Maury County | Tennessee

Sheriff's Rodeo

Steer Wrestling

It's a test of strength against strength. Split-second timing is required in this fast, time-elapsing event. The steer wrestler, working with a hazer, launches himself out of his saddle to reach for the steer's horns. Upon grabbing hold of the horns, the cowboy then plants his heels in the dirt, brings the animal to a halt, twists the powerful head, forcing the steer to the ground! With all four feet straight, the judge drops the flag.

Bareback Bronc Riding

Spur that bronc! Thrilling and fast.. that's the bare back bronc riding event! It's up to the rider to spur the bronc out of the chute and keep his spurs working high on the mount's shoulders for eight very long seconds. Aided by only a narrow belt in holding on, the cowboy does his utmost to keep control while his outlaw horse is continually pitching and lunging to toss him off his back. The cowboy is scored on how well he keeps his seat and his use of spurs. The horse is scored, too, on how hard he bucks.

Calf Roping

Horse and riders must work together in a calf roping contest, not compete with one another. The calf is given a start; he must cross the deadline before the horse and rider enter the arena. There is a 10-second penalty for prematurely breaking the barrier. With calf roped, rider must jump from his horse, and throw the animal by hand. He ties three legs securely using a piggin' string, which he carries in his mouth until needed. It's truly an exciting event!

Team Roping

Team Roping is the only rodeo event where two cowboys compete together for a time score and shared prize money. This event also evolved from the open range where it took two men to rope and hold a large steer for doctoring. In modern, competitive team roping, the roping steer is given a designated head start into the arena before the two mounted cowboys can begin their chase. The “header” must avoid breaking the barrier as he begins his attempt to rope the steer’s horns and turn the steer away from his partner, the “heeler”. The heeler must rope both of the steer’s hind legs in one of the most difficult maneuvers in rodeo. Team ropers use loose ropers and must “dally” (wrap around the saddle horn) their ropes after their head or heel catches. The time stops after both horses are facing the steer with ropes secured on both ends. As in calf roping, there is a 20 second penalty for breaking the barrier as well as a 5 second penalty if the heeler catches only one of the steer’s hind legs. A time of 10 seconds or less will often be required to post a winning score among expert team ropers. Team roping is an event requiring expert riders, highly trained horses, an uncommon roping touch, and endless hours of practice to perfect the skills, timing, and coordination required between team members.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Stay aboard cowboy! Easy to say, but sometimes it is almost impossible to stay astride the twisting, turning animal for the required 10 seconds. The cowboy must hold the rein with one hand, keep both feet in the stirrups and both spurs against the horse's shoulders. He must spur his mount with both feet on each shoulder during the first four jumps, then spur both ways while the bronc does his best to unmount him. The cowboy uses his free hand only for balance. It's a thrilling match between man and steed. Ride 'em cowboy!

Barrel Racing

The contestant and her horse enter the arena at full speed. As they start the pattern, the horse and rider trigger a electronic eye that starts the clock. Then the rider rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the area, and sprints back out of the area, tripping the eye and stopping the clock as she leaves. The contestant can touch or even move the barrels. However, overturning a barrel results in a five second penalty. With a margin of victory measured in hundredths of seconds, knocking over a barrel spells disaster for a a barrel racing competitor

Bull Riding

If ever an event captured the undivided attention of the rodeo fan, this Brahma bull tussle is it! This is the most exciting and most dangerous event in this or any other rodeo. Take it from us, many bulls are beyond the riding ability of any human being. Among animals, they are the quickest with action for their size. The rider must stay mounted for eight seconds to win, holding on with one hand to a loose rope around the bull's shoulders, just behind the hump. Then, of course, he has to get off the bull!