Ropers Sports News • May 2019

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • info@roperssportsnews.com • www.roperssportsnews.com R OPERS S PORTS N EWS MAY 2019 V OL . 51, N O . 6 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid Luke Brown and Jade Corkill bested a field of more than 100 teams at the 7th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial Roping held April 16th at the Four Star Ranch in Cottonwood, Calif. They won a record payoff for this roping of $40,000. – Dustin J. Davis Olson Photo Bring On The Lucky 7th By Brody Gill Special To Ropers Sports News COTTONWOOD, CA – “Just waiting for some sun- shine for this grass to grow,” has been the talk of the town in Northern California in re- cent months. Shasta County has gotten more than 40 inch- es of rain this season. With some luck, this could be the best grass year in California history. Less than three weeks before the 7th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial Roping, it seemed that number seven was not going to be so lucky. Snow covered the Four Star Ranch and eventually flooded the arena past the second row of sucker rod of the arena fence. The Davis family began to question if there was any way they could have the famous Pro-Am and Open, as well as the newly minted Junior World Qualifier, at the Ranch. For anyone that has been to the roping at the Ranch, they know there is something in the air the makes the day extraordi- nary. Some of the same people that always support the roping stepped up to the plate again to create some luck for the rop- ing. With just a few days of sunshine before the roping, the whole Broc Cresta Memorial family came together to get the Four Star Arena ready for the roping. With a little luck, and a lot of hard work, everything seemed to fall together at the last minute. However, with last minute rain hitting on Monday, the Junior World was moved to Bunting’s Arena in Red Bluff. Junior World hopefuls came from as far as Oklahoma and Canada to compete in the Ju- nior World and Pro-Am to try their luck. The Pro-Am and Open seemed destined to be at the Ranch. All the preparation in the weeks before the roping paid huge dividends in creat- ing enough luck for the famous Tuesday roping. The rain the day prior watered the arena so perfectly that it was as if Broc did it himself. The clouds dispersed and the sun quickly began to warm all the competi- tors as they drew their profes- sional partners before the rop- ing. The roping has always been known for its excep- tional stock, purse, set up, and awards. However, there was one big change this year with the awards. Coats Saddlery and Skyline Silversmiths do- nated their amazing products to the roping for everyone to compete for. From the voices of all the competitors, it was obvious that this year’s awards were loved by everyone. The Pro-Am roping had re- turned to its same format as the first five years of its existence with every amateur getting to rope two full rounds with their professional partners. This for- mat was able to happen again this year because of all of the professional team ropers who were willing to show up and offer their help unlike any year before. The Pro-Am roping began with the amateur heelers and their two full rounds, fol- lowed by the amateur headers and their first two steers. The short-go for the Am-Header immediately followed where Bryor Minton and Russell Cardoza were lucky enough to narrowly beat TC Hammack and Jake Minor to take home the title. This is the fourth time See BROC CRESTA On Page 4 7th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial Roping

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