Team Roping, a cornerstone event in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), demands precision, coordination, and split-second timing from both the header and the heeler. To earn a coveted spot at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), team ropers must navigate a rigorous circuit of rodeos throughout the PRCA season.

Success in Team Roping relies on the seamless partnership between the header, who ropes the steer’s horns, and the heeler, tasked with roping the steer’s hind legs. The duo must work in perfect synchronization to achieve the quickest time possible, as the clock stops only when both the header and heeler have successfully secured the steer.

Qualifying for the NFR is an arduous journey, with team ropers accumulating points at various rodeos throughout the year. The top 15 teams in the PRCA standings ultimately earn their place at the prestigious NFR in Las Vegas.

The history of Team Roping in the PRCA boasts legendary riders and horses, with names like Speed Williams, Clay O’Brien Cooper, and Tee Woolman etching their mark in the annals of rodeo greatness. These athletes, often paired with exceptional equine partners, exemplify the skill and teamwork required for success in this thrilling rodeo event.

As the PRCA season unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate the electrifying displays of skill and precision showcased by the top team ropers at the NFR. It’s not merely a race against the clock; it’s a testament to the symbiotic relationship between rider, horse, and the timeless tradition of team roping in professional rodeo.

NFR 2023 team roping headers

Team Roping NFR Signing event is:
12/11 from 11-1pm at The Horseshoe

NFR 2023 team roping heelers

And if you don’t get enough Team Roping at the NFR the US Team Roping Championships (USTRC) Finals are at South Point Hotel, Casino for another year!

It is a premier event in the world of team roping, drawing elite ropers from across the country. Held at the state-of-the-art South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, the USTRC Finals provide a platform for ropers to demonstrate their expertise and vie for top honors. Contestants compete in various divisions, emphasizing the inclusivity of the event, catering to ropers of different skill levels. The classifications include #9, #10, #11, and #12 divisions, indicating the header and heeler’s combined skill levels. The higher the number, the more advanced the team’s skillset. Additionally, there are divisions like the #8, Mixed, Century, and Ladies, ensuring inclusivity across age groups and gender. These diverse divisions allow ropers of varying expertise to engage in spirited competition, contributing to the vibrant atmosphere of the USTRC Finals. The tiered format exemplifies the USTRC’s commitment to providing a platform where ropers can compete at their skill level, fostering a sense of camaraderie within the team roping community.