Rough Stock Horses
Tie Down Roping
Welcome to the NSPRA! We'll try to answer your questions here, but feel free to call the National Office at 928-684-9566 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions. We're always here to help.
Q. CAN I JOIN IF I'M ONLY 39?
A. So long as you are turning 40 years of age during the calendar year.
Q. WHAT EVENTS DO YOU OFFER?
A. We have 9 sanctioned events: Bareback, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping. Our events are broken into separate age groups (except for Ladies Breakaway which is 40+). Rough stock has 40-50 and 50+. Timed events have 40-50, 50-60, and 60+. We even offer a 68+ age group for Calf Roping. As a non sactioned event we have 70+ Men's Breakaway.
Q. HOW MANY RODEOS CAN I ENTER?
A. As a member of the NSPRA, you can enter every U.S. rodeo on our schedule and all Co-sanctioned rodeos in Canada. You need to become a member of the CSPRA to be eligable for the Canadian Finals. Call them at 403-875-3242 for membership information or see their website at www.canadaseniorrodeo.com.
Q. CAN I ROPE OUT OF MY AGE GROUP?
A. In team events (Ribbon Roping & Team Roping) you can rope down in a lower age group if your partner is younger than you. You can never rope in a higher age group; you can only go down into a lower age group. You do not get All Around points in that event if you rope out of your age group.
Q. CAN I ROPE TWICE IN ONE EVENT?
A. No, you can only rope once in each event at each rodeo.
Q. WHAT DO WE GET WITH OUR MEMBERSHIP?
A. Once we receive payment for your membership, we'll send you out your membership card, a companion pass that will let one additional person into all the rodeos, with the exception of the Finals. You'll also receive a window decal (if requested), a current rulebook (or an update if you're a returning member), and a subscription to the association's magazine, The Rodeo News, which comes out twice a month. Your membership also allows you to enter all NSPRA rodeos in the U.S. and all rodeos Co-sanctioned in Canada!
Q. WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND A RODEO I ENTERED?
A. Once you enter a rodeo, you are responsible for your entry fees and office charges. If you need to release from a rodeo, you need to call the release line no later than 3 hours prior to the start of the rodeo. The release line number is 928-684-9566. On the answering machine, leave your name, the rodeo you're releasing from, and your events with what type of release you have, Dr., vet, or visual. Once you have released, you need to send $22 per rodeo to the National Office with your dr or vet release form. This is your office charge. The National Office reimburses the rodeo committee for all of the contestants who release. If you fail to properly release from a rodeo, your entry fees will be included in the payoff and you will be responsible for your entire entry fees and office charges. If you have any doubt how to properly release, please contact the National Office at 928-684-9566.
Q. HOW MANY RELEASES DO I GET DURING THE YEAR?
A. A contestant wishing to make a release from a rodeo must leave a message on the answering machine at 928-684-9566 for the rodeo secretary no later than three hours prior to the performance/slack stating which of the following releases you will use. • Doctor Release – A contestant may doctor release, thus waiving all obligations for entry fees only owing the office charge ($20). A doctor verification on doctor’s letterhead bearing the doctor’s name, address and phone number, signed by a licensed doctor, is received by the NSPRA Office within 10 days of the date of the rodeo. This release is good for the remainder of the rodeos currently entered in. • Vet Release on a barrel horse – A contestant may vet release, thus waiving all obligations for entry fees only owing the office charge ($20). A Vet verification on Vet’s letterhead bearing the Vet’s name, address and phone number, signed by a licensed Vet, is received by the NSPRA Office within 10 days of the date of the rodeo. This release is good for the remainder of the rodeos currently entered in. • Visual Release – As currently stated in 2013 Rule Book. This verification will be sent in with the rodeo secretary’s paperwork. • Death in the family. Should circumstances change that make it possible for a contestant to compete after a turn out has been made, it will be his responsibility to notify that rodeo’s secretary, if stock has already been drawn excluding this contestant, he shall not be allowed to compete. A contestant who doctor releases in one event may compete in another. If this process is not followed and form is not turned into the office contestant will be responsible for all of his entry fees at every rodeo he does not compete in.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PAYOFF CHECK IF I DON'T PICK IT UP?
A. The rodeo secretaries mail the remaining checks to the National Office when they send in their results. We then mail out these checks to the address you have provided. If you want to receive your check sooner, please leave the rodeo secretary a self-addressed, stamped envelope and she will mail your check out.
Q. HOW SOON DO THE RESULTS GET POSTED ON THE WEB SITE?
A. The secretary mails the rodeo results to the National Office, which must be postmarked no later than 5 days after the rodeo(s). Once the National Office receives the results, they verify them to be correct, double checking timers' & judges' sheets, and then the results will be posted on the web site. This process can take up to 3 weeks, although we strive to have them on the web site within 2 weeks after the end of the rodeo.
Q. Do I have to have had a pro card?
A. No, you do not have to have any other card to compete and be a member of the NSPRA. The only requirement is that you are forty years of age.
Q. Can I pay with fees with a Canadian Check?
A. No Canadian Checks will be accepted at the National Office or NSPRA rodeos due to the high bank charges.
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