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PRCA RULES GOVERNING THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF LIVESTOCK
AT PRCA SANCTIONED RODEOS
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has been enforcing rules to protect
the livestock participating in their sanctioned events since 1947. Through the years,
the PRCA has created the most comprehensive set of animal welfare rules in the sport of
rodeo, creating a model for other rodeo associations to follow.
1. Rule 9.0. General. These rules are intended to ensure the humane treatment of
rodeo animals and shall be in effect for all PRCA-sanctioned events. No animal shall be
treated inhumanely by any Member.
2. Rule R 9.1. Sore, lame, sick or injured animal. Animals for all events will be inspected before the draw, and no
sore, lame, sick or injured animal or animal with impaired eyesight shall be permitted in the draw at any time. Should an animal
become sick or incapacitated between the time it is drawn and the time it is scheduled to be used in competition, that
animal shall not be used in competition and another animal shall be drawn for the contestant.
3. Rule 9.1.1. Veterinarian. A rodeo committee shall ensure that a veterinarian is present and on-site for every performance
and/or section of slack. Any rodeo committee failing to do so shall be subject to a fine of $500 per performance
and/or section of slack per rodeo.
4. Rule 9.2. Rowels. No locked rowels, or rowels that will be locked on spurs may be used on bareback or saddle
bronc horses. Spurs must be dulled.
5. Rule 9.2.1. Removal of an injured animal. A conveyance must be available, supplied by the rodeo committee, and
shall be used, where practicable, to remove animals from the arena in case of injury. The conveyance must be large
enough to remove a horse or bull. Injured calves shall be removed from the arena in a pickup truck, calf stretcher or by conveyance.
Animals removed from the arena pursuant to this section shall be placed in a situation as isolated and comfortable
as possible to reduce stress.
6. Rule 9.2.1. Must be humane. Any injured livestock shall be humanely removed from the arena before continuing
the rodeo contest or performance.
7. Rule 9.3. No Sharp Objects in Cinch, Saddle, Girth or Flank Straps. No sharp or cutting objects in cinch, saddle
girth, or flank straps shall be permitted. Flank straps used for horses must either be sheepskin-lined or neoprene-lined and
shall be of the quick release type. Sheepskin-lined or neoprene lined flank straps shall be place on the animal so the lined
portion is over both flanks of the animals. In the bull riding, a soft cotton rope at least 5/8” in diameter is acceptable as a
flank strap and does not require the sheepskin or neoprene lining.
8. Rule 9.4. Prods and Other Artificial Stimuli. Standard electric prods shall be used only as specified in these Official
Rodeo Rules and in the Bylaws. If a prod is used, the animal shall only be touched on the hip or shoulder area. No
other artificial stimuli shall be used (with the exception of rodeo equipment and gear commonly used and accepted in connection
with the respective events at PRCA-sanctioned rodeos.)
9. Rule 10.1.5. Prods. In the riding events, use of prods and similar devices is prohibited. The only exceptions shall
be in the saddle bronc riding and bareback riding, and only in the case of a known chute stalling animals, and only if agreed
upon by the contestant, the stock contractor and the judge before the contestant’s competition begins. In this instance, the
prod shall not exceed 12 inches in length. Use of a prod without the agreement of the contestant, stock contractor, and the
judge before the contestant’s competition begins in the saddle bronc and the bareback riding, or use of a prod in the bull riding
at any time shall result in a fine of $1000, doubling with each violation to the stock contractor and the contestant will receive
the automatic option of a reride.
10. • Rule 3.2.2 No Animal May be in the Draw Twice on the Same Day. In all riding events, stock can not be placed in
the draw twice in the same say, with the exception of rerides, unless approved by the event representative and the Director
of Rodeo Administration.
11. Rule 4.8.3 Unsafe Arena Conditions. If the arena conditions are deemed at any time to be unsafe by the arena director,
a majority of the event representatives present, any judge, or the primary stock contractor, competition may be
stopped until which time the arena conditions are deemed satisfactory by the individual or individuals who initially determined
that arena conditions were unsafe.
12. Rule 8.4. No Hold Overs. No cattle that have been used may be held over from one calendar year to the next.
13. Rule 8.4.1. No switching of events. No steers may switched in events unless approved by the event representative
or the Director of Rodeo Administration.
14. Rule 8.5 Running of Timed Event Stock. All timed-event stock shall be run though event chutes and through the
arena prior to the start of contest where conditions permit.
15. Rule 8.8. Unsatisfactory Animals. An Event Representative may declare particular animal unsatisfactory. Upon notification,
either written or verbal, the stock contractor or Rodeo Committee shall eliminate such animal(s) from competition
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.