An event born from the chores of the working cowboy, the winning contestant, like in all timed rodeo events, is the cowboy with the fastest time.
Success in calf roping depends largely on the teamwork between a cowboy and his horse. A feisty calf that runs fast or kicks hard can foil a roper's finest effort.
The calf is given a 30-foot head start before horse and rider can legally give chase, which is signaled by a judge on the ground. Watch the cowboy as he ropes the calf, throwing the loop, catching the calf in a "catch-as-catch-can" manner.