In The Arena

Bob Feist

This issue is special in that it starts our 50th year as a publication dedicated to team roping, barrel racing and rodeo. It has been an interesting 49 years leading up to this issue and I hope you readers enjoy some of our reminiscing of days gone by.

I can’t begin to thank all of the people who have made all of this happen over the years, but will try to start by thanking my late mom for loaning me $300 to pursue my wild dream of a team roping publication.  

I recently visited Santa Rosa,  where many of the California wildfires hit hard this past month. I was born and raised in that area and was shocked to see the devastation that this firestorm had inflicted. Many of my friends were wiped out by this tragedy, losing homes, barns, animals, and personal items. There was such short notice to evacuate, that many were blessed just to make it out safely. The first wave of this firestorm hit in the middle of the night and at some point it was traveling at close to 100 miles per hour. The wind was blowing embers long distances, spreading the fire at a very fast pace.

The staff at Ropers Sports News would like to thank Rich Casey and his staff at Casey Printing of King City, Calif. (printers of RSN), for their gracious hospitality by inviting us to a night out at the Stockton Ports baseball game. It is always fun to meet, laugh and exchange stories with Rich and the gang. And our own Steph Anderson got to throw out the first pitch and have her photo taken with “Splash,” the team mascot!

September is the last month that PRCA contestants can earn the needed dollar points to place themselves in the top 15 of the Weather Guard Standings to win a slot at the Wrangler National Finals presented by Polaris RANGER in Las Vegas, NV. There is plenty of big money out there that can be won by those who are sitting on the bubble of the top 15. In the team roping heading division there are some who are veterans that are not in the top 15. Among them are the likes of Chad Masters and Matt Sherwood. In the heeling the names of Kory Koontz, Kyle Lockett, Cody Doescher, John Robertson and Chase Tryan are all on the bubble.