Breakaway Roping

Breakaway roping is a women’s event in professional rodeo and is a variation of tie down roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. Once the rope is around the calf’s neck, the roper brings the horse to a sudden stop. The rope is tied to the saddle horn with a string. When the calf hits the end of the rope, the rope is pulled tight and the string breaks. The breaking of the string marks the end of the run. The rope usually has a small white flag at the end that makes the moment the rope breaks more easily seen by the judge. The fastest time wins. The rope is usually shorter than a rope used in the tie down roping. The horse’s ability to start quick and stop quick is a must. The winning runs will usually only take one or two seconds depending on the length of the barrier.