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TABLE ON CONTENTS

Article of Incorporation……………………………………3

By Laws……………………………………………………3

Membership ……………………………………………….4

Officers ……………………………………………………4

Elected Officers …………………………………………...6

Membership Requirements …………………………….....8

Rodeo Entry ……………………………………………….9

General Rules……………………………………………..11

Membership Dues…………………………………………13

Applications & Requirements for Approval………………15

Requirements for Stock Producer/Rodeos …………..……16

Suspension of Members or Rodeo Officials………………20

Co-Approval Rodeo Rules ………………………………..22

Point Awards. ……………………………………………..23

Rookie Elibilibility ………………………………………..24

Adopted Humane Rules. …………………………………..24

Finals Rules. ……………………………………………….27

Stock Contractors. …………………………………………30

Arena Secretary Requirements & Duties. …………………31

Payoff. ……………………………………………………..34

Timrs ………………………………………………………36

Judges & Judging Methods. ……………………………….37

Re Rides & Re-Runs ………………………………………41

Drawing of Livestock………………………………………43

Barriers …………………………………………………….45

Field Flagger. ………………………………………………47

Timed Events.. ……………………………………………..47

Bareback Riding.. ………………………………………….50

Saddle Bronc. ……………………………………………...51

Ranch Bronc Riding ..…...…………………………………53

Tie Down Roping..…………………………………………55

Ladies Breakaway Roping.. ………………………………..58

Steer Wrestling..……………………………………………60

Dally Team Roping... ………………………………………62

Ladies Barrel Racing ……………………………………….66

 

*Members agree to be bound by and to conduct themselves in accordance with The Bylaws, Official

Rules and/or Amended Rules set forth by the UPRA Board of Directors.

 

UNITED PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE OF INCORPORATION

Be it known that we do hereby voluntarily associate ourselves together for purpose of forming a

private corporation under the laws of the State of Texas and do hereby certify.

NAME OF THIS CORPORATION shall be the United Professional Rodeo Association.

a. To encourage rodeos to comply with standards established by this Association in

order to obtain official recognition and sanction as a professional rodeo.

b. To hold and sponsor contests and championships among members.

c. To carry on any and all activities within the scope and purpose of this organization,

except such as may be deemed as political and religious.

THIS CORPORATION shall not have, nor shall issue capital stock and no dividends of

pecuniary profits be declared to the members thereof.

OFFICERS of this corporation shall consist of a President, Vice President, and Directors for

each event. A General Manage / Treasurer and Secretary shall be appointed by Executive

Committee for an un-expired term.

 

BY LAWS UNITED PROFESSIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I

NAME: The name of this organization will be the United Professional Rodeo Association.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this organization will be; 1. To promote rodeo as a sport and

profession, striving at all times to insure honesty and fairness to all members; 2. To create an

amicable relationship among all aspects of rodeo; 3. To inspect, sanction and advertise rodeos

being in accordance with Association standards.

ARTICLE II

MEMBERSHIP: Regular membership will be open to any reliable persons interested in

performing in rodeos, contesting in rodeo events or producing rodeos, providing their

applications are accepted. Associate membership will be open to all other individuals

interested in the general advancement of the sport. Any person having joined the Association

will thereby become subject to the rules and by-laws now in force or later adopted and enforced

by the Executive Committee and shall be subject to expulsion for violation of same.

ARTICLE III

OFFICERS: The officers of the Association will consist of a President and Vice-President who

will be elected by popular vote as hereinafter provided. No member of the UPRA Board of

Directors shall hold any similar post with and other association.

DIRECTORS: There shall be one Director Position representing each of the 8 contest events

sanctioned by the Association, also one Director representing the position of Judges, Contract

Performers, Stock Contractors and Queen Coordinator. These Directors will be elected by

popular vote of membership who participates in the event in a manner hereinafter provided. No

member of the UPRA Board of Directors shall hold any similar post with any other association.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Executive Committee will consist of the President, Vice-

President, General Manager/Treasure, Rough Stock Director, Timed Event Director and an at

large member of the board appointed by the Board of Directors.

ELECTION PROCESS: Election by popular vote shall be conducted as follows: association

shall publish notice of nomination ballot and date of deadline in one month (30 days) of official

publication of the association. The association shall publish voting ballot with date of deadline

in one month (30 days) of official publication of the association. Method of nomination/voting

will be through United States mail verified by member signature and postmark.

ARTICLE IV

APPOINTMENT OF APPROVAL: Spokesman may be selected and approved at a meeting of

the Executive Committee. Each spokesman will be knowledgeable toward all rules and policies

of the Association. Any member in good standing may submit names of potential spokesmen or

coordinator in writing to the Association.

SPOKESMAN will to the best of their ability promote, sell and service professional UPRA

rodeos, working with all segments, i.e. participate, Rodeo Committeemen and Producers/Stock

Contractors.

GENERAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS: Spokesmen will serve as area representatives of the

UPRA in case of a dispute, in the absence of an Officer or a Director. They will be called upon

to make recommendations to Rodeo Committees, Producers and contestants concerning the

problem in question.

ARTICLE V

PRESIDENT: The President will preside as chairman at all regular and special meetings of

the Executive Committee and the General Membership perform other such duties as usually

attached to the office, and as directed by the Executive Committee. The Vice-President shall

assume the duties when the President is unable to attend. The Secretary will take the minutes

of the meetings.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: This committee will originate, execute and enforce all rules and

policies of the UPRA.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VETO: This committee will have the right to veto a rule or policy if

they feel it is detrimental to the UPRA and its membership. The vetoed rule of policy shall be

resubmitted at a meeting of the Executive Committee. A majority vote at this meeting will

govern. In the event of a tie vote at a combined meeting the rule or policy in question will be

submitted to membership vote.

QUORUMS: At any meeting of the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, two-thirds of members present

will constitute a quorum and a majority vote of the duly which constituted quorum will govern.

WRITTEN PETITION: Signature of 15% of the number of membership, which equals to the

previous UPRA fiscal year membership, will be required for a valid petition. Roberts Rules of

Order will be used to conduct business at all meetings.

ARTICLE VI

ELECTED OFFICERS: The receipt of a majority of votes cast will elect all Officers and

Directors by mail ballot, or as set by the Executive Board. In the event of a tie vote, ties will be

run off by mail vote, in the event of second tie, a draw by the Executive Committee shall

determine the winner. If nominated for two offices, a person must be notified and nominee must

choose the one office which he desires to be a candidate.

The President and Vice-President will hold office for two years concurrently until their

successors are elected and qualified.

The Directors will hold office for two years until their successors are elected and qualified.

Provided however that rotation of Directors and governors shall be staggered by election of 1/2

of the membership each year.

To be eligible for the office of President or Vice-President, a person must have served at least

one term as a Director and be a current member in good standing.

Any Officer of this Association that does not conduct himself in a manner which is constructive

and honorable to the Association may be impeached from office by a 2/3 vote at a meeting of

the Executive Committee.

If a member of the Executive Committee is assessed a fine of $250.00 or more while in office

they will be automatically relieved of their position.

ELECTION PROCEDURES

ELIGIBILITY: In order to be eligible to serve on the Board a person must be a paid-up

member for a period of one year and in good standing with the association.

a. In order for a member to be eligible to serve as a Director, he must be an active

participant in the event for which he is nominated or approved by Executive

Committee.

ARTICLE VII

SALARIED PERSONNEL: The President will employ such personnel as the Executive

Committee deems necessary. Such employees shall receive a salary and expenses in an

amount fixed and sanctioned by the Executive Committee. Personnel so employed will perform

all manner of duties to the benefit of the Association as directed by the Executive Committee

through the President. A member of the Executive Committee or Officer may be a regular

salaried employee.

ARTICLE VIII

FISCAL YEAR: The fiscal year of the Association will be from Membership Rodeo to

Membership Rodeo.

ARTICLE IX

RESIGNATIONS AND REINSTATEMENTS: Any Director desiring to resign this Association

may do so by submitting a letter in writing to the UPRA office and remain in good standing,

providing that they do not work a rodeo at suspended rodeos or rodeos produced by suspended

Producers or Stock Contractors. Thereafter, he shall be allowed to rejoin at any time after one

year has elapsed upon payment of the regular annual dues, provided, however, that if he/she

attempts to rejoin within one year of resignation, then he/she will be required to pay his/her

regular annual dues plus normal incurred penalties.

ATRICLE X

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING: Special board meetings may be called at any time and place

by the President or by any 4 members of the Executive Committee, upon less than 15 days

notice as provided above. All Directors must be notified and a quorum must be present to

conduct any business.

 

ARTICLE XI

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS OR BALLOTING: A quorum of 15% of the total membership shall

be required to transact business at a general member meeting.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS AND/OR PRIVILEGES

CONDUCT: All contesting members will at all times conduct themselves in an exemplary

manner upholding the association purpose and shall present themselves in a neat, clean and

orderly cowboy or cowgirl manner.

1. Any UPRA member and/or contestant will be responsible for his conduct to the UPRA

Executive Committee in the vicinity of an UPRA function or rodeo. Any UPRA member

or contestant can be placed on report by the Producer and both Judges for misconduct.

The report must be made in writing to the UPRA office and signed by the Producer and

both Judges. Any UPRA member or contestant on report for misconduct must deposit a

$25.00 bond with the UPRA office immediately. Failure to do so will automatically place

the reported individual on the next published UPRA suspended list. All misconduct

reports will be disposed of at the next regularly scheduled Executive Committee

meeting. The reported individual will have the right to appear before or be represented

before the Executive Committee to contest any action pertaining to his or her misconduct

report. Should the reported individual elect not to appear before or be represented

before the Executive Committee, the $25.00 bond shall be forfeited.

2. Any UPRA member involving a Rodeo Committee or Sponsor in an argument shall be

fined a minimum of $100.00.

The Board of Directors may indefinitely suspend or permanently remove membership for

actions detrimental to the United Professional Rodeo Association and/or the sport of

rodeo.

DRESS OF CONTESTANTS: All contesting members will present themselves in a neat, clean

and orderly cowboy or cowgirl manner.

1. When contestant numbers are furnished all participants must wear these

numbers to enter the arena and to receive their stock. Anyone without a number

may be excluded from the arena. Participants must wear their numbers in a

place visible to the Judges and spectators.

2. Contestants shall ride in grand entry if needed or requested to do so. Long

sleeve, buttoned down shirts with collar (sleeves rolled down), hats and boots

must be worn in the arena by all contestants, during performances and slack;

failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification for remainder of the

rodeos, plus a minimum of a $100.00 fine.

3. Contestants competing in any slack performances must wear long sleeve,

buttoned down shirts with collar (sleeves rolled down), hats and boots in the

arena; failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification for remainder of

rodeo, plus a minimum of a $100.00 fine.

4. Contestants changing clothes behind bucking chutes or anywhere they may be

seen by anyone will be fined $100.00 for first offense. Doubled each time

thereafter.

 

RODEO ENTRY

MEMBERS: If a UPRA member phones in his entry and gives valid number, his name shall be

accepted by the Secretary without requiring entry fee to be paid until said member reaches his

destination. Immediately upon his arrival at the rodeo, member shall find Secretary and make

payment of fees due. No stock will be given until entry fees are paid. If a member fails to

appear, said member will be held responsible for entry fee due plus a $25.00 fine.

1. All entries must be accompanied by a UPRA membership card number. Anyone

entering on a High School, College or as a local will pay a $10.00 permit charge,

in addition to their fees. Upon a time that they win $500.00 or more at said

rodeo, they must purchase a card, before they receive their winnings.

2. Persons entering said rodeo on a permit must pay their entry fees 2 hours before

said rodeo starts.

3. There will be no personal checks accepted for rodeo entry fees.

4. There will be no walk-ins and no late entries.

5. Any UPRA member entering in said rodeo will be liable for the entry fee. Entries

given to anyone other than the Rodeo Secretary will be disregarded.

6. Any UPRA member or person representing a UPRA member may enter himself

or a maximum for 2 other contestants by telephone. Person entering must have

each card number or be responsible for contestant that they are entering in said

rodeo.

7. Any withdrawals from a UPRA event must be done before the books close.

8. Co-Approval rodeos: There will be no rule that will keep a person from entering

the rodeo.

9. Contestant and/or those authorized to enter contestants are responsible for the

use of member card number and possible consequences related to card use.

10. Entries are OPEN ONLY dates and times posted in official publication of the

association, there will be no fax, email or text entries.

11. Harassment of Entry Secretaries, Rodeo Secretaries, Stock Contractors,

Directors, Judges, Committee Members and/or Personnel will not be tolerated at

any time including at the time of entry, payment of fees and/or Stock Contractor

intentionally violating provisions of Entry System Rules may be subject to Entry

System Rule Violations.

12. If entered in an event, must make honest effort to compete on that stock.

Entry System Violations

Contestant – Offense#:

1. May be disqualified from said rodeo including forfeit of championship points, loss

of Credit for rodeo competed at, loss of finals rodeo eligibility and possible fine.

2. Same as #1 plus three month suspension and automatic $250.00 fine.

3. Termination of membership for a period of one year.

Entry Secretary, Rodeo Secretary and/or Stock Contractor – Offense #:

1. May be disqualified from said rodeo including no credit for rodeo worked or

produced, loss of call in monies and/or bonus funds, loss of finals rodeo eligibility

and possible fine.

2. Same as #1 plus three month suspension and automatic $500.00 fine.

3. Termination of membership for a period of one year.

GENERAL RULES: All UPRA members shall read and know the prevailing rules of each

individual rodeo. Failure to know the rules will not be accepted as an excuse.

1. UPRA will only sanction single entry Team Roping.

2. Contestants must be on hand to answer the call of the Arena Director and must

comply with all other rules of the management of each particular contest or

exhibition held under the auspices of the UPRA as long as they do not conflict

with the UPRA rules. When, in the opinion of the Arena Director, sufficient

number of contestants is present for an event, there will be no delay because of

those not present.

3. The entry of 3 or more paid contestants shall constitute a contest.

4. Producers are responsible for all labor hired by them.

5. The number of entries will determine how many go rounds of competition there

will be in any single event with the decision being made by the Rodeo Committee

and/or Stock Contractor, unless otherwise advertised.

6. Fines may be classified by the Board of Directors as

Follows:

a. Class A $500.00 - $250.00

b. Class B $249.00 - $100.00

c. Class C under $100.00

The severity and the intent of the rule violation will be taken into consideration

when imposing penalties. The Board may ask the individual to appear before the

board to justify and/or explain such fine and/or explain such fine and/or rule

infraction.

7. Contestants are entitled to 2 Vet and/or Doctor Releases per year. Finals not

included. May not compete for 10 days from date of Vet release. Contestants

using a Doctors/Vet release will be disqualified from all rodeos in said weekend,

from the time Doctors/Vet release is used. Doctor/Vet release must be in the

office within 5 days following rodeo it is used for. Failure to do so will void

Doctors/Vet release.

8. Anyone found abusing a Doctors/Vet release will be brought before the Board of

Directors to answer charges.

9. Anyone under 18 years of age must have a parent’s signature on a notarized

waiver before being allowed to compete in the rodeo. This must be filed in the

office and renewed each year.

10. Turn Out fines for all sanctioned rodeos will be $25.00 per event turned out, plus

fees, which must be paid before competing on remaining stock. If entered in

other events.

a. Such contestant will not be eligible for average money in an event which

he had turned out stock.

b. Stock turned out, will not be brought back.

11. Grand Entry: The association urges that all colors and grand entries be handled

by competent horses and horsemen and the association members ride in the

grand entry if needed or requested to do so.

12. The UPRA, Producers and Rodeo Committee assumed No Responsibility or

Liability for injury or damage to the person, property, or stock of any owner,

contestant or assistant. Each participant, by act of his/her entry waives all claims

against the management stated above.

13. INSPECTION OF JUDGES BOOKS: Contestants shall be privileged to see the

records of each event in which they take part at any time convenient for the

Secretary and Judges.

14. REFUND OF ENTRY FEES: No rodeo shall be responsible for the returning of a

contestant’s entry fee if he has contested in the rodeo, but if they are entered in

other events in which they prove they are unable to contest, and then the entry

fees for those events must be returned.

MEMBERSHIP DUES AND FISCAL YEAR

Dues shall be established by the Board of Directors. UPRA fiscal year will be calendar year,

January to January.

1. Board of Directors reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone with just

cause.

2. Membership will be open to any reliable person interested in performing in

rodeos, contesting in rodeo events or producing rodeos, or to any person

interested in the advancement of rodeos, providing their application is accepted.

Membership cards may be purchased through the UPRA office or from the

Rodeo Secretary at any UPRA rodeo. Any member entering a rodeo on an

expired membership card or allowing anyone else to use his/her card will be

fined $50.00 plus current dues.

3. All UPRA membership cards will be $100.00 per year. Non competing cards

(judges, secretary, timers, etc) will be $50.00 per year.

4. Members shall always enter under name as it appears on their membership card.

5. NON-CONTEST CARDS: Non-Contest cards must be purchased by all

Announcers, Secretaries, Pick-Up men, Bullfighters, Timers, Contract Acts and

Judges desiring to work any ground rule rodeos. In order to be eligible to work

the UFR, contract personnel must have worked 5 UPRA sanctioned rodeos, to

be started at time of purchase. These cards must be obtained through the UPRA

office or from a Rodeo Secretary at any UPRA rodeo.

6. Judges and/or any of the above listed positions must purchase the traditional

membership card if they desire to compete in any of the rodeo events. Noncontest

card holders can not compete in any of the 8 standard rodeo events.

7. PRODUCERS: Producers must obtain a Producer card through the UPRA

office. Producers are responsible for any Contract Personnel working their

rodeos to insure they have a card. The Producer is responsible for the actions of

the people he hires to work the rodeos. Failure to do so will result in the Stock

Contractor being fined $100.00 for each violation.

UPRA LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP: Any Officer/Director who has successfully served two terms

for four years shall become a lifetime member. Any member upon attaining the age of 50 years,

that has been a current member in good standing for 10 consecutive years, will be given a

lifetime membership card. Any Director/Officer not attending 60% of meetings will not be

eligible for lifetime membership or other benefits.

UPRA PASSES: All contestants who pay entry fees shall be entitled to admittance for

themselves and one additional pass for the performance they are entered only. All officials and

labor passes shall be given at the discretion of the management-exception being special winter

rodeos- all contestants may be required to pay a $3.00 gate fee. At any covered arena there

will be no passes given out.

1. Any member and/or UPRA contestant or misusing their membership card,

contest number pass for gaining entry for others at or to a UPRA rodeo will be

fined $50.00. Habitual violators will be suspended.

2. Official UPRA Pass Cards presented at the gate shall entitle bearer to

admittance at UPRA rodeos. (Card to be issued to current directors, officers and

salaried personnel).

RAINOUTS: In the event of failing weather, if a performance is postponed and contestants

cannot be present for the next performance, they shall be allowed to draw out their entry fee.

1. In case of a rainout, the contestants who are competing that night, who intend to

draw out, must do so that night by advising the rodeo Secretary of their intention

to draw out.

2. If the rainout occurs on the last performance and it is agreeable to stock

contractor and committee, cowboys and cowgirls that are to contest during that

performance shall have the right to vote whether to contest or not. 51% of the

vote will govern.

POSTPONEMENT: Stock Contractor or committee has authority for postponement and/or final

say.

 

APPLICATIONS AND REQUIREMENT FOR APPROVAL

Rodeos desiring sanction of their rodeo must make application to the UPRA office in time to be

published in at least one publication of the UPRA newspaper, deadline of the newspaper being

the 10th of the month proceeding the month of publication. Application shall state events, prize

money, fees, date books open and close, slack time and order of slack and the name, address

and phone number of the person in charge of the books. All UPRA rodeos must be produced

by an accredited UPRA Producer; stock shall be approved by UPRA Board of Directors.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STOCK PRODUCER/ RODEOS: No less than 15 horses. No less

than 20 bulls. Time events, 10 in each event, suggested 15.

1. New UPRA Stock Contractors must bring 2 new UPRA rodeos (not UPRA

sanctioned within the past year) to qualify for Producer card the first year. To

count as a new rodeo, the rodeo must add a minimum of $100.00 per event.

Stock Producer cards are $75.00 per year.

2. Stock Contractors shall be subject to approval by the Executive Board on a

yearly basis.

3. A rodeo must have a minimum of two performances to count as a rodeo. One

day or one performance rodeos will not be counted. Two separate one day

rodeos may be combined to count as one rodeo.

4. A UPRA sanction rodeo must have at least 6 of the 9 standard events, 4 timed

events and 2 rough stock events or 3 timed events and 3 rough stock events: the

standard events being Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Ranch Bronc, Bull

Riding, Tie down Roping, Ladies Barrel Race, Team Roping, Ladies Breakaway

Roping and Steer Wrestling.

5. The UPRA will not sanction a rodeo with limited entries in any of the 8 major

events.

6. One card holding Bullfighter must be furnished for every approved rodeo.

7. Contracts received after deadline date (10th of each month), will be the

responsibility of the Producer. The Producer will pay for any cost occurred to

meet the guidelines for approving said rodeo.

8. A single performance rodeo must have 100 paid entries; a two or more

performance rodeo must have 150 paid entries to qualify for finals. In the event a

UPRA Bonus Award is given, a maximum of 5 ground rule rodeos in one town

will be allowed to count toward the award.

9. If at any time a UPRA ground rule rodeo decides to change the ground rule on

said rodeo, that rodeo will not be sanctioned by the UPRA. No exceptions.

10. It is agreed between the Officers, Executive Committee and Producers of all

Championship Rodeos that qualified stock will be used. If a Producer leases

stock, this stock must be approved by the Board of Directors.

11. Flagmen and Judges may not be changed after a rodeo begins except in cases

of sickness or injury or by request of an Association Official because of

incompetence or through agreement with Stock Contractor, Rodeo Committee

and Association Officials.

12. No holdback of livestock will be maintained, except with prior approval of

Producer and/or Judges.

13. Competent Timers shall be obtained to time all the sanctioned rodeo events.

This will be the responsibility of the Rodeo Producer or Stock Contractor. At

UPRA ground rule rodeos with $4,000.00 or more added, there will be two UPRA

cardholding timers. The rodeo secretary will be only that, secretary. NO

EXCEPTIONS!! The Stock Contractor and/or Producer will be certain that all

Contract Personnel hired by him to work a rodeo are members in good standing

or have been approved by Executive Committee.

14. The management will be responsible for all help, including men turning out stock

for timed events. Help to be subject to the approval of the UPRA.

15. Prize money will be set up by each individual Sponsor, except that all entry fees

must be added to the purse and listed as such on advertising for the rodeo. It is

highly recommended that all entry fees in the 8 championship events be equal.

16. A rodeo cannot reduce its prize money in any event as compared to the previous

year without showing sufficient cause to the Executive Committee. Any Producer

or Stock Contractor accepting a contract on a rodeo that reduces its prize money

without approval of the Executive Committee will be suspended.

17. AMBULANCE AND DOCTOR DURING RODEO PERFORMANCE:

Sponsoring committee will furnish an attended first aid auto or ambulance to

stand by during the performance and during competition preceding or following

each performance to properly take care of injured contestants. It is highly

recommended that at doctor also be on the grounds if possible.

 

18. SANCTION FEE: Contact UPRA office for updated schedule.

19. No person shall be allowed in the arena during a rodeo performance unless

entered in an event or unless he has signed a waiver releasing the management

and Producers from liability. This rule to be enforced by the Arena Director,

Judges and/or Stock Contractor.

20. It is highly recommended by the UPRA, that Certified Judges and Secretaries be

paid from $150.00 and up, per performance.

21. UPRA ground rule rodeos; one judge must be certified, second judge must have

a UPRA membership card. At rodeos with $8,000 or more added money, Stock

Contractor must have 2 certified Judges.

22. UPRA ground rule rodeos; all contract personnel must have a UPRA card.

23. Stock Contractor cannot judge his/her rodeo or any event that his stock is being

used. A Stock Contractor is not eligible to Judge the finals rodeo.

24. Stock Contractor, Producer and/or Rodeo Committee are responsible for rodeo

payout and any added money advertised. Association will award points based

on actual rodeo payout.

25. Tie Down Roping, Breakaway Roping and Steer Wrestling: must have ½

enough cattle for biggest day or ½ enough total entries, whichever is greater.

Once animal has gone 2 times in one day, it is no longer eligible to be drawn

again for that day, unless another animal is crippled, on that day. The exception

is 1 day rodeos.

26. Steer Wrestling: Fresh cattle cannot be mixed with old cattle. Cannot add fresh

cattle unless prepared; (prepared: run on horseback and thrown down al least 3

times)

27. Team Roping; ½ enough cattle with max 25 head. If using 25 head of cattle

animal can only go 2 times in one day, it is no longer eligible to be drawn again

for that day, unless another animal is crippled on that day. The exception is 1

day rodeos.

28. Jackpots: Must be UPRA ground rule event, must be under an approved UPRA

Stock Contractor, no more than 2 rodeos on same weekend, have $500

minimuml added, stock charge of $15 with association fees taken out.

29. Standard order of events will be used at all UPRA rodeos. Steer Wrestling

will be the 2nd event in the rodeo and in slack. Acts and other events will place

where needed. This is the suggested order of events.

Performance Order Slack Order

Bareback Riding/Ranch Broncs Barrel Racing

Steer Wrestling Steer Wrestling

Ladies Breakaway Roping Breakaway Roping

Saddle Bronc Tie Down Roping

Tie Down Roping Team Roping

Team Roping

Ladies Barrel Racing

Bull Riding

30. No bucking stock is to be loaded in the chutes while there is a children’s activity

in progress in the arena.

31. A Stock Contractor may include his/her UPRA Stock Contracting Membership

Card for sale as a part of his/her rodeo company, current stock contractor

standings, eligible bonus and/or other privileges may be also transferred to the

New Owner. (Providing Card is in Good Standing and Remains in Good

Standing).

*There will be a one time transfer fee of $250.00 (Payable by New Owner

to the UPRA)

* New Owner may change name of Rodeo Company, this must be done

during transfer process.

Stock Contractor selling his/her Stock Contractor Card will not be eligible to hold

another UPRA Stock Contractor Membership Card in his/her name or other

name for a period of two years. If selling stock contractor purchases a UPRA

Stock Contracting Card after the two year period, he/she must be re-approved

using the existing rules set in place for new stock contractors as defined in the

UPRA rule book.

30. Membership Rodeo Qualifications:

a. Stock must have minimum of 2 outs at previous UPRA rodeo (First or

Second Approved).

b. Unapproved stock brought to membership rodeo subject to fine.

 

SUSPENSION OF MEMBERS OR RODEO OFFICIALS

The Board of Directors may indefinitely suspend and/or permanently remove

membership for actions detrimental to the United Professional Rodeo Association and/or

the sport of rodeo.

1. A UPRA member may be listed as an undesirable and suspended for persisting

in any of the following offenses:

a. Bad Checks. Any member passing a bad check in a rodeo area will be

fined $50.00 must make check good for 1st offense; 2nd offense, member

will be suspended and fined $100.00; 3rd. offense, member will be

suspended and must appear before the Executive Committee for

reinstatement AFTER restitution of check has been made.

b. Failure to pay motel or hotel bills.

c. Non-payment of entry fees.

d. Fighting in the arena, and/or rodeo grounds.

e. Attempting to fix or bribe the Judges.

f. Entering the arena under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

g. Failure to pay doctor or hospital charges for necessary services rendered

as a result of injuries received at a sanctioned rodeo.

h. Continuous harassment of Secretaries and Judges and failure to pay

fees.

2. Stock Contractors and/or Producers may be suspended for any of the above

membership offenses and in addition, any of the following offenses.

a. Failure to pay added money as advertised.

b. Leaving any bad debts connected with the production of a UPRA rodeo in

any town.

c. Breach of bonafied contract involving UPRA member. The UPRA will

honor and act only upon written contracts; Stock Contractors, Producer,

Contract Acts, etc…

d. Stock Contractor, Producer and/or Rodeo Committee are responsible for

the rodeo payout and any added money advertised. Association will

award points based on actual rodeo payout.

e. Undesirable.

3. If a Stock Producer is suspended, no UPRA member will be eligible to work any

rodeos produced by said suspended producer. Violation of this rule will result in

said member being fined any money won or salary paid at said rodeo and

possible suspension.

4. When a member has been reported to the office for a rule infraction, he/she will

be placed on the suspended list immediately for publication. If office is

contracted by a Rodeo Secretary, any person on the list will be refrained from

contesting, unless proper bond or restitution is made to the UPRA office.

5. A person on the suspended list shall not be allowed to participate, contest or hold

any official position or perform any duty at a UPRA rodeo.

6. Any time a member’s name appears on the suspended list they cannot act on

any official capacity unless reconsidered and sanctioned by the Executive

Committee.

7. Anyone bringing suit against the Association will be permanently suspended.

8. A rodeo official violating any rule or making a decision which does not comply

with the Association’s rule book (such violation or decision to be witnessed by 1

Director and 2 Spokesmen or 1 Spokesman and 2 Directors can be temporarily

suspended by a director from acting in any official capacity at any UPRA

sanctioned rodeo. Such suspension to take effect immediately following the final

performance of the rodeo when original improper violation or decision was made

by official. Suspension will remain in effect until the Executive Committee rules

whether the rodeo official should remain ineligible to act in any official capacity or

be reinstated. Accused violator may have privilege of posting a $50.00 bond to

remain eligible to hold an official capacity until such Board action is taken or be

immediately suspended.

9. Any decision made by a rodeo official in accordance with the UPRA rulebook will

be final. Any protest should be filed with the office in writing.

10. A contestant promotion or endorsing any kind of strike pertaining to a UPRA

sanctioned rodeo will be suspended from participation in any UPRA rodeo and

subject to a $500.00 fine.

11. The UPRA office will maintain a list of qualified Judges, paid up members and

suspended list to be released to qualified, interested parties, upon request.

12. If any error on books at close of the rodeo, any over payment should be returned

or result in suspension. Contestants shall be privileged to see the records of

each event in which they take part at any time convenient for the Secretary and

Judges.

 

CO-APPROVED RODEO RULES

The first association approval rules prevail at co-approved rodeos.

1. In case of dual membership anyone turning out will be placed on primary

suspended list only.

2. Percent monies will be split by both associations, when applicable. Each receiving

equal percent, unless other wise approved by the Board of Directors.

3. An effort must be made to use one approved Judge from each association, yet a

ground rule UPRA rodeos, both must hold a current UPRA membership. A

Judge’s list can be sent to the producers upon request.

4. UPRA will not approve more than two (Co/Triple Approvals) other associations

when approving rodeos. (Excluding trade/swap events)

POINT AWARDS

1. Members will receive one point for every dollar won.

2. Prize money will be added money and entry fee totaled.

3. Points awarded to any member will be totaled for the year to determine the

champion in each event.

4. A contestant that is accredited points at any approved UPRA rodeo must have

been a member in good standing prior to the first performance of the rodeo for

which he is to receive points.

5. The collective points awarded to any contestant will be used to determine the

Champion All-Around Cowboy/Cowgirl, but he/she must qualify by being entered

and winning in at least 2 of the 8 major events. To be eligible to win All-Around

Champion for the year you must enter and work a minimum of2 events at 10 or

more rodeos and win a minimum of $500.00 in each event.

6. To be eligible to receive the Association’s Trophy Awards, the high point winner

in each event who named Champion must be member in good standing. and be

present to receive any awards won at awards banquet. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

7. To be eligible to attend the finals a member must attend 10 or more sanctioned

rodeos in that year.

8. A UPRA member having points accumulated toward our Championship forfeits

all points if association dues are not paid before the given deadline date.

 

ROOKIE ELIBILIBILILITY

1. If you have never held another card in any association other than High School or

College, you are eligible to run for rookie. (Proof of eligibility is responsibility of

contestant). A PRCA permit is considered a competing card, if you have had a

PRCA permit, then you are not eligible to run for rookie.

2. A 2nd year of eligibility will be given to those who meet first year rookie

requirements and do not win more than $1500.00 per event, and/or a Rookie

Title, during first year of rookie eligibility. (Eligibility will run consecutive years

beginning with first year of eligibility. No exceptions).

3. All rookie forms must be submitted 30 days from date of purchasing UPRA

membership.

 

APOPTED HUMANE RULES

On the cutting edge of animal safety and humane rules the Rodeo Association uses the “Rodeo

Industry” Code of Practice for Animal Care and Use. This “Rodeo Industry” Code of Practice for

Animal Care and Use was developed by the association and other leading rodeo associations

from across the United States and Canada.

GENERAL:

1. A Veterinarian shall be on-site or on-call at all performance and sections of slack.

2. Stimulants or hypnotics will not be used or given to any animal used for contest

purposes.

3. Livestock shall not be confined or transported in vehicles beyond a period of 24

hours without being unloaded, properly fed and watered.

4. Any animal that becomes excessively excited and lies down in the chute

repeatedly, or tries repeatedly to jump out of the chute, or in any way appears to

be in danger of injuring itself, may be released immediately.

5. No member shall abuse any animal by any non-competitive or competitive action.

6. No member may mistreat livestock anywhere on the rodeo grounds.

7. Small animals are not allowed in the arena, unless part of a specialty act.

8. Livestock will be removed from the arena after each competition is complete.

9. A conveyance will be available to remove animals from the arena in case of

injury; the conveyance shall be large enough to remove a horse or bull.

10. A designed area should be available to treat any animal that may be injured.

11. There will be a time limit for the tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

EQUIPMENT:

1. Spurs must be dulled. No locked rowels or rowels that will lock on spurs may be

used on Bareback, Saddle Bronc or Ranch Bronc horses.

2. Horse Flanks straps will be of the quick-release type and must be fleece or

neoprene lined to cover the belly and both flanks of the horse.

3. Cinch, saddle, girth and flank straps shall be free of sharp or protruding objects.

4. Standard electric prods shall be used as little as possible for moving livestock.

The animal shall be touched only on the hip or shoulder area.

5. Required Bareback pads are too completely covering the inside of the rigging

and are to extend a full 2 inches behind the rigging.

6. Cinches on Bareback riggings shall be made of mohair or other suitable material

and at least 8 inches in width at the center, but may taper to accommodate the

cinch D ring.

7. Front cinch on Bronc saddles shall be mohair, and shall be at least 8 inches in

width at the center, but may taper to accommodate the cinch D ring or rings.

8. Hooks or posts shall not be used on Bull ropes.

9. Bull tails will not be allowed under flank straps.

FACILITIES:

1. Chutes must be constructed to prevent injury to an animal. Maintenance men

and equipment shall be available at all times to repair chutes if necessary.

2. The arena shall be free as possible of rocks, holes and unnecessary obstacles

and debris.

3. In order to protect timed event horses, the back and side opposite the timed

event chute of the timed event boxes shall either have a lower rail which is not

less than 3 inches above the ground and have no obstruction in the area from the

ground level up to the lower rail or be lined from the ground level up to a

minimum of 3 inches high with a solid panel. Box pads are likewise required for

each timed event box.

LIVESTOCK:

1. All animals shall be strong and healthy.

2. Animals for all events will be inspected by a rodeo official before the draw.

Animals that are injured, sore, lame, sick or impaired eyesight shall not be

included in the draw. Should an animal become sick or incapacitated between

the time it is drawn as the time it is scheduled to be used in competition, that

animal shall not be used in the competition and another animal shall be drawn for

the contestant.

3. Steers horns will be trimmed so that they are able to pass through the timed

event chute.

4. All Team Roping cattle shall be protected by horn wraps.

5. The horns of Steer Wrestling cattle must be blunted.

6. All horned animals used in the Bull Riding, Bull Fighting or clown events shall

have their horns blunted.

7. There shall be minimum and maximum weight limits in place for timed event

cattle.

8. Consecutive runs are not allowed on the same horse or team in the timed events

provided there are other qualified horses on the premises unless approval is

gained from the Arena Director, Arena Boss or Stock Contractor.

9. Neck rope must be used in the Tie Down Roping.

10. Calves may not be intentionally flipped backward (jerked down).

11. Contestants must adjust rope and reins in a manner that will prevent horse from

dragging calf.

12. Rope to be removed from the calf as soon as possible after “tie” is approved.

13. All livestock shall be familiarized with the arena prior to contest where conditions

permit.

 

FINALS RULES

CONTESTANTS:

1. In order to qualify for the Finals, contestants must have a card and have entered

and competed in at least 10 or more approved rodeos in for that year.

2. All entry fees must be sent to the office before the deadline date set by the Board

of Directors. Fees must be paid with a cashier check or money order.

3. To receive a Finals Award you must be present at the Awards Presentation.

Anyone not present will forfeit their awards to next eligible person.

4. Turn Out Finals: If qualifying for the finals must compete in all 3 performances.

If contestant turns out 1st performance then must turn out all 3 performances. If

contestant competes in 1st performance and turns out 2nd and 3rd performances

the fine is $250 per performance, unless injured

5. Team Roping; in order to be eligible for the average, must compete with same

partner in all 3 performances. If partner hurt/or turns out, can pick up partner

from contestants already entered in the finals. If partner turns out before finals

starts, then will pick up next qualified contestant in line.

6. Contestants shall ride in grand entry if requested to do so. Long sleeved button

shirts (sleeves rolled down, tails tucked in), hats and boots must be worn in the

arena.

7. If a contestant is a no show at the finals, he/she will be placed on the suspended

list with a $250.00 fine for each performance not competed in. Contestant entry

fees will remain in the finals payoff, no refunds given. There will be no

substitutions for finals contestants, unless it is the next qualified contestant in line

for that event, if said contestant called in for the finals, according to the finals

qualifications and entry rules.

8. There will not be any alternate time given to anyone for running stock. You will

be expected to compete when called upon.

9. All finals contestants will be given a check in time before the finals; it will be your

responsibility to get with your Event Director for any Ground Rules and Finals

instructions.

10. Timed Event Contestants (Tie Down Roping, Breakaway Roping and Team

Roping) will be allowed one loop only at the finals. Steer Wrestling is one jump

only.

11. The association will offer Champion Header and Champion Heeler. Contestants

qualifying for the finals will be top 15 Headers and top 15 Heelers. Contestant

qualifies in both heading and heeling must designate which side he/she will

compete in. Contestant cannot compete in both. No pick-up partners, top 15

headers will rope with top 15 heelers. Any team that enters the finals will

compete with the person entered as partners. If one or both contestants of said

team do no show up, then the team will not compete.

12. Positions at the Finals:

a. Barrel Racing:

1st Go is 1st place to 15th place contestant.

2nd Go is 15th to 1st place contestant.

3rd Go will be drawn for position.

Drag every 5th runner, with tractor remaining in arena. Alley must remain

clear at all times, including during the drags.

b. Competition Positions:

1. 1st Go-Round: Contestants will compete in the reverse order

of the qualifiers standings (15 to 1)

2. 2nd Go-round: Contestants will compete in the order of the

longest time to the fastest time in previous go-round.

3. 3rd Go-Round: Contestants will compete in the reverse order

after the 1st & 2nd go round standings. (15-1).

4. Tie Breaker (for determining position order where times are

identical). 1st tie breaker will be single fastest time in any goround.

2nd tie breaker will be the qualifiers standings prior to

Finals competition.

12. The association will be responsible for all trophies awarded on the annual point

system.

13. There will be no riding circles before you enter the timed event box. If so there

will be a fine of $50.00

PERSONNEL:

1. All finals personnel that are eligible to work the finals rodeo will be placed on a

ballot for voting by contestants with except of hired personnel of board of directors.

2. In order to be eligible to work the finals, contract personnel must have worked 5

sanctioned UPRA rodeos, to start when card is purchased. (Judges must be

certified)

3. All contract personnel must follow the guidelines set forth by the association.

4. If a Stock Contractor is qualified for the UPRA finals rodeo, he/she will not be

eligible to Judge the UPRA finals rodeo.

STOCK:

1. Stock for the UFR shall be selected by event directors, the Finals Committee and

Stock Contractors, in order to select the best stock available for finals. In order

for stock to qualify for the UPRA finals, it must have had at least 4 outs at 2

UPRA rodeos during the current rodeo season.

2. Stock has to be on grounds 1 day prior to first performance of the UFR. If stock

needs to be bucked only once during the UFR, then said animal will be bucked in

the first nights performance and then the animal can be sent home.

3. If animal is to win a finals award, the animal has to be out twice during the UFR.

If an animal is running for animal of the year, then that animal has to be out

during the last performance of the UFR.

3. In order for a Stock Contractor to win Bucking Stock of the year, that animal must

be owned by that Stock Contractor.

4. Stock Draw for the UPRA finals will be:

a. 1st Performance: top to bottom (15 to 1)

b. 2nd Performance: bottom to top (1 to 15)

c. 3RD Performance: top to bottom (15 to 1)

STOCK CONTRACTORS:

Qualification and Rate of Pay as set by the UPRA Board of Directors, rate of pay will be

set by the UPRA Board annually.

Stock Contractor Finals Qualification: The 3 rodeo rule; may be used only one time

to qualify for UPRA finals, once qualification has been used, the 5 rodeo rule

qualification becomes effective to qualify for UPRA finals rodeo.

Three (3) to (5) Ground Rule Rodeos with 150 Paid Entries (May combine 2 rodeos with

less than 150 paid entries)

Minimum of 2, Maximum of 5 Head in each Rough Stock Event, Excluding Ranch Bronc

1. Base Pay - $1,200.00

2. Ground Rule Pay $100.00 per Rodeo

3. Trucking $200.00

4. Bonus Money $1.00 per Paid Entry

5. One Hotel Room (3) nights

6. One Finals Jacket

7. One Stock Contractor Buckle

8. Eligible for Stock of the Finals/Go Around Awards

9. Not Eligible for Stock of the Year

10. Not Eligible for Stock Contractor of the Year.

11. Not Eligible for Stock at Membership Rodeo

Five (5) or more Ground Rule Rodeos with 100 Paid Entries (May Combine 2 rodeo with

less than 100 Paid Entries: Minimum of 3, Maximum of 7 Head in each Rough Stock

Event, Excluding Ranch Bronc

1. Base pay - $2,000.00

2. Ground Rule Pay $150.00 Per Rodeo

3. Trucking $300.00

4. Bonus Money $2.00 Per Paid Entry

5. One Hotel Room (3) nights

6. One Finals Jacket

7. One Stock Contractor Buckle

8. Eligible for Stock of the Finals/Go Round Awards

9. Eligible for Stock of the Year Buckles

10. Eligible for Stock Contractor of the Year

11. Eligible for Stock at Membership Rodeo

1. Ranch Bronc Event: Qualified UPRA Stock Contractors that offer Ranch Bronc

during current rodeo season must have a minimum of 2 or more Ranch Bronc

horses available for the UPRA Finals.

 

ARENA SECRETARY REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES

All Arena Secretaries must be approved by the Executive Committee. All Secretaries must

purchase a Non-Contest Card to be eligible to Secretary UPRA or UPRA co-sanction rodeos.

1. Secretaries must be at rodeo at least 2 hours before each performance.

2. Secretaries are responsible for obtaining an entrant’s card number when an entry

is called in and will require all contestants to show a paid up current UPRA

membership card or a receipt for the purchase of such card, when fees are paid.

Failure to do so will result in a $50.00 fine being placed upon the Secretary for

each infraction of this rule. Secretaries are to check and reject any person who

is currently on the suspended list. If known they are to call to the attention of the

Judges any person or persons who obtain entry by falsification (using another

member’s card or card number, etc.). Any such person or persons who may

obtain entry through falsification will be drawn out, if they have already

competed, will be disqualified. Entry fees and prize money will be forfeited.

3. All Judging and Timers sheets will be used to record the scores and times (no

blank paper with names and times wrote on it) it must be official. All stock is to

be drawn for by at least 1 Judge or a Director. Drawing must be done so that

any contestant may witness the drawing, if he desires. In all riding events, a

complete go-around must be drawn at one time. Results of said drawing are to

be posted at least 1 hour before the 1st performance.

a. Stock and contestants for other events to be posted in advance of each

performance. Positions and stock must be drawn with poker chips in all

events.

b. There must always be at least 4 or 5 sets of copies of the draw. 1 copy

will be in the Secretary’s records, 1 posted for the contestants to view, 1

for the Judge to use and 1 for each of the timers.

4. Upon entering a rodeo timed event contestants will inform the Secretary if they

are competing on the same horse and require a split. Failure to inform Secretary

when entering forfeits splitting privileges at said rodeo.

5. The Secretary will be responsible for obtaining all forms needed to complete said

rodeo. No other forms will be accepted. This includes; result forms, no show

sheet, secretary summary and rodeo recap of prize money paid. All forms will be

sent to the rodeo secretary, not the producer, unless otherwise advised.

6. There will be no drawing out after the books close.

7. No checks will be taken for fees.

8. Secretaries will hold out finals funds, percentage and stock charge out of fees:

a. Finals and Office fees (includes Judges Performance pay, bonus money

and call-in fees) $16.00 per contestant (Team Roping – will be $32.00 per

team).

b. Association Fee – 6% of total entry fees (minus Stock Charge, including

Added Money).

c. Stock Charge – $15.00 per run for all 8 events. In Team Roping enter

once stock charge is $15.

Non-member fee of $10.00 is to be split $5.00 to the Association and $5.00 to the

Producer. This must be collected at all rodeos and included with all monies sent

to office. No card-non member, if said entrant wins $500 or more, UPRA card

shall be taken out of winnings.

9. Results of all UPRA sanctioned rodeos must be faxed to the UPRA office by

Monday following the completion of each rodeo. All results, monies, Judge’s

sheets and day sheets must be sent to the UPRA office by the Secretary on

Tuesday following the last performance and no later than 5 days after completion

of each rodeo. This includes co-approved rodeos. No call-in fees will be paid if

these rules are not followed.

10. All added money to be included in payoff. Added money shall be equally divided

among each of the 8 standard events presented, unless one event is featured

and stipulated as such by the addition of money in excess of the amount added

in the other events.

11. There will be no ground money paid. In case of only 1 qualified ride, that

contestant will receive all money for that event. If no qualified rides, Stock

Contractor will receive all the money.

12. All contestant money must be mailed out by Tuesday following rodeo.

Failure to abide by rule will result in $100.00 first offence, $250.00 second

offense and suspension for third offence (Arrangements must be made with

UPRA in event of emergency)

13. Appropriate attire must be worn.

14. At UPRA ground rule rodeos with $4,000.00 or more added, there will be two

UPRA cardholding timers. The rodeo secretary will be only that, secretary. NO

EXCEPTIONS!

 

PAYOFF

1. Immediately after completion of rodeo, secretary shall make payment to winning

contestant as follows:

a. If first place exceeds $1,600.00 (Team Roping per man), 8 places will

be paid instead of 6 places (24-19-16-13-10-8-6-4%).

c. Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Barrel

Racing, Team Roping Payoff:

1–5 Contestants…………….………..100%

6–10 Contestants…….....................60–40%

11–19 Contestants……………..50–30–20%

20–29 Contestants…………40–30–20–10%

30–39 Contestants..........32–25–18–15–10%

40 or more Cont………….29–24-19-14-9-5%

d. Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Ranch Bronc, Bull Riding

1-2 Contestants……………………...100%

3-6 Contestants …………………..60-40%

7-12 Contestants ……………..50-30-20%

13-18 Contestants…………40-30-20-10%

19-24 Contestants …….32-25-18-15-10%

25 & over………………29-24-19-14-9-5%

d. $10.00 permits must have a membership card taken out of their winnings,

when they win $500.00 and up.

5. AVERAGES: A contestant must compete on every head of stock drawn for him

in that event in order to place in the average. When 2 or more head of stock are

given, an average may be paid.

6. If not enough contestants qualify for the number of places to be paid in any

event, the remaining places shall be divided evenly among those contestants

who did qualify (have a score or a time). If no qualified ride all monies will go to

the Stock Contractor.

7. Any rodeo with Added Money $1,000 are over an event, in the Timed Events, the

fees will be $100.

8. Breakaway fees are $100 at all UPRA Rodeos

Failure to abide by rules:

a. 1st Offense: $50.00 fine, notified by phone.

b. 2nd Offense: $250.00 fine. No finals eligibility 1 year. Notified by Certified

mail. Contractor also notified by certified mail.

c. 3rd Offense: 1 year suspension, $500.00 fine. No finals eligibility 2 years.

Notified by Certified Mail. Contractor also notified by certified mail.

d. Contestant, for whom points are reported, must have had a current

membership card prior to the performance they contest in at the rodeo for

points to be counted as award points.

CALL-IN RULES: All call in’s will be taken through a Central Entry System.

a. Contestant may enter himself and 2 other entries, per phone call.

b. The contestants must call to enter rodeo during times posted through

entry system.

c. Contestant must have their card number and everyone that are entering.

The rodeo producers and secretaries shall assume full responsibility for entry fees and added

money. The association will accept no check for entry fees (If Secretary Takes a check for fees

she is responsible for said money. Do not send contestant check to office).

TIMERS:

1. There shall be 2 qualified timers at every UPRA rodeo. 1 Official Timer and 1

Backup Timer.

2. Timers must hold current association membership card.

3. Timers who time the 1st performance in an event shall be required to time all

competition in that event.

4. Timekeepers are not to average times. Both timekeepers will record their time

and should the official timer fail to get the time, then the backup time will be taken

for that contestant only. In the case of both timers failing to get a time, then a rerun

will be given and contestant will carry all penalties received in previous run.

5. Steer Wrestling shall be timed in 1/10’s, all other events in 1/100’s except Barrel

Racing, automatic timer and 2 stop watches (backup) are required. Times must

be recorded as complete times shown on the timer.

6. In Rough Stock events, time will begin when the inside shoulder breaks the plane

of the chute or when flagger drops the flag. In timed events, the barrier flag will

begin the time and the arena Judge will determine the end of the time by

dropping the flag.

7. Timers cannot time the event if they are competing in that event.

8. Air horns or buzzer must be used to signal 8 seconds.

9. If electric timer fails to work during the Barrel Racing on 10% or less of the

contestants entered that night, the stop watch time will be recorded for those

people. More than 10% will result in all times being stop watch times.

10. Appropriate attire must be worn. Be neat and professional.

11. NO CELL PHONES USED PERIOD!!! There will be a fine if caught on the cell

phone.

12. The Tie Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping will

have a 30 second time limit to complete the run/catch.

 

JUDGES AND JUDGING METHODS

1. All Judges are subject to association sanction and approval and must hold a

current association card and certification is subject to board approval.

2. Judges must be hired from an approved list established through the association

office. (Certified Judges will receive extra pay from the association per

performance worked. To meet the guidelines set by the Board of Directors, to

become a Certified Judge, must attend 1 Judging Clinic a year and have to

Judge a minimum of 5 UPRA ground rule rodeos in the year before. Once a

Judge is certified, he/she will remain on certified judging list as long as he/she

attends one judging clinic each year. All Certified and Approved Judges will be

listed by the board; all other will be on a probation Judging list).

3. Stock Contractors will not be allowed to Judge their on stock or rodeo.

4. Any Judge under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be put on the suspended

list and fined, with the option to appear before the Board within 30 days.

5. Judges will not be allowed to Judge Rough Stock events on horseback.

6. If an honest effort has been made by the Stock Contractor to hire an Association

sanctioned Judges and none are available, then in that event, Judges may be

elected by a majority of the contestants present at the first performance. This

has to be approved by the Producer and Rodeo Committee and appropriate

UPRA Directors, although said Judge must have a UPRA card.

7. All Judges will know and understand all rules governing rodeo (as set forth in the

association rule book and any valid ground rules enacted) and will be responsible

for enforcing and upholding same. All decisions will be left to the discretion of

the Judges.

8. Judges will be on grounds at least 4 hours prior to 1st performance of a rodeo

and at least 2 hours before each performance thereafter, unless other

arrangements are made with the Stock Contractor.

9. At double approved rodeos, 1 Judge must be an approved Judge from each

association whenever possible, yet one has to be certified and both must have a

UPRA card.

10. If contestant receives a bad gate, contestant will be entitled to a re-run providing

he/she declares themselves immediately. Upon the Judges discretion.

11. All Judges must use a stop watch in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Ranch Bronc and

Bull Riding.

12. Any member who has been on the association suspended list twice in one year is

automatically barred from Judging.

13. All stock in contest events must be drawn by the Judges or Association Director.

14. Judges will not be eligible to compete in rodeos in which they are judging, except

the line Judge may compete in timed events only.

15. Contestant may pull riggings and ropes from either side in all events.

16. If an animal that is drawn in a riding event or timed event becomes sick or injured

before it is out, a Judge must pass judgment and the animal’s inability to perform

before it can be shipped or replaced in the draw.

17. Any contestant that questions a Judge’s decision, in an unprofessional like

manner is subject to a fine by the Board of Directors. Any Judge who enters into

a debate and verbally abuses a contestant will also be subject to a fine.

18. Judges will rule on all re-rides or re-runs.

19. Decision of Judges, Flagmen and Timers will be final and no undue protest by

the contestant will be permitted. Any contestant arguing or protesting a Judge’s

decision will be disqualified for the remainder of that rodeo and will be subject to

a $50.00 fine.

20. Conflicts will be settled after the rodeo, not during, with the presents of the

Judges and the Event Directors, if available.

21. In the event the Association office receives a letter of complaint with 10

signatures of members from any rodeo against a Judge, that Judge will be

brought before the Board of Directors to answer the charges brought against him.

22. A rodeo official violating any association rules or making a decision which does

not comply with the association’s rule book (such violation or decision to be

witnessed by 1 Officer and 2 Directors) can be temporarily suspended by an

Association Director from acting in an official capacity at any sanctioned rodeos.

Any decision made by a rodeo official in accordance with the rule book will be

final. Such suspension to take effect immediately following the final performance

of the rodeo where original improper violation or decision was made by the

official. Suspension will remain in effect until the Executive Committee rules

whether the rodeo official should remain ineligible to act in any official capacity or

be reinstated.

23. If a Judge is also a Director of the association and he imposses a fine on another

member or contestant, he has to abstain from voting on that issue involving the

person he has fined. This applies to Director fining an individual as well.

24. All fines imposed by a Judge must be in writing and signed when turned into the

association office. Fines must be documented on the Secretary’s books and in

writing by the Judge of said rodeo.

25. Judges are required to furnish their own supplies used in the course of their job.

Stop watch, barriers, and string (etc). Judges must meet with the Stock

Contractor and Event Director, if available before the first performance to set

barriers and stake barrels. Measurements on barriers and barrels must be

recorded on a form and posted for the contestants viewing. These forms will be

furnished by the association.

25. In the Barrel Racing:

a. Both judges are required to be present during the barrel race event, 1

Judge flagging and the other Judge across the arena to see that a

qualified cloverleaf pattern is run.

b. Judge flagging barrel race will stand immediately behind the electric

timer. Electric time must be backed up by flag and time recorded on

every run.

c. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse’s nose reaches the starting line

and will stopped when the horse’s nose passes over the finish line. The

flagger is not to leave his place unless it is a visibly marked place. If

barrel is knocked down the Judge not flagging is responsible for resetting

barrels.

26. There will be a flag thrown down on ground for failure to mark out horse and for

barrier penalties.

MARKINGS:

1. Judges markings are to be from 1 to 25 on the rider and 1 to 25 on the animal,

having a total of 50 on each side, making highest possible score of 100 with full

spread to be used. The rider and animal will be marked separately; marking the

rider according to how much the rider spurs the animal and the animal according

to its performance.

2. All scores will be recorded in ink and should not be changed if in compliance with

rulebook. Any changes (wrong line, re-ride, etc.) must be noted on Judge’s

sheets.

3. After each performance, Judges must total their own score sheets and

immediately upon completion, turn the score sheets into the Secretary. Scores

and/or times will then be recorded to a master sheet. These records will be

official and will not be changed after the completion of each performance. Line

judge must mark penalties.

RE-RIDES AND RE-RUNS: Judge’s decision on re-rides will be final if in accordance with rules

set forth in each individual event.

1. If an animal falls on back, side or belly, a re-ride will be offered.

2. If an animal has run off 3 consecutive times he must be taken off the draw.

3. If, in the Judge’s opinion, rider makes 3 honest efforts to get out on a chute

fighting animal and is unable to do so, he may have a re-ride drawn for him.

4. If a qualified ride is made by a contestant and the animal is marked by either

and/or both Judges at 12 or under then contestant shall be eligible for a re-ride.

5. In any riding event, if a qualified ride has been made and an animal runs off or

stops, rider will have one drawn for him unless flank breaks or comes off, rider

has option or re-ride or score.

6. RE-RIDES: In all 3 riding events (bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding) the reride

animals will be given as: Any “turn out” animals from contestants who have

failed to pay fees. The 1st re-ride will automatically be the 1st “turn out” animal

and so forth in a sequential manner. In case of no “turn outs” the re-ride will be

drawn from the herd.

7. The spur out rule will be waived if horse stalls coming out of the chute. This is up

the Judge’s discretion.

8. The spur out rule will be waived if horse fouls any part of contestant (foot, leg,

back, etc.) unless contestant declares himself for a re-ride. This is also up to the

Judge’s discretion

9. Any bucking animal coming out of the chute backwards, the spur out rule will be

waived.

10. Once a horse or bull has been contested on in the re-rides, that animal cannot be

drawn for a re-ride again unless Stock Contractor puts animal back in the draw.

11. Contestant not ready to compete after being properly notified is subject to a

$25.00 fine. Contestant has a 45 second time limit to leave the chute.

12. If the animal hits the fence while a ride is in progress and the contestant touches

the fence, not aiding himself or his ride, he should not be disqualified.

13. If a Pick-Up man interferes in any way with a ride or the rider, hitting the animal,

etc.while contestant is making a qualified ride, the rider has the right to receive a

re-ride on the same animal, providing he has made a qualified ride to that point.

14. Judge will watch entire ride even after disqualification, in case other Judge feels

a rider is entitled to a re-ride, the other Judge will honor his decision.

15. Latch side Judge has first call to determine qualification of ride.

16. Any re-ride ask for will be taken or the contestant will receive a no score.

17. Contestant will have until next contestant competes to make his decision on reride.

18. Re-rides must be offered in the same performance as the contestant competed

in.

19. Re-Ride animals will be posted on Judges sheet.

20. When a contestant is entitled to a re-ride, he may choose the same animal,

providing producer is willing, or a re-ride drawn for him.

21. If roper drags calf more than 10 feet deliberately, he will be flagged out and also

be subject to a minimum fine of $50.00 and disqualified for remainder of rodeo.

22. If neck rope fouls contestant in any timed event, he will be entitled to a re-run if

he declares himself immediately, at the discretion of the Judge.

23. If calf/steer gets out of arena, the flag man is to stop the time and roper will get

the same calf back; lap and tap, (roper to start in chute) with the time he/she had

when calf got out, added to the time.

24. If wrong calf/steer is given to a contestant he shall be given the correct animal

drawn for him and time on incorrect animal shall be disregarded. No re-runs will

be given to the hanging of horns on chute. If flag Judge miss flags contestant, he

has option to make the contestant run over.

25. No re-runs will be given due to default or breakage of contestant’s equipment.

26. Animal must cross score line in front of judge. If animal does not, by no fault of

contestant (in judges opinion), and contestant declares him/herself, contestant

will receive a rerun with no penalties, on a new animal (with sullen animal being

pulled off herd). See misdraw procedure to replace animal.

DRAWING OF LIVESTOCK

1. All stock must be branded with a legible number. No duplicate numbers can be

used.

2. If an animal is disqualified from competition after the draw has been made, a new

animal will be drawn for the contestant from the balance of animals that are not

already drawn or from the re-ride pen. The re-draw will be done by the misdraw

method. Misdraw should affect the least amount of people.

a. If one or more extras are available, all animals not competed on below

the misdraw up to the end of the run on the cattle shall be eligible to be

drawn. One animal is drawn, that being the animal assigned to the

contestant with the misdraw. The contestant who originally had that

animal will be assigned the extra. All other contestants will be assigned

the animals originally drawn for them.

b. If no extras are available, all unused animals below the misdraw up to the

end of the run on the cattle shall be eligible to be drawn, with the last

unused animal drawn in that run designated the extra.

c. Treat each misdraw individually.

3. All stock and positions (performance and slack) will be drawn and posted at one

time. All stock must be drawn with poker chips for each chip labeled with each

stock number for each individual animal in each event at every UPRA sanctioned

rodeo. If this is not done it will be considered a Class A violation. The 1st time

$250.00, the 2nd time $500.00 and the 3rd time not eligible to secretary a UPRA

sanctioned rodeo.

4. All runs must be kept even on all timed event cattle. A run is not complete until

every animal has been drawn at least once. Judges should work with

Secretaries to insure that all runs are kept even and fair.

5. Stock will be drawn not more than one and a half (1½) hours prior to the rodeo at

the arena.

6. If an animal that is drawn in a pen in a timed event becomes sick or crippled

before it is out, a Judge must pass on the animals inability to be used before it

can be shipped or replaced in the draw.

7. No Breakaway or Tie Down calves may be used in the calf scramble, in the event

this occurs a fine will be $100.00 1st offense and an additional $50.00 added

thereafter.

8 All stock will be drawn to finish run on cattle before any cattle can be re-run.

BARRIERS

1. A 10 second penalty will be added for breaking or beating the barrier. In timed

events, a barrier will be considered broken when ring drops within 10 feet of the

post, at discretion of Judge. Barrier equipment must be inspected by the Judge

before each timed event. If equipment is faulty, it must be replaced. Should

barrier break at any point other than the designated breaking point, decision is up

to the barrier Judge. If contestant obviously beats the barrier but the barrier rope

is broken and string is unbroken, barrier Judge may add a ten second penalty.

Otherwise this shall not be considered a broken barrier. Should horse rear at

pin, this constitutes a barrier penalty.

2. Barrier must be used at all sanctioned rodeos. Length to be decided according

to length of box and arena. All neck ropes must be tied with string. No rubber

banks or metal snaps can be used on barriers.

3. Judges are responsible to see that barriers are in place before first performance

and will see that barrier is proper length. Barrier Judge will be responsible for

measuring barrier with tape measure before roping and dogging in each

performance to insure it’s same as setup. Length of score shall be listed with the

Secretary and referred to as needed.

4. In order for time to be official, flag must be dropped.

5. If automatic barrier stretched in front of horse fails to work, but time is recorded,

contestant or team will get time and there will be no penalty for broken barrier, at

discretion of the Judge.

6. The height of the barrier is to be 32” to 36”, measured at the center of the box.

Barrier not considered broken unless ring drops within 10 feet of post.

7. When barrier is stretched and animal is standing contestant has 45 seconds to

call for stock. After 45 seconds stock will be released and contestant receives a

no time.

8. If at any time a contestant or a contestant’s handler is caught interfering with the

barrier in any form (either by changing length, score line or holding neck rope),

contestant will be disqualified and receive a no time. 2nd offense, there will be a

fine of no less than $50.00 and 3rd offense will be suspension from association.

9. Stock belongs to contestant once he/she has called for it. If neck rope fouls

contestant they must declare themselves immediately. It will be the Judges

decision to award re-run. If contestant tries to contest stock after a foul, no rerun

will be allowed.

10. All score line lengths are to be set by Judges and recorded on official UPRA

sheet to be posted at rodeo, then turned in to UPRA office. Deviations in score

lengths (with disregard to event director’s advice) subject to fine.

a. Tie Down Roping and Breakaway Roping – At indoor rodeos, the length

of score will be the length of the box minus 3 feet. The minimum length

score at out door rodeos will be the length of the roping box minus 2 feet,

straight back. Providing arena conditions and cattle allow.

b. Steer Wrestling – Once score line has been set it will not be changed

during that go around, nor will steer wrestling box, chute or barrier be

changed in any manner, measured straight back from the pin to corner of

box, the neck rope must not be more than 1/2 the length of the box,

unless approved by director. Provided arena conditions and cattle allow.

c. Team Roping – Maximum length neck rope shall be 2 ft. shorter than the

box straight back. Provided arena conditions and cattle allow.

FIELD FLAGGER

1. In any event if an animal escapes from the arena, flag will be dropped and

watches stopped, contestant will get animal back lap and tap start, time already

spent will be added to time used qualifying, plus any penalty, if time is not

recorded, the decision of the flag Judge will be final.

a. If rope is on animal, roper will take animal lap and tap.

b. Flag Judge shall position himself for Tie Down Roping at the end of the

arena allowing him to come toward the roper. In Team Roping field flag

man shall place himself against the fence on the left hand side of the

timed event box. In Breakaway Roping flag man will position himself on

side rope breaks from saddle horn. In the Steer Wrestling the flag man

will position himself on the left hand side of timed event box on dogger’s

side.

c. If contestant is given wrong calf, contestant will be given the correct calf

that was drawn for contestant and time of incorrect calf will be

disregarded.

d. If calf gets up or comes untied in Tie Down Roping, then Judge will show

the stop watch time to contestant.

TIMED EVENTS:

1. If two contestants are riding the same horse and are drawn in positions together,

they must ask to be split, when possible, so that it won’t take any more time than

needed.

a. If contestant does not make an effort to advise secretary of this a $25.00

fine will be imposed on them. (Must be paid before they can compete).

2. In the event of any cattle change, due to setting up, kicking, ducking back,

etc…on old cattle, two members are to go with Director of said event as witness

to tell Producer to take out or replace one or more head of stock. Thus, if not

done as proposed, the Producer is to be fined no less than $50.00.

3. Stock belongs to contestant once he/she has called for it.

4. A minimum of 3 head of steer/calves will be penned when bringing cattle back.

DISQUALIFICATIONS: If stock is turned out by contestant, the contestant turning out the stock

will be disqualified in all events for remainder of that rodeo; however, if stock is mounted, roped

or wrestled at the contestant’s expense, he may compete on future stock at that rodeo, except

in case of injury of the contestant.

1. Any member tampering with any competition livestock will be disqualified at that

particular rodeo.

2. No contestant may be disqualified from a sanctioned rodeo for any altercation or

charge of rowdyism that takes place anywhere outside of the rodeo grounds.

Contestant may be disqualified for any of the following offenses within the rodeo

grounds.

a. Being under the influence of alcohol narcotics.

b. Riding with rowels too sharp or locked rowels or rowels that will lock in

the opinion of the Judges.

c. Altercation or quarreling with the Judges or Officials in the arena.

d. Any contestant deliberately abusing livestock at a sanction rodeo,

regardless of whether abuse happens during a qualified run, will be

removed from the arena and totally disqualified from the rodeo.

e. Not being ready to compete when called upon.

f. Cheating or attempting to cheat in any way.

g. Being bucked off before the 8 second buzzer.

h. In Saddle Bronc, changing hands on rein, wrapping reins around hand,

pulling leather, loosing stirrup or wrapping reins around horn.

i. In Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bulls, touching himself or animal with free

hand, assisting himself with free arm by touching animal or binding his

hand to the rigging in such a manner that he can not get off horse when

Pick-Up men arrive.

j. Failing to mark horse out of chute or hanging up may result in

Disqualification, at Judges discretion.

k. In Bull riding using sharp spurs, using bell hook, chap tucks or any

gimmicks or spurs placed in knothole of rope, while pulling rope. Ropes

cannot be used that have any knots, wires or other aids for the purpose of

placing spurs therein. $100.00 fine for using spurs too sharp and no

marking, if discovered by Judge.

l. Leather Latigo straps, only.

3. If horse stalls coming out of chute, either Judge may tell rider to take his feet out

of the horse’s neck and spur horse in the belly, spur out rule will then be waived.

Rider may not be disqualified for following Judge’s request.

5. No re-rides will be given due to default or breakage of contestant’s equipment.

Borrowed equipment is accepted as contestants own.

6. Contestant not ready to compete after being properly notified is subject to a

$25.00 fine. There will be a 45 second time limit enforced.

7. Contestant will be disqualified if he attempts in any way to tamper with chutes or

animals (during, before or after a performance).

8. Hazer must not hit steer in face before catch is made, or render any assistance

to contestant while he is working steer. Failure to observe this rule will disqualify

contestant.

 

EVENT RULES

BAREBACK RIDING

1. One hand is to be used in Bareback Bronc riding. Riders may use their own

rigging, if rigging is not over 10 inches in width at handhold or a freak. A leather

covering pad must be on the entire underside of the Bareback rigging next to the

animal. Riders may use dry rosin or tape on handhold and glove only.

2. Horses will be ridden 8 seconds. Contestant will have the right to call Judges

Pass on whether or not the horse was properly flanked and cinched.

3. To qualify, rider must have spurs over the break of the horse’s shoulders and

touching the horse when horse’s feet hit the ground on the first jump.

a. If a horse stall’s coming out of the chute, either Judge may tell the rider to

take his feet out of the horse’s neck and spur the horse in the belly. First

jump qualification may be disqualified for not following the Judge’s

instruction to take feet from neck of horse stalled in chute.

4. Horses are not to be hot shot until turned completely out of chute, unless

requested by rider.

5. Both Judges will use a stop watch. Time will start when horse leaves the plane

of the chute with the inside shoulder, and will stop when rider disqualifies himself

or buzzer sounds.

6. There will be no ground money. In case of only 1 qualified ride, the qualifying

contestant will receive all money in that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified rides, Stock Producer will receive all the money.

7. Judges must carry a flag and should rider fail to mark horse out of the chute, flag

is to be thrown in the air to signal disqualification.

8. If flank comes off or breaks before the 8 second ride is complete, the rider is

entitled to a re-ride as long as he makes a qualified ride: if he wants a re-ride on

the same horse, it is at the Stock Contractor discretion.

9. Rider cannot have a hand in rigging while it is being pulled.

10. Judges shall disqualify contestant who has been advised he is the next rider to

go, if he is not above the animal with glove on when previous horse leaves the

arena.

a. Contestant not ready to compete after being properly notified is subject to

a $25.00 fine. Contestant has a 45 second time limit to leave the chute.

11. Riders who are fouled at the chute or when horse falls out of the chute will be

entitled to a re-ride at the discretion of the Judges. Contestant must declare

himself to receive a re-ride.

12. Quick release devices on Bareback rigging will be accepted as legal equipment.

You will still be subject to hang up fine if you have to use it and no re-rides will be

given due to failure of these devices.

13. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Measurements for the saddle to be: RIGGINS – Ύ inch with front of D-Ring no further toward

cantle than rear of swells. CANTLE – no more than 5 inches tall from jockey to highest point.

SWELLS – no more than 14 inches wide or undercut more than 1 inch either side. STIRRUPS

– hung on bars, not less than 14 inches long. No freaks. Leather latigo straps, only.

1. Riding to be done with plain halter, one rein and saddle. Standard halter and

“association” committee saddles must be used. If contestant fails to comply with

this rule, contestant will be disqualified. Rider to furnish own equipment.

2. Riding rein and hand must be on the same side. Horses to be saddled in chute.

Rider may cinch own saddle or examine same to determine if satisfactory. Rein

must be attached to halter.

3. Rider must have spurs over the break of horse’s shoulders, touching horse with

same, when horse’s front feet touch the ground the 1st step/jump out of chute.

4. Horses are to be ridden 8 seconds, time to start when the inside shoulder breaks

the plane of the bucking chute. If horse backs out of the chute or turns around,

rider will get a free roll.

5. Rider will have the right to call on the Judges to pass on whether or not a horse

is properly flanked and saddled to buck its best. Middle flank belongs to the

rider, however cannot be cinched any further on the horse than straight up and

down.

6. Horse will not be hot shot till turned completely out of chute, unless rider agrees.

Rider must tell flank man and 1 Judge if he desires hot shot, however if horse

fails to buck, no re-ride will be given.

7. There will be no ground money paid. In case of only 1 qualified ride, that

contestant will receive all money for that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified rides, stock producer will receive all the money.

8. Rein belongs to the stock contractor.

9. If horse stalls coming out of the chute, either Judge may tell rider to take his feet

out of the horse and spur the horse in the belly; 1st jump qualification will be

waived, Judges discretion to be used.

10. Dry Rosin only may be used on saddle and chaps, no foreign substances

allowed. Horse belongs to rider, when rider mounts.

11. Judge must carry a flag and should rider fail to mark horse out of the chute, flag

is to be thrown in the air to signal disqualification.

12. There must be a minimum of 3 entries in this event to constitute a contest.

13. If Director sees any reason for taking a certain animal out of the draw, he will be

eligible to do so.

14. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

RANCH BRONC RIDING

1. All saddles will be stock saddles with no alterations to standard Ranch Saddle.

No Saddle Bronc tree can be used. No front binds. No Bucking Rolls or extra

Added Swells on saddle.

2. NO NIGHT LATCH. No nylon Laitgo.

3. No whips, quirts or ropes, etc can be used.

4. Double grab is a no score.

5. Back cinch hobble to front girt, no more than 12 in.

6. Rider must have rein hand on same side of horse’s neck.

7. Contestant must spur the animal before he will be awarded a re-ride.

8. No excessive tightening of cinch.

9. Stock Contractor has say so on Halter and Rein placement or use.

10. Points will be given ½ for the animal and ½ for the contestant.

11. Points will be given for spurring and fanning with the contestant’s hat. Excessive

whipping will be subject to disqualification.

12. Horses will be ridden for 8 seconds.

13. Halter must be plain with one rein.

14. Contestant can use free hand to hold to saddle, but not wrapped in anyway in

strings or rope.

15. Contestants must be dressed in cowboy attire (hat, boots, and long sleeved

shirt). Chaps are optional.

16. Using sharp or locked rowel spurs will be grounds for disqualification.

17. Saddle and chaps shall be free of glue or any sticky substance.

 

BULL RIDING

1. Both Judges will use a stop watch. Time will start when bull leaves the plane of

the chute, inside shoulder, and will stop when rider disqualifies himself or buzzer

sounds. This will be mandatory at the finals, also. Animal must be ridden 8

seconds for a qualified ride.

2. Riding to be done with 1 hand and loose rope; with or without handholds. No

knots or hitches to prevent rope from coming off bull when rider leaves bull will

be permitted. Rope must have a bell. No bell, no marking. Bell must be under

belly of bull.

3. All bulls having horns must be dehorned, tipped to the diameter of a quarter or

kept out of the draw.

4. If rider makes a qualified ride with any part of the loose rope in riding hand, he is

to be marked.

5. Rider will have the right to call Judges to pass on whether or not bull is properly

flanked to buck its best.

6. Only 5 point “plain” or “notched” spur rowels one rowel per shank may be used in

the bull riding. One shank per spur.

7. If a bull has run off 4 consecutive times, he must be taken out of the draw.

8. If a qualified ride has been made and bull stops, rider has the privilege of taking

the same bull back, or rider may have a re-ride drawn for him. If rider takes bull

back, he must take that marking.

9. Riders may use only yellow, red or black rosin.

10. Bull is not to be hot shoted after the rider has mounted bull, unless requested by

the rider. Hot shot will not be used until animal has turned outward, unless

permission is given by the contestant.

11. There will be no ground money. In case of only one qualified ride, the qualifying

contestant will receive all money in that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified rides, stock contractor will receive all the money.

12. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

TIE DOWN ROPING

1. Shall be timed in 1/100’s. Rope may be dallied or tied hard and fast. Contestant

must rope calf, dismount, go down rope and throw calf by hand and cross and tie

any 3 feet. To qualify as legal tie, there shall be at least one wrap around all

three legs and half hitch (hooey). If calf is down when roper reaches it, the calf

must be let up to a vertical position with feet dangling underneath and re-thrown

by hand. If roper’s hand is on call when calf falls, calf is considered thrown by

hand. Rope must hold calf until roper gets hand on calf. Tie must hold and three

legs remain crossed until passed on by judge, and roper may not touch the tie or

calves legs after calling for time until judge has completed his examination. The

field flag Judge will pass on the tie of calves with use of a stop watch, timing 6

seconds from the time the rope horse takes his first step forward after the roper

has remounted. Rope will not be removed from calf and rope must remain slack

forward after the roper has remounted. Rope will not be removed from calf and

rope must remain slack until removed from calf or Judge has passed on tie. In

the event a rope comes off calf after completion of tie, the 6 second time period

is to start when roper clears calf. FLAGGER MUST WATCH CALF during the 6

second period and will stop watch when calf kicks free, using the time on the

watch to determine whether calf was tied long enough to qualify. Roper will be

disqualified for removing rope form calf after signaling for time. If tie comes loose

or calf gets to his feet before tie has been ruled a fair one, roper will receive no

time. At Judges discretion.

2. A minimum of 3 calves will be pinned when bringing cattle back.

3. Contestant must adjust rope and reins in a manner will prevent horse from

dragging calf. Contestant must receive no assistance of any kind from outside.

If horse drags calf excessively, field flag judge may stop horse; $50.00 fine.

4. Each contestant may have someone push calves out of the chute for him.

5. The line Judge will be responsible for getting the neck rope on the calf and

checking the barrier for correct working order.

6. Fresh calves shall be tied down and ran through the chute before performance or

slack in which they are to be used unless there is one for each entry. This shall

be over seen by the Judge at that rodeo and is the responsibility of contestants

scheduled to compete in that performance or slack. Fresh calves may not be

added on to an old herd.

7. Cattle: ½ enough cattle for biggest day or third enough total entries, whichever is

greater. Once animal has gone 2 times in one day, it is no longer eligible to be

drawn again for that day, unless another animal is crippled, on that day. The

exception is for 1 day rodeos.

8. If barrier jerks calf around and knocks the calf down. A re-run will be awarded.

Roper will receive first extra calf if extras are available or will use miss draw

procedure.

. All calves need to be of similar breeding; native, Brahma or of similar cross.

Weight should be between 180 to 250 lbs., but not deviate in excess of 50

pounds from the smallest to the largest. Any questionable animals will be

removed from the draw by Judge or Event Director. Failure to abide by these

guidelines by Stock Contractor may result in a fine of $100.00 per animal.

10. Any calf that eliminates contestant from chance of winning (kicks every time,

ducks back, swollen neck, will not get up) shall be permanently removed from

draw. If calf is put back on the herd after being taken off by the Judge or Event

Director, Stock Contractor will be fined $100.00 per animal.

11. No re-run for faking a Judge into giving an early flag.

12. In any case that a permanent fixture fouls the roper, no re-run will be awarded.

13. Roper will be disqualified by removing rope form the calf after signaling for time,

until the tie has been ruled on by the field Judge.

14. Neck ropes must be tied with string. No metal snaps or hardware shall be used

on neck rope in the timed events.

15. If, in the opinion of barrier Judge, contestant is fouled (including any penalties) by

neck rope, ropers shall get calf over providing contestant declares himself

immediately by pulling up horse. Hitting a stationary object such as fence, pole,

chute, etc. is roper’s responsibility. No re-runs.

16. Calf scramble calves can not be in the draw.

17. If roper intentionally abuses a calf, roper will be disqualified and fined at least

$100.00 and up to $250.00.

18. When barrier is stretched and the animal is standing, contestant has a 45 second

time limit to call for stock. After 45 seconds the animal will be released and

contestant receives a no time.

19. There will be no ground money. In case of only one qualified run, the qualifying

contestant will receive all money in that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified runs, stock producer will receive all the money.

20. If contestant runs wrong calf, a re-run will be given on the correct head and the

time on the incorrect calf will be disregarded.

21. Contestants will be fined $100.00 for the infraction. “Jerk down” this will be

defined as over backwards, with the calf landing on his back or head with all four

feet in the air.

22. There will be a 30 second time limit to complete the catch.

23. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

LADIES BREAKAWAY ROPING

1. The Breakaway Roping is open to females only.

2. There will be a 30 second time limit to complete the catch.

3. One loop only will be permitted. A dropped loop is considered a thrown loop.

Should the contestant miss with loop, she will receive a “no time”.

4. Rope must be tied to saddle horn with string provided by the Breakaway Director

(check with Judge or Secretary) and have a handkerchief or other colorful cloth

attached to the rope at the saddle horn. Penalty for misplacement of the

handkerchief or string will be disqualification by the line Judge; no coils or knots

allowed between the end of rope and string.

5. The Judge will flag the contestant when the rope breaks away form the saddle

horn and time will be taken.

6. The contestant will receive a “no-time” should she break the rope away from the

saddle horn with her hand. However, if the rope should dally around the horn,

the contestant may ride forward, undally the rope and stop her horse to make the

rope breakaway from the horn.

7. The contestant must pass through the barrier before throwing her loop. Breaking

a barrier will result in a 10 second penalty.

8. The contestant must be on her horse when time is

taken.

9. A legal catch is a bell collar catch; bell collar defined as passing over the calf’s

head and must not include any appendages including figure eight over the tail.

10. A spotter will be used on all breakaway roping runs. Time to be taken between

flags.

11. Calves may be identified with permanent factory numbered ear tags and/or hot

brands. No duplicate numbers permitted.

12. Fresh calves shall be run through the chute before performance or slack in which

they are to be used, unless there is one calf for each entry. This shall be over

seen by the Judge at that rodeo and is the responsibility of contestants

scheduled to compete in that performance or slack. Fresh calves may not be

added to an old herd.

13. In the event of short stock the Contractors will be fined as follows: 1st offense,

$25.00 for each animal short; 2nd offense, $50.00 for each animal short; 3rd

offense, $100.00 for each animal short.

14. All calves need to be of similar breeding; native, Brahma or of similar cross.

Weight should not deviate in excess of 50 pounds from the smallest to the

largest. Any questionable animals will be removed from the draw by a Judge or

Event Director. Failure to abide by these guidelines by Stock Contractor may

result in a fine of $25.00 per animal.

15 Any calf that eliminates contestant from chance of winning (ducks back, stops,

etc.) shall be permanently removed from draw.

16. Once score has been set in timed events, it will not be changed at that rodeo, nor

can the length of box be changed.

17 Animal belongs to contestant once stock crosses score line, regardless of what

happens, except in cases of mechanical failure. If contestant accepts animal,

she accepts it as sound.

18. If, in the opinion of barrier Judge, contestant is fouled (including any penalties) by

neck rope, ropers shall get calf over providing contestant declares herself

immediately by pulling up horse. Hitting a stationary object such as fence, pole,

chute, etc. is roper’s responsibility. No re-run.

19. If contestant runs wrong calf, a re-run will be given on the correct head and the

time on the incorrect calf will be disregarded.

20. Tampering of calves in pen or chute and/or barrier results in disqualification of

contestant.

21. When a barrier is stretched and the animal is standing, contestant has a 45

second time limit to call for stock. After 45 seconds the animal will be released

and contestant receives a no time.

22. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

STEER WRESTLING

1. If neck rope equipment hangs on steer, stopping or jerking head out of position,

preventing contestant from making a fair catch, stock will be brought back.

Decision of Judge will determine if stock is re-run.

2. There will a qualified person to tie neck rope around steer’s neck and feed neck

rope from box.

3. Stock must cross score line in front of line Judge after leaving chute. If stock

does not cross score line in front of line Judge (due to no fault of

contestant/hazer), and contestant declares, stock will be brought back and re-run

will be awarded.

4. Only one hazer is allowed. Contestant must furnish own hazer and horse.

Neither contestant nor hazer will be permitted to change horses after leaving box.

Hazer must not hit steer in the face before the catch is made or render any

assistance to contestant while he is working the steer. Failure to observe this

rule will disqualify contestant.

5. Contestant’s feet must hit over score line or he shall be penalized 10 seconds

and steer must cross same.

6. Steer must be caught from horse. If steer is missed or gets loose after catch, no

more than one step can be used to re-catch steer. If contestant misses or loses

steer, no time.

7. Each contestant may have someone to push their steer out of the chute for them.

No pusher will be allowed to follow steer out of chute in the act of tailing cattle.

This will incur an immediate disqualification.

8. Steer used for steer wrestling can not be used for any other event. Animals used

for this contest will be closely inspected before each performance and

objectionable animals will be eliminated by the director or judge. Contestant will

not be required to compete on a crippled steer or steer with a broken horn. If

contestant nods for steer, he accepts him as sound. Fresh cattle cannot mix with

old cattle. Cannot add fresh cattle unless prepared. (Prepared: run on

horseback and thrown down al least 3 times).

9. Steer must weight at least 400 pounds and not over 650 pounds. Prior to rodeo

all cattle must be run through chute. If steer’s horns will not fit through chute,

horns must be tipped to fit through or taken out of draw.

10. Stock Contractor shall endeavor to keep an even set of steers; however, the

privilege of eliminating uneven steers when necessary, will be retained by Judge

and/or the Event Director. Failure to comply with this rule after being notified will

result in forfeiture of stock charge. All steers in this event must have been run

and thrown down at least one time off horse caught and thrown down by qualified

person.

11. Same man must open all front gates for entire rodeo. Producer will designate

and be responsible for providing such a man and seeing that he works the entire

rodeo.

12. No blind gates (solid). The Field Judge must be as far back of the score line as

possible before each run.

13. No penalty shall be incurred for breaking a horn.

14. When a barrier is stretched and the animal is standing contestant has a 45

second time limit to call for stock. After 45 seconds the animal may be released

and contestant receives a no time.

15. At any two head event/average, the barrier can be changed after 1st complete

round and before the draw is made. This is at the Judge, Director and Stock

Contractor’s consent.

16. There will be no ground money. In case of only one qualified run, the qualifying

contestant will receive all money in that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified run, stock producer will receive all the money.

17. If steer cannot break neck rope, contestant shall be rewarded a re-run on the first

extra steer if available, or a re-draw and all penalties will be carried over.

18. If contestant runs wrong steer, a re-run will be given on the correct head and the

time on the incorrect steer will be disregarded.

19. Contestant’s feet must hit over the score line or he will be penalized 10 seconds.

20. Animal belongs to contestant once he calls for him regardless of what happens.

21. All changes in lists or order to split horses, etc. must be made before any stock

for that event is loaded in chutes. After stock is loaded, contestant must compete

in order listed.

22. There will be a 30 second time limit to complete the run.

23. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

DALLY TEAM ROPING

1. Team Roping Event will be enter one time with fees minimum of $200.00 (Per

Team) suggested$240.00 (per Team) at UPRA ground rule rodeos. Rodeos with

enter 2 times will not be sanctioned, but will be an open event.

2. Both contestants must pay an entry fee. Contestants may only enter once.

3. Entry fees shall be paid per team. Number of entries will be determined by

teams paid.

4. Contestants will start from behind a barrier and from the designated boxes. There

will be a 10 second penalty assessed for breaking the barrier. Steer belongs to

roper after he crosses score line regardless of what happens with one exception;

if steer gets out of arena, flag will be dropped and the roper gets the steer back,

(lap and tap) with the time added which was taken when the steer left the arena.

Team Roper behind barrier must throw first loop at head. Animals belong to

contestant when he calls for him, regardless of what happens except cases of

mechanical failure.

5. Each contestant will be allowed to carry but one rope. Each team allowed two

throws in all. Roping steers without turning loose the loop will be considered no

catch.

6. No cross firing – the direction of the steer’s body must be changed before the

heel loop can be thrown. However, if the steer stops, it must only be moving

forward for the heel loop to be legal. Any heel loop thrown before the completion

of the initial switch will be considered a crossfire and no time will be recorded.

7. No Team Roper can enter with an open hole. If one partner does not show up,

the other partner will have the right to choose a partner from the other

contestants already entered in the rodeo (only). No contestant may go more

times than allowed (1 time) to make up the team. After one man is declared not

there and another partner is substituted he cannot change back to his original

partner. The team will draw stock in the original position; all changes must be

made with the Secretary before the rodeo begins.

8. All changes in lists or roping order to split horses, etc. must be made before any

stock for that event is loaded in chutes. After stock is loaded, ropers must rope

in order listed.

9. Steer must not be handled roughly at any time and ropers may be disqualified if

in the opinion of the field Judge they have intentionally done so.

10. Broken rope or dropped rope will be considered no time, regardless whether time

has been taken or not.

11. If steer is roped by one horn, roper is not allowed to ride up and put rope over

other horn or head with his hand.

12. If the heeler ropes a front foot or feet in the heel loop, this is a foul catch. Neither

contestant may remove the front foot or feet from the loop by hand. However,

should the front foot or feet come out of the heel loop by the time the field flag

Judge drops his flag, time will be counted.

13. In any case that a permanent fixture fouls the roper, no re-run will be awarded.

14. LEGAL CATCHES: There will be only 3 legal head catches:

a. Head or both horns.

b. Half a head.

c. Around the neck.

d. Dew claw catches are legal, if catch holds for the field Judges

drop of flag.

1. Any heel catch behind both shoulders is legal if rope goes up heels.

2. One hind foot receives 5 second penalty.

3. If loop crosses itself in a heel, catch is legal. This does not include head

catches.

4. If heeler misses, header will follow steer from arena to be turned loose.

15. Any questions as to catches in this contest will be decided by the Judge.

16. Team money must be split equally between both ropers.

17. Stock used for Team Roping must be of the same sex, which ever the Producer

prefers to use. Stock must be uniform, subject to fine.

18. Heeling barrier will be optional at rodeos. When a barrier is used on the heeling

end, a heeler will be assessed a 5 second penalty for breaking or beating the

heeling barrier.

19. Steer must weigh at least 400 pounds and not over 650 pounds. Prior to rodeo

all cattle must be run through chute; horns must be tipped to fit through or taken

out of draw.

20. If contestants runs wrong steer, a re-run will be given on the correct head and the

time on the incorrect steer will be disregarded.

21. Time to be taken when steer is roped by both ends a direct line and horse is on

all fours. Horses facing steer in approximately 120 degree angle or better with

ropes tight, dallied or tied.

22. When a barrier is stretched and the animal is standing, contestant has a 45

second time limit to call for stock. After 45 seconds the animal may be released

and contestant receives a no time.

23. There will be no ground money. In case of only one qualified ride, the qualifying

contestant will receive all money in that event. Points will count for all money

paid. If no qualified rides, stock producer will receive all the money.

24. If contestant dismounts during run, team will be disqualified.

25. Headers are required to hold dally until head catch is inspected and ok by the

field Judge. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

26 There should be; ½ enough cattle with max of 25 head. If using 25 head of cattle

animal can only go 2 times in one day, it is no longer eligible to be drawn again

for that day, unless another animal is crippled, on same day.

27. There will be a 30 second time limit to complete the catch.

28. All Judges Decisions will be final.

 

LADIES BARREL RACING

1. A Barrel racer qualifying for the finals in the top money standings at the close of

the calendar year, must attend the finals and contest to be eligible to receive her

award. Acceptable excuse will be due to illness (doctor’s release required) or

death of family member.

2. Barrel racers are required to wear western attire, long sleeve shirts with collar

and button down front, hat and boots in all grand entries and while contesting.

Solid colored jeans may be worn.

3. If a barrel racer fails to contest due to illness to herself or family member the fees

must be in the office by the opening of the next rodeo books. Failing to do so

automatically goes on suspended list.

4. Arena will be dragged after 10 names, instead of 10 runs, regardless of turnouts,

no shows, etc.

5. If contestant knocks barrel over, there will be a 5 second penalty for each barrel

knocked over.

6. Junior barrel stakes are to be placed a minimum of 10 feet above or behind

senior barrel stakes.

7. If contestant knocks barrel over and it stands up again on its other end, this is

considered a knocked over barrel and a 5 second penalty will be added.

8. In the event that a contestant runs out of position, the contestant that is

supposed to run can choose to run at that time or after that performance in slack.

If the contestant runs after the performance, she will receive a clean drag and will

run first; the arena will be dragged again before slack proceeds. The contestant

who ran out of order will receive a no time.

9. A contestant will not be penalized or disqualified for touching a barrel.

10. If barrels are standing when contestant crosses the finish line after completing a

qualified run and a barrel falls over after she is flagged, contestant will not be

penalized.

13. A contestant will be disqualified for not making a true cloverleaf pattern.

14. A contestant’s hat must be on top of her head when entering the plane of arena,

if hat is lost at any time in arena there will be a fine of $25 issued. (Not on back of

head or shoulders.)

15. No re-run will be given for personal faulty equipment.

16. If electric timer fails to work during the Barrel Racing on 10% or less of the

contestants entered that night, the stop watch time will be recorded for those

people. More than 10% will result in all times being stop watch times.

17. All Judges Decisions will be final.

STAKING:

1. Barrel and timer positions are to be tape measured and staked by the Judges.

These measurements are to be recorded on the official form pro-vided to the

Judges at that rodeo. (This form will be posted by the Secretary for contestants

viewing; it must be signed by the Judges for each performance showing that the

barrels were staked properly and remeasured each night

2. A standard pattern for the Barrel Racing is 60 feet from the score line to the first

barrel, 90 feet from the first to second barrel, 105 feet from the second to the

third barrel. But pattern should be set to accommodate the arena. If arena has

no alleyway, the Judges should allow ample stopping room from gate to electric

eye. Barrels should be set 15 feet from the fence on the first 2 barrels and no

closer than 25 feet from the back fence. Barrels are to be positioned on the

inside of the stakes. The timer should be staked no more than 60 feet from the

alleyway.

3 The barrel pattern may be moved up or down the arena as long as the distance

between the barrels and the starting line are the same. Also, this pattern may be

run right or left.

a. Barrel racers request that the barrels be painted or covered.

b. Barrels are to by 55 gallon drums and must have both ends in it.

Producers are responsible for this and will be fined if they are otherwise.

 

 

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