Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo Events
The all new Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo will feature eight events plus the ever exciting Warrior Relay Races! Catch the action nightly from August 25 - 27, 2022. Gates at 6 p.m., Rodeo at 7 p.m.
Order of Events
- Barrel Racing
- Bareback Riding
- Steer Wrestling
- Tie Down Roping
- Saddle Bronc
- Team Roping
- Breakaway Roping
- Bull Riding
- Warrior Relay Race
presented by UFA
This event requires control, attention to detail, and a close partnership between horse and rider. Competing against the clock, contestants circle three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern and race back across the scoreline. Time is measured with an electronic eye timer, and a hundredth of a second can determine who wins. A rider may touch a barrel, but if she knocks one over a five-second penalty is added to her total time.
In the Bareback event, the rider holds on to the leather handhold of a rigging—a pad wrapped around the bucking horse's girth—as he first extends his feet far forward. He then pulls his feet back up toward the rigging in a spurring motion. The higher the spurs, the higher the score.
The stress on the cowboy’s arm is intense as it absorbs most of the horse's power, but he needs to hold on for at least 8 seconds.
This event requires coordination and strength. The steer wrestler waits on horseback behind a rope barrier. When he gives a nod, the steer is released and gets a 12-ft. head start. The cowboy chases the steer, then drops from his horse and grabs its horns to bring it to a halt. The steer must be on its feet before being rolled to the ground. Once on its side with all legs extended, the official time is taken. An extra horse, ridden by a hazer, is required to keep the steer running straight.
Tie Down Roping
Tie-down roping is the most technical event in rodeo. At the start of the run, the roper must remain behind the barrier until the calf crosses the scoreline. Breaking the barrier adds ten seconds to the roper’s time. After roping the calf, the cowboy dismounts from his horse, runs down his rope and lays the calf down by hand. If the calf is down when he reaches it, he must allow the calf to get up and then lay it down. The roper then ties any three legs with a “piggin’ string” (a shorter rope he carries between his teeth). The tie must hold for six seconds after the roper remounts his horse. The work of the horse is crucial; he must rate the speed of the calf, stop on cue in a single stride then hold the rope taut while the roper runs to his calf.
presented by Cattleman's Chophouse
In the “classic event of rodeo”, the rider spurs from the animal’s shoulders in an arc-like motion toward the back of the saddle in time with the bronc’s actions. The cowboy rides in an “Association Saddle” with no horn while holding onto a braided buck rein. He wears spurs with dull rowels and chaps of light leather. The cowboy places his hand on the rein carefully to maintain balance and avoid either being pulled down over the front end or launched out ‘the back door’. To qualify for a score, the rider must have his boots over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the horse has completed his first jump out of the chute. He cannot touch any part of the animal or equipment with his free hand, lose a stirrup or get bucked off before the end of the eight second ride. The higher and harder the horse bucks and the better the cowboy spurs-the higher the score.
presented by Western Stockman
Two contestants, two horses, two ropes, one steer and one barrier rope. Team roping requires close cooperation and timing between highly skilled ropers, a header and heeler. As in other timed events, the team ropers start from boxes on each side of the chute from which the steer is released into the arena. The steer gets a head start depending on the length of the arena. The header takes off in pursuit, with the heeler trailing slightly behind. If the header breaks the barrier before the steer completes its head start, the ropers are assessed a ten second penalty. Once the header makes his catch he turns the steer to expose the back legs to the heeler. The heeler then attempts to rope both hind legs. If only one is caught, there is a five second penalty. The clock is stopped when there is no slack in the ropes and the horses are facing each other.
Break Away Roping
Breakaway Roping is an exciting new event making an appearance on the Canadian rodeo scene. It is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. Featuring a calf and one mounted rider, the calf is released from a chute while the horse and rider wait in a box next to the chute that has a spring-loaded rope, known as the barrier, stretched in front. A light rope is fastened from the chute to the calf's neck, releasing once the calf is well away from the chute releasing the barrier, which is used to ensure that the calf gets a head start. Once the barrier has released, the horse runs out of the box while the roper attempts to throw a lasso around the neck of the calf. Once the rope is around the calf's neck, the roper signals the horse to stop suddenly. The rope is tied to the saddle horn with a string. When the calf hits the end of the rope, the rope is pulled tight and the string breaks. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run. The fastest run wins.
presented by Gas King
Rodeo’s most dangerous event and the toughest eight seconds in sport. The bull rider inserts his gloved hand into the handhold of a flat, braided rope which is passed around the girth of the bull, into the palm of the hand, around behind the wrist and into the palm of the hand one more time. A weighted cowbell hangs on the underside of the rope allowing it to fall free when the ride is completed. During the eight second ride, the cowboy must keep himself close up on the handhold to prevent his arm from straightening and jerking his hand loose at the same time keeping his free hand from touching the bull. Riders are not required to spur, as staying on these strong, athletic, loose-hided and often cantankerous animals is difficult enough. But if the cowboy is able to use his feet, he can improve the mark from the judges. Rather than pick-up men, skilled ‘’bullfighters’ distract the bull at the end of the ride to allow that cowboy to escape to safety.