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By Julie Mankin Special To Ropers Sports News With 100-degree temperatures soaring throughout California, the cool weather in Salinas added an incentive for ropers to spend the weekend there during the World Series of Team Roping action July 17-18. But an even bigger incentive was that $160,000 cash payout. The big winner of the weekend was Eric Isaacson, who won the #8.5 roping with Jonny Bohlman for a cool $11,820 per team, then Eric turned around and won the #8.5 Yeti Add-On roping with Danny Cardoza to pocket another $2,000 per team plus the Yeti coolers. The average temperature was 70 degrees and ropers camped out at the beautiful Rodeo California fairgrounds were treated by California Shootouts, along with Ariat’s first-ever outlet store in Gilroy, to a team roper appreciation BBQ on Saturday evening. Live enter- tainment was provided by musician and actor Cash Black. There was plenty of dining and dancing to Black’s amazing voice, and the Gilroy store offered a pop- up tent where ropers could buy official World Series merchandise. Check out Black’s song, “I Like to Rope” on Spo- tify, and be sure to visit the Ariat outlet store in Gilroy for great prices on amaz- ing products. Steve Simons won the #13.5 roping with his partner Buster Berna by over 2.5 seconds to earn $2,460 per man, while Berna placed again in the #12.5 for a weekend take of $4,045 cash. “It paid good and the team counts were up in the h i g h e r - n um - bered rop- i n g s , ” said Si- m o n s . “Bu s t e r and I had been on a dry spell for quite a while, so it was nice to jump out and scratch. It was really nice weather, too, and they put on a really nice dinner the night before, so it was a lot of fun. It felt like a family event – everybody was invited.” Kent Hirdes also had a great weekend in Salinas, placing in the #11.5 and #12.5 ropings to go home with $5,425 cash. And Stan Silva entered his very first World Series event. Stan placed twice 24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • OPERS PORTS EWS SEPTEMBER 2019 V OL . 51, N O . 10 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Buster Berna (l) and Steve Simons were the winners of the #13.5 WSTR in Salinas. Singer Cash Black (above) provided entertainment at the ropers appreciation barbecue. Isaacson Banks $6,895 At Salinas, Cash Black Entertains Kara Moody is California’s Richest All Girl Breakaway Champion See stories on pages 11 and 14 See WSTR SALINAS On Page 6

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