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 Tie-Down Roper Shane Hanchey, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Tie-down Roper Shane Hanchey is coming to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas ranked number four in the 2011 World Standings. This young man is good! He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY in 2009, the same year that he joined the PRCA, and won the PRCA Resistol Tie-Down Roping Rookie of the Year Award. He finished his first ranked 32nd in the world standings, having won $41,480 for his efforts. ...
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