Added Money: The money donated to the rodeo committed by sponsors for the purpose of attracting contestants for competition.

Average Money: This money is awarded for those posting the top eight total scores/times over the course a rodeo event (i.e. the 10 days of NFR). Average money often provides a big enough boost on the final day to help contestants claim world titles, even if they are way behind entering the last go-round.


Barrier: The barrier is a rope stretched across the front of the box from which the contestant’s horse emerges. A barrier is used in timed roping events. The rope is released when a length of twine is pulled loose from the calf or steer as it crosses the score line. If the contestant starts before that, he “breaks the barrier” and has a 10 second penalty added to whatever time he makes in the arena.

Buckaroo: A young, aspiring cowboy or cowgirl.

Bulldogging: Steer Wrestling, also known as bulldogging, is a rodeo event where a steer is released from a chute and a horse-mounted rider chases the steer, jumps off the horse next to the steer, and wrestles the steer to the ground by twisting its horns.


Chuckwagon: A chuckwagon was originally a wagon that carried food and cooking equipment across the prairie. At The High Country Stampede, the chuckwagon is the place where you get dinner.

Cowboy Up or Cowgirl Up: “Cowboy Up” is when things get tough, you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep trying. It’s a basic shift in attitude from “can’t do something” to a “can-do” attitude with confidence and a non-complaining spirit that becomes contagious.

Crossfire: If the heeler tosses his loop before the header has changed the direction of the steer and has the animal moving forward, it’s called a “cross-fire,” and results in disqualification.


Dally: A turn of the end of the rope around the saddle horn after the animal is caught.

Day Money: This is the amount of money given out in each go-round in each event. For instance, in each of the NFR’s seven daily events, the top six finishers collect a share of the day money. The number of daily events and finishers vary rodeo to rodeo.

Double Grabbing: Double Grabbing is when a cowboy grabs the rigging with both hands signalling to the pickup men that they want off the horse or bull.


Entry Fee: The money paid by the contestant in order to compete in a rodeo. Contestants pay a separate entry fee for each event entered.


Flank Strap: A “flank strap” (or, “bucking strap”) is used to encourage the horse to kick out straighter and higher when it bucks. The flank strap is about 4 inches wide, is usually covered in sheepskin and fastens behind the widest part of the abdomen. Flank straps which hurt the horse are not allowed by rodeo rules in the United States.

Flanking: After catching the calf in tie-down roping, the cowboy dismounts, runts to the calf, and throws it to the ground by hand.


Ground Money: If less than six finishers post either a qualifying ride in the rough stock events or a qualifying run in the timed events, the leftover day money then becomes ground money. This money is divided evenly among those who made a qualifying ride/run. If no one makes a qualifying ride/run, which is always a possibility and I’ve seen happen most frequently in Bull Riding event, all the day money becomes ground money and is divided evenly among the competitors. However, ground money does not count toward NFR earnings or in world championship earnings.


Hazer: A second cowboy in steer wrestling competition whose task is to keep the steer from veering away from the steer wrestler.


Mark Out Rule: In the bareback and saddle bronc events, the cowboys must have their spurs touching the animal above the point of the horse’s shoulder on its first jump out of the bucking chutes. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of a no score. The judges determine if a competitor has made the mark out or not.


Pickup Men: Pick up men are cowboys who work the rough stock events. They manage the horses and bulls and rescue bronc and bareback riders from their horses after they make a ride. They also release the flank strap on horses after their work is done.

Pigging string: Small, soft rope 6 feet long used by calf ropers to tie the animal’s feet.


Rough Stock: Bucking horses and bulls.


Scratching: Spurring motion.

Slack: If a contestant prefers to run for a time prior to the performance because he/she will be competing in another rodeo that evening, he/she may run for time during the slack period. At The High Country Stampede, our slack period is from 2 pm until 4 pm. It is up to the contestant whether they want to do this or not.