Terms Related to Rodeos The following are some terms that are related to rodeos:
Aggregate: Riders’ aggregates are their averages. This number is based on total points or time and total runs or heads of stock ridden. A show’s champion is usually determined by the aggregate.
Buck rein: A buck rein is a rope used during roughstock events. This rope is used when a rider is on a horse, and it is connected to the animal’s halter. The rope tied around a steer is simply called a bull rope.
Chute: At rodeos the chute is where roughstock events begin, which means it is also where riders mount the bull or horse. It is a wood or steel box with a gate that is located next to the arena. A rodeo facility will typically have at least four different chutes.
Draw: The draw is what randomly partners riders with the steers or horses they will be riding during roughstock events.
Free hand: A free hand is the appendage that roughstock riders cannot touch anything with during their part of the show. Professional riders typically hold this hand high in the air to avoid temptation.
Hung up: Hung up means that a rider has caught on a rope or a stirrup after being bucked off of a steer or a horse. The hung up individual will continue to be tossed around as the animal bucks. This can result in serious injury.
Rank: A bull or horse that is especially difficult to ride may be referred to as rank.
Roughstock events: Roughstock events include bareback, bronc, and bull riding. Women are not allow to compete in these events.
Slack: A slack is a rodeo heat. These are most commonly used to judge multiple competitors at once, usually for a timed event.