Beginning as a chore that can be traced back to the 1800’s at the old working ranches of the west, derived from roping calfs for medical treatment and branding, tie-down roping started when ranch hands went head-to-head to see who was the fastest roper. Starting out as informal competition between ranch hands, tie-down roping now relies on good horsemanship and cowboy athleticism just as much as roping.
The quickest tie-down roper takes home the buckle.
Here in Cheyenne the calf is given a 30 foot head start, if the rider starts before then, a 10 second penalty is given
While the cowboy flanks and ties the calf, the horse assists by keeping the rope tight.
The clock stops, and the rider must remount his horse, slacken the rope and wait 6 seconds. The calf must remain tied, The fastest time wins.
Animal care is a top priority at Cheyenne Frontier Days, and we make sure that animals are treated with the utmost care and respect.