"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
Junior Barrel Racing
A speed event in which each contestant rides their horse in a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels, trying to have the fastest time, while not knocking over a barrel.
Junior Pole Bending
A timed event in which a contestant rides their horse down to the last pole at the end of the arena. Then runs a weaving or serpentine pattern through the six poles arranged in a line, down and back and then races back to the starting line.
Junior Girls Goat Tying
The participant rides their horse down to a tethered goat, dismounts, catches, throws, and ties any three of its legs together. The goat must stay tied for six seconds after the contestant has backed away from the animal. If the goat becomes untied before six seconds have passed, the rider receives no score. Time limit: 45 seconds.
Junior Girls Breakaway Roping
A variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. It features a calf and one mounted rider who starts in the box. Once the calf breaks the barrier, the horse runs out of the box while the rider attempts to rope the calf around the neck. Once the calf is caught, the horse and rider stop and the rope which is tied to the saddle horn with a string, pulls tight and breaks loose. This signals the end of the run and the fastest time wins.
Team Ribbon Roping
A team event that features one mounted rider and one contestant on foot. Each team must consist of one boy and one girl. .The horse and roper start in the box and the runner may start from anywhere in the arena. The event begins when the calf breaks the barrier. The roper must rope the calf and “dally”. The runner must then grab the ribbon off the calf's tail and race back to the finish line in front of the roping box.
Also known as heading and heeling is an event that features a steer and two mounted riders. The first roper is referred to as the "header", the person who ropes the front of the steer, usually around the horns. Once the steer is caught, the header must dally and use his horse to turn the steer to the left for the “heeler” to rope the hind feet. The “header” is the contestant in this event that will receive the time and the points.
Also known as heading and heeling is an event that features a steer and two mounted riders. The first roper is referred to as the "header", the person who ropes the front of the steer, usually around the horns. Once the steer is caught, the header must dally and use his horse to turn the steer to the left. The second roper is the "heeler", who ropes the steer by its hind feet after the "header" has turned the steer. The “heeler” is the contestant in this event that will receive the time and the points.
A youth rodeo event that is an introductory form of bull riding for younger riders, age 9-13. Instead of bulls, the kids ride steers that buck. Steer riding usually follows mutton busting and calf riding as the participant ages and grows. To receive a score, the rider must ride the steer for 8 seconds.