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 Curtis Cassidy

Canadian cowboy Curtis Cassidy and his partner, RTR Little Willy, “Willy” are well known in the rodeo industry. Having been a member of the PRCA since 1998, Curtis qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo four times. Cassidy was the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year in 1987. His horse, Willy, finished second in the PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year race in 2004 and won the award in 2008. Willy was also named CPRA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. Quite an athlete and competitor in his own right!...
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