Blake Nelson's Arena

Where Colorado team ropers come to play!

 ARENA RULES:  

1. NO alcohol in the arena at any time.

 

2. If you brought your dog, please keep it on a leash or in your vehicle.

 

3. NO fighting, whipping/beating your horse, spouse, significant other or kids. Doing so will get you booted out.

 

4. Treat the flagger with respect or you will be asked to leave.   

 

5. Unless otherwise stated, we flag on the heels only.  Headers you must keep a hold of your rope in order to get the flag.  There are 3 legal head catches, slick around the horns, 1/2 head and a neck. Front leg in a head catch is an automatic no-time. Heelers, if you have a front leg in the heel catch when the flagger drops the flag, it will be flagged out as a no-time.

 

6. Cash only.  No checks.

 

Follow these simple rules and we are pretty easy to get along with!  

 

 

General Roping Rules taken from the WSTR rule book:

 

TIME IS REQUESTED when the header faces. Time will be taken when the steer is roped, secure between both partners, both horses are facing the steer with ropes dallied and tight. Horses front feet must be on the ground and ropers must be mounted when time is taken. Steer must be standing up when roped by head or heels.  Time is taken when flag is dropped, however, that time is not official until the flagger gives an indication to the timer or secretary. Flagger may flag a team out after time is taken on a run, based on an illegal head catch or illegal heel catch, steer was not secure or any other factor that was not clear when time was taken.

 

HEELER ROPES FRONT FOOT - If the front foot or feet come out of the heel loop prior to the header calling for time, the time will be counted. Judge will not allow any extra time for a front leg to come free.

 

HEADER ROPES ANY LEG - automatic no time.

 

DROPPED ROPE - A dropped rope that must be recoiled is considered a thrown rope. 

 

ARENA CLEAR - Calling for a steer before the arena is clear resulting in an interference by a steer or team still in the arena, is not considered an interference requiring a rerun.

 

ROPING OUT OF ORDER - or missing a short round constitutes immediate disqualification.

 

PULLING UP - If the contestant is visibly fouled (example gate opened without nod) or he can visibly see that he is, or will be fouled, he must PULL UP or attempt to pull up and not try to go on with the contest. If he does not declare, he accepts the situation the way it is. 

 

CATTLE REMOVED FROM THE DRAW – We reserve the right to withdraw any steer from the herd at any time. Reruns will be awarded by the flagger based on the based on the criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd. Cattle sort occurs throughout all ropings, and may merely indicate a speed sort.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP – We reserve the right to disqualify any roper who does not act in a sportsmanlike, reasonable, or professional manner. Disqualified ropers forfeit all fees. 

 

RERUNS - Reruns will be determined by the Flagger and will be offered WITH- 
OUT a request from the roper. If a flagger does not award a rerun on a steer that a 
team feels did not afford them the opportunity to compete, the team should not discuss 
this situation with the flagger or request a rerun, but instead should present 
their argument to the roping producer. Reruns will be awarded on “unropeable “cattle 
only. “Unropeable” further defined, means a steer that prevents a team from having 
the “ability to compete.” If flaggers find themselves in a 50-50 situation on making an 
“ability to compete” decision, they are instructed that the tie goes to the roper. “Ability 
to compete” will be the decision of the flagger, but clearly will NOT be the steer that 
merely slows down as ropers approach, steers that run to the left fence, steers that 
are heavy, step out of the corner, trot instead of hop, and a host of other reasons that 
some ropers seem to think should afford them a rerun. “Ability to compete” decisions 
will not be considered when it appears the contestant causes the problem (head horse 
doesn’t rate and sets up the steer, heeler turns in at the head and causes the steer to 
drag, etc). “Ability to compete” decision might involve a steer that outruns a team to 
the back of the arena, provided the flagger believes they got out of the box properly. 
Otherwise, drawing between the bottom and top of the herd is still a variable of the 

RERUNS - Reruns will be determined by the Flagger and will be offered WITH-OUT a request from the roper. If a flagger does not award a rerun on a steer that a team feels did not afford them the opportunity to compete, the team should not discuss this situation with the flagger or request a rerun, but instead should present their argument to the roping producer. Reruns will be awarded on “unropeable “cattle only.

 

“Unropeable” further defined, means a steer that prevents a team from having the “ability to compete.” If flaggers find themselves in a 50-50 situation on making an “ability to compete” decision, they are instructed that the tie goes to the roper.

 

 “Ability to compete" will be the decision of the flagger, but clearly will NOT be the steer that merely slows down as ropers approach, steers that run to the left fence, steers that are heavy, step out of the corner, trot instead of hop, and a host of other reasons that some ropers seem to think should afford them a rerun.

 

“Ability to compete” decisions will not be considered when it appears the contestant causes the problem (head horse doesn't rate and sets up the steer, heeler turns in at the head and causes the steer to drag, etc). “Ability to compete” decision might involve a steer that outruns a team to the back of the arena, provided the flagger believes they got out of the box properly. Otherwise, drawing between the bottom and top of the herd is still a variable of the sport.

 

SHORT ROUND RERUNS - Reruns in the short round should be very, very rare. Flaggers are reminded that short rounds should be held to a much stricter judgment. This is not a 50-50 situation, there should be ABSOLUTELY NO-DOUBT to the flagger or anyone watching, that a team did NOT have a fair “ability to compete” then and only then should a rerun be awarded.

 

QUESTIONING A FLAGGERS CALL - A contestant may request a flagger to explain what a call was, however, this explanation is not a debate and the roper should immediately exit the arena after the explanation. Any question concerning the validity of the call should be addressed directly to the contractor/producer immediately. The decision of the field judge is NOT final, the event contractor has the right to override a call they strongly believe is incorrect. 

 

RIGHT TO DRAW TEAMS OUT - REFUSE SERVICE -  we reserve the right to change any classification that we believe threatens the integrity of this event. We reserve the right to refuse service or draw out any team for inappropriate conduct, conflicts with management classification dispute and /or any other reason that cannot be settled prior to the event.  

 

TIE ON RULES: Age for men will be 60 years old. We reserve the right to deny  the use of tie-on or reclassify tie-on ropers at any time where we believe the tie-on gives a clear advantage. We reserve the right to refuse or revoke tie-on. Female heelers may tie on with no age restrictions.

the use of tie-on or reclassify tie-on ropers at any time where we believe the tie-on 
gives a clear advantage. We reserve the right to refuse or revoke tie-on between qualification 
and Finale. Female heelers may tie on with no age restrictions.
dispute and /or any other reason that cannot 
that we believe threatens the integrity of this 
of the field judge is NOT final, the event 
exit the arena after the explanation. Any
SHORT ROUND RERUNS - Reruns in the short round should be very, very rare. 
Flaggers are reminded that short rounds should be held to a much stricter judgment. 
This is not a 50-50 situation, there should be ABSOLUTELY NO-DOUBT to the flagger 
or anyone watching, that a team did NOT have a fair “ability to compete” then and only 

 

sport.
Otherwise, drawing between the bottom and top of the herd is still a variable of the 
sport.
drag, etc). “Ability to compete” decision migh
to compete” will be the decision of the flagger,
“ability to compete” decision, they are instructed that the tie goes to the roper.
“ability to compete” decision, they are instructed that the tie goes to the roper
team feels did not afford them the opportunity to compete, the team should not discuss 
this situation with the flagger or request a rerun, but instead should present
OUT a request from the roper. If a flagger does not award a rerun on a steer that a
criteria of “opportunity to compete” as
criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not 
automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd
steer from the herd at any time. Reruns will be awarded by the flagger based on the 
criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not 
automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd. Cattle sort occurs throughout 
all ropings, and may merely indicate a speed sort. 

• SPORTSMANSHIP – We reserve the right to disqualify any roper who does not 
act in a sportsmanlike, reasonable, or professional manner. Disqualified ropers forfeit 
all fees.
steer from the herd at any time. Reruns will be awarded by the flagger based on the 
criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not 
automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd. Cattle sort occurs throughout 
all ropings, and may merely indicate a speed sort. 

• SPORTSMANSHIP – We reserve the right to disqualify any roper who does not 
act in a sportsmanlike, reasonable, or professional manner. Disqualified ropers forfeit 
all fees.
steer from the herd at any time. Reruns will be awarded by the flagger based on the 
criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not 
automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd. Cattle sort occurs throughout 
all ropings, and may merely indicate a speed sort. 

• SPORTSMANSHIP – We reserve the right to disqualify any roper who does not 
act in a sportsmanlike, reasonable, or professional manner. Disqualified ropers forfeit 
all fees.

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