Horse Football

Horse Football™ has deep roots in history but has been heavily modified by the Huwa family for Ropin’ Rascals, a children’s charity event in Keenesburg. Our cowboys and cowgirls participate in the event with horses, but in a safer environment than the original horseball games. It focuses on fun and teamwork rather than competition. In playing, the children also get to practice what they learn in their roping lessons. Horse Football™ is often the event that is talked about long after Ropin’ Rascals ends.

Horse Football™ has deep roots in history but has been heavily modified by the Huwa family for Ropin’ Rascals, a children’s charity event in Keenesburg. Our cowboys and cowgirls participate in the event with horses, but in a safer environment than the original horseball games. It focuses on fun and teamwork rather than competition. In playing, the children also get to practice what they learn in their roping lessons. Horse Football™ is often the event that is talked about long after Ropin’ Rascals ends.

Long Before Keenesburg- The Roots of Horse Football

Huwa’s Horse Football has little in common with its original and dangerous predecessor, Pato. Also known as juego del pato, literally “duck game,” the original horseball game originated in Argentina in the 1600s using a live duck instead of a ball. Outlawed in the 1790s due to high mortality rates of the players, it was eventually cleaned up and in 1953 became Argentina’s national game. Horseball is one of ten disciplines officially recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

Closer to Keenesburg – Horseball in its Modern Form

The Keenesburg charity event bases their Horse Football game on the safer modern horseball, which is in turn based on the sports of polo, rugby and basketball. Teams of four players and sometimes two substitutes play on a soft surface, often sand. The ball has six handles and resembles an atom. Players make a minimum of three passes between three players before attempting to score a goal through a vertical hoop 3.3 feet in diameter, located atop a 7.9-foot-tall pole.

Tacklin’ Horse Football at the Keenesburg Charity Event

The Ropin’ Rascals children’s charity event in Keenesburg has very little to do with either the original juego del pato, or even the modern horseball. The Huwas have heavily modified it for Ropin’ Rascals. In the Huwa’s game, the quarterback and receiver are always on horses. Once the receiver catches the ball, it is placed on the ground. A runner gathers the ball and runs toward the endzone. The game stops and restarts when the runner is roped, unless they score.

Player Bios

Junior Nogueira

  • 2014 Resistol Rookie Of The Year
  • 5 Time NFR Qualifier
  • 2016 World Champion
  • From Scottsdale, AZ

    Kaleb Driggers

    • 2009 PRCA Rookie Of The Year
    • 7 Time NFR Qualifier
    • 2nd in the world 2018
    • From Albany, GA

    Jimmi Jo Montera

    • 2 time winner of the Wildfire Roping
    • 3 time USTRC champion
    • 4 Time WTRC champion
    • From Greeley, CO

    Angie Meadors

    • 7 Time NFR Qualifier
    • Placed in 4 rounds at 2011 NFR
    • From Blanchard, OK

    Kollin Vonahn

    • 5 Time NFR qualifier
    • 2 time World Champion
    • From Durant, OK

    Bill Thompson

    • Went to the Pro Bowl 3x
    • First Team All-Pro
    • Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

    Kody Lostroh

    • 2009 Built Ford Tough Series Champion
    • Over fifty 90 point rides
    • From Longmont, CO

    Jess Lockwood

    • 21 Years Old
    • From Volborg, MT
    • Ranked 4th in the world
    • 2017 PBR World Champion

    Walt Woodard

    • 20 time NFR Qualifier
    • 2 time World Champion
    • Hall of Fame Inductee
    • From Stephenville, TX

    Cody Lambert

    • One of the “WolfPack” who rode with Lane Frost
    • Inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2012
    • From Merkel, TX

    Bear Pascoe

    • Former NY Giant
    • XLVI Super Bowl Champion
    • Won the Steer Wrestling at 2017 PRCA Permit challenge
    • From Porterville, CA

    Todd Davis

    • Linebacker for Denver Broncos
    • 336 Career Tackles
    • 2015 Superbowl Champion

    Get Roped into Ropin’ Rascals

    Help the annual Ropin’ Rascals one-day children’s charity event continue to grow! Sponsors and volunteers help special needs boys and girls transform into cowboys and cowgirls for a day. The event occurs in a setting mirroring the Old West at a working ranch in Keenesburg. The children will build memories to last a lifetime, and the proceeds benefit local special needs charities. To register your child or to donate either time or money, please contact us today!

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