What do the terms "short go 'round" and "long go 'round" refer to in a rodeo or bullriding competition?

According to East Oregonian, here's what rodeo term long go and short go mean:

Long Go — The long go encompasses the preliminary rounds of the rodeo and varies in length from event to event. The Round-Up’s long go is two rounds in each timed event

except for barrel racing which, like the roughstock events, is one round. Competitors win money for placing in the top eight of each round.

Short Go — The final round of the rodeo in which the competitor field is cut to the top 12 for each event. Payouts for placing in the short round are lower than in the

long round due to the smaller field, but contestants also can win money for placing in the average standings with strong performances.

Read more rodeo terminology at East Oregonian.

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