Rules & Guidelines

While the philosophy of the Rodear is to have a minimum of rules governing the course, the following will be enforced:

>The objective is to complete the course while achieving the most points in the least amount of time.

>In the event of a point tie, tie-breaker will be the quickest time.

>No restrictions on use of the horse/rider to assist dog in maneuvering cattle through the obstacle course.

>ALL obstacles will require BOTH Dog and Horse/Rider to negotiate. 

>Quiet and controlled maneuvering of cattle is required. Contestants will be whistled out for excessive chasing or abusing of livestock and/or chasing cattle outside of the boundaries of the course.

Zero Tolerance Policy

The primary objective of Rodear competition is for competitors to have fun while being challenged to exhibit the superior stockmanship skills of themselves, their dogs and horses. To that end, Rodear America has adopted, and will enforce, a zero tolerance policy at all of its sanctioned events to include the following:

  1. There will be no abusive treatment of any kind, to any animal, at any time allowed anywhere on the event premises. Abusive treatment will be defined by the event management.
  2. No training devices, or dummy training devices, will be permitted to be used on, or worn by dogs anywhere on the premises of a sanctioned Rodear event.

Violations to any of the above will be cause for immediate disqualification, which will include the forfeiture of all fees paid at that event.

Rodear Classes

The Open class is for any dog and any handler.

The Non-Pro class is for individuals who do not receive remuneration for training dogs. Any dog may compete in this division.

The Rookie Handler class is for inexperienced handlers who have not competed in cow dog competitions. After an individual has won a Rookie Handler Rodear class three (3) times, he or she must move up to the other Rodear divisions.

The Green Dog Class is intended for young and/or inexperienced dogs that are not ready to compete in the other Rodear classes offered. For the 2021 competition calendar year, Dogs must be born on or after April 1, 2019.


Competitors finishing in the Top 20 in the Open, Non-Pro and Green Dog divisions as of the cut-off date for the calendar year will be invited to the National Semi-Finals competition in the Fall.

There will be a Year-End Championship Award in the Open, Non-Pro, Green Dog & Rookie Handler divisions awarded to competitors accumulating the most points throughout the calendar year (as of the cut-off date) in each of these respective divisions.



Rodear America is pleased to offer sanctioning to approved individuals or organizations interested in hosting a Rodear trial.

We encourage interested parties to align Rodear classes with our traditional Open, Non-Pro, Green Dog, Rookie Handler and 3D divisions in order for results to count toward the annual National Standings. Sanctioning fees are $5/run. The majority of obstacles negotiated at a Rodear should require both the horse/rider and dog to complete.

For more information, contact Rodear America Secretary Rita Shinn at (903) 217-9907 and/or complete and submit the Sanctioning Application a minimum of 30 days prior to trial date.

Rodear America reserves the right to refuse trial sanctioning to any group or individual.

Rodear America and/or a Trial Host reserves the right to decline entry or entries to any individual.

All sanctioned events must be applied for and approved by Rodear America no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the event date.