Rodeo Event Descriptions

Hot Rodeo Event Descriptions

Rough Stock Events – Bull RidingSara S from GSGRA-Bay Area Chapter - 2013 Hot Rodeo

Historically the most dangerous event in Rodeo and is open to Men and Women contestants.  The contestant uses an approved rigging with a flat braided rope and braided hand grip, a loop and a bell.  This is wrapped around the chest of the bull and the rider's hand is tied into the hand grip.  The rope can be worked with rosin and saddle soap to provide a very sticky grip to assist with their hold.  The Stock Contractor flanks the bull with a soft cotton rope around the back end that signals the bull to buck when released from the chute.  When the contestant is tied in and ready, they signal for the chute gate to open.  The rider must stay mounted and in control for six (6) seconds, may only use one hand to hold on, and the other hand must not touch the animal or themselves.  The Rider is scored 50% on their ability and skill, and 50% on the skill of the bull.

 

Rough Stock Events – Bareback Bronc RidingElodie Huttner from GSGRA in 2012 Denver Rodeo

A fast and powerful event between a Cowboy or Cowgirl and a specially trained bucking horse or "Bronc".  The contestant uses a rigging that is similar to a small saddle, but with only a hand hold.  The rigging must include a pad.  IGRA allows the use of either a one-handed or a two-handed rigging, and the contestant is scored accordingly.  The stock contractor uses a fleece-lined flank strap on the rear of the horse's flank, which signals the horse to buck when released from the chute.  Once the contestant is rigged and ready to ride, they signal for the chute gate to be opened.  They must ride the Bronc for six (6) seconds and are scored 50% on their skill in the ride, and 50% on the Bronc's skill.  Contestants may use spurs to enhance the performance of the bronc, but they must have loose rowels and they absolutely cannot be sharp.  Judges inspect the rowels and spurs of every contestant prior to their ride to assure the safety of the Bronc.

Rough Stock Events – Steer RidingRod Thornberry from GSGRA-GPSC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

An entry level event for new Cowboys and Cowgirls.  A steer is a less aggressive animal with a different skill set.  The contestant uses an approved rigging with a flat braided rope and braided hand grip, a loop and a bell.  This is wrapped around the chest of the steer and the rider's hand is tied into the hand grip.  The rope can be worked with rosin and saddle soap to provide a very sticky grip to assist with their hold.  The Stock Contractor flanks the steer with a soft cotton rope around the back end that signals the steer to buck when released from the chute.  When the contestant is tied in and ready, they signal for the chute gate to open.  The rider must stay mounted and in control for six (6) seconds, may only use one hand to hold on, and the other hand must not touch the animal or themselves.  The Rider is scored 50% on their ability and skill, and 50% on the skill of the steer.

Rough Stock Events – Chute DoggingBruce Casey from GSGRA-GPSC 2014 Hot Rodeo

A fast and skillful event of a Steer versus a Cowboy or Cowgirl.  This event is designed to give even the novice a chance to compete in rough stock events.  The steer and the contestant both start in the chute and face a 60-second time limit.  The contestant will call for the chute gate to be opened and must lead the steer out into the arena to a 10-foot line in front of the chute gate, and then attempt to wrestle or "dog" the steer to the ground.  The contestant will turn the steer's head up and toward the steer's shoulder, hoping it will fall over on its other shoulder, causing all four feet to point in the same direction as the head.  If the steer falls the other way (dog-fall), the contestant may let the steer up and start over.  This is a timed event with the fastest time winning.

Roping Events – Calf Roping on Foot (Toe-roping)Johnny Sais from TGRA in 2014 Hot Rodeo

A great event for new Cowboys and Cowgirls.  The contestant stands in the roping box behind a designated line and attempts to rope a calf as it leaves the roping chute.  The contestant is not allowed to "snare" the calf and must throw  the loop over the calf's head.  Once the loop passes over the calf's head, the contestant must pull the slack and release the rope.

 

Roping Events – Mounted Break-Away RopingRenee Rendstadt from GSGRA in 2014 Hot Rodeo

Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in this event with their trained horse and a calf.  The contestant will tie the end of their rope to the saddle horn with a thin piece of string.  The contestant will ride their horse out of the roping box and must throw their loop over the calf's head.  Once the loop passes over the calf's head, slack in the rope is pulled which breaks the string and releases the rope from the saddle horn and signals the judge to stop the time.  Fastest time wins in this event.

Roping Events – Team RopingGregB & DavidL from AGRA & GSGRA-BAC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

A traditional event composed of a team of two contestants (Cowboys and/or Cowgirls) on their trained horses and a roping steer.  A roping steer is extensively trained in this event and has special equipment placed on their head around their horns for protection.  The contestants ride their horses out of the roping boxes as the steer is released.  The "header" will throw their rope's loop at the horns of the steer and once caught, dally their rope to their saddle horn.  They will turn their horse and the steer in a counterclockwise motion causing the steer's hind end to swing out so the "heeler" can throw their loop at the hind legs of the steer.  Once the heeler has their loop set, the steer steps into the loop, they pull the slack and dally their rope to their saddle horn and back up to face the steer and the header to stop the time.

Speed Events – Barrel RaceKen Smith from GSGRA-GPSC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

A horse and rider compete for the fastest time running a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels.  A running start is allowed.  A five second penalty is assessed for each barrel that is knocked over during the run.  Disqualification will take place if the horse and rider break the required pattern.

 

 

Speed Events – Pole BendingRosie Sierra from GSGRA-GPSC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

A horse and rider compete for the fastest time working a zig-zag pattern through six equally spaced poles.  A running start is allowed.  A five second penalty is assessed for knocking a pole down.  Disqualification will take place if the horse and rider break the required pattern.  The pattern must still be maintained, even if a pole has been knocked down.

Speed Events – Flag RacePepe Lesado from GSGRA in Hot Rodeo 2014

A horse and rider compete for the fastest time running a triangular pattern similar to the Barrel Race.  A pole is exchanged for the 3rd barrel.  A flag is placed in a bucket on the first barrel.  A running start is allowed.  The horse and rider must run the pattern past the first barrel and pick up the flag.  Continue the pattern around the pole and to the second barrel to stick the flag in the empty bucket and continue to the finish line.  A five second penalty is assessed for knocking over the first bucket or the pole.  Disqualification will take placed if the horse and rider break the required pattern, miss the flag, miss sticking the flag in the second bucket, or knocks over the second bucket or barrel.

Camp Events

Whenever a group of cowhands get together for a good time, hell is going to be raised!  Cowhands generally have their own definition of fun and challenge.  After a few beers and some serious ego pumping, it is amazing what a group of cowhands can come up with!  Prerequisites for participation are a willingness to eat dirt and the ability to hold your own with an ornery steer or goat.  Sixty percent of contestants at a gay rodeo get their start in these three "camp events" and the old-timers stay in because the pay-offs (or winnings) are the best of all events.

Camp Events – Goat DressingJeff Rosenberg & Sammy Van Galder from GSGRA-GPSC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

An athletic event composed of a team of two (cowboys and/or cowgirls), a goat, and a pair of briefs style underwear.  The contestants must run to a goat (one contestant carries the underwear), catch the goat, put the underwear on the goat (over the tail), and run back to the finish line.  Fastest time wins.

 

Camp Events – Steer DecoratingJody Cap & Kirk Harris from GSGRA-GPSC in 2014 Hot Rodeo

A fast event composed of a team of two (cowboys and/or cowgirls) and one steer.  One contestant starts at a line 10-feet from the chute gate and holds the end of a 25-foot rope that is looped around the horns of a steer in the chute.  The second contestant starts at a line 40-feet from the chute and has a ribbon for tying on the tail of the steer.  The team can work together to get the steer out of the chute and across the 10-foot line.  Once across the 10-foot line, the contestant with the ribbon will tie it on the tail of the steer.  Once tied, the contestant with the rope can remove the rope from the horns of the steer while the ribbon-tying contestant runs back to the open chute that their steer came out of and tag the timer to end the event.  They cannot tag the timer until the rope is remove from the horns of the steer.  Fastest time wins.

Camp Events – Wild Drag RaceWild Drag Race in 2014 Hot Rodeo

An exciting, yet dangerous event composed of a team of three contestants and a steer with a halter and lead rope.  One constant must be male, one contestant must be female, and the third contestant can be either a male or female, but must be "in drag" (wig & dress).  The team members work together to lead the steer to the "finish line" while one team member assists, and the team member in drag readies to mount the steer near the finish line.  The steer is lead across the line and stopped for the drag to mount and ride back across the finish line.  Fastest time wins.