With the rodeo season fast approaching there are a few things we would like to update and remind you of. RULE BOOK: Please read and educate yourself with the rules pertaining to your events as well as the dress code, protest procedure, etc. RODEO SCHEDULE: Once an event starts we will run through it in its entirety except for the following: tie-down roping, breakaway roping and team roping. Re-draws will be run after the rodeo. To simplify things for everyone, the re-draw count will not be posted until the rodeo. Due to the possibility of sick or injured stock, the exact number will not be available until right before the stock draw the day of the rodeo. Please be aware that the numbers can change week to week so if you are close to the cut off mark in your position draw, please don’t assume where the cut off will be and be late for the event. Being late or making the wrong assumption does not constitute being able to participate at a later time. Please be aware that the announcer will call your name 3 times, if you are not ready, you will be turned out. COMMUNICATION TO CONTESTANTS: The chain of communication to the members is as follows: District meetings and email updates to club advisors – club advisors to notify members. If you are not receiving the information, please let your club advisors know the best way to contact you. Also, if you have questions or concerns they need to be addressed to your club advisor first. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Will be due Friday night at Bear Lake by 5:00 PM, no late applications will be accepted. They can be turned in at the secretary’s office. Please refer to the information on the website for guidelines. It is under forms. PROTEST PROCEDURE: Under no circumstance should a contestant or a parent bring the protest to the rodeo judge or harass the official in any way, at the rodeo or after, see conduct in the rule book. The contestant is responsible to bring it to the attention of the event director and then the contestant and event director explain it to the arena director which is, Troy Lloyd. If he thinks it is a valid concern then he will discuss it with the judges and then they will make a call. Please be respectful of this procedure. This is one of the only times in your rodeo career that you will have this opportunity. If the contestant or parent does not follow this procedure, the protest will not be accepted and the contestant will be on probation and/or disqualified. PROPER ATTIRE: Contestants need to be in western attire with back numbers on during the entirety of the rodeo. Helpers that will be entering the area, behind the bucking chutes or around the timed event chutes will also need to be in western attire. ROUGH STOCK CHUTE AREA: In the past there have been some problems behind the bucking chutes with the number of people hanging around this area. At state you are only allowed one helper and they need to be in western attire. Please don’t have it be the friend hang-out spot. ROUGH STOCK EQUIPMENT CHECK: Will be at 9:00 AM, Saturday Morning at Grace. Please familiarize yourself with the rule book on acceptable equipment and spurs. There will also be random checks throughout the season. DEFINITIONS: TURN-OUT: In the event someone is not ready to participate and is “turned-out”, there is no opportunity to compete later in the rodeo. Some turn-outs are voluntary, such as an injury that would limit you to compete at a rodeo or you just choose not to compete. For clarification, you are able to turn-out in one event and still compete in the remaining ones you are entered in. The difference between a turn-out and a doctor release is if you doctor release from competition, you have to have a release from a doctor to compete again. In no way is this a discouragement from seeking medical attention or using a doctor release, we just want you to understand the difference if you have a minor injury. There is no entry fee reimbursement for any type of turn-out. As a courtesy, please let the secretary know if you are not going to compete. Also, once the late entry time has passed for a rodeo, there is no reimbursement of entry fees other than for a doctor or vet release. DOCTOR RELEASE: If you are injured and are unable to compete, you can submit a doctor release to excuse you from competition and entry fees can be reimbursed. A doctor must submit in writing that you are clear to compete before you can participate again. DRAW: There are two types of draws in rodeo. The first is the position draw where contestants are randomly drawn to the order in which they will compete. The second is the stock draw where contestants are drawn what animal they will compete on. The position draw takes place prior to the event and is posted so contestants know when they will compete (some associations this is available through call backs). We post it on the website and it is available 1 week prior to competition. The stock draw is posted approximately 1 hour prior to the rodeo performance at the secretary’s trailer. SLEEPER: This is a term you need to know if you rodeo, but typically is not a factor at our rodeos. A sleeper is referred to an animal that is not drawn in the first draw, but must be run before a complete draw against all of the stock can happen in a go round. For example, a rodeo has 25 teams to compete, 10 are scheduled to run in the performance and the remaining in the slack after the rodeo. There are a total of 15 steers to compete on; those 5 steers not drawn in the rodeo must be run before their numbers can be put in with the 10 previous numbers. So if you were in the first 5 teams in slack, you would need to be ready to compete with the sleepers. Very often you will see a few compete in different events at the beginning of a slack, and then there is a short break to re-draw, and start back through the order of events. YEAR END AWARDS: Timed Events, Rough Stock Events, Cow-Cutting and Reined Cow Horse: Prizes through 6th: 1st – buckles, 2nd – buckles, 3rd – buckles, 4th,5th & 6th - awards; 6 qualify for state Queen Contest: Queen, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Attendants, all receive buckles and banners, Queen also awarded $100 GC, top 2 qualify for state, (crown and generic District 8 banners used at state are traveling – please return dry cleaned) All-Around Cowboy & Cowgirl: Saddles & Buckles Reserve All-Arounds: Saddle Pads & Buckles Rookie Cowboy & Cowgirl: Buckles Jr. High: 1st place - Buckles, 2nd place - Knives Jr. High Rookie Cowboy & Cowgirl: Buckles Jr. High All-Around Cowboy & Cowgirl: Trophy Stirrups We look forward to the rodeo season and wish each and every one of you the best of luck and hope that being a member of 8th District will be positive and a learning experience. We hope if there is any questions you will feel free to ask…remember, the only stupid question is the one that is not asked.