For a cow to count as a good cow, the whole cow must cross the line. If any part of the wrong numbered cow crosses the line or any part of the correctly sorted cows cross back, the team is disqualified.
If a cow is removed from a herd and replaced by another, the teams who already rode on the "bad cow" do not get a re-ride.
If a cow leaves the sorting arena, only the team competiting at that time shall get a re-ride immediately.
If a cow should lie down during a ride and does not affect the outcome of that team's score, then there shall be no re-ride.
The judge should have authority on all disputes. If the Judge determines that another opinion is needed, then the judge may consult the producer for a final determination. Ultimately, the judge's decision is final. (This is mainly regarding removal of cows due to injury or non-workable.)
The judge has the right to warn and disqualify a team for unnecessary roughness of cattle. When a ride is over, contestants are expected to immediately stop pursuing the cattle and walk cattle back for the next team.
a. The judge or a producer (not producing the show in question) will be the only people to pull a non-working calf.
b. Participants can make a request but ultimately the judge will decide if a calf will be pulled.
c. Once a calf is determiend to be non-working, the entire 10 teams have to run on the same herd, then the calf will be pulled. The only exception to this rule is if the judge/producer determines that the calf is dangerous to the participants or if the calf is injured. In this event, the calf will be replaced, and the class will continue with all remaining teams riding on the replaced calf.
d. Once a calf is pulled, that calf will not be returned to the show in any class or in any go backs.
The following actions from riders will not be tolerated towards the horse: Excessive jerking, spurring, whipping, slapping or kicking while on the ground, or any other act with the intent to cause trauma to the horse. Slapping or hitting a horse in the head with hands or any other object. Using a bit in a manner that causes a horse to bleed from its mouth or face. Repeatedly and excessively pulling on one or both reins. Riding a horse that is visibly lame, sick, or emaciated. The 1st Offense penalty will result in a "NO TIME" on that ride. A 2nd Offense penalty will result in a "NO TIME" on all remaining rides for that day.