In 2023 BPIR will operate using its own rules as outlined in the BPIR Rule book, which is online.
There is an Icon under the Rule Book section called RULE CHANGES to captures any rule changes or new rules added to the Rule Book as an easy reference for you.
There are a number of changes, and I am highlighting a few that you should be aware of. The changes below are not an inclusive list but just a few major changes:
Membership cards are $100.00 for 2023.
Seniors - 50 years and above must purchase a membership the 1st year for $40. All memberships are free afterwards as long as they have 2 years of consecutive participation.
Please read carefully because there will be no exceptions for members or non- members. Once the books are closed, they are closed for everyone.
To qualify for the BPIR Finals a participant must compete in one (1) more than 1/2 of BPIR rodeos prior to the BPIR Finals.
In 2023, there are a total of 9 BPIR rodeos, so to make it to the finals you must compete in 6 rodeos. Please note to qualify for the BPIR National Finals, you must participate in a minimal of 3 rodeos from the BPIR Texas Connections Series and a minimal of 3 rodeos from the BPIR Legacy Series.
The top 10-point (money) leaders who are BPIR members and have met the rodeo requirement rule of (one more than half) will qualify for BPIR National Finals Rodeo. The top 10 leaders in each event will be invited to compete in the finals for that event.
The BPIR Finals does not count as a qualifying rodeo.
If a BPIR member competes in two or more events during the current rodeo year, they qualify for All-Around Cowboy/Cowgirl competition. However, mere qualification alone does not guarantee a spot in both events at the finals. For example, if a contestant is NOT one of the top 10 leaders in one of their events, they may not be a BPIR finalist in that event merely because they competed in a second event and/ or won money in that event. Monies won in each event will count towards All-Around Cowboy/Cowgirl points.
If a contestant is invited to compete at the BPIR National Finals as an alternate and DID NOT compete in one more than half of the rodeos, he/she WILL NOT be eligible for any year-end awards, however anyone who competes will be eligible for Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Finals awards. i.e. average event winners. To be eligible for a BPIR Championship title, you must compete in the BPIR Finals.
Contestants will be grouped according to how they qualify to compete at the finals as follows:
Group 3 (Money & Not Enough Qualified Rodeos) will be
BPIR FINALS JACKETS:
All contestants competing at the finals will receive a BPIR Finals jacket.
RFKS ENTRY RULE:
All timed events (CR, SW, LBA, JR. BA, LSU) are last to ENTER first to go EXCEPT Ladies Barrel Racing. All CONTESTANTS and STAFF must check in with Secretary on day of event to receive credentials and back numbers.
STALLS and RV HOOK-UPS:
Contestants, Staff and Specialty Acts are responsible for paying their Stall, RV’s and Electrical Hook-up Charges in each market. If anyone leaves a market without paying their charges, they will not be allowed to enter another BPIR rodeo until all charges are paid.
RELAY RACE RULE:
All Relay teams MUST registered online. If there are any changes to your team members, you must notify the secretary before competing in order to avoid disqualification.
If there is (7) Relay Teams or Less, Each team will run both days
(SAT & SUN) and both Performances (1:30 & 7:30) and paid on an AVERAGE of the combined times. If there is (8) or more teams, the relay race will be ONE RUN based on FASTEST TIMES. The Teams will be divided based on ODD Numbers running on (SATURDAY or 1:30) Performance and EVEN numbers running on (Sunday or 7:30PM Performance).
In the event the Rodeo only has one performance, the odd numbers will compete in the (pre-show or 1st session) and the even numbers will compete in the (2nd session). The Relay pattern will be stakes prior to competing in a one run competition.
* Each contestant will be allowed to compete on TWO TEAMS ONLY.
If a person is found to have competed on more the TWO TEAMS, ALL the teams will be DISQUALIFIED. ALL THREE TEAMS will be disqualified, and NO MONEY will be REFUNDED.
Relay Race operates as follows:
THE START OF THE RELAY WILL BEGIN AT THE FIRST BARREL AND THE FINISH WILL BE AT THE FIRST BARREL (reason: the majority of the relay racers will be accustomed to starting at the 1st barrel and stopping at the 4th. The relay racers are generally the same group of people each year.
THE PASSING OF THE BATON WILL OCCUR BETWEEN THE 4TH AND 1ST BARREL ONLY (i.e. the pass can’t happen at the 4th, nor can it. The passing of the baton will occur between the 4th and 1st barrel only (i.e. The pass can’t happen at the 4th, nor can it happen at the 1st, it must be between the barrels).
You have to be ready to enter the arena when your team is called, if not, you will be disqualified and will forfeit your entry fee.
You can encourage your horse to run; however, the designated relay baton is all that you can pass between riders.
The barrel will be staked at the very beginning and will remain the same for the duration of the race for both performances.
LADIES BARREL RACING:
The ladies barrel race will be ONE run with 16 or more called in and paid contestants. Two runs with (1-15) called in and paid entries.
BAREBACK/RANCH BRONC RIDING EVENT
As everyone knows, we continue to struggle to get a reputable number of bareback and Ranch Bronc riders to participate at BPIR rodeos. We will continue to keep the event for the 2023 season. However, BPIR reserves the right to retain with the following requirements:
For timed events, the contestant has 3 attempts to set their animal to contest their stock. After the 3rd attempt, the Judge will allow 45 seconds before your stock is released.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR QUALIFICATIONS:
To be eligible for Rookie of the year, a participant must compete in one (1) more than 1/2 of BPIR rodeos.
A Rookie contender must have a membership card and have not participated previously as a BPIR member.
If there is no qualified score or time in an event, the ground money will not count toward points.
BULL RIDING PAY OUTS:
Bull Riding will be paid on each go round per rodeo. BPIR Finals will pay each go round and an average
Current Coggins Papers (No Exceptions) Please have your papers available for each rodeo if case you are asked for them.
* In 2023, Book will close two weeks prior to each rodeo according to published schedule. All entries must be done online.
In 2023, only local permits will be allowed in California and Atlanta rodeos.