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Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Rule Changes

2017 Rule Changes

Page 2 - Membership Rules and Dues
A.3.d. High School; Must be enrolled in High School with proper Minor’s Release signed, notarized and on file with the State Office.
A.3.e. Contract Labor; Judge, Secretary, Announcer, Pick-up Man, Bull Fighter, Barrel Man, Timer
A.4. Memberships will be taken by the State Secretary and by the Rodeo Secretary. Membership can be paid with or without separate monies from entry fees. Dues must be paid before the State Secretary sends the list of eligible contestants to the Rodeo Entry office for contestants to receive member status and preference while entering, and must be paid before a contestant competes in order for points to count. The Rodeo Secretary will send the CPRA State Secretary the dues and membership applications. All memberships, other than those taken by the Rodeo Secretary, must be received in the state office before points at any rodeo will count.

Page 4 – Contestants
B.3.Anyone enrolled in High School will pay a discounted membership fee. A CPRA card will be issued after receiving a membership application. Your 1st year as a member of the CPRA is your Rookie Year.
B.4.b. Must not have held a card (been a member) in any event with any other state rodeo association (example: WRA, KPRA, NMRA, NSRA, UPRA, GCPRA, IMPRA, etc) or PRCA/WPRA including CPRA (regardless of age). Does not include: Little Britches, Junior Rodeo, Jr High Rodeo, High School Rodeo or College rodeo.

Page 5 – Contract Labor
C.1. CPRA Judges, Rodeo Secretaries, Announcers, Pick-Up Men, Bull Fighters and Barrel Man must purchase a CPRA membership by August 1st and work at least three CPRA first sanctioned rodeos to be eligible to participate at the CPRA Finals rodeo.
C.2. Membership dues for non-contesting Contract Labor personnel will be set by the Board of Directors and can be changed at any time following Board action.
C.3. For the CPRA Finals rodeo, the CPRA office or designee will send a list of qualified Contract Labor personnel to all Board members for voting. Event directors should contact the top 20 Final’s contestant qualifiers in their event for consideration in this vote. Voting for Finals Contract Labor personnel will be as follows:
Judges, Rodeo Secretary, Announcer, Timers and Barrel Man – all Board members vote
Pick-Up Men – Only Bareback and Saddle Bronc contestants vote
Bull Fighters – Only Bull Riding contestants vote
Votes will need to be in the office or to designated person by a determined time.

Page 6 – Stock Contractors
D.10. Said brand inspection will include a permanent ID and ownership brand (hot iron or freeze brand) on at least (15) bulls and (25) horses; in addition all paper work must be received in the State Office by May 1st, or thirty days (30) prior to the stock contractor’s first rodeo, whichever comes first, of each year to be considered in compliance and eligible to produce CPRA rodeos for that rodeo year. Established contractors need not send in brand inspection papers every year. Brand inspection papers will need to be renewed and turned into the state office by NEW contractors for the first two years. Brand inspections will need to be renewed on a yearly basis. Non-compliance could result in cancellation of Stock Contractor membership card.

D.11. All CPRA stock contractors must comply with rules #9 and #10 whether they produce a rodeo in that calendar year or not.

Page 9 – General Membership Meetings
G.II.1. General membership meetings will be held at least two (2) times during the year. The time and place is to be determined by the Board of Directors and published in the official CPRA newspaper and listed on the official CPRA website along with any other CPRA social media entities such as Facebook.

Page 10 – General Membership Meetings
G.II.3. The State Secretary will have published in the official CPRA newspaper and listed on the official CPRA website along with any other CPRA social media entities such as Facebook a general membership meeting notice at least fourteen (14) days in advance.

Page 11 – Board of Directors By-laws
IV.A.7. Directors are required to attend three (3) out of five (5) or a majority (majority consisting of 1 over half) of Board of Directors meetings. In the event that a Director cannot attend a meeting, he/she must send a qualified representative or attend via live feed.

Page 12 – Board of Directors
IV.D.3. Officers and Board of Directors cannot miss more than two (2) consecutive meetings (except in the case of an emergency in which Board has been notified). If Directors cannot attend a meeting, they must send a member of their event to represent them or attend via live feed.

Page 15 – Election Procedure
VI.5. Nominations for Office and Board of Directors shall be made and sent to the CPRA within two weeks of nomination. Election ballots will be mailed to each paid member on November 1st, listing all nominees that have accepted the nomination for said position. If a member decides to vote by conventional mail, Election ballots must be returned postmarked no later than December 15th to the CPRA State Office. Member’s signature and card number must be included for the vote to be valid. If a member decides to vote online, he/she must do so no later than December 15th at 11:59 pm. All those successfully elected will assume office on January 1st of the upcoming year.

Page 16 – Rule Infraction List
VIII.4. Fines can be paid in the form of cash, check, debit or credit card with the exception of an NSF check infraction. This can only be paid in the form of CASH, MONEY ORDER, CASHIERS CHECK, DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD and must be paid within 30 days. After 90 days all debts will be transferred to a collection agency, and the member becomes responsible for any interest, collection fees, or additional costs associated with the collection process. At that time, member will be ineligible to earn points until all fines are paid.

Page 17 – Bookkeeper
XI. 1. The position of Bookkeeper will be an interviewed/ hired/ paid job.
2. Salary will be determined by the Board of Directors and reviewed annually.
3. The Bookkeeper shall be under the direct supervision of the President with consultation of the Board of Directors.
4. Applications will be accepted every two years; however, the job will be reviewed and evaluated annually.

XII. Amendment Procedure
XIII. Books and Records
XIV. Seal

Page 18 – Sanctions and Approvals
B.3. Contestants are charged operating fees. An explanation of these fees per entry are:
• $5 Finals “Added Money” fund
• $4 Central Entry charge
• $3 Individual Event Fund
• $2 General Finals fund
• $2 Judges fee
• $1 Rodeo Secretary fee
BB/SW/TD/BK/SB/BR: $20 stock charge
MTR/OTR: $10 stock charge per person
LBR: $2 electric eye charge
BR: $15 day money

Page 19 – Sanctions and Approvals
B.4.d. CPRA rodeos will add a minimum of three hundred ($300) dollars per event, with the exception of OTR and MTR, where a minimum of six hundred ($600) will be added, beginning for rodeos held after January, 2018, hence known as “equal money.”
B.4.e. Entry Fees will be set at:
Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding $86.00
Tie-Down, Breakaway & Steer Wrestling $110.00
Mixed and Open Team Roping $127.00 per person
Ladies Barrel Racing $76.00
Bull Riding $101.00

B.4.h. If the rodeo sanction fee is not in at least forty-five (45) days prior to the rodeo date, the CPRA reserves the right to not approve the rodeo in question, or make additional requirements of the rodeo committee.

Page 21 – Unapproved Conduct
D.2.a. 1st Offense is a twenty-five dollar ($25) fine plus the amount of the bad check. Contestant is ineligible to enter until money is paid in CASH, MONEY ORDER, DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD, or CERTIFIED CHECK to the CPRA office.

Page 22 – Grievance Procedure
F.2. Any grievance that is rodeo related can be turned into the rodeo secretary, or sent to the State Office within five (5) days of the grievance. A grievance must be in writing before it will be considered. You can obtain a form from any rodeo secretary, the CPRA website, or judge.

Page 24 – Central Entry Rules; Rodeo Entry
A.5.e. If out is not used as a preference, you will be placed in the rodeo in the next available position.
A.6. The buddy group will consist of four (4) people. A husband and wife or header and heeler constitute two (2) people. The buddy group members may compete in different events. One buddy group will have one (1) confirmation number in the draw. All entries in the buddy group must have the same preferences. Central Entry will draw in the following event order: Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie Down, Breakaway, Steer Wrestling, Mixed Team Roping, Open Team Roping, Barrel Racing. It is the responsibility of the contestant to familiarize themselves with this system.
a) When buddy groups are made of contestants in different events, there must be available openings for all of those contestants in their respective events to be allowed their preference. I.E.:
i) A Barrel Racer and Bareback Rider enter together, 1st preference slack, 2nd preference out. If there is slack for Barrel Racing, but not slack for Bareback, then slack will be unavailable for the buddy group, and, in this example, the buddy group will be drawn out.
ii) If a buddy group consists of 2 Steer Wrestlers, and two Breakaway Ropers, first preference 2nd performance, second preference 1st performance. If, when by random draw, the breakaway ropers are selected for drawing purposes, and the breakaway roping for the 2nd performance is deemed full, that buddy group will not be allowed in the 2nd performance, even if there is adequate space in the Steer Wrestling to accommodate.

Page 25 – Rodeo Entry
A.12. All CPRA members will have preference over non-members: however, if a member enters with a non-member, or in the same Buddy Group as a non-member, the member will lose his/her preference.

Page 26 – Locals
C.5. It is the committee’s responsibility to pay the Rodeo Secretary before the start of the rodeo for all local entry fees collected from their local entries. Payment must be in the form of cash, cashier’s check, money order or a check drawn from the committee’s account.

Page 29 – Rodeo Rules; General
A.6. Once a head of stock is turned out because contestant is late, that contestant is considered to have turned out and under no circumstances will the stock be brought back, unless conditions of Central Entry Rules, Section E, Rule 5” can be met.
A.7. Announced times are subject to verification by Rodeo Secretary.

Page 30 – Awards and Point System
B.6.b. Best large purse rodeo $5,400 to $8,999

Page 30 – Qualifications for the CPRA finals; Contestants
C.2. Team Ropers: Open Team-Roping Entries will be determined by pairing a top twelve (12) Open Header with a top twelve (12) Open Heeler etc. until twelve (12) teams have entered the Finals. Mixed Team roping Entries will be determined by pairing a top twelve (12) Mixed Team Roping Qualifier with the current CPRA member of her choosing.
3. Team Ropers can only enter the Finals, as a Header or a Heeler. Contestants may only enter each event at the CPRA finals one (1) time. i.e. A contestant may not enter the Open Team Roping as both a header and a heeler, even if his points would qualify on both sides. Inversely, as the Mixed Team Roping and Open Team Roping are separate events, a contestant may enter one as a Header, and the other as a Heeler.

Page 31 – Qualifications for the CPRA finals; Contestants
C.8. If a contestant qualifies for the year-end finals in their respective event(s), and is also qualified as a contract labor person (i.e. bull-fighter, pick-up person, judge, secretary, timer or announcer) for the finals; it will be the contestant’s responsibility to notify the State Office thirty (30) days prior to finals entries, and the vote for contract labor as to which one they wish to participate in. A contestant card member will not be permitted to participate in both – as a contestant and a contract labor person.

Page 31 – Stock for the Finals; Riding Event Stock
4. Rough Stock Contractors will receive one hundred thirty dollars ($130) per [color=red]out. head selected and brought to the finals with an additional fifty five dollars ($55) per head for those animals selected to the final round.[/color] Animals chosen for re-rides in the final round will not be paid for unless used.

Page 33 – Turn Outs
D.1. Turnouts and Holding of Stock - Once a head of stock is turned out because a contestant is late, that contestant is considered to have turned-out, and under no circumstances will the stock be brought back, unless conditions of Central Entry Rules, Section E, and Rule 5 can be met. If contestant gets hurt at the beginning of the rodeo, contestant may be moved to the end of the section or go-around at the Finals.

Page 36 – Rodeo Livestock
G.1. Animals, including steer wrestling and team roping cattle, must be identified by one of the following:
a) A hot iron brand or a freeze brand.
b) A permanent, factory colored, numbered ear tag.
c) Stock Contractor of Record will be allowed to use non permanent tags for one week[/u] in a CPRA rodeo season. Stock must be permanently marked thereafter; using hot iron brand, freeze brand or factory colored and numbered ear tags. Use of non permanent tags for more than one week in a CPRA rodeo season will result in a fine of five ($5) dollars per head run without permanent marking.
Page 37 - Rodeo Livestock
G.12. Once a head of stock is turned out because contestant is late, that contestant is considered to have turned-out, and under no circumstances will the stock be brought back unless conditions of rule Central Entry Rules, Section E, Rule 5 are met.

Page 38 – Horned Cattle
H.2. All Steer wrestling cattle must be Mexican Cattle, or pure-blooded corriente cattle, and must be steers; no longhorn, or longhorn cross cattle, heifers, bulls, or cows will be used. Any other substitutions must be approved by the steer wrestling director one week prior to any rodeo performance. Any cattle deemed uneven or unacceptable can be rejected by the steer wrestling director.

Page 39 – Drawing Stock
I.8. If a contestant arrives at a rodeo and is not listed on the day sheets, the contestant will be awarded the extra animal provided conditions of Central Entry Rule, Section E, and Rule 5 are met. Contestant is responsible for all fees.

Page 41 – Pay-off
M.1. Entry Fees will be set at:
Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding $86.00
Tie-Down, Breakaway & Steer Wrestling $110.00
Mixed and Open Team Roping $127.00 per person
Ladies Barrel Racing $76.00
Bull Riding $101.00

Page 42 – Pay-off
M.5. Contestants are charged operating fees. An explanation of these fees per entry are:
• $5 Finals “Added Money” fund
• $4 Central Entry charge
• $3 Individual Event Fund
• $2 General Finals fund
• $2 Judges fee
• $1 Rodeo Secretary fee
BB/SW/TD/BK/SB/BR: $20 stock charge
MTR/OTR: $10 stock charge per person
LBR: $2 electric eye charge
BR: $15 day money

Page 44
Add N. Payout for State Finals

Page 46 – Rodeo (Arena) Secretaries
15. The list of contestants being placed on the ineligible list and rodeo results must be faxed/emailed to the state secretary by 8:00 AM the first day following the final performance of the rodeo. Failure to do so will result in a twenty-five dollar ($25) fine imposed on the rodeo secretary.

Page 52 – Riding Events[color=red]
A.8.a. Any contestant who mistreats an animal, as witnessed by a CPRA judge anywhere on the grounds of a facility in which a sanctioned CPRA rodeo is being held shall be fined no less than $250. In addition, if warranted, the judge may disqualify that contestant for the remainder of the rodeo.
Page 52 – Riding Events
A.15. If a contestant arrives at a rodeo and is not listed on the day sheets, the contestant will be awarded the extra animal provided he/she has an entry and callback verification number Central Entry Rules, Section E, rule 5, and posts a fifty ($50) dollar bond.

Page 53 – Re-Rides
B.I. Re-ride option will be given at the discretion of a judge. Reasons for possible re-ride option are as follows:
a. Animal stops: A judge may award a re-ride option at his/her discretion in the event that an animal stops bucking (comes to a complete stop) at any point during the 8-second ride if such a stoppage resulted in an inferior animal performance that negatively affected the animal score. The rider must maintain control in a qualified ride up to the point at which the stoppage occurs in order to receive a re-ride option.
b. Fouled rider: A judge may award a re-ride option at his/her discretion in the event that an animal fouls a rider at any point during the 8 second ride if such foul is deemed to have directly and clearly contributed to a buck-off or disqualification. Fouls by animals shall include:
i. Rider contact with objects: A judge may award a re-ride option any time that the animal bucks in such a manner that it causes a rider to make direct and substantial contact with the chute, chute gate, arena fencing, or another object in the arena which directly leads to a buck-off or other action that disqualifies the rider.
ii. Animal Contact with Objects: A judge may award a re-ride option at any time that an animal “hips” itself (makes contact with the bucking chute or gate). If such action resulted in a clear, definitive and substantial change in the inertia of the animal’s movement which directly leads to a buck-off or other action that disqualifies the rider. Judges will use their discretion to determine if the change in inertia was substantial by evaluating whether or not the animal’s motion stopped completely and abruptly, and/or was followed by an immediate and unnatural change in the direction of the animal was moving at the time contact was made with the bucking chute. If the change in the animal’s inertia was note deemed by the judge to be substantial, it will not result in a re-ride option being awarded. In addition, the judge will use their discretion to evaluate whether the change in an animal’s inertia, whether substantial or not directly contributed to the rider being bucked off, or resulted in any other action that disqualified the rider. A rider who successfully overcomes an initial hipping foul at the gate and is bucked off after further attempting to ride the animal will not be awarded a re-ride option.
iii. Animal Stumbles: A judge may award a re-ride option any time that an animal stumble. If such action results in a clear, definitive and substantial change in the inertia of the animal’s movement which directly leads to a buck-off or other action that disqualifies the rider. Judges will use their discretion to determine if the change in inertia was substantial by evaluating whether or not he animal’s motion stopped completely and abruptly, and/or was followed by an immediate and unnatural change in the direction the animal was moving at the time of the stumble occurred. If the change in the animal’s inertia was not substantial, it will not result in a re-ride option being awarded. In addition, the judge will use their discretion to determine whether the change in the animal’s inertia, whether substantial or not, directly contributed to the rider being bucked off, or resulted in any other action that disqualified the rider.
iv. Animal Falls: A judge will award a re-ride option any time that an animal falls and the inertia of the animal’s movement is completely ceased during an 8 second ride, provided that the rider has not been previously disqualified.
c. Stock contractor’s equipment fails;
d. Performance of animal is inferior;
e. Bareback and Saddle Bronc only – If the animal backs out of the chute.
f. Premature Chute Gate Opening: A judge may award a re-ride option at his/her discretion in the event that the gate opens before the rider calls or nods for the gate due to the gate man error, or gate latch failure.

Page 63 – Timed Events
F.21. Any contestant who mistreats an animal, as witnessed by a CPRA judge anywhere on the grounds of a facility in which a sanctioned CPRA rodeo is being held shall be fined no less than $250. In addition, if warranted, the judge may disqualify that contestant for the remainder of the rodeo.

Page 64 – Tie Down Roping
G.7. “Jerk Down” will be defined as over backwards (legs between 10 and 2 on a standard clock) with the animal landing on its back or head with all four feet in the air. Contestant will be fined twenty five ($25) apiece, for their first three (3) infractions. After three (3) Jerk down infractions within a season, it becomes $100 fine for the 4th offense, $200 for the 5th offense, $300 for the 6th offense, etc.
7a. If the Jerk down is deemed intentional, it is classified as inhumane mistreatment of livestock, refer to Event Rules and Judging Guidelines F. Timed Events 21.

Page 64 – Tie Down Roping
G.8.b. Unintentional Drag: A neck rope must be used on the horse, and contestants should adjust rope and reins in a manner that will prevent horse from dragging animal. The fine for unintentionally dragging an animal excessively shall be twenty five ($25) dollars for each infraction. Excessive dragging is defined as over 6 feet, and unintentional means not caused by the roper.

Page 68 – Steer Wrestling
I.18. All Steer Wrestling cattle must be Mexican Cattle, or pure-blooded corriente cattle, and must be steers; no longhorn, or longhorn cross cattle, heifers, bulls, or cows will be used. Any other substitutions must be approved by the steer wrestling director one week prior to any rodeo performance. Any cattle deemed uneven or unacceptable can be rejected by the steer wrestling director.

Page 74 – Jackpot Fundraiser Rules; Section One
1.g. All CPRA rules will be followed
i) At least $300 will be added. Added money must equal that listed in “Association Rules, Section B, 4.D”
iii) All monies will be paid out according to an agreement between the CPRA and jackpot producer.

Page 75 – Section Two; Barrel Race
1.d. One time processing fee, if applicable is allowed.
1.e. All barrel races will be a 4D format with ½ second splits unless otherwise specified. Multiple D format may be used by the jackpot producer.
1.g. Rake after every five (5) runs. Raking to be determined by the producer, but will never exceed twelve (12) contestants per rake.
1.h. Entry fees are $40.00, with $30.00 going to the jack-pot. (The entry fee can be negotiated per event.)
i)Practice runs and exhibitions are $5.00 per run.

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