The Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic returns to Casa Grande, Arizona, February 22-24 with three days of roping events in the middle of Casa Grande Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash. Tuesday gets things started with three ropings, each with a 4 steer average and 80% payback. There is a #13 and an Open at $150/man and a Super 15 for $300/man. Last year, the wildly popular Super 15 paid $10,000 a man.
The headliner roping takes place on Wednesday the 23rd. It features a 4-steer progressive with the top 20 teams moving on to the short go. With generous added money, this roping is know for its large payouts. It also boasts an impressive prizeline every year. While the Cervi attracts elite pros from all over the country, there is also a $5,000 a man incentive for the highest placing #15 or under team. Books open for the Pro Classic at noon on Feb. 22.
The 10th Annual Cervi Pro Am takes place Wednesday morning. There are 12 slots each for amateur headers and heelers who are partnered up that morning with a top Cervi Pro for 3 full rounds. Amateurs have a shot at round and overall champion Gist buckles. They each also receive a team photo and embroidered Wrangler vest. The entry fee is $500 and slots fill quickly every year. Entries are taken online starting January 1st.
New to the Cervi offerings for 2022 is a Ladies Breakaway held on Thursday, Feb. 24. This WPRA event is a 4 header with the top 20 going to the short round. Ladies can enter online starting Jan. 1 for $350/girl, enter twice.
The Cervi events are thrilling for roping fans as well, attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Thursday Breakaway will have free admission for spectators. Another big winner at the Cervi is Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund which assist athletes injured in professional rodeo. Each year, the roping donates proceeds to the fund, with over $290,000 raised to date.
For more information or to enter the Pro Am or Breakaway online, visit arosroping.com.
Cody Snow and Jade Corkill won $34,492, Coats saddles, Gist buckles and Yeti Coolers at the 2021 Cervi Memorial Pro Classic. Roping producer George Aros presents their awards. – Photo by Kristen Spinning