3.1 NUMBER of Cattle - Stock contractors are required to have a minimum number of cattle equal to one-third the number of teams in the largest day of the competition.
3.1.2 Removal from Draw - WSTR, or WSTR official(s), reserve the right to withdraw any steer from the herd at any time. Head duckers, draggers, stoppers, eliminators, unusually slow cattle and cattle that turn back into the corners shall be pulled from the herd immediately as they surface during the WSTR qualification roping. Removal from draw does not result in a rerun for the team roping a steer removed from the herd. However, a rerun may be awarded if in the opinion of the producer, supported by the opinion of the Field Judge and/or officials working the roping, that a steer in question did not afford a team the opportunity to compete.
3.1.3 Inspection - Roping stock will be inspected by the producer prior to the first event. No sore, lame, sick or injured animal, or animal with defective eyesight shall be permitted in the draw at any time. Should an animal become sick or crippled during the course of the roping, that animal shall be removed from the competition immediately. Animals removed from the arena pursuant to this section shall be placed in a situation as isolated and comfortable as possible to reduce stress.
3.2 Humane Treatment of Livestock - If a roper excessively abuses an animal by any unneccesary non-competitive or competitive action, he/she shall be disqualified and forfeit all entry fees. The Field Judge or other WSTR official shall immediately inform the announcer that the ropers has been disqualified and the announcer will immediately announce the disqualification due to unnecesary roughness of livestock.
3.2.1 Hornwraps - All Roping Stock will have horn wraps, which offer protection for both the ears and the base of the horns.
3.2.2 Ropes - WSTR strongly discourages the use of 3/8 scant ropes.
3.2.3 Prodding - No animal shall be treated inhumanely or prodded excessively. Standard electric prods shall be used as little as possible. Animal shall be touched only on the hip and shoulder area with prod. Animal shall not be touched with a prod while in the roping chute itself.
3.2.4 Failure to Heed Warning - Any contestant who fails to heed an initial warning from a Field FFlagger that he/she is mistreating an animal he/she will forfeit their entry fees in all divisions for the remainder of that event.
3.2.5 Run Stopped By The Judge – the Field Judge may stop a run at anytime he/she observes an injured animal, to remove that animal from competition. This action will result in a rerun for contestants.
3.3 Visibly Injured Roping Stock - If the roping stock is visibly injured as the run begins, including a broken horn, the team must declare themselves by pulling up immediately.
3.4 Broken Horn - If in the opinion of the Field Judge a non-visible broken horn existed prior to the beginning of a run, he has the option to declare a rerun. However, no rerun shall be awarded where clearly the broken horn was caused by the run itself, or if the judge suspects the broken horn occurred during the run. If run is completed and time taken, even though a broken horn is clearly visible, time shall stand and the Field Judge will remove that animal from the draw.
3.5 CATTLE REMOVED FROM DRAW - WSTR reserves the right to withdraw any steer from the herd at any time. Reruns will be awarded by the F Field Flagger based on the criteria of “opportunity to compete” as described in our rerun policy below and not automatically as a result of a steer removed from the herd. Cattle sorts occur throughout all ropings, and may merely indicate a speed sort.
3.6 RERUNS (Qualification Ropings) –Reruns are handled differently than Finale Reruns as described in Finale information. As it pertains to Qualification Ropings, reruns will be determined by the Field Flagger and will be offered without a request from the roper. If a Flagger does not award a rerun on a steer that a team feels did not afford them the opportunity to compete, they may ask for an explanation, but not argue or discuss the lack of rerun with the Flagger. They may immediatly request a review by the roping Contractor/Producer who has the final decision on the call.
3.6.1 ABILITY TO COMPETE –is the only criteria used to determine reruns. In addition there are two different perspectives on ability to compete. Flaggers are instructed to give the benefit of the doubt to ropers in any 50-50 “ability to compete” decision within the first three go-rounds of any event. However, the decision criteria will be different within the short-round. Short rounds will be held to a much stricter judgment. This is not a 50-50 situation, and there must be ABSOLUTELY NO-DOUBT to the Flagger, that a team did NOT have a fair ability to compete, before a rerun will be awarded.
Ability to compete does not come into play when it appears to the Flagger that a contestant, or a rope horse, or lack of riding skill causes the problem (head horse doesn’t rate and sets up the steer, heeler turns in at the head and causes the steer to drag, etc) “Ability to compete” decisions are NOT situations where a steer merely slows down as the ropers approach, steers that run to the left fence, steers that are heavy and step out of the corner instead of hopping, trot instead of hop, and a host of other reasons that some ropers feel should afford them a rerun. “Ability to compete” decision might involve an excessively fast steer, or excessively slow steer. Otherwise, drawing between the bottom and top of the herd is still a variable of the sport.
3.7 Animal Escapes Arena - If any animal escapes from the arena, flag will be dropped and time stopped. Contestants will get animal back for a lap-and-tap start (no-barrier), and time already spent will be added to time used in qualifying. If time is not recorded, the decision of the flag judge shall be final.