Winners of the #13 WSTR Ariat Finale were Hank Robins (r) and Kycen Winns (l). Hank set a new record for most money won at the event as he also won the #10, plus the win in the #11 Consolation to take home $310,250 in cash alone. – Jennings Photography


LAS VEGAS, NV – The World Series of Team Roping (WSTR) took the helm at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, December 8-16, 2018, for their 13th annual Finale. Paying out a grand total of $13,142,000 over nine divisions, including a new #14 Super Qualifier and the popular outdoor Super Qualifiers. From the #14 Finale down to the #8, Champions were crowned and went home with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

“The Finale is the crown jewel within the cowboy world and it’s what is driving the sport,” said Denny Gentry, founder and president of the WSTR. “Team roping is cowboy golf and whether they are rodeo, ex-rodeo, barrel racers, cutters, reiners, race trackers, whatever—we have the whole cowboy world congregating in the sport of team roping.”
Former ProRodeo World Champ Steve Purcella, Hereford, Texas, spent most of his career turning steers but he switched ends to team up with Arizona’s Chad Smith in the Priefert #14 WSTR Finale. The duo came from ninth call-back to claim victory and take home $178,000. The win is a bigger payday than he ever saw in ProRodeo.”It was around ‘96, I’m not sure we won $100,000 the entire year,” Purcella recalled. “Now, we win $89,000 in one day—that’s pretty cool.”
Just a few days later Purcella’s dad, Milton Purcella, Hondo, New Mexico, also came back ninth call in the #8 Finale to secure an eighth-place finish and $43,000, with JW Meyer, Hereford, Texas. At 79, Milton is proof that it’s never too late to cash in at the WSTR Finale.
Nick Sartain, Yukon, Oklahoma, had the same sentiment as Purcella. Just last year, the 2009 PRCA World Champion Header cut his thumb off and switched to heeling in an effort to regain his feel and confidence. Sartain teamed up with Bob Freeman, Fargo, Oklahoma, to top the Ariat #12 WSTR Finale worth $282,000.
Traditionally the largest division, the YETI #10 WSTR Finale made its mark on team roping when it awarded the single-largest paycheck in the history of the sport—a whopping $376,000—to Hank Robins and Colton Robins, both of Aurora, Utah, but no relation.
“I think I’m going to turn my horse out by the river and retire,” laughed Hank. “Honestly, I should be able to rope on this the rest of my life. It’s pretty unreal still.”
Not only did Hank win the #10 Finale he also topped the YETI #13 with Kycen Winn, Annabella, Utah, worth $234,000, and the Boehringer Ingelheim #11 Consolation with K C Jensen for another $10,500. With his split he’ll be taking home $310,250. He is now one of the richest amateur team ropers of all time. The honor didn’t come easily though. It took a lot of work and a little luck, as Hank and his partners put in hours and hours of practice headed into this year’s Finale.
One of the most memorable moments of Finale 13 took place in the YETI #10 when the legendary Dick Yates, Pueblo, Colorado, came tight with Canadian heeler, Guy Chomistek, to finish third and take home $204,000. At 81-years-young Yates is a tried and true team roping veteran and an obvious crowd favorite. This year however, his focus was on grandson, and first-time NFR qualifier, Trey Yates, as he heeled for 2015 World Champion header Aaron Tsinigine and claimed the 2018 NFR average title in the Thomas & Mack.
In addition, the following divisional champions were crowned: In the Boehringer Ingelheim #11 WSTR Finale Hondo Fryar, La Vernia, Texas and Luke McClanahan, Bulverde, Texas, took home $282,000; Lorenzo Carbajal, Wittmann, Arizona, and Ted Hagler, Kuna, Idaho, won $350,000 in the Ariat #9 WSTR Finale; and Byron Lenox, Donie, Texas and Kelly Waller, Teague, Texas, will be cashing in a $208,000 paycheck for their win in the Priefert #8 WSTR Finale.
“For those of us inside the sport we say it takes time to be competitive,” Gentry added. “So, we’re all kind of amazed when we see someone come in and do it relatively quickly. However, every year someone does it. We had a guy come all the way from Sweden to rope. Two years ago, he couldn’t even ride.”
Sweden’s Kenny Green Pettersson finished ninth in the Ariat #12 with WSTR producer, Troy Shelley, Coolidge, Arizona, worth $45,000—and proof that the future of team roping is alive and well and gaining momentum around the world.
#14 Priefert Finale
Average: 1. Chad L. Smith and Steve Purcella, 30.11, $178,000. 2. Brice Boatright and Zanga Schutte, 30.15, $138,000. 3. Clay Elkington and Cody Burnside, 30.23, $97,000. 4. Richard Nolen and Kyle Stamps, 30.36, $73,000. 5. Jake Telford and Ryan Powell, 30.44, $65,000. 6. Wyatt Muggli and John O’Connor, 31.26, $57,000. 7. Jason Jones and Steve G. Ross, 31.52, $49,000. 8. Alan Chappell and Wesley H. Moss, 31.82, $41,000. 9/10. Jackie Crawford and CR Bradley; Cayetano Tijerina and Joel Bach, 31.86, $33,000. 11. Gabe Ramirez and Marcus Battaglia, 32.03, $24,000. 12. Sam Livingston and Johnny Salvo, 32.05 $24,000. 13. Kyle Rochlisberger and Corey Bader, 32.56, $10,000. 14. Cyle Denison and Chad Townson, 32.9, $10,000. 15. Tyler Merrill and Jordan Allyn, 33.7, $6,000. 16. Lain LaFountain and Cash Duty, 34.38, $6,000. 17. Mike Grant and Chad Espenscheid, 36.8, $6,000. 18. Braxton Hughes and Joe Hughes, 37.92, $6,000. 19. Logan Moore and Case Swaim, 22.07 on 3, $6,000. 20. Bobby Baize and Diego Castillo, 22.47, $6,000.
#13 Yeti Finale
Average: 1. Hank Robins and Kycen Winn, 29.03, $234,000. 2. Jake D. Cooper and Dustin Buffer, 30.6, $175,000. 3. Mike Row and Nick Sartain, 31.06, $127,000. 4. James Winders and Kory McConnell, 31.34, $107,000. 5. Dustin Pool and Clay Casper, 31.46, $87,000. 6. Shayne Ohotto and Bobby Baize, 31.51, $68,000. 7. Mandy Niesen and Shawn Harrelson, 31.56, $58,000. 8. Codee James Roberts and Jace Mitchell, 31.92, $49,000. 9. Ashley O’Donnell and Jordan Allyn, 32.0, $37,000. 10. Samantha Jo Jorgenson and Cash Hetzel, 32.18, $32,000. 11. Randy Gaydos and Dusty Pulsipher, 32.24, $20,000. 12. Monty P. Foster and Jimmy Dean Thornbury, 32.31, $18,000. 13. Logan Naillon and Chris Wooten, 32.34, $16,000. 14. JW Baucom and Jay Holmes, 32.75, $14,000. 15. Austin Kropf and Dylan Jay Payne, 32.97, $12,000. 16. Tim W. Fuller and Casey Fuller, 33.07, $11,800. 17. Jerry Elkins and Scooter Garcia, 33.2, $11,600. 18. Danielle Darnall and Shawn Darnall, 33.51, $11,400. 19. Randy Polich and Steve Johnson, 34.69, $11,200. 20. Joe Zuger and Tio Simmons, 36.24, $11,000.
#12 Ariat Finale
Average: 1. Bob Freeman and Nick Sartain, 30.23, $272,000. 2. Justin Atkinson and Jamie Sohrt, 31.74, $204,000. 3. Robert Gonzales and Adrian Trevino, 31.75, $147,000. 4/5. Brian Kennedy and Stephen Kinchen; Cole Carlson and Daren Austin, 31.83, $113,000. 6. Mark Smith and Rube Woolsey, 31.93, $80,000. 7. Tyler Pennington and Clint Pennington, 32.13, $68,000. 8. Butch Gidney and Dee Gidney, 32.22, $57,000. 9. Kenny Green Pettersson and Troy Shelley, 32.7, $45,000. 10. Tim W. Fuller and Davy Jones, 32.85, $34,000. 11. Neal Wood and James Tettenhorst, 32.88, $20,000. 12. Dick Yates and JT Schalla, 33.18, $18,000. 13. Herman Wheaton and Lance Broesche, 33.27, $16,000. 14. Ramiro Gonzalez and Jason Boegle, 33.4, $14,000. 15. Steve Freed and Danny Leslie, 33.42, $12,000. 16. AJ Griffin and Mitch Murray, 33.51, $11,800. 17. Mark Foley and Curtis Evans, 33.75, $11,600. 18. TG Sandifeer and Andy Anaya, 33.82, $11,400. 19. Derrick Bell and Ryan Pratt, 34.31, $11,200. 20. Jeff Davis and Miguel Ochoa, 34.67, $11,000.
#11 Boehringer Ingelheim Finale
Average: 1. Hondo Fryar and Luke McClanahan, 31.88, $282,000. 2. Coley Barner and Daniel Hernandez, 32.43, $212,000. 3. Enoch Malouff and Lowell Neshem, 32.7, $153,000. 4. Danny Dubeau and Justin Dubeau, 33.75, $130,000. 5. Bradley Ammons and Jake Goddard, 34.0, $106,000. 6. Jacob Carr and Shane Paschal, 34.03, $82,000. 7. Barrie Smith and Steve Whinnery, 34.26, $71,000. 8. Michael Valdez and Bo Crutchfield, 34.4, $59,000. 9. Callie Anthony and Colton Gow, 34.52, $47,000. 10. Shannon Jones and Dustin W. Noblitt, 34.77, $35,000. 11. Nick Griggs and Scott Venable, 34.88, $20,000. 12. Reg Cully and Bruno Paoliello, 35.08, $18,000. 13. Steve Scharien and Todd Snodgrass, 35.49, $16,000. 14. Joey Arnold and Ryan Pascoe, 35.72, $14,000. 15. Luke Kelley and Derek Rosenoff; Marcos Bustamante and Joe Bustamante, 35.83, $11,900. 17. Frank Baptiste and Buster Green, 35.85, $11,600. 18. Jason Guzman and Jared Britain, 35.91, $11,400. 19. Mark Nixon and Rene G. Rodriguez, 35.93, $11,200. 20. Bill Jorgenson and Shawn Hanson, 36.23, $11,000.
American Cowboy #10
Average: 1. Bob Stewart and Doug A. Miller, 31.77, $2,000. 2. Bobby Jean Colyer and Scott Myers, 32.06, $2,000. 3. Brandon Nelson and JO Jensen, 32.2, $2,000. 4. Marcus Linaweaver and Curtis Buckler, 36.42, $2,000. 5. Francisco Ceron and Jose Briseno Solorzano, 36.96, $2,000. 6. Brent Mays and Emanuel Sanders, 37.08, $1,600. 7. Rusty Rich and Bradee Hughes, 37.36, $1,600. 8. Landon Cornia and Brian Nate, 37.83, $1,600. 9. Jimmy Ruiz and Scottie Dugger, 38.07, $1,600. 10. Lee Oliver and Kullen Burk, 40.16, $1,600. 11. Dean Drosos and Paul Rush, 40.64, $1,600.
#10 Yeti Finale
Average: 1. Hank Robins and Colton Robins, 33.07, $376,000. 2. Courtney Myers and Jay Hipp, 34.0, $283,000. 3. Dick Yates and Guy Chomistek, 34.08, $204,000. 4. Alan Chappell and Shank Stephens, 34.8, $173,000. 5. Tully Wilson and Carson Seago, 35.92, $141,000. 6. Greg Singletary and Gene Myers, 37.28, $110,000. 7. Francisco Aranda and Adan Queada, 37.36, $94,000. 8. Walt Stein and Jim Shawnego, 37.58, $79,000. 9. Bill Resor and Shorty Burruel, 37.66, $63,000. 10. Mel Smith and Jonathan Talsma, 37.89, $47,000. 11. Kort Albertson and Nick Ricks, 38.36, $20,000. 12. Travis Johnson and John Garcia, 38.69, $18,000. 13. Todd Kimble and Danny Garcia, 39.13, $16,000. 14. Michayla Terrill and Levi Molesworth, 39.43, $14,000. 15. Trenton Jones and Wayne Rowley, 39.51, $12,000. 16. Jody York and Greg Corman, 39.62, $11,800. 17. Neal Smith and Perry McCance, 39.64, $11,600. 18. Kenny Andrus and Chantz Banks, 39.75, $11,400. 19. Scott Hunnicutt and Jeff Busby, 40.16, $11,200. 20. Preston Billingsley and Thumper Hardt, 40.38, $11,000.
#9 Ariat Finale
Average: 1. Ted Hagler and Lorenzo Carbajal, 32.76, $350,000. 2. Mitch Self and Cody R. Malone, 33.82, $264,000. 3. Shane Boston and Joe James, 36.52, $190,000. 4. Keli Hatley and Karen Little, 36.87, $161,000. 5. Billy Sharber and Bill Evans, 37.86, $131,000. 6. Lynn Stadheim and Gerald Watson, 38.04, $102,000. 7. Todd Rothleutner and Tell Stoner, 38.73, $88,000. 8. Doug May Jr. and Yale Johnson, 39.12, $72,000. 9. Clay Ryon McKinney and Clay McKinney, 39.61, $60,000. 10. Clint Copenhaver and Justin Storms, 40.49, $44,000. 11. Willy Hicks and Jeff Blass, 40.86, $20,000. 12. EJ Kaufman and Tombo Kaufman, 41.78, $18,000. 13. Kasey Gentry and Melvin Gentry, 42.27, $16,000. 14. Mitch Waters and David E. Lloyd, 43.07, $14,000. 15. Skip Shamp and Earl Higgins, 43.19, $12,000. 16. Farrell Jackson and Alex Gutierrez, 44.06, $11,800. 17. Gordon J. Fields and Gary Belliston, 44.84, $11,600. 18. Curt Westland and Amanda Kooiker, 44.85, $11,400. 19. Roy Brown and Jim Brown, 44.95, $11,200. 20. Markie Battaglia and Joyce Battaglia, 44.97, $11,000.
#8 Priefert Finale
Average: 1. Byron Lenox and Kelly Waller, 33.84, $208,000. 2. JR Marshall and Brandon LaBorde, 39.29, $156,000. 3. Art Tapia and Michael Tapia, 43.47, $112,000. 4. Scott Norman and Chip Roberts, 45.04, $95,000. 5. Shawn Calloway and Jed Kerr, 45.3, $78,000. 6. Manuel Catano and Ricardo Orozco 47.39, $61,000. 7. Kay Perkins and Denny Finch, 47.55, $52,000. 8. JW Meyer and Milton Purcella, 50.31, $43,000. 9. Gabriel Frausto and Cleo Leyva, 50.66, $35,000. 10. Joe Frerich and Jackie Davis, 50.83, $25,000. 11. Judy Parker and Les Vogt, 51.33, $20,000. 12. Bert Nesloney and JC Slaughter, 52.06, $18,000. 13. Mike L. Altom and Joel Oden, 52.23, $16,000. 14. Frank Byrd and Jeff Staples, 52.5, $14,000. 15. Todd Hall and Patti Jo Hall, 52.98, $12,000. 16. Joel Stein and Lindsey Rae Braddock, 53.16, $11,800. 17. Westi Hicks and Juan Montoya, 53.81, $11,600. 18. Armando Chavez and Andres Molinar, 54.24, $11,400. 19. Joe Thompson and Drew Luenella, 56.75, $11,200. 20. Justin Kimball and Steve L. Yeisley, 56.77, $11,000.

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