Gold Dust Rodeo

Gold Dust Rodeo



Saddle Bronc Riding

Known as the rodeo’s classic event, saddle bronc riding is judge similarly to bareback bronc riding but there are additional possibilities to being disqualified; that is, losing a stirrup or dropping the thickly braided rein that is attached to the horse’s halter.  The cowboy sits on the horse differently due to the saddle and rein, and the spurring motion covers a different area of the horse. The horse is judged by how hard it bucks while the cowboy is judged on his form and ability to maintain control during the ride. 

Ranch Bronc Riding

This is a new event for us, though it has been around for a while. Bronc Riding is considered to be the “Father” of modern day rodeo.  While similar to professional bronc riding, the difference is that the cowboys are riding in their everyday work saddle, rigged like it is every morning when they saddle up.  The rules are simple: Ride’em any way you can ride’em for 8 seconds and most controlled ride wins. 

Bareback Bronc Riding

It is the single-handhold, eight-second ride which starts with the cowboy’s feet held in a position over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s front feet touch the ground first jump out of the chute.  Two judges score both the cowboy and the horse from 1 to 25 each, creating a possible total of 100 points. The horse is rated for its bucking pattern and power, while the rider’s points are based on his “exposure”, or willingness to let his feet leave the horse while re-positioning for the next jump. 

Tie Down Roping

Also known as calf roping, it is an authentic ranch skill that originated from working cowboys. Once the calf has been roped, the cowboy dismounts and flanks the calf. When the calf is on the ground, the cowboy ties three legs together with a pigging string.  Calves are given a head start, and if the cowboy’s horse leaves the box too soon, a barrier breaks and a 10-second penalty is added to the roper’s time.  After the tie, the roper remounts his horse, puts slack in his rope and waits 6 seconds for the calf to struggle free. If it does, the cowboy receives no time. If the calf remains tied the cowboy receives time earned. 

Breakaway Roping

Breakaway roping is the same in every manner as calf roping, except for the fact that the rider does not dismount their horses.  They start in a roping box behind a barrier, when they nod their head, the calf is released. The rider ropes the calf as quick as possible.  When, the rope which is tied to the saddle horn with a piece of nylon string “breaks away” from the saddle, the judge drops his flag, giving the rider a time. 

Team Roping

Team roping is the only rodeo event that features two contestants. The team is made up of a header and a heeler.  The header ropes the horns, then dallies or wraps his rope around his saddle horn and turns the steer to the left for the other cowboy who ropes the heels.  The heeler must throw a loop with precision timing to catch both of the steer’s hind legs.  The time clock stops once both ropers have made a catch and brought the animals to a stop, facing each other 

Steer Wrestling

This event was originally called “ bull dogging” and required the cowboy to lean from the running horse onto the back of a 600 pound steer, catch it behind the horns, stop the steer’s forward momentum and wrestle it to the ground with all four of its legs and head pointing the same direction.  The bulldogger is assisted by the hazer, who rides along the steer’s right to keep the animal running straight. 

Bull Riding

Bull Riders, who might not weigh more than 150 pounds, place a flat braided rope around a bull that weighs almost 2000 pounds.  The bull rope is placed around the animal, just behind its shoulders. It is then looped and threaded through itself and the cowboy wraps it around his riding hand with only his grip holding him in place.  The rider relies on balance and leg strength to make the eight-second buzzer. Look for bull riders to sit up close to their bull ropes and to turn their toes out, because riders are judged on the riding style of the competitor and the bucking ability of the bull.  Both the bull and the cowboy are scored by two judges. There is a 25 point maximum for both the bull and the rider from each judge for a possible total of 100 points.

Barrel Racing

This event is a horse race with turns. The time begins as the horse crosses the starting line in the arena.  The rider makes a run around three upright barrels, either with a right turn and 2 lefts, or with a left turn and 2 rights, but if it is knocked to the ground, a 5 second penalty is added to the time for each barrel knocked over. 

Rodeo Queen

The Gold Dust Rodeo Queen

Mutton Busting Pre-Rodeo

Pre-Rodeo entertainment with the kids Mutton Busting.

Jr Bull Riding Pre-Rodeo

Pre-Rodeo entertainment with Junior Bull Riding.