Tie-down roping comes from our ranching traditions when cowboys need to rope a calf in order to brand it and provide medical treatment. The calf is given a head start before the roper leaves the box. The cowboy will then attempt to rope the calf around the neck. Once the calf is roped, the cowboy dismounts their horse and sprints towards the calf to tie it down. They will need to tie three of their four legs securely in order to stop the clock. The training and work of the horses within this event are exceptional!