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CARRIETON RODEO, SA DECEMBER 29 ENTRY DATES: Dec 11/12/13
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04 June, 2013

NATIONAL FINALS GROUND RULES 2013

NATIONAL FINALS GROUND RULES 2013

1. The top 15 contenders who have competed in a minimum of 5 Pro Tour rodeos in the 12/13 rodeo season, which ends on 30th April in each of the seven standard events and ladies breakaway roping shall be entitled to compete for APRA Championships at the NFR. In the event that a qualifier or qualifiers in any of the events are unable to compete at the NFR then the next highest contestant in that event in the APRA finalist standings shall be eligible to compete. (Min 5 Pro Tour rodeo criteria applies.) Should all the NFR positions not be filled after everyone who has fulfilled the criteria has had the opportunity to enter, then those remaining positions will be filled by the highest money earners in that event who may not necessarily have competed at 5 pro tour rodeos.
2. The APRA NFR qualifiers in the seven standard events, breakaway roping and All Around Category shall carry no previous earnings into the Finals, but shall all start even. The Australian champion in each event shall be the contestant earning the most money at the NFR. If for any reason the round money alters from $2916 per event, all events and rounds will be recorded as equal payouts for the purpose of determining the Australian Champion.
3. In each of the standard rodeo events, there shall be a minimum of four complete go rounds. Four places shall be paid in each go round on the basis of 40%, 30%, 20%, 10% there will be an aggregate payout which will pay the same as each round, however for the sake of determining the Australian Champions, the aggregate payouts will be calculated as follows: 1st 50%, 2nd 37.5%, 3rd 25%, 4th 12.5% based on prize money equal to each round. (Actual prize money for the aggregate will be $2916).
In any situation should there be less than 4 qualified times or scores in any event the place getters will be paid out as per APRA prize money breakdown however only the prize money won equivalent to their placing will be counted in their NFR standings ie. Should only one competitor qualify in a particular event they may receive $2916 prize money however only $1166 will be counted towards NFR standings.
4. The champion in each event shall be the contestant earning the most money at the NFR but in the event there is a tie, then the following condition shall apply:
a) In the event of a tie for the All Around Championship at the conclusion of the last go round, those contestants that are tied shall compete on additional stock, in the following manner until the tie is broken and the champion declared. If a contestant in the tie is competing at the NFR in more than one event, they shall elect the event in which they will compete in the tie breaker. In the event that the contestants tied are competing in the same event, the contestant with the highest mark or the lowest time on the additional stock shall be the champion. In the event that the contestants tied are competing in different events, each contestant shall compete on an additional head of stock in their event, with that mark or time ranked against the marks or times in his event in the last go round, with the contestant having the highest ranking being the All Around Champion.
(That is, if a saddle bronc rider is tied with a steer wrestler, another bronc would be ridden and another steer run. If the saddle bronc rider’s mark would have placed him fifth in the last go round and the steer wrestler’s time would have placed him first, the tie is broken and the steer wrestler would be declared the All Around Champion).
5.(a)NFR contestants may, upon filing a proper medical release with the NFR secretary, draw out of a go round or go rounds and remain eligible to win a Championship. A contestant who does not compete in all rounds of the NFR will be ineligible for aggregate prize money and points.
(b)In the event that a contestant is awarded a reride he must take that reride when reride stock is available and before the commencement of the next round.
6. Contestants at the NFR shall wear identifying garments, if provided, in an appropriate place, at each performance of the NFR. A contestant may not receive a marking or time unless such identifying garments are worn.
7. In all timed events (except the Barrel Race) the first performance of the NFR the contestant shall compete in the reverse order of the APRA finalist standings at the end of the 2012/13 season. That is, in each of the timed events the 15th man in the standings shall compete first, and the first man in the standing shall compete last. The Barrel Race will be a random draw and then reverse for the second round, third round random, fourth reverse, fifth round will be random.
In the remaining timed events the second round shall be drawn in random order and then reversed for the third round. The fourth round will be a random draw. However in all cases the Final Round will be drawn so that the highest ranked NFR competitors will compete last i.e. reverse orders of their NFR Standings. In the case of a tie in NFR standings prior to the last round the year end standings will determine who competes first. The highest ranked competitor in the year end standings will compete in the later position.
In the timed events, if two contestants follow one another and wish to use the same horse or horses, the contestant in the lower position in the APRA finalist standings shall compete in an earlier position in the performance, so as not to delay or slow the production of the rodeo. That is, if the NFR contestants are using the same horses, then the person in ninth position shall move to eighth position and the person in eighth position would then take his place. A contestant who qualified in two or more events for the NFR may elect to compete in only one event, but such selection must be made known to the Rodeo Administration of the APRA by entry closing date.
8.A full rehearsal for the Grand Entry shall be scheduled for the morning of the first performance.
9.Two (2) extra calves shall be tied down and brought to the arena for each go round to be used in case of a rerun. For the last performance, two calves from the balance of the herd regardless of the pen, be brought up to be used in the case of a tie. In the other major events, two extra head of stock shall be brought up for each performance with four (4) extra head to be brought up for the last performance.
10. The function of the stock selection committee is to:
(a)Select the stock for NFR and
(b)Place this stock in event pens. These committees shall take no part in adjusting the stock from one pen to another at the NFR. If necessary, this shall be done by the directors.
11.No contestant may draw the same head of stock in the same event in any round of the NFR.
12.In all other respects, APRA rules shall apply at the NFR.
13.No personal sponsorship without prior arrangements.
14.Any horses used at the NFR may be tested for performance enhancing drugs. Disqualification, fines and suspension may be imposed on contestants and owners should their horse test positive.
15.Contestants must pay the full entry fee ($605 per event) prior to the commencement of the NFR. No refunds will be given once the contestants has competed in the first round. 



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