What is Tie-Down Roping

Tie-down roping, or what might also be known as calf roping, is a timed event. The roper starts in a box the same as steer wrestlers and team ropers, with the calf in the chute. The barrier rule is also in play, and breaking it results in a 10-second penalty. The cowboy ropes the calf, jumps off his horse, and lays the calf on its side. He then ties up any three feet with what is known as a pigging string. When he throws his hands in the air the time stops. He then hurries back to his horse, remounts, and puts some slack in his rope. The calf must stay tied for six seconds for the time to be official. If he kicks loose, the cowboy receives a no time and is disqualified. The horses used in this event are the most highly trained, and are extremely expensive. It is not unusual for one horse to make several runs during an event, as cowboys will pay to ride a good horse. Part of their winnings goes to the owner of the horse.

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Meet Steer Wrestler and Tie-Down Roper Josh Peek

As is the case with so many rodeo competitors, Josh Peek grew up in a rodeo family. His father Ray was both a tie-down roper and team roper. Josh was nine years old when he learned to rope on his family’s ranch. It took his several more years to try steer wrestling, but his accomplishments were worth the wait. “I always knew I wanted to rodeo, but I never knew if I was going to be able to do that. It just worked out. I was just able to make it and got lucky. I worked a business too, I trimmed dairy cattle’s feet my first couple of years as a pro to make money and be able to go on the road. I paid my dues and worked my way up, and in 2007 when I made the Finals it just kind of took me into the top.”...
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