Roping competitions are based on the tasks of a working cowboy, who often had to capture calves and adult cattle
for branding, medical treatment and other purposes. The cowboy must throw a type of rope with a loop, known as a
lariat, riata or reata, or lasso, over the head of a calf or onto the horns and around the hind legs of adult cattle,
and secure the animal in a fashion dictated by its size and age.
In the United States, professional rodeos are governed and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), while other associations govern children's, high school, collegiate, semi-professional and senior rodeos.
Associations also exist for Native Americans and other minority groups. The traditional season for competitive rodeo runs from spring through fall, while the modern professional rodeo circuit runs longer.
In one fluent movement the rope has been thrown, the roper gets off the horse while the latter tightens the rope.
Here we have a series of shots, getting the rope around the neck...
.. the rider
moves to terra firma...
.. ties the legs and throws up his arms for the time to stop.
|Calf roping, also called 'Tie-down roping', is based on ranch work in which calves are roped for branding, medical treatment, or other purposes. It is the oldest of rodeo's timed events.
The cowboy ropes a running calf around the neck with a lariat, and his horse stops and sets back on the rope while the cowboy dismounts, runs to the calf, throws it to the ground and ties three feet together.
The job of the horse is to hold the calf steady on the rope. A well-trained calf-roping horse will slowly back up while the cowboy ties the calf, to help keep the lariat snug. ¬Wikipedia
Team roping; most teams had one failing to get the rope on the target.
|Team roping, also called "heading and heeling," is the only rodeo event where men and women riders compete together.
Two people capture and restrain a full-grown steer. One horse and rider, the "header," lassos a running steer's horns, while the other horse and rider, the "heeler," lassos the steer's two hind legs. Once the animal is captured, the riders face each other and lightly pull the steer between them, so that both ropes are taut.
This technique originated from methods of capture and restraint for treatment used on a ranch. ¬Wikipedia
Team roping, here we can see how it's done. Quite an art