Ropers Sports News | April 2021

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • R opers S ports N ews APRIL 2021 V ol . 53, N o . 3 $2.50 “The Original Team R ping Publication” O fficial P ublication O f : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Egusquiza & Koontz Split $154K At First-Ever Spring BFI GUTHRIE, OKLA. (March 15, 2021) – Fans watched the greatest jackpot team roper in history extend his record of big- money wins at the world’s rich- est pro roping Sunday night in Oklahoma. Kory Koontz, 49, of Stephen- ville, Texas, clinched victory at the Wrangler Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) presented by Yeti for the re- cord third time, riding a horse he raised and nursed back to health after a horrific auto accident a year ago. Exactly 25 years after Koontz won back-to-back BFI titles with Rube Woolsey and Matt Tyler, he and Manny Egusquiza Jr. roped six steers in 46.48 sec- onds to earn $150,000 cash plus epic prizes. They bested more than 130 teams at the 44th BFI, held this year at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie three months prior to its traditional June date. “It felt like there was a lot of energy in this build- ing for me and Manny to win this,” said the charac- teristically humble Koontz, who’s a grandfather now and has earned $2.5 million with his rope at rodeos alone. “I’m just a guy trying to rope for a living. In my career, I’ve truly been blessed.” The championship at the 44th BFI brings to a whopping 12 the number of “grand slams” at which Koontz has taken the victory lap over his 30-year career. He won the Wildfire Open to the World a record five times, took home three trailers from the George Strait Team Roping Classic, won the US Open and now, his third BFI. It puts him far ahead of Clay O’Brien Cooper and Travis Graves, who’ve won seven “majors” each. The only other heeler with three BFI titles is Hall-of-Famer Rich Skelton, whose all-time earnings record was just smashed by Koontz’ new Good friends Kory Koontz (left) and Manny Egusquiza, both of Stephenville, Texas, stayed solid all day to best 130 teams, winning the short round to split $154,000 and clinch Koontz’ legacy as the greatest big-money roper of all time. – Performance Horse Photography See BFI On Page 4

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