Rodear America Sanctioning


Sanctioning Requests
All requests for sanctioning must be submitted to, and approved by Rodear America no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the event date.

Sanction Fees
Sanction fees are $5 per run. Fees should be made payable to Rodear America and submitted following the conclusion of the event (see reporting results section).

Competition Requirements

  1. All sanctioned Rodears will be required to include a sort as part of the event course. Each contestant must sort their own cattle from a herd of not less than 15 head of cattle.
  2. All obstacles, including the sort, must require both the dog and the horse & rider to complete. The horse & rider may not be restricted in any manner while on course.
  3. The competition must be scored solely on points and time. No subjective judging is allowed. 
  4. A minimum of three divisions must be offered. They are Open, Stockman and Green Dog.
  5. 2023 Green Dog age requirement - Any dog competing in this division must have been born on, or after April 1, 2021.
  6. The 3D Lucky Dog Jackpot class is another available class. Click here for more information on how it works.

Zero Tolerance Policy
Rodear America’s Zero Tolerance policy on abuse must be adhered to. All event hosts are urged to review and be well versed on the policy which is available on the website under Rules & Guidelines. Additionally, no training, or dummy training devices are allowed on any dog at any time, anywhere on the premises of a Rodear America sanctioned event.

Recommended Guidelines
Cattle usage & Handling

  1. It is strongly recommended that the event host provide enough cattle so that they are not used more than 2 times in one day.
  2. Cattle should not have been used previously in team penning or team sorting competitions.
  3. Cattle should have consistent access to water & feed during the event.
  4. Cattle should be adequately “dog settled” prior to the event so as to maximize the potential of cattle honoring the dogs.

Dress Code
Western attire, which includes a long sleeve, collared shirt, western hat and boots is required at all association hosted events and is encouraged at all sanctioned events.

Awarding Points for National Standings
Rodear America national standings accrue points in the Open, Stockman, Novice, and Green Dog divisions. One point is earned by a handler/dog for each competitor they have placed above. For example, the winner of a class with 20 dogs would receive 19 points. If two dogs tied for the win, they would each receive 18 points.

Reporting Results
For event results to be counted toward Rodear America National Point Standings, sanctioning fees and typewritten results must be received by Rodear America no later than 15 days after the last day of the event. Otherwise, a $100 late fee will be due before points will be added to standings. If results are not received within 30 days of the completion of event the late fee will increase to $300.
Please click to email results.
Fees should be paid online by clicking here.

By submitting the Sanctioning Application, submitter/Event Host is confirming that he/she has read these Sanction Rules & Guidelines and agrees to the terms therein. Should any of the Rules be violated, Event Host agrees that event sanctioning will be revoked and points accrued by competitors will not count toward Rodear America Year End Standings.