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Rodeo Approvals

All committees sponsoring or contracting association rodeos will be required to join the association as a non-contesting member.

Rodeo approval forms for existing NPRA rodeo shall be into the NPRA office at least 90 days prior to rodeo dates or a $100.00 late charge will be assessed. All NPRA rodeos must be approved by the NPRA rodeo approval committee providing they do not make any changes from the previous year’s approval. Any existing NPRA rodeo that submits approval forms with changes must be approved by the NPRA board of directors. New NPRA Rodeos must have an affirmative note of directors present during a directors meeting for approval.

There will be a $25.00 charge (per submission) for any change to the approval form made after the rodeo information has been published in the newspaper of record. Changes to performance and/or slack times or dates must be submitted at least three (3) weeks before the first draw of the rodeo.

No rodeo will be approved without the following major events: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Breakaway Roping. Wild Cow Milking is an optional event.

All NPRA rodeos must have a minimum of $300 added money per event with $600 minimum in the Team Roping. The added money must be the same in all timed events with the amount being the same for the header and heeler in Team Roping.

Committees choosing to limit entries from permit holders in certain events must provide notice in at least two issues of the NPRA newspaper of record and/or by direct mail.

Approved rodeos shall not jackpot a major event during the rodeo unless it is advertised as a local event.

Committees have the option to require contestants to head mug the cows during the Wild Cow Milking. It must be stated as a ground rule on the approval form and published in NPRA newspaper of record and rodeo guide mailings.

The order of events is set by the committee. The normal order of events is: BB, TD, BKR, SB, SW, TR, WBR, BR. Any change from the normal order must be published. Order of slack is the same as order of rodeo except barrels run last unless posted in the different order. Slack may not be held after last performance.

Stock contractor, producer, or committee must notify Rodeo Connection and the NPRA office at least 14 days prior to canceling their rodeo. A $250 fine will be assessed for the first offense and a $500 fine for each additional offense.

Committees may request that neighboring associations co-approve NPRA prime rodeos.

The NPRA may co-approve neighboring association rodeos that have over $800 added per event.

NPRA Personnel, Contract Acts and Non-Contesting Personnel

NPRA Personnel, Contract Acts and Non-Contesting Personnel hired by a rodeo committee or stock contractor in connection with a NPRA approved rodeo may need to be approved by the NPRA Board of Directors or other association and must have a non-contesting or contract acts membership card or a one-time personnel card. A rodeo committee, rodeo producer or stock contractor who hires (regardless if paid or not) nonmember or non-approved contract personnel will be subject to a $100 fine per rodeo, per individual hired for the first offense, fine doubled thereafter. Contract Acts personnel include the following: Announcer, Clown/barrelman, Bullfighters, Pickup men, Trick Riders, Drill teams, etc. Non-contesting personnel include the following: Stock Contractor, Secretary, Timer, Judge, and Photographer.

Two bullfighters are required at all approved rodeos.

A three-judge system–two (2) rough stock and one (1) flagger–is mandatory and judges are assigned by the NPRA judges committee. The rodeo committee or contractor is responsible to pay two of the judges and the third judge is paid by the contestants.

Contractor and/or committee will pay judges a minimum of $150.00 and timers a minimum of $100.00 per performance. $175 per performance is to be paid to judges and $115 per performance for timers if the rodeo chooses to not have slack when the number of contestants would warrant slack. The third judge is paid by monies received from the cowboys. Payment for slack also comes from monies collected from the cowboys. The association has no set prices for salaries for rodeo secretaries, contract performers, announcers, labor, etc. but the association expects the rodeo to pay a fair salary in keeping with the size of the rodeo for these positions.


  • The arena shall be free of rocks, holes and obstacles.
  • Since the ground is of the utmost importance to all events, the ground must be worked prior to slack.
  • Barriers must be a side-pull with pulley and neck rope pulling from side of the chute.
  • Panel boxes shall have adequate backing behind box pad, either plywood or plank boards to a minimum height of 48″ and width of 48″. Pipe rail boxes are exempt.
  • Committees will make sure the standard box pads furnished by the stock contractor are used in each timed event box.
  • Chutes must be so constructed as to prevent injury to stock. Maintenance men and equipment shall be stationed at chutes to assist in removal of any animal should it become caught.
  • Committees are requested to arrange, ahead of time, to have the phone number posted in the rodeo office of a vet that may be reached during that rodeo in case of emergency.
  • A conveyance must be available to remove animals from the arena in case of injury.
  • Adequate medical care must be available for contestants and spectators.


NPRA officers and directors will be admitted to all NPRA rodeos on their NPRA director cards. Gold card members 14 and one dependent shall be admitted to any NPRA rodeo without cost to them.

Contestants entered in a rodeo performance are to receive passes for their spouse and children for that performance. Passes are limited to the number of dependents indicated on the contestant’s membership card with a minimum of one (1) companion pass. Children must be accompanied by the contestant or contestant’s spouse. A minor contestant will receive two (2) dependents on their membership card.