The 2017 Wildfire Open to the World Winners Circle included, left to right: Wrangler’s Robert Lever, heading champ Aaron Tsinigine and his heeler, Patrick Smith, Wildfire Producer Billy Pipes, heading champ Kaleb Driggers and his heeler, Junior Nogueira, and Resistol’s Ricky Bolin. – Lone Wolf Photo
By Kendra Santos
Special To Ropers Sports News
Wildfire Open to the World Producer Billy Pipes was looking for the perfect ending to his renowned “Texas Gunslinging.” An all-star cast of world-class team ropers—headlined by 2017 Wildfire co-champs Aaron Tsinigine and Patrick Smith, and Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira—delivered. The fearsome foursome duked it out all day long on Super Saturday of this year’s February 3-5 showdown in Salado, and in the end there was the first-ever tie at the top.
“I really wanted to crown 20 champs before we called it quits, and this was our 19th annual,” Pipes said moments after both teams stunned the crowd by stopping the clock six times in 37.79 seconds. “Here’s my answer. This is the perfect ending, and I got my goal of crowning 20 champions.”
Bull rider Sage Kimzey, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss each won nearly half a million dollars at RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER Sunday, Feb. 19, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. – Photo by Andy Watson
ARLINGTON, TX (Feb. 19, 2017) – Three individuals shared a $1 million bonus at the world’s richest one-day rodeo on Sunday. RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER awarded a total of $2 million to winners in seven rodeo contests at AT&T Stadium.