July 21-30, 2023

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The Rodeo: Tie Down Roping

  • July 22-30 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Arena
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From Ranch Hand Chore to Athletic Sport

Beginning as a chore that can be traced back to the 1800’s at the old working ranches of the west, derived from roping calfs for medical treatment and branding, tie-down roping started when ranch hands went head-to-head to see who was the fastest roper. Starting out as informal competition between ranch hands, tie-down roping now relies on good horsemanship and cowboy athleticism just as much as roping.


The quickest tie-down roper takes home the buckle.

Here in Cheyenne the calf is given a 30 foot head start, if the rider starts before then, a 10 second penalty is given

While the cowboy flanks and ties the calf, the horse assists by keeping the rope tight.

The Record

Holder: Chad Johnson

Year: 1997

Score: 9.9 Seconds