What is Team Roping

Team roping is a timed event. Team roping is the only event in rodeo where two men actually compete together. The cowboy on the left side of the chute holding the steer is called the header, and the one on the other side is the heeler. It might seem a bit obvious that the header catches the head of the steer while the heeler must catch the hind legs, but there is more to it. Both legs must be caught. If only one is roped there is a five-second penalty added to their time. For the header, there are only three ways he can get a legal catch; he must either rope both horns, rope around the neck, or rope one horn and the head. When both the head and the heels are caught, the time does not stop until both horses are facing each other and there is no slack in either rope. And as with steer wrestling, breaking the barrier results in 10 seconds being added. If either man misses, the team receives a no score.

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Meet Team Roper (Heeler) Jade Corkill, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Jade Corkill roped his first steer, a wooden one, in the family living room when he was one- year old and won his first check at age six! This talented cowboy won the Nevada high school team roping and tie-down roping championship in 2005 as well as the World Junior Team Roping championship (with Joel Bach). In 2006, Corkill won the PRCA Team Roping (heeler) Rookie of the Year. Corkill became a parent, with girlfriend Haley Brum on February 28, 2011 when their child, Colby, was born....
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