MAIN EVENT   |  January 18 - 22, 2023 Queen Creek, Arizona

Cowdog Competition

Friday January 20th, 2023 

Will have a novice, intermediate, and open division. 


Cowdog Competition is a point and time event wherein the stock savvy and skill of the dog, rider and horse are put to the test. The competition centers around maneuvering a small group of cattle through a number of obstacles in a set amount of time.

The goal of the Cowdog Rodear Competition event is to accurately simulate the way in which cow dogs are utilized in everyday cattle operations on working cattle ranches. And, since most cattle operations take care not to run the weight” off their cattle, the Cowdog  Competition places a great deal of emphasis on the stockmanship of the handler and the quiet and controlled manner in which the dog maneuvers the cattle.

The event is unique from other cow dog competitions in that the majority of the obstacles require both the dog and horse/rider to negotiate. For this reason, use of the horse is not restricted in any way. If the handler is horseback, Cowdog Competition provides a great place for individuals to enjoy their good cow horses and work their good cow dogs through courses that either take place in an arena or cross country, or both! 

This fast growing sport originated out west.

 With minimal rules governing the competitions and great prize money, the main emphasis is on fun!

Contestant Information


While the philosophy of the Cowdog Rodear Competition is to have a minimum of rules governing the course, the following will be enforced:

  • The objective is to complete the course while achieving the most points in the least amount of time.
  • All participants must be mounted horseback to complete the trial
  • In the event of a point tie, tie-breaker will be the quickest time
  • No restrictions on use of the horse/rider to assist the dog in maneuvering cattle through the obstacle course
  • Majority of Obstacles will require both the dog and horse/rider to negotiate and complete.
  • Quiet and controlled maneuvering of cattle is required. Contestants will be whistled out for excessive chasing or abusing of livestock and/or chasing cattle outside of the boundaries of the course.

Zero Tolerance Policy

The primary objective of Cowdog Rodear competition is for competitors to have fun while being challenged to exhibit the superior stockmanship skills of themselves, their dogs and horses. To that end, Cowdog Rodear Competition has adopted, and will enforce, a zero tolerance policy at all of its sanctioned events to include the following:

  1.     There will be no abusive treatment of any kind, to any animal, at any time allowed anywhere on the event premises. Abusive treatment will be defined by the event management.
  2.       No training devices, or dummy training devices, will be permitted to be used on, or worn by dogs anywhere on the premises of a sanctioned Cowdog Rodear Competition event.

Violations to any of the above will be cause for immediate disqualification, which will include the forfeiture of all fees paid at that event.