A Judge’s Perspective: Tie-Down Roping

AQHA Judge Bill Enk dissects the 2016 AQHA senior tie-down roping championship run.

DT Sugar Shine Whiz and Team Wrangler member C.R. Bradley came out on top at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in senior tie-down roping.

In the video above, Bill Enk, who judged the finals at the 2016 Lucas Oil World, dissects C.R.’s winning run. Watch C.R.’s winning run, then scroll down to read why the AQHA judges found this go worthy of a gold trophy.

In the Box

“The horses are judged from the time they walk in, turn around, how they act in the box, the run and rate, the stop and working the rope. What we look for here is to see how calm this horse is, how relaxed they are, how comfortable they are with their job. They have to be amped up enough to break on their toes when they’re supposed to. This horse is fulfilling the credit situation.”

Out of the Box

“He kind of turns in there to start with, [but] he runs up [and] rates really good, has a pretty decent stop; everything is square up and down the arena. [He] really, really works a good rope, all the way until the rider gets back on him.

“Very good on the rope, run and rate was good. The box right at the end kind of spoiled a great box but it was still credit-earning.”