The Riata Buckle Breakaway Futurity is guaranteeing ropers $100,000 payout Nov. 3, 2022, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, running alongside the first-ever $2-million-guaranteed Riata Buckle Team Roping Futurity.
The breakaway will be an Open 3D—for Riata Buckle-eligible horses of all ages—as well as a Riata-Buckle 2D Futurity for horses 5 and under.
For women only riding Riata Buckle-eligible horses only, the event kicks off at 12 p.m. to start the weekend’s ropings. All horses must be current on the nomination schedule for the Riata Buckle, and nomination is due with entry. Only one nomination is due per horse, per year. The roping also offers a youth incentive is open to girls 14 and under at the time of entry.
“The stallion owners are passionate about the breakaway, and so are we,” said Riata Buckle’s Clint Robinson, a five-time NFR tie-down roper. “We’re crossing cow-horse mares on race-horse and barrel-horse studs, and there are a lot of avenues where they can team rope, breakaway and barrel race. The Riata Buckle Breakaway will be another chance for these horses to showcase their abilities.”
Again—in order to compete, all breakaway horses must be sired by a Riata Buckle stallion from this list.
“This will be one of the richest breakaway ropings of the year,” Robinson said. “And with the D system, ropers who aren’t always going head-to-head on the rodeo road can compete and win, too.”
While all Riata Buckle’s futurity eligibility is for one year only, a breakaway entry does not affect futurity eligibility for the team roping. A rope horse could theoretically breakaway its 4-year-old year and still be eligible to team rope in its 5-year-old year.
NFR tie-down roper Justin Maass and World Champion Shane Hanchey will provide the calves—the same user-friendly pen they use at their jackpots in Giddings, Texas.
What are the Riata Buckle Breakaway Futurity Entry Fees?
- $500 for 2D Futurity (1.5 sec split)
- $500 for Open 3D (1 sec splits)
- Youth Incentive (no extra fee, must enter Open 3D)
*When entering Futurity and Open, you have the option to rope in both or roll your time from Futurity to Open.
What is the Format of the Riata Buckle Breakaway Futurity?
- 2 Rounds & Average, average determines champions
- Times are taken to the hundredths. ex. 2.15
- Round 2 will be reverse order
What’s the Start?
A rope barrier & electric eye will be used. All score lengths will be subject to Breakaway committee’s approval.
Two Timekeepers, a Field Judge, a Barrier Judge and Spotter will be in the arena at all times.