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.

Bounty: Money carried forward and paid to the rider of the bounty animal.

Buckaroo: A young, aspiring cowboy or cowgirl.

Bucking Chute Trading Post: Gift shop for your cowboy/cowgirl hat, T-shirts, hoodies, gifts, and more,

Buckle Bonus: Money paid to those winning the series event buckle in the Open Rodeo

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.

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.


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.

Port-A-Potty Queen/King: That one special person with the job of restocking toilet paper and cleaning as needed the port-a-potties.


Rough Stock: Bucking horses and bulls.


Scramble: Group of kids running to catch the bandana

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.


Watering Hole: Drink stand for all of your beverage needs