Ropers Sports News • December 2018

By Mike Sweeney ACTRA Business Manager RENO, NV – With almost a million dollars up for grabs at the 2018 ACTRA National Finals held October 21-27, the top winners came from five different ACTRA Chapters. California’s Cole Bunting made the biggest haul with over $24,000 in cash and awards. Right behind him was the Northwest’s CJ Cash, taking home over $20,000 in cash and awards. Coming in third was Ha- waii’s Shawn Aguiar, picking up over $16,000 in cash and awards. Idaho/Nevada’s Bailey Corkill took home almost $10,000 in cash and awards. Alan Hall from the Rocky Mountain Chapter rounded out the top five with just over $9,500 in cash and awards. There were 587 checks paid out at the Finals! New this year was the exciting prizeline for the Super 7 Roping. The champions each took home a Polaris Sportsman 575, the new Heel-O- Matic Trainer and championship Skyline buckles. ACTRA would like to thank the Messersmith family of California Customs, Josh Love and the Heel-O-Matic family, and Robert Lever from Wrangler for making this new program possi- ble. The total awards payout in this roping was over $50,000. Congratulations to the champs, Cole Bunting and CJ Cash. Another statistic that seems to sup- port the par- ity between the Chapters is the money won by each Chapter and their par- ticipants. For instance, Cali- fornia with 46% of the participants won 43% of the money. Next it was the Northwest Chapter with 19% of the participants and 19% the money, right behind them was ID-NV Chapter with 21% of the participants winning 18% of the money. Hawaii held their own with 11% of the money and 6% of the participants, the Rocky Mountain Chapter was next with 9% of the money won and 5% of the participants, followed by the Big Horn Chapter and the Arizona Chapter. Having number parity between the chapters is always a very dif- ficult challenge. In 2018, the ACTRA numbering committees did an outstanding job. ACTRA has been blessed with many great sponsors/partners through the years and it is awesome that they show up at the National Fi- nals to show their support. A big tip of the Re- sistol to Robert Lever from Wrangler, Lorinda Markegard representing Professional’s Choice; 24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • OPERS PORTS EWS DECEMBER 2018 V OL . 51, N O . 1 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid 2018 ACTRA National Finals Spreads The Wealth Clay Smith (right) and Paul Eaves are 1-2 in the heading and heeling. – Kirt Steinke Photo By Lane Karney Special To Ropers Sports News The world’s greatest western sporting event will light up Las Vegas—best known as “Cow- boy Town” during Rodeo’s Super Bowl—during the 10-day, $10 mil- lion run of the 2018 Wrangler Na- tional Finals Rodeo. The NFR, which this year cel- ebrates its 60th anniversary, will play host to the greatest triumphs and tribulations known to cowboys over the course of the December 6-15 showdown at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. While every event will undoubt- edly unfold in dramatic fashion, as always, the field of team ropers at this year’s Finals will provide its own stel- lar storylines. From first-time qu a l i f i e r s Bubb a Buckaloo, Lane Ivy, and Rhen Richard on the heading side, and Trey Yates, Cole Davison and Clint Summers on the heeling side, to Kory Koontz, who’s heeled at the NFR for more than two decades—for the 22nd time this year, to be exact—the 2018 team roping talent pool runs deep. While the past world champi- ons in the pack return to try and reclaim their titles at the top—guys like Clay Tryan (2005, 2013-14 See ACTRA NATIONAL FINALS on Page 10 Jody Carper interviews CJ Cash and Cole Bunting after winning the ACTRA Super 7 Roping. The pair picked up over $37,000 in cash and awards. – Off The Beaten Path Photo W r a n g l e r / P r o f e s s i o n a l ’ s C h o i c e 2018 N a t i o n a l F i n a l s 36 th Annual The Stage is Set for the 2018 World Championship Race See 2018 NFR STAGE On Page 4

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