Local Team Roping
Team roping is a rodeo event that features a steer and two riders. The first roper is referred to as the "header", the person who ropes the front of the steer, usually around the horns. The second roper is the "heeler", who ropes the steer by both its hind feet, with a five-second penalty assessed if only one leg is caught. Team roping is the only rodeo event where men and women compete equally together in professionally sanctioned competition, in both single-gender or mixed-gender teams.
Cowboys originally developed this technique as a way to restrain animals on the range. Over the years, as the sport has grown, a numbering system was added to rate ropers talent level. The numbers go from one to nine (1-9) for headers and one to ten (1-10) for heelers.
Come see this exciting sport in action at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo every May!
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