Growing in popularity, breakaway roping
is loved by fans for its fast-paced nature and its talented women athletes. Breakaway roping is the fastest event in rodeo, with times as quick as 1.9 seconds. Similar to other roping events, the calf starts in a chute, while the cowgirl and her horse start further back in the “box.” The calf is given a head start out of the chute before the horse and rider are allowed to follow. If the cowgirl’s horse leaves the box too soon, a 10-second penalty is added to the roper’s time. Once the calf has been roped, the roper stops her horse, allowing the calf to continue running and the rope to breakaway from her saddle horn. When the rope breaks away, the judge flags for the clock to stop. The rope is tied onto the saddle horn using a double knotted thin string and a flag is tied to the end of the rope. This flag allows the judge to easily see the rope breakaway from the saddle horn.