Rodeo 101

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ rodeo action consists of three types of competitions — roughstock events, timed events and racing on the track.

In the roughstock events (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding) a contestant’s score is equally dependent upon his and the animal’s performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking animal for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, himself or any of his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified. These events initiate from the 10 buckin’ chutes in front of the East Stand.

In timed events (steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and wrestling and the roping events, calves and steers are allowed a 30 foot head start, starting from the hand-pulled barrier at Chute 9 at the south end of the arena. A 10 second penalty is added for leaving the box early.

Women’s Barrel Racing is run at the north end of the arena.


Bull Riding


Saddle Bronc Riding


Bareback Riding


Steer Wrestling


Steer Roping


Team Roping


Tie Down Roping


Barrel Racing


Wild Horse Race