Team Roping was a way to work the ranches in the old days of the west, when two ropers were need for one animal. The team consists of two members - the Header and the Heeler. The Header ropes the horns of the steer, and the Heeler ropes the hind legs.
This is a timed event, the fastest team to properly rope the steer wins.
If the Header leaves the chute before the steer does, this is called breaking the barrier. This adds a 10 second penalty to the riders' time.
The Header's goes first. He must make one of the three legal head catches - around both horns, around one horn and the head, or around the neck. If the Header catches any other way, it's considered illegal and the team will be disqualified.
The Header must turn the steer to the left and expose the steer's hind legs to the Heeler, so that the Heeler can attempt to rope them. If the Heeler only catches one leg, that's an automatic five (5) second penalty added to the team's time.
The clock is stopped when there is no slack in either of the cowboy's ropes, and their horses are facing each other.
The Sandpoint Rodeo Arena Record was set by Delon Parker and Kory Mytty in 2015 with a time of 5.0 seconds.