Rodeo Terminology

K-Days Rodeo

The K-Days Rodeo kicks off this summer’s fair July 21-23. Tickets are included in your gate admission (while supplies last).

Barrier

The barrier is a breakaway rope that is pulled across the roping chutes. It is designed to give the steer or calf a head start out into the arena making the competition more difficult.

Barrelmen

A rodeo performer whose primary activity is to distract the bull providing an alternative target; also doubles as a rodeo entertainer and is otherwise known as a rodeo clown.

Bronc

A wild, untamed horse.

Chaps

Widely flared sturdy leather leggings, worn over blue jeans protect the rider’s legs and to accentuate bucking action.

Dally

To wrap the end of the rope around the saddle horn immediately after an animal is roped.

Flank Strap

A sheepskin or neoprene lined break away strap passed around the flank of a bronc or bull, used to enhance bucking action.

Go-Round

The portion of the rodeo competition that allows the contestants to compete on one head of stock.

Hazer

Is a term used in the steer wrestling. A hazer is a mounted cowboy who rides along the right hand side of the steer keeping it running in a straight line. This makes the Steer Wrestlers job easier when jumping from his horse.

Hung Up

In the roughstock events, when a competitor can’t free their hand from a rigging or bullrope they are hung up. This is a dangerous situation for the cowboy and can lead to serious injury.

Mark-Out

A bronc rider must keep his heels ahead of the horse’s shoulders on the first jump out of the chute. If the mark out is missed the ride results in a no score.

Pickup Man or Men

The horseback cowboy(s) in the arena who rescues or “picks up” the saddle bronc and bareback bronc riders from their horses after a ride.

Prize Purse

The total amount of monies to be distributed among top athletes; the total amount each receives depends on their performance at each go-round.

Qualified Ride

Cowboys competing in roughstock events must remain mounted on the bronc or bull for 8 seconds with their free hand not contacting the animal to receive a score.

Rank

Is a term used to describe roughstock animals that are difficult to ride.

Re-ride

When a roughstock contestant is given another ride, free of penalty, within the same go-round; awarded when either the stock or the cowboy/cowgirl is judged to not have been physically able to show their best ride. Examples include an injured animal, or debris which caused a failed ride.

Rigging

The leather pad in bareback riding or the rope in bull riding on to which the cowboy holds.

Roughstock Events

Rodeo events based on judges’ scoring (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding).

Spurs

Attached to the heel of cowboy boots used by riders to urge a horse out on the chute to buck. They are also used to hang on to a bull during competition.

Stock Contractor

Provides the animals for the rodeo.

Timed Events

Rodeo events based on speed (tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing).

Timers

Rodeo officials who use time-keeping equipment to track the official time of timed events.

Northlands Coliseum

Dates: July 21 – 23
Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Performance Start: 6:30 p.m.

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