Roping Information

The Riata Buckle – The Ropings

The Riata Buckle is an exciting new program for horses sired by Riata stallions and joined by jackpots team ropers. From a different perspective, this is where the futurity team roping concept meets handicap jackpot team roping. The Riata Buckle is a stallion incentive program that will promote the breeding and training of thousands of rope horses over the coming years, by engaging the huge recreational team roping industry.

This program was announced on January 1st of 2022, to debut its inaugural event on November 5, 2022, with a Guaranteed Minimum Payout of $2 million. No other event in the history of cowboy competitions has ever had that much up for grabs in its first premier event.

The event will breakdown into five primary divisions:

  • The Riata Buckle Stallions Slot Futurity
  • Two Riata Buckle Handicapped Futurities – Handicapped Low and High – Handi lo, etc.
  • Two Riata Buckle Handicapped Aged L1 and L2 Championships.

Three of these roping divisions are for horses 5-years-old and younger and two divisions are for horses of any age, Nominated (Riata Horses) and Un-Nominated horse. All horses must have a current stock horse registration. There is a potential and opportunity for half of all purses to be paid to ropers riding Un-Nominated horses.

Riata Buckle Stallion Slot Futurity

This premier event is Open (no handicap restrictions), riding 5-year-old or younger roping horses, two slots per Stallion. Entry slots must be submitted and approved by the Stallion owner.

  • Roping format will be a four-steer average, progressive after two. Rope barrier. Team may consist of two Nominated Riata horses, or one Nominated Riata and one Un-Nominated horse.

Riata Buckle Handi-High Futurity
(12.5 Slide)

The Riata Buckle Handi-High Futurity is a 11.5, 12.5, or 13.5 division for horses age 5-years and younger. This is a slide roping using Global Handicaps. The 12.5 teams will have straight times as computed, and the 11.5 teams will subtract 2 seconds, 13.5 teams will add 1.5 seconds. The times subtracted and added are based on twenty years of empirical data comparison on each of these three divisions.*

  • Roping format will be a four-steer average, progressive after two. WS Barrier. Team may consist of two Nominated Riata horses, or one Nominated Riata and one Un-Nominated horse.

Riata Buckle Handi-Lo Futurity
(10.5 Slide)

The Riata Buckle Handi-Lo Futurity is a 9.5 or 10.5 division for horse age 5-years and younger horses. This is a slide roping using Global Handicaps. The 10.5 teams will have straight times as computed, and the 9.5 teams will subtract 3 seconds. The time discount is based on twenty years of empirical data comparison in 9.5 and 10.5 divisions.*

  • Roping format will be a four-steer average, progressive after two. WS Barrier. Team may consist of two Nominated Riata horses, or one Nominated Riata and one Un-Nominated horse.
  • Caps – The 9.5 is capped at #5.5 heelers, the 10.5 is capped #6 heelers.

Riata Buckle L1 Championship
(12.5 Slide)

The Riata Buckle Level 1 Championship is a 11.5, 12.5, or 13.5 division for horses of all ages. This is a slide roping using Global Handicaps. The 12.5 teams will have straight times as computed, and the 11.5 teams will subtract 2 seconds, 13.5 teams will add 1.5 seconds. The times subtracted and added are based on twenty years of empirical data comparison on each of these three divisions.*

  • Roping format will be a four-steer average, progressive after two. WS Barrier. Team may consist of two Nominated Riata horses, or one Nominated Riata and one Un-Nominated horse.

Riata Buckle L2 Championship
(10.5 Slide)

The Riata Buckle Level 2 Championship is a 9.5 or 10.5 division for horses of all ages. This is a slide roping using Global Handicaps. The 10.5 teams will have straight times as computed and the 9.5 teams will subtract 3 seconds. The time discount in this division is based on twenty years of empirical data comparison between 9.5 and 10.5 divisions.*

  • Roping format will be a four-steer average, progressive after two. WS Barrier. Team may consist of two Nominated Riata horses, or one Nominated Riata and one Un-Nominated horse.
  • Caps – The 9.5 is capped at #5.5 heelers, the 10.5 is capped #6 heelers.

*The par time discounts and additions are provided by Global Handicaps, and based on twenty years of empirical data comparisons, and actual application in challenge - PPQ ropings.

Nominated Horses

All teams must contain at least one nominated horse. Those nominating must do so prior to entering the Riata Buckle. Nomination fee is $200 until August 1st, 2022 and then $300 thru December 1st. Late nominations will be accepted up until roping check in.

Ropers, trainers, or agents riding Nominated Riata horses or Un-Nominated horses are not required to have ownership nor to prove ownership but must provide current stock horse registration that shows the ownership. All leases, shared entry fees arrangements or any arrangement with owners are considered private, and any monies won will be paid to the payer of the entry fee.

Un-nominated Horses

Unlike Futurities, there are no "Help" horses, this is a true jackpot with "teams" entering. It is possible for one member of each team to be riding an Un-Nominated horse. Entry fees are higher for ropers riding Un-Nominated horses. The fee differential is obviously for the opportunity to compete for huge purses, and small team counts.

Ropers riding Un-Nominated horses are required to have a current stock horse registration, and for ropers entered in all ropings other than the AGED horses, the Un-Nominated horse must be 5-year-old or less, same age criteria as the Nominated Riata horse.

Entries

  • Nominated Horses: Entry fees will be $1000 per Nominated Riata horse, $2000 per team if both horses are nominated.
  • Un-Nominated Horses: Entry fees will be $1500, must be partnered with a nominated horse, for $2500 per team.
  • Discounted Early Entry: or Pre-Entries received prior to August 1st will receive a 10 percent discount. (Both sides paid in full, no incompletes or TBA's). Any change in these entries may cause loss of discount)
  • Contestants will be limited to two entries per end (head or heel).
  • Horses will be limited to one entry per end (head or heel).
  • Entry limitations apply to all ropers and all horses, regardless of whether nominated or un-nominated.
  • Entry Deadline – Postmarked by September 15th.
  • On-Site Late Entries – Add $100 per roper.
  • Draw Out and Refunds - Any monies won, draw-outs, and refunds, will be paid directly to the payer of the entry fee.

Payoffs

Guaranteed Payouts

  • 80% paid to Ropers of the advertised Guaranteed money.
  • 10% paid to Stallion owners of each Nominated Riata horse of the Guaranteed winnings for each horse placing.
  • 10% paid to Breeders of the purse for each of their horses that place.
  • Any team placing that has an un-nominated horse, the breeders award and stallion award of the Un-Nominated horse are paid to the stallion owner of the Nominated Horse.

Roping Rules

  • Formats - All ropings are four steer averages, progressive after two.
  • Contestants will be limited to TWO entries per end (head or heel).
  • Horses will be limited to ONE entry per end (head or heel).
  • Entry limitations apply to all ropers and all horses, regardless of whether nominated or un-nominated.
  • Contestants will be limited to TWO entries per end (head or heel).
  • Horses will be limited to ONE entry per end (head or heel).
  • Entry limitations apply to all ropers and all horses, regardless of whether nominated or un-nominated.
  • All ropers must have a current Global Handicap membership or have a membership with one of the various national roping associations that includes a Global Handicap membership, to enter.
  • Riata Buckle events are adult and limited to ropers 21 years of age and older.