Round ’em up

The outspoken animal rights group, PETA are asking Prince William and Kate to steer clear of Canada’s famous Calgary Stampede. As one of their scheduled tour stops, activists are accusing that the royal couple are contributing to animal abuse by choosing to attend.

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Tie-down roping
On a ranch, it's often necessary to gather calves to brand them, provide medical care, or examine them for disease. Cowboys typically gather the calves by throwing a lasso around their neck and restraining them. By doing so, they can keep the calf relatively still while performing their duties.

How it’s done at the Stampede
Step

1

The calf is released from the chute, ahead of the roper.

Step

2

The roper will swing the lasso 2-3 times before throwing it around the calf's neck.

Calf roping ropes are

28 feet long

This is where the roper and horse must work together. It is the horses job to keep the rope taut while the roper jumps o .

Step

3

One end is tied securely around the saddle horn Rope is made from nylon, polyester or another synthetic material

Rules say the calf must still be on it's feet. If the calf does fall because of the rope, the rider cannot approach it until it has gotten back up, wasting precious time.
Step

Step

The roper must 'flank' the calf (lift him up and lie him on the ground). Pigging string is used to tie the legs.

4

A loop in the rope is placed around one of the legs Three of the legs are tied together (rope is wrapped around twice, then a half-hitch knot).

220-280 lbs
New rules for animal safety
• Judges will have the discretion of calling a re-run or a no-time if a calf or steer exhibits an obvious injury during competition. • If a calf is jerked off all four feet and its body touches the ground prior to the roper reaching the calf, the roper will be disqualified from that go-round.
Roping horses are almost exclusively Quarter Horses.

Calves weigh between

5

Step

6

Roper throws his hands in the air to signal he is done and for timing to stop.

Step

7

Roper then remounts his horse and waits for six seconds to see if the calf stays tied.

$10-50 thousand

Can cost

Sources: www.braymere.blogspot.com; Wikipedia; Calgary Stampede

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA MARTIN/QMI AGENCY

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