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Ropers of all ages can reap the rewards of the NTR’s Livin’ for Ropin’ events. Twenty trophy Cactus Saddles were awarded during the third L4R Tour stop at Rancho Rio on Jan. 13, 2018.

WICKENBURG, AZ – Ropers from across the country have united with National Team Roping as they launch their new Livin’ for Ropin’ (L4R) Tour. These two- and three-day events boast low fees, big cash payouts and substantial prize-lines including Ford trucks, Cactus saddles and Gist buckles.

 The inaugural L4R Tour stop took place at the famed Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Texas, with tour stops #2 and #3 at Rancho Rio Arena, in Wickenburg, Ariz.  At L4R tour stop #3, held over two Saturdays in January, 1,600 teams competed for 20 trophy Cactus Saddles, a new Ford F350 Dually truck and $150,000 in cash!

“The formats are simple,” said Ty Yost. “We started this Tour last year to offer exceptional payouts and prizes to ropers at stand-alone events, especially formatted for ropers who cannot make the NTR National Finals in Wickenburg.”

For ropers who still want to make the trip to the Team Roping Capital of the World, the 2018 NTR National Finals IV is open to the world and will take place March 5-10, 2018, at Rancho Rio. In 2017 the six-day event paid out $876,610 in cash, plus $100,000 in prizes over 17 individual ropings and nine divisions. Nearly 900 contestants made their way to the Team Roping Capital of the World for the Finals to compete at three of the highest-paying divisional ropings in the industry. New this year the Finals will have an All-Girl division plus two $10,000-added VIP Championship ropings for VIP members. The NTR Finals is also home to the annual The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio. The acclaimed event draws spectators and buyers from all over the U.S. and Canada. This year’s sale will take place on Friday, March 9, with a sale preview on Thursday, March 8.

With low entry fees and big payouts, the National Team Roping Tour has more than 6,000 members who compete in NTR-sanctioned events nationwide. For more information on the National Team Roping Tour, Livin’ for Ropin’ Tour, or to become a member visit nationalteamroping.com. Follow us on facebook at facebook.com/nationalteamroping and on Instagram, search nationalteamroping.

West Wickenburg
FOREPAUGH, AZ
JANUARY 4

#13 SLIDE

1st go: 1. Caden Camp and JC Flake, 6.67, $300.

Average: 1. Cody Hilendeger and JC Flake, 27.67, $2,900. 2. Brooks Dahozy and Hunter Karlson, 32.09, $1,720. 3. Levi Brott and Matt Robertson, 33.26, $1,150.

#9 Big West

Short go, 1st not placing in average: John Teigen and Randy Jackson, 8.44, $200.

Average: 1. Don Brown and Herb Snow, 37.67, $3,520. 2. Mary Vermedahl and Pat Danehey, 40.67, $2,640. 3. Bob Shedeed and Dan Ballek, 44.19, $1,760. 4. Vince Flynn and Jim Probert, 52.44, $880.

#8 Big west

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Ellie Bard and Kenny Knudson, 14.32, $200.

Average: 1. Julie Ballek and Sid Stevens, 54.11, $3,120. 2. Ellie Bard and Marshall Jovenall, 56.77, $1,880. 3. Bob Granholm and Kenny Knudson, 58.98, $1,250.

#8 Saddle Roping

Average: 1. Bud Lawlor (saddle winner) and Charlie Johnson, 38.82, $1,780. 2. Bill Nevill and Carson Payton, 39.34, $1,340. 3. Clancey Foutz and Willy Victor, 40.70, $900. 4. Kerry Jackman and John Cooney, 43.29, $450.

Livin’ For Ropin’
WICKENBURG, AZ
January 13

#8 Megabucks

Short go: 1. Bill Hamblin and Tom Bailey, 15.92, $200.

Average: 1. Bill Hamblin and Tom Bailey, 56.38, $3,550. 2. David Tescher and Shane Cox, 58.70, $2,660. 3. Bobby Meyer and Jerry Satterfield, 63.50, $1,760. 4. Jeffery Hallwachs and Tom Bailey, 35.72 on 3, $900.

#7 Saddle Roping

Average (1st-10th won saddles, 11th-14th won headstalls): 1. Hubert Heart and Darrell Friend, 26.74, $2,500. 2. Coltin Cox and Ernest Yazzie, 29.93, $1,800. 3. Ryan Carlson and Stan Wolfe, 30.92, $1,400. 4. Manuel Palma and JD Williams, 31.11, $1,100. 5. Erik Cordova and Chongo Wood, 31.12, $1,000. 6. Carlos Hernandez and Wade Rarick, 32.61, $900. 7. Jace Smith and Zack Wright, $800. 8. Carlos Hernandez and Matt Nieslanik, 33.31, $700. 9. Wendy Hall and Lance Davis, 33.39, $560. 10. Howard Davis and Darrell Friend, 34.34, $400. 11. Madison Kovar and Kevin Blehm, 34.82, $300. 12. Bob Granholm and Kenny Knudson, 37.32, $300. 13. Hubert Heart and Tim Childers, 37.43, $200. 14. Mike Schmitz and Charleston Claw, 37.75, $200.

JANUARY 20

#9 Megabucks

Short go, 1st not placing in the average: Gerardo Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez Jr, 7.12, $200.

Average: 1. Lawty Cavalliere and Cole Shott, 35.96 on four, $6,950. 2. Eric Ratliff and Cole Shott, 38.41, $4,620. 3. Marty Schlumberger and Quirt Peterson, 39.66, $3,680. 4. Jesus Higuera and Pedro Moreno, 40.11, $2,700. 5. Quirt Peterson and Whip Peterson, 40.73, $1,350.

TRUCK ROPING

Truck Winner: Jace Thorstenson. VIP Winner: Juan Gonzalez Jr.

Average: 1. Juan Gonzales Jr and Charlie Johnston, 21.57, $9,900. 2. Tom Ericsson and Christopher Lopez, 22.30, $6,040. 3. Hubert Heart and Michael Calmelat, 22.763, $4,800. 4. Mike Schmitz and Jace Thorstenson, 22.93, $4,000. 5. Edward Peralta and Karlex Capitan, 23.68, $3,600. 6. Octavio Vega and Alfredo Aranda, 24.87, $43,200. 7. Michael Brockett and Cashton Weidenbener, 25, $2,800. 8. Rory Billie, Jr and Jace Thorstenson, 25.30, $2,400. 9. Rudy Blossom and Dain Livingston, 25.43, $2,000. 11. John Bahe and Jace Thorstenson, 25.60, $1,600. 12. Eric Ratliff and Cody Stewart, 25.93, $1,000. 13. Kenzie Kelton and Ketch Kelton, 26.04, $1,000. 14. Dagoberto Vega and Christopher Lopez, 26.39, $1,000. 15. Edward Peralta and Christopher Lopez, 26.45, $1,000. 16. Mack Crow and Bryce Stodghill, 26.46, $1,000. 17. Maverik Franks and Brock Grashius, 26.49 $1,000. 18. Ricardo Ramirez and Marcus Litson, 26.72, $1,000. 19. Dennis Poorman and Prestin Huerta, 27, $1,000. 20. Dagoberto Vega and Wilton Wilson, 27.48, $1,000.

Lasso NTR Days
WICKENBURG, AZ
December 29-30, 2017

#10 Megabucks

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Shaya Biever and Jake Griffel, 8.95, $200.

Average: 1. John McCollum and Arye Espenscheid, 38.51, $4,100. 2. Davey Jenkins and Arye Espencheid, 39.87, $2,460. 3. Zane George and Spud Denmark, 40.03, $1,640. 

#9 Megabucks

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Maurits Thayer and Arye Espenscheid, 17.11, $200.

Average: 1. Kerry Jackman and Rees Jackman, 40.21, $5,080. 2. Jacob Debusk and Jay Pixley, 41.91, $3,810. 3. Brannan Allen and Sam Taylor, 44.82, $2,540. 4/5. Sergio Garcia and Dale Drinkall; Jarret Baker and Spud Denmark, 44.89, $640.

#8 Megabucks

Short go: 1. Mervin Packneau and Don Charging, 9.18, $200.

Average: 1. Mervin Packineau and Don Charging, 44.74, $4,060. 2. Brad Flake and Zack Wright, 48.85, $3,040. 3. Quirt Peterson and Braiden Washburn, 52.77, $2,030. 4. Ryan McBride and Tom Krupinski, 63.07, $1,020.

#7 Saddle Roping

Average (1st through 4th won saddles, 5th through 10th won buckles and breast collars): 1. Swade Olsen and Casey Wood, 29.04, $2,000. 2. Jay Varela and Whip Peterson, 29.30, $1,270. 3. Kerry Jackman and Kendale Begay, 31.68, $1,000. 4. Kay Miller and Kendale Begay, $900. 5. PJ Taylor and Preston Olsen, 33.51, $800. 6. Jay Varela and Kendale Begay, 33.99, $700. 7. Carl Espenscheid and Meason Ybarra, 34.59, $600. 8. Payton Hannan and Ronnie Ward, 34.97, $500. 9. Sadie Quibell and Royce Heart, 35.70, $400. 10. Sage Bell and Shayane Bear, 38.31, $400.

#9 Megabucks

Braiden Washburn, VIP winner, $1,000.

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Peyton Yazzie and Maelee Heart, 9.34, $200.

Average: 1. Whip Peterson and Braiden Washburn, 38.62, $5,380. 2. Chilly Hernandez and Braiden Washburn, 39.88, $4,040. 3. Resann Pixley and Jay Pixley, 44.17, $2,690. 4. Mervin Packneau and Don Charging, 44.89, $1,340. 

#8 Megabucks

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Don Campbell and Bobby Willis, 12.95, $200.

Average: 1. John Nichols and Bonnie Matlack, 55.09, $5,410. 2. Malcolm Davis and Ronnie Ward, 55.47, $4,060. 3. Ben Balow and Benjamin Balow Jr, 57.06, $2,700. 4. Chris Navarro and Dylan Davis, 57.27, $1,350.

#8 Trailer Roping

Nahum Aranda, trailer winner.

#6 Saddle Roping

Saddle winners: Resann Pixley and Austin Pixley, Cactus trophy saddles.

Average (1st-5th won buckles; 6th-10th won saddle pads): 1. Nahum Aranda and Rory Billie Jr, 27.95, $3,000. 2. Ray Jodie and Arnoldo Garcia, 30.95, $2,000. 3. Lyndon Acord and Truman House, 33.68, $1,600. 4. Richard Lester and Truman House, 34.18, $1,300. 5. Nahum Aranda and Britten Williams, 34.79, $1,160. 6/7. Abel Aispuro and Jorge Dominguez; Anna Jorgenson and Bill Jorgenson, 35.10, $950. 8. Dagoberto Vega and Matt Fain, 35.67, $800. 9. Abel Aispuro and Ron Gene, 36.05, $640. 10. Dagoberto Vega and Francisco Ochoa, 36.78, $500.

Christmas Qualifier
RANCHO RIO, AZ
December 23, 2017

Natl. 10 Megabucks

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Will Griffel and Jake Griffel, 8.94, $200.

Average: 1. Joann Merritt and Lory Merritt, 37.41, $2,340. 2. Osvaldo Baca and Jose M. Coronado, 39.04, $1,400. 3. Jade Espenscheid and Arye Espenscheid, 40.92, $930.

Natl. 9 Megabucks

Short go: Lorenzo Yazzie and Gary Yazzie, 10.32, $200.

Average: 1. Lorenzo Yazzie and Gary Yazzie, 39.28, $3,580. 2. Malcolm Davis and Jr Rodriguez, 52.03, $2,140. 3. Marlon Draper and Garnet Oberkirsch, 54.63, $1,430.

Natl. 8 Megabucks

Short go: Neil Forgues and Rockwell Kepler, 9.74, $200.

Average: 1. Neil Forgues and Rockwell Kepler, 37.50, $2,820. 2. Cory Tuttle and Chance Guerrero, 53.52, $1,700. 3. Gary McCurry and Herb Snow, 59.82, $1,130.

#9 Bonus Roping

Short go, 1st not placing in average: Chris Baker and Billy Padilla, 9.10, $200.

Average (2nd-7th place won buckles): 1. Damian Padilla Jr and Colton Stevens, 27.82, $3,240 + saddles. 2. Francisco Domingue and Jose M. Coronado, 29.25, $2,160. 3. Nahum Aranda and Nick Black, 30.26, $1,660. 4. Francisco Aranda and Gary Yazzie, 31.18, $1,180. 5. Mervin Packineau and Jeff Every, 31.79, $880. 6. Bob Powers and Jose Gonzalez Sr., 32.31, $680. 7. Zane Winther and Huck Sandsness, 32.46, $300.

#8 Bonus Roping

Average (2nd-4th won buckles): 1. Stacy Dehne and Don Charging, 28.80, $1,480 + saddles. 2. Kory Sells and Joey Cosper, 34.03, $1,110. 3. Mervin Packineau and Don Charging, 34.05, $740. 4. Jesse Randolph and Kelly Martin, 34.24, $370.

Rising Stars

6-8 yrs: McKail Williams, saddle. 5 & under: Kaydee Tallsalt, buckle. 9-12 yrs: Chandler Ramone, saddle.