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Team Roping

Team roping is a rodeo sport that involves immobilizing a steer by roping its head and heels. The sport is practiced by teams of two participants, each of whom is mounted on horseback. The event begins when a steer is released out of the gates, shortly before the horses. Working together, one participant throws a looped rope (a "lasso") around the steer’s head while the second throws another lasso at the steer’s legs to prevent it from moving. As this is a timed competition, the fastest time wins the competition. At high levels of competition, the winning team may take fewer than four seconds to fully immobilize the steer.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Heading and heeling

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Rodeo sports developed from cattle ranching tasks in the western United States. These sports became professionalized in the late 1800s as several major competitions, including the Calgary Stampede, were established. Their popularity has grown recently in the GTA, with upwards of 50 rodeo events taking place over the calendar year. Team roping, specifically, has existed since the 18th Century in areas of the United States that were colonized by Spain. After being approved as a rodeo sport, it quickly spread to Alberta and other parts of Canada as part of rodeo tours.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages may participate, although many rodeo athletes are White adults from rural areas.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Rodeo competitions occur throughout the year. The Ontario High School Rodeo Association hosts several competitions throughout the school year. The Ontario Riding Association hosts professional and amateur rodeo events on a monthly basis. Professional rodeo circuits also host events in the GTA area occasionally during the year.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

The Ontario High School Rodeo Association; Ontario Rodeo Association; Canadian Rodeo Association

Cultural Significance

While rodeo sports do not hold cultural significance with specific ethnocultural groups, these activities and their associated “cowboy culture” can be viewed as symbolically important in some rural Canadian communities.

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