ABCRA Rule Book

ABCRA RULE BOOK - CLICK HERE Effective 1st December 2015

If you would like a hard copy please contact Head Office 02 6766 5863.
Please note: there will be ongoing changes to the formatting of the Rule Book to use available space, however the content of the Rule Book will remain intact.

RSNCA Ranch Sorting Rule Book (valid 29.3.2016)


Novice Rodeo Competitor Requirement’s

As a result of recent events where Novice Competitors have competed without the mandatory helmet and vest we extend this timely reminder to ALL Novice Competitor’s that it is a requirement that while competing they must wear a helmet.

Those riders found to be in breach of the rules in recent times have had fines applied and any future Novice Competitors competing without a helmet and vest will also have fines applied.

Please void any future unpleasantness by ensuring that the rules are complied with.

Ambulance Cover 

ALL Competitors and in fact ALL Personnel involved with ABCRA sanctioned events need to seriously consider their position in relation to possible transportation by Ambulance, this includes by air.

ABCRA’s insurance policies DO NOT include any Ambulance cover at all and with the associated high cost in the event that you are transported by Ambulance without any cover, Competitors and Personnel are strongly advised to take out their own private Ambulance cover.

Some members will have some level of Ambulance cover included with their Private Health Insurance and we urge those members to double check the level that the cover provides. Some covers do not view a broken arm or leg as a Category 1 incident and therefore transportation by Ambulance is not covered. Category 1 incidents are defined as serious or life threatening.

Again, we urge ALL Competitors and Members to ensure that they are adequately covered in the event that they require transportation by any form of Ambulance.

Stock Contractors

Please note, that as paid contractors at an ABCRA sanctioned event, Stock Contractors and their Personnel are NOT covered under ABCRA’s Personal Accident and Public Liability Policies. We strongly recommend that all Stock Contractors, if they haven’t already done so, secure Public Liability cover for at least $5 million and Personal Accident cover for themselves and their staff.

There is one current action that we are aware of against a Stock Contractor in relation to a Rodeo incident and fortunately the Contractor involved has the necessary cover.

Protection Clowns, Comedy Clowns and Pick Up Personnel

ABCRA approved Arena Personnel which includes Judges, Chute Bosses, Gate Pullers, Protection Athletes, Comedy Clowns and Pick Up Riders while performing their duties ARE covered by ABCRA’s Personal Accident and Public Liability Insurances.

Rule Changes

Barrel Race Course Setting – Effective 21.4.2017

Where a Ladies Barrel Race is split into sections, the last two (2) competitors on the draw for the first section are responsible for setting the course. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically.

Where a Ladies Barrel Race is run in one section the existing rule still applies. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically.

In Junior Barrel Racing, the last two (2) competitors in the 14-18 years Barrel Race are responsible for setting the course for all Junior Barrel racing events. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically. 

Rookie Rule Change for Clarification - Rookie Rule G.3 - Effective 21.4.2017

  • A Rookie is a competitor whose life time earnings have not exceeded $4,500.00 (inclusive of any National Finals earnings) at the commencement of a points year.
  • For all events except Bull Riding, a competitor may compete in either Novice or Open competition until they have achieved life time earnings of $4,500.00. Only monies won in Open competition will count towards a Rookie Title, or breaking Rookie status.

Note: In Bull Riding, competitors must have achieved a minimum of $1000.00 in life time earnings to be eligible to compete in Open events.

  • A competitor may continue to nominate as a Rookie for an individual event until they achieve life time earnings of $4,500.00.
  • To be eligible to compete for a Rookie Title, a competitor must advise ABCRA by lodging a Rookie Nomination Form not later than 30th June in any year.
  • The year in which a competitor achieves lifetime earnings of $4,500.00 in an event ceases to be eligible to nominate as a Rookie in that event.
  • To be eligible for an All Round Rookie Title, the competitor must lodge a nomination form with ABCRA Head Office and gain points in two or more events in that points year. The All Round Rookie title will be awarded to the highest aggregate point earner (inclusive of any National Finals earnings).

If there are no competitors nominated for the All Round Rookie title with money earnings in two or more events, the All Round Rookie title will be awarded to the competitor with the highest earnings in an individual event.

  • If a competitor wins an All Round Rookie title, they cease to be eligible for any other Event Rookie Title in future years.
  • If a competitor has broken their Rookie status in any individual event, they are not eligible to nominate for an All Round Rookie Title.
  • A competitor can only win one Rookie title per event.
  • Winning a Zone Rookie, Event or All Round title does not disqualify the competitor from eligibility for a National Event or All Round Rookie title.
  • Any competitor breaking into open status under previous ABCRA Rookie Rules is not eligible to nominate under the new ABCRA Rookie rule.

Members coming from other Associations:

  • A rodeo competitor joining the ABCRA is required to declare their status with any other Association and commences with the status attained in ANY other Association. 

Mandatory wearing of helmets for all Encouragement Campdraft Riders

Effective 1st December 2016 ALL Encouragement Campdraft Riders must wear an approved helmet while competing in any draft.  We are currently updating our data base to include the status of the competitor to make it clear to Committees who is of Encouragement status.

Master Campdraft Rider Title

Effective 1st December 2016 there will be a Master Rider Title for 55 years and over Competitors. Points will accumulated from the Maiden, Novice, Open and Open for Open drafts and this will be an event at the 2018 National Finals. 

Barrel Race Rules-update

Barrel Racing 30 second course time limit
The new rule book no longer has 30 second time limit on Barrel Racing.
This is in line with the Australian Rodeo Federation rules included in the ABCRA Rule Book.

Barrel Racing Timing
The new rule book no longer states that times must be in 100’s, times must now be taken in 1,000’s (3 decimal places).
This is in line with the Australian Rodeo Federation rules included in the ABCRA Rule Book.

Important NCCA Campdraft Rule Changes

30 November  2016

Rule 4.12 will now read

A horse that clips a beast when changing sides shall be penalized; however a horse that badly hits a beast over the hocks or runs up the rump of a beast will be disqualified.

11.2 Stallion Containment Requirements

Minimum Stallion Containment Requirements.

Stallions to be double tied.

Stallions to have an exclusion perimeter erected around the animal by way of electrified tape around the horse and area they are tied to exclude any possible interaction between the stallion and another horse or human.

At night:

The same rules apply to daylight hours with the addition for a stallion that is in panels must have additional form of restraint e.g.: tied up, hobbles, sideline.

Individual associations affiliated with the NCCA may impose additional containment rules.


Stallion Containment

During daylight:   Stallions to be enclosed by panels of all campdraft grounds.

Stallions can be free to roam inside panel area when an exclusion permitter is erected by way of electrified tape around the panelled area to exclude any possible interactions between the stallion and another horse or human.

Only 1 horse is allowed per enclosure.

Panels must be a min if 1500mm in height.

Panels must be constructed using an equivalent of 4 bars of 25mm box or pipe equivalent as a minimum.

Panels must be anchored securely to a solid object i.e. truck, post or tree.