WildFire Pro-Am winners: Pro header Coleman Proctor and Am heeler Gabe Williams; Am header Hali Williams and Pro heeler Jake Long. Gabe and Hali are the children of eight-time PRCA world champion header Speed Williams. – Olie’s Images
By Dru Stewart
Special to Ropers Sports News
HAMILTON, TX – The 21st anniversary of one of the greatest ropings in the industry is in the books, held January 31 through February 3. The WildFire XXI broke new ground in 2019 by adding some new additions to an already great lineup of events and paying out over $536,500. Sticking to the tradition set forth by Billy Pipes and his crew in Salado, the WildFire kicked-off with a sponsors Pro/Am, a steak dinner, open bar, and live band, and continued through the weekend with the Open to the World, an All Ladies roping, and the esteemed #11.5 Businessman’s Roping. Those events are the core of the four-day roping extravaganza, but this year there were some added twists along the way.
Jake Long and Luke Brown celebrate winning $120,000 at the 2017 BFI. (Photo by Olie's Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – When Perry Di Loretto founded the world’s first million-dollar #11 roping in Reno, Nevada, in 1996, it kicked off a legacy of giving back to the host community. Corky Ullman and Daren Peterson, who bought the roping in 2015, are keeping to tradition.