The Super 7 Patriot Roping champions and winners of the horse trailers were Blake Bowler and TJ Bowler. Presenting their awards, Mike Piland and Gus Rodriguez of Cactus Ropes. – Off The Beaten Path Photo
By Mike Sweeney
ACTRA Business Manager
RENO, NV – ACTRA members from all over the Western United States made their way to Reno, Nevada October 22-28 to join in the 35th Annual ACTRA National Finals celebration. With over $1 million up for grabs in cash and prizes, everyone was guaranteed to be a winner as each contestant received a beautiful contestant jacket fitting the occasion. The jacket was designed by Professional’s Choice. Thank you PC. A big shout-out to the ladies and gentlemen who managed the contestant jacket booth, Lorinda Markegard, Tonja Sweeney, Brian Blaswich, along with extra help from Karen Waggoner. Thank you for all you do and putting a smile on everyone’s face.
RSN owner and publisher Bob Feist proudly points to the very first four-page issue of the publication that was printed in December 1968. – Photo courtesy Bea Ahbeck/Lodi News Sentinel
By Kendra Santos
Special To Ropers Sports News
They call Bob Feist “The Godfather of Team Roping.” But that’s not only because he set the bar so high with his ground-breaking Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic, which remains the world’s richest one-day open roping. Feist also is a pioneer in the team roping publishing business, and it’s the perfect time to step back and spotlight that fact as Ropers Sports News celebrates 50 years as a respected industry voice.