The Officials

The announcer is the voice of a rodeo, letting the crowd know which competitor is out next, keeping the crowd informed of the action during a ride or run, providing the scores or times, and introducing the winners. The announcer is also responsible for keeping the crowd entertained through any delays that may arise.

The arena clearer is in charge of chasing the animals out of the arena and into the back pens after each ride or run is finished. They do this while on horseback so they can perform their job quickly, in order to minimize delays during a rodeo.

The arena director keeps the rodeo running smoothly and quickly by keeping the competition and preparation sides of the rodeo in balance.

Also known as the 'cowboy life savers', bullfighters are responsible for distracting the bulls away from riders after dismount and for freeing a rider's hand if hung-up. In addition to saving the riders, bullfighters also encourage the bulls to buck or spin to the best of their ability, by running in front of the bull and attempting to lead it in a certain direction.

The chute boss controls the action behind the chutes. This includes making sure each rider knows when his draw is in a chute to be mounted, and also encouraging each rider to take out their stock quickly, while making sure they remain as safe as possible.

The flag man uses his flag to signal the timekeepers of the first buck out of the chute, starting the 8 second timing.

The person responsible for setting the flank and making sure it is fitted correctly. Different bulls or horses will respond differently to how the flank is fitted, therefore it is essential that the flank man knows the animals well. The flank man is often the stock contractor, or employed by them.

When a rider has mounted the animal in the chute and is ready for his ride he will nod his head, or 'call for the gate'. The gateman will then open the gate as fast and as wide as possible, releasing the animal & rider from the chute, starting the ride.

During a roughstock ride the judges will look for any broken rule that will deem the ride unsuccessful. At the completion of a roughstock ride, the judges score the rider on how well he rode the animal, and how well the animal bucked, for a total possible score out of 100.

During Rope & Tie, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping, one judge checks for broken barriers, while the other acts as the 'Flag Judge' and has different responsibilities for each event. For Rope & Tie he times the required 6 seconds that a calf must stay tied, then signals this is complete, and allows the calf to be released. For Steer Wrestling he lowers his flag when a qualified throw has been completed, and for Team Roping when a qualified catch is made.

While a Barrel Racing event is on, it is the judges responsibility to watch that the racer is taking the correct route around the barrels. If a barrel is knocked over, one of the judges will re-set the barrel at the end of the run. This is to ensure that they are in the exact same spot for each competitor.

After a Bareback or Saddle Bronc ride, a pick-up rider moves in on horseback, enabling the competitor to slide off his bucking horse and onto the back of the pick-up rider's horse. The second pick-up rider will ride up beside the bucking horse and remove the flank strap.

A club secretary accepts entries that are made via the central entry system. Leading up to and during the rodeo, they work with the club's committee and volunteers to organize the running of the rodeo. On the day of the rodeo, in conjunction with event directors, they complete the draws for each event. They also accept entry fees from the contestants and pay out the winnings.

Stock contractors provide the animals for the rodeo. There are only a few professional stock contractors in New Zealand. Some of them breed their bulls and broncs especially for rodeo, and the results are spectacular. At some rodeos, the stock for timed events and/or junior events are supplied by club members and supporters.

The timekeepers are responsible for timing the 8 seconds during the roughstock events. Once that time has been reached, they sound a buzzer to inform the crowd that the rider has made time, and to let the rider know he can get off. During timed events, both timekeepers time the run. These times are averaged and given to the judges, who then work out the official time.