NFR 2012 Tie Down Roping - Equestrian Moments ~ KJ Anthony Photography
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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association held the 54th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, December 6 to 15, 2012 at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas. Tie Down Roping was formerly known as calf roping, an event where the cowboy and his horse work together to catch a calf. The calf is given a head start, and the cowboy and his horse start in the box behind a barrier, which is released when the calf reaches the predetermined advantage point. The cowboy ropes the calf, dismounts, and runs down the rope to the calf. From there the cowboy will flank the calf, and tie three of the calf’s legs together with a short rope or ‘piggin string.’ The cowboy will throw his hands in the air to let the judge know he is done, the cowboy then remounts his horse. The cowboy rides his horse forward placing slack in the rope. The calf must then remain tied for six seconds, if the calf gets free before then; the cowboy receives a no score. We would like to thank the Thomas and Mack, the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), the Cowboys and Cowgirls, the stock contractors, and the fans for their support of rodeo.

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