In The Arena

Bob Feist

This is the time of year for finals all over the good ole USA. The week of this writing is the ACTRA Finals in Reno, Nev., and I will be going up there to see many of the ropers plus many of our advertisers as they gather in the fall weather of Nevada. As many of the ropers head for Reno, they will be getting into some bad weather as the first major storms of winter hit the Sierras. Once in Reno they will be protected by the Reno Livestock Events Center which is also the home of the BFI. A nice indoor pen with an attached warm up arena.

A big thank you for all of the special awards and remarks by many people at this year’s Bob Feist Invitational. It was a touching moment when the three heelers who had been to all 35 BFI’s along with Corky Ullman and Daren Peterson presented me with a buckle about halfway through the roping. It meant a lot to me because I had roped with all three of those guys in years past when they were just kids.

It is always with sadness when I have to write an obit for someone in our industry that has passed on. This past month was not a good one for us here at Ropers Sports News as we lost Arlene MacKerracher and Broc Cresta.
Arlene started with Ropers Sports News in 1968, the year I started the paper. The first issue was just four pages – and it was never that small again. Each month I would make the trip from the Santa Rosa area to Arlene and Buzz’s (Arlene’s husband) house on Kennefick Rd. in Galt, Calif. We would lay out the paper on their kitchen table and decide what was going to be on what page. Buzz would always try to take part with his two cents worth until Arlene would send him back out to his blacksmith shop to leave us alone to get the paper laid out. Arlene was always helpful in doing the right thing by advertisers and special stories. She knew what the reader wanted to read because she had been around a roping every week in either the production stage or going to watch Buzz compete.

This year has been plagued with the news of the virus, EHV-1 hitting the horse industry during the month of May. I am not going to go into great detail about this for it changes daily. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, hopefully things are somewhat back to normal in the horse industry. With all of the social networking going on these days, many false rumors were spread that had no facts to back them up. I strongly urge people to go to the source and find out the facts rather than get on the social media bandwagon and spread more gossip that tends to be false. It is very easy to get to the source of information by the same means that the gossip is spread.