Arena Rules and Regulations


                                                        Rules and Regulations                                     Revised 8/5/21

General Rules

  • For entry fees and entry instructions, see the Entries page on the HCSR website.
  • Contestant Guest Passes – Each adult contestant is allowed one guest per rodeo.  Each junior contestant is allowed two guests per rodeo.  CPRA member’s guest should carry a CPRA companion pass.
  • Vests & helmets are mandatory for Junior Steer Riders and Junior Bull Riders, and helmets are strongly encouraged for adults also.  Equipment is available to borrow.  See the Rodeo Secretary.
  • Accepted dress for the High Country Stampede Rodeo is long pants, long sleeve shirts, western hat, and western boots for all contestants and their helpers (including bull riding helpers) for all rodeo performances and slack in accordance with the CPRA, WRA, PRCA, WPRA, and NLBRA.  Sleeves must be rolled down and shirt tails tucked in.  This rule is in effect for one (1) hour before any performance or slack.  Dress code does not apply to the jackpot series.
  • No one shall use the John Work Arena facilities or compete in the High Country Stampede Rodeo or Jackpots at any time without a signed waiver and entry fees paid prior to competing or being a member of WPHA.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification and loss of arena use and subsequent legal action.
  • Return Check Fee is $25.00  for 1st offense plus the amount of the bad check, $50.00 for 2nd offense plus the amount of the bad check.
  • Every effort will be made to do payoffs correctly.  In the event of errors, under payments will be paid/sent to contestants.  Contestants are responsible for returning to the rodeo secretary any overpayment after being notified.  If the contestants do not return overpayment he/she will be put on the ineligible list until payment is received.
  • No contestant will be allowed inside the arena except when competing or at the special request of the Arena Director.  Warm up area – Only contestants warming up for the rodeo they are competing in may be in the warm up area prior to and during the rodeo they are competing in.
  • Disqualification of a contestant by Judges, Arena Director, or any HCSR Board Member may result from intentional abuse of stock while competing or on the rodeo grounds.  This applies to contestant horses as well.
  • The year-end awards are based on total points for the series.
  • A contestant must compete in a minimum of 5 rodeos and earn points in two (2) or more events to qualify for All-Around AwardsLocal Barrel Racing event points will not be included towards All-Around Awards.  For the All-Around Award only, men will gain points from Open Team Roping only, not from Mixed Team Roping.  Ladies will gain points from Mixed Team Roping only, not from Open Team Roping.
  • A contestant must compete and place in a minimum of 5 rodeos per event to be eligible for series awards.  In the event of a tie, awards will be decided on total money won.
  • Contestants will park in the lower parking lot only.  Overnight camping, with permission, is allowed on Friday and Saturday nights only.  No Campfires.  No Generators from 10:00pm – 7:00am.  Plugging into electricity is not allowed without specific permission – $50.00 Fine.
  • All dogs must be contained in vehicle, camper, motorhome, or horse trailer, except those assisting the disabled (as allowed by the American’s with Disabilities Act) while on the rodeo grounds.
  • Food and Drink is not allowed to be brought in by rodeo spectators.
  • Personal alcoholic beverages of any kind are not allowed.  If you have it in your truck or trailer, please leave it there.  This is the law and will be strictly enforced.  Ignoring this rule could result in WPHA losing our liquor license.
  • UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  Anyone caught drinking under the age of 21 will be escorted from the premises by the Sheriff’s Department.

Junior Rodeo and HCSR Events 

  • For all events, the 30 second rule (60 seconds for juniors), to cross the plane of the gate once the gate is open and ready for you, is in effect and will be enforced.
  • Contestants must ride their horse through the gate.
  • Local Ladies Barrel Racers and Ladies Pole Benders competing in the HCSR Events and Junior Rodeo may circle their horse no more than one time after entering the arena and prior to their run.  Forward motion must be maintained.  
  • Any contestant arriving late due to unforeseen circumstances, and not recommended, can only be rolled to the end of that specific event without regard to age level; For example – A late 8 and under barrel racer can be rolled to the end of the 14 – 18 barrels.  Upon arriving after the event is over, it will be a Turn Out.  Please call and notify the Rodeo Secretary to avoid a Non-Notified Turn Out Fee.  Please make every attempt to be on time. 
  • Running out of order, except for the above exception, will result in disqualification in any event.
  • Payback will be determined by money in the purse.  No more than 5 places will be paid.  If no contestants are entered in event, money WILL NOT carry over to the next week.
  • If all places are not qualified for, the qualified contestants will receive payoff for all places.  HCSR does not pay day money.  Entry fees minus stock and administration fees will be added to the next rodeo.  If there are no qualified contestant(s) at the end of the series, the money will be retained by HCSR.
  • Anyone winning a check at any High Country Stampede event / Junior Rodeo event must have a current W9 on file prior to WPHA releasing checks/winnings.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Failure to submit a W9 within our competitive year will result in forfeiting of winnings.  We DO NOT REISSUE CHECKS AFTER 3 MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED.  W9 forms are posted on the website for your convenience AND available at every event.
  • Entry fees must be paid in person to facilitate waiver signing.  All Entry fees must be paid by cash or check, and waivers signed before the start of your event.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.   Late Entry Fees are $5.00 per person.  Non-Notified Turn Out Fees are $10.00 per person, per rodeo.  See CPRA Rules regarding CPRA Events. 
  • The Wild West Stampede Games are just for fun.  No points will be awarded towards series end awards.  Prizes may be awarded after each game.

Junior Rodeo – 3:00pm 

  • The junior events shall be governed by the rules of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association except where there is a conflict and these rules will supersede.
  • The age classes for the Junior Rodeo are as follows:  8 & Under, 9 – 13, 14 – 18.  *July 1 will be the date to determine the age classes.
  • In the Junior Rodeo, we will have two classes for 8 and under barrels and poles:  Assisted and Unassisted.  Assisted riders may be led by a person on foot only, with or without a lead line.  Unassisted riders will run the pattern completely on their own.  One person may enter the arena, if needed, but if they cross the timing eye, that run becomes an assisted run.  All in the arena must be in western attire including a western hat.  Each class will qualify for series awards.  Only Unassisted points will count towards All Around Awards.  Should there be only Assisted 8 and under points in both barrels and poles, awarding the All Around Award will be at the discretion of the WPHA Board.  Must specify Assisted or Unassisted during entries.
  • All junior roping events have a 45 second time limit except for Junior Breakaway and Goat Tying which will have a 30 second time limit.  Junior Breakaway may use a second prebuilt loop.
  • 9 – 13 Junior/Senior Team Roping must have one Junior and one Senior (Age 14 to adult).  Two 9 – 13 juniors may not rope with each other.  The 9 – 13 Junior may enter no more than two times and must switch partners or ends for 2nd entry.  Only the 9 – 13 Junior will pay an entry fee.  Juniors do not have to dally but must be in control of their rope.  Ropes must come tight.  3 loops maximum.  Switching ends in the middle of a run will result in disqualification.  Year-end buckles / points will be given to the juniors only.
  • 14 – 18 Senior Team Roping must have one Senior (14 – 18).  The roping partner (pawn) may be another senior or an adult and must be named during entries.  The 14 – 18 Senior may enter no more than two times and must switch partners or ends for 2nd entry.  Only the senior contestant will pay an entry fee.  Ropers must dally and turn and face each other.  Three loops maximum.  Switching ends in the middle of a run will result in disqualification.  Year-end buckles / points will be given to the seniors only.
  • Junior Rodeo contestants must compete in their age class unless an event is not offered for their age class; for example – Goat tying.
  • Junior contestants who do not make the junior rodeo will NOT be allowed to run in the main performance to complete their junior rodeo entry.

HCSR Events – Not CPRA 

  • In addition to these rules and regulations, the rodeo rules of the WRA, PRCA, WPRA, and AQHA apply except where there is a conflict, in which case these rules and regulations will supersede.
  • HCSR Events include Ladies Local Barrel Racing, Ladies Pole Bending, and Ranch Bronc Riding.
  • Ranch Bronc Riding will be during the CPRA Rodeo.
  • The Ladies Local Barrel Racing followed by Ladies Pole Bending will begin after Slack events.
  • Local Barrel Racing and Pole Bending are for Ladies only (except for Junior Rodeo).
  • To enter the Ladies Local Barrel Racing class, you must show a current driver’s license with a Grand County address or other identification such as a current school ID.  No one may enter the locals’ class without proper ID.  Once entered in the Open Barrel Racing, contestants may not move back to the Local Barrel Racing per season.  The Ladies Local Barrel Racing event points are not included for the All-Around Award

CPRA Rodeo Events – Performance – 7:00pm 

  • CPRA rules apply, please refer to the CPRA Rule Book –
  • CPRA slack will run at 10:00am. on Saturdays.  There will be no rough stock events during slack.  Only CPRA rodeo entries may run in slack.
  • All CPRA rodeo events will have added money.
  • CPRA members and non-members may enter the CPRA Rodeo. See the CPRA CENTRAL ENTRY RULES, page 24 of the CPRA Rule book, and the CPRA CENTRAL ENTRY CONTACT INFORMATION, Entry Contact, on the CPRA Website.
  • Local rodeo contestants (local means live within 50 miles of the John Work Arena, as the crow flies), non CPRA members, may enter the CPRA rodeo through the High Country Stampede Rodeo Entries and save the $25.00 non member fee.  Entry fees must be guaranteed by WPHA, therefore, entry fees will need to be paid via paypal.  CPRA will not accept any late local entries.  Local entries cannot enter with an “OUT” as a second preference.  SEE THE EVENT AND ENTRY INFORMATION page on The High country Stampede Rodeo Website.
  • CPRA Rodeo contestants may also enter the HCSR Events; Ladies Local Barrel Racing (if live within Grand County), Ladies Pole Bending, and Ranch Bronc Riding.

The Winter Park Horseman’s Association retains the right to adjust the Rules and Regulation at any time as needed.