A Timed Event

Jr. Breakaway Roping

  • The Event

    “eight second joust between man and horse,“

    Breakaway Roping

    An event that will be brand new to the Red Bluff Round-Up this year, it features a calf and one cowgirl. Calves are given a head start, and if the cowgirl's horse leaves the box too soon, a barrier breaks and a 10-second penalty is added to the roper’s time. The goal is to throw a loop as quickly as possible, because in all timed events fractions of a second will make the difference between winning and losing.

    Things to look for:

    The rules of Breakaway Roping are similar to any roping event, the calf will be given a head start which is determined by the length of the arena.

    Once the barrier is released the cowgirl must throw a loop around the calf's neck, and stop her horse immediately. The her rope is tied to the saddle horn with a breakaway string.


    When the running 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.