel racing event with one judge flagging line
and the other judge watching to see that a qualified cloverleaf pattern is run. Flag judge will flag horse's
nose at the start and finish of the race.
11. Electric timers are to be used in the barrel racing and they are to be backed up by two (2)
stopwatches with the judge flagging each run. If the timer fails three (3) times, the payoff will be in
accordance with the stopwatch. If stopwatch times are used, the time will be recorded to the hundredth.
12. The flagman must remain stationary while flagging a barrel race. The Flagman's position must be
staked or marked.
13. If for any reason, a barrel is not placed on the stakes or the flagman not be in the correct place,
things must be put in correct order and all contestants who ran on the incorrect course must be re-run
14. If the barrel is knocked down, the judge not flagging the line will reset the barrel in proper place.
Judge may appoint responsible persons to return barrels to proper position if barrels have been knocked
down or bumped out of position by a contestant during a contest run.
15. Barrels used in CRA barrel racing contest must be regulation fifty-five gallon metal. No pads or tires
may be used on or around barrels. Barrels must be at least two colors (2) colors; no solid color barrels.
(Two colors can be a solid color barrel with a different color of writing on it. Barrel covers with advertisement
are allowed, as long as there are two colors.)
16. No one will be permitted to go around the stakes or barrels after the barrels have been staked for
the duration of the rodeo.
17. It is highly recommended by the CRA if arena is used for special events, such as horse shows, TV
filming, etc., during rodeo, barrels for these events be set at least twenty (20) feet from stakes used in CRA
competition. If bar is used in bow gate, it must be removed.
18. Penalty: If contestant knocks barrel over, there will be a five (5) second penalty for each barrel
19. Disqualifications: Contestants will be disqualified, if after crossing score line and being flagged by
the flagman, she re-crosses score line before completion of a true cloverleaf pattern run.
20. If a barrel is knocked over and that contestant receives a re-run (ex: clock not working), she carries
a penalty with her for her re-run. Re-runs in the barrel race will be taken at the barrel racer's discretion,
either at the end of the barrel race contest or immediately following the performance.
21. Re-run will not be given under any circumstances for equipment or horse failure.
22. Cowgirls Barrel Racing must be run before Junior Barrel Racing.
23. At each performance, the pattern area must be dragged or raked after a maximum of fifteen (15)
contestants. If more than 15 and less than thirty, producer may opt to drag/rake halfway through. Example:
if there are sixteen (16), drag after eight (8). If there are more than twenty (30) contestants, drag/rake after
every fifteen (15). The producer has the option to drag/rake more often than the maximum of 15 as long as
it is done in equal intervals depending on the need of the ground condition. The number of positions
between drags/rakes will be the same in the performance as in slack.
24. Stock will not be watered or hayed within twenty-five (25) feet of the barrel stakes.
25. Visible markers are to be placed on each side of the arena where the timers are to be set. There
must be secure enough that they cannot be removed during the duration of the rodeo. Anyone caught
tampering with stakes or markers will be disqualified from the rodeo and fined. The amount will be
determined by the board.
26. The office fee will not exceed ten dollars ($10.00) per entry.
27. If the timers fail and scores are reverted to stopwatch times, there will not be a refund of the office
fee. The producer must make every effort to have timers in working order by next performance. If there is
an obvious lack of attempt to have proper equipment by the producer, producer may be fined at the board's
JUNIOR BARREL RACING
1.. Junior Barrel Racers must be fourteen (14) years of age or younger as of November 1, 2012 of the rodeo
fiscal year. Boys are able to compete in Junior Barrel Racing with the age requirement being thirteen (13) and
under as of November 1st of the rodeo fiscal year. If a Junior Barrel Racer moves up to compete in Cowgirls
Barrel Racing before required to due to age, she cannot compete in Junior Barrel Racing anymore.
2. Barrels must be staked and barrels are to be set on inside of each stake in a cloverleaf pattern. The
stake rope for Junior barrels must be a different color than the rope used for Cowgirls Barrel Stake, and the
color the designated for each must be posted with the draw. The junior barrels can be staked in front of or
behind the Cowgirls barrel stakes, with all three barrels being moved forward, or all three barrels being
moved back. A minimum of 10 feet is recommended between Cowgirl Barrel Racing and Junior Barrel
3. The same rules that apply to the Cowgirls Barrel Racing, apply to the Junior Barrel Racing.
1. Bull must be ridden eight (8) seconds, time to start when animal's front feet touch the ground, the first time
out of the chute.
2. Riding to be done with one hand and loose rope, with or without handhold. No knots or hitches to prevent
rope from coming off bull when rider leaves bull will be permitted.
3. Rope must have a bell when bull leaves the bucking chute. No bell, no marking. Bell must be under belly
4. All bull ropes are to be made out of not larger than nine sixteenths (9/16) inch rope.
5. Ropes cannot be used that have any knots, wires or any other aids for the purpose of placing spurs
6. Only five (5) point "plain" or "notched" spur rowels (one rowel per shank) may be used.
7. Riders may use dry rosin or glycerin on glove and rope.
8. The sleeve on the riding arm may be rolled or slid up no further than the top of the elbow or at the base of
the bicep on the riding arm only. Contestants may wear arm pads over the sleeve or pad with sleeves rolled or
slid to the top of pad only.
9. Bulls having dangerous horns, in the opinion of the event director or judge must be tipped to at least the
size of a quarter and splinters must be addressed or animal will be kept out of the draw. If action is neglected
after decision is made, producer will be fined.
10. If rider makes a qualified ride with any part of the loose rope in his riding hand, provided he has not
touched the ground or has not fouled the animal with his free hand, he is to be marked.
11. Any of the following offenses will disqualify a rider:
a. Being bucked off before eight (8) seconds
b. Using sharp spurs
c. Touching animal or himself with free hand or assisting himself with free arm by touching
d. Arguing with judges
12. There will be no animals or objects other than barrel, dummy or inner tube brought in the arena by
a contract act during the bull riding.
1. Contestant must compete at all performances of the finals rodeo. Contestants that do not show up at
a performance during the finals will not be able to compete in the rest of the performances. Failure to
compete any night will result in forfeiture of finals awards or prize money. Prize money will be released after
completion of event on Saturday night.
2. A turn out fee at finals for no shows will be $150.00 per person, per night, per event.
3. Rodeo stock may only be used in one event at the finals rodeo. Producers, stock contractors and
top fifteen (15) contestants must designate if horse is to be used in bareback or saddle bronc riding. Top
fifteen (15) cowboys will select bucking stock in their respective event at the finals meeting.
4. Arena Director or judge has the authority to fine any contestant acting in an unbecoming manner at
the finals rodeo.
5. Producers and stock contractors bringing stock to the finals will be paid for all stock required to bring,
whether they are bucked or not.
6. All stock for the finals will be on the grounds by 2 pm the day of the first performance. If they are not
on the grounds by 2 pm, alternates will be selected. Alternates will only be paid if bucked.
7. In breakaway roping, over-n-under calf roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying and team
roping the 15th person will start the go around ending with the 1st person. All performances will run the
same. Barrel Racers will run the first and second performance with the positions one (1) through fifteen (15)
and the third performance will run 15th position through one (1). If money won causes change in position,
the person will move to new position at the next performance.
8. Barrel pattern must be worked after eight (8) runs each night.
9. Two sets of electric timers will be used at the finals. If the first timer fails, all runs will revert to the
time of the second timer. In the event both timers fail, the official stopwatch time will be used and recorded
to the hundredth.
10. The top six producers according to approved sanction money turned in, will be guaranteed feature
animals at the CRA finals: One bareback, one bull and one saddle bronc as long as the contestant volume
dictates bringing that many animals. The remainder of the rough stock will be selected from the rest of the
producers list of eligible stock as the contestant volume dictates.
11. The leading rookie in each event will be allowed to compete at the Finals if he/she is not already in
the top fifteen.
12. The Finals will pay four places in each go round and average in all events if filled. If not full events,
regular rodeo payoff will be adopted.
13. Rodeo officials for the finals must be CRA members, excluding the judges and announcer.
Membership has to be paid on or before July 1st of fiscal year to be eligible for nomination or hiring to work
finals. (This does not include cattle sorting and chute help.)
14. Bucking stock of the year will be voted on before the finals first performance starts.
15. Each contestant in the goat tying at the finals will have a separate goat drawn for them.