In Calf Roping the cowboy or cowgirl must rope a calf from horseback and then dismount and restrain the calf by tying three legs together. The calf has to remain tied for six seconds. Timing in this event is critical. Often, the cowboy will gallop his horse as soon as the calf leaves the chute, but if he crosses the line too soon, he gets a “cowboy speeding ticket.” Ten seconds are added to his time. Top professional ropers can tie a calf in seven seconds. The world record is six seconds.