Rodeo Terms

Added Money – purse money supplied by the rodeo committee. It is added to entry fees to make up the total prize money.

Barrier – a rope stretched across the front of the box from which the roper or steer wrestler’s horse emerges. This rope is attached to the steer or calf and allows the animal a head start.

Bronc rein – rein attached to the horse’s halter for balance while riding a saddle bronc.

Chute – the pen that holds the animal in order for the rider to get on and prepare for his ride.

Dally – a turn at the end of the rope around the saddle horn after the animal is caught.

Hazer – a cowboy who rides beside a steer on the opposite side of the steer wrestler. His job is to keep the steer running straight and close to the contestant’s horse.

Pickup man – a mounted cowboy who helps the rider off of a bronc when the ride is completed. The pickup man also removes the flank strap from the bronc and leads it out of the arena.

Re-ride – another ride given to a bronc or bull rider when the first ride is ruled by judges as unsatisfactory. Reasons for granting a re-ride: being “fouled” on the chutes or the horse failing to buck hard enough to give the rider a fair chance.

Rank – a bull or bronc that is hard to ride.

Rowel – circular, notched portion of a spur. To be used in rodeo competition, the rowel must be dull. In the bareback and saddle bronc riding, rowels must be loose in order to roll over the horse’s hide. In the bull riding, the rowels are loosely locked to help the bull rider stay on.

Score – the length of the head start given to the steer or calf in the timed events.

Slack – a time, usually late at night or early in the morning, other than during the performance when the “extra” contestants compete in the rodeo. There are only 8 – 12 slots in each rodeo performance for each event, when more contestants enter than can compete in the performances; they compete in the “slack”

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