A two-rider team, a header and a heeler, compete together for a time score and shared prizemoney.
After a head start, the team gives chase after the speeding steer. The header ropes the steer around the neck, head or horns before the heeler moves in to rope the hind legs.
Careful not to lose any fingers, the rope is then “dallied” quickly around the saddle horn. Once the steer is secured, time is recorded when both horses are facing each other with no slack in the rope.
Winning times are around eight seconds.
Improper catches to the head or horns result in disqualification and five second penalties are incurred if the heeler only ropes one leg.