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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Team Roping Dec 3 - 12, 09 at Thomas & Mack | by thevegastourist
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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Team Roping Dec 3 - 12, 09 at Thomas & Mack

The Vegas Tourist is proud to bring you the Team Roping event… ten days of the best headers and heelers in the sport of rodeo. In Team Roping two cowboys work together for a shared time, this is the only true ‘team event.’ Team Roping requires hard work, cooperation, timing, and lots of practice.

 

The header’s job is to give the steer a head start advantage and starts from a box, behind the barrier rope. If the header breaks the barrier rope, ten seconds is added to the final time. Once the steer has reached the advantage point, header catches the steer either by the horns, neck, or a combination of the one horn and the neck. After dallying his rope, the header will then turn the steer to the left for the heeler. The heeler will then move in and attempt to rope the steer’s hind feet. A five second penalty is accessed if only one hind foot is roped. Time stops when both the header’s horse and the heeler’s horse are facing each other and there is no slack in the ropes.

 

The Team Roping is always an interesting event to watch. This year the rules were changed so that the teams could only throw one loop. That meant if the header missed the team was given a no time, or if the heeler missed a no time was given. In the past team ropers were allowed three loops. This has changed the sport of Team Roping, and made it a faster and even more challenging event.

 

Come join us at The Vegas Tourist for Team Roping from the NFR.

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Taken on December 5, 2009