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 Tie-Down Roper, Steer Wrestler, Team Roper Clint Robinson – 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Another 'rodeo raised' cowboy, Clint Robinson learned his skills as he grew up watching his father, Lance perform.  Lance was an accomplished steer wrestler, tie-down roper and team roper. He qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 1982-84, 1987-88 (SW) and 1986 (TR); finished second in the all-around race in 1987.  His son followed in his footsteps.   Clint ...
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