Breakaway Info

Rules & Explanation

Breakaway Open 3D & Futurity is open to women only.

Youth Incentive is open to Girls 14 & under at the time of entry.

The Open 3D is for horses of all ages. The 2D Futurity is for horses 5 years or younger. Competition in the breakaway roping does not affect team roping futurity eligibility. Ex: A horse can be entered in the breakaway futurity as a 4-year-old and entered in the team roping as a 5-year-old, or vice versa. Futurity eligibility is for 1 year only.

All horses must be current on the nomination schedule for the Riata Buckle. Nomination will be due with entry. Only one nomination is due per horse per year. A nominated horse may only be entered one time, per division.

Entry Fees & Divisions

  • $500 for 2D Futurity (1.5 sec split)
  • $500 for Open 3D (1 sec splits)
  • Youth Incentive (no extra fee, must enter Open 3D)

*When entering Futurity & Open, you have the option to rope in both or roll your time from Futurity to Open.

Roping Format

All Divisions:

  • 2 Rounds & Average, Average determines champions
  • Times are taken to the hundredths. ex. 2.15
  • Round 2 will be reverse order


A rope barrier & electric eye will be used. All score lengths will be subject to Breakaway committee's approval.

Two Timekeepers, a Field Judge, a Barrier Judge, and Spotter will be in the arena at all times.


  • Bell Collar Catch only. Bell collar catch is defined as any loop passing over the calf's head and slack is drawn around neck only. No other appendages of calf (i.e. front leg, tail, etc.) can be in loop when rope breaks from saddle horn.
  • Ropes must be tied to the saddle horn of contestant's saddle with nylon string at the VERY end of the rope. A cloth no shorter than six inches (6") must be tied to the end of the rope.
  • Only one (1) loop can be carried. A dropped loop counts as a contestant's thrown loop.
  • Rope must be released from contestants' hand to qualify for catch.
  • Contestant must pass thru barrier before loop is released.
  • Contestant must be horseback when time is taken.
  • It is at the judges' discretion to give a rerun.
  • 30 second time limit.
  • Out gate will remain open in the arena at all times. Time must be taken with calf in arena. If any part of calf has entered out gate, no time will be awarded.
  • Breaking the barrier will result in a 10 sec penalty.
  • The Field Judge will flag the contestant when the rope breaks away from the saddle horn.
  • No time will incur if contestant breaks rope by hand or touches rope or string after catch is completed.
  • Exception to above, is if rope dallies around the saddle horn. Contestant can ride forward to un-dally and then stop to allow rope to breakaway.

Stock Rules

  • Calves will be a chute run. Contestants must rope in drawn order.
  • No stock with horns will be used.