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24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • info@roperssportsnews.com • www.roperssportsnews.com ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 VOL. 54, NO. 1 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” Official Publication Of California ACTRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY At Long Last, Driggers & Nogueira Get Their By Lane Karney Special To Ropers Sports News Kaleb Dr iggers and Junior Nogueira aligned the rodeo record books with the feelings of most team roping enthusiasts by claiming the 2021 world team roping titles. While Nogueira etched his name on the 2016 gold all-around buckle, world team roping championships had eluded them both until now. Driggers and Nogueira have long been thought of as a world-championship-caliber team. They’ve now officially joined the club of gold-buckle-wearing champions. Perhaps the crowning of this worldclass team was not only a sigh of relief amidst the joy of strapping on the gold, but legitimized what has been apparent all along—Driggers and Nogueira deserved those buckles. Of course, it would come as no real surprise to see any of the Top 15 teams leave the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo—which was held December 2-11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas—as world champs. But this is a team that has continuously dominated the regular rodeo season. This is a team where both guys have been reserve world champions on four different occasions. But there are no guarantees in rodeo, no matter how much the roping community thinks a team might “deserve” it. Look at guys like Luke Brown and Kory Koontz, who have been an integral part of professional team roping and in the conversation as world-title contenders for decades without ever winning it. Many would argue that they deserve it, too. So for Driggers and Nogueira—who won a round, placed in five others and finished third in the average at NFR ’21 with 52.6 seconds on nine head— it’s a sigh of relief. “We are very appreciative of this world title. Honestly, I told Junior right after we won down in the moat, it didn’t really feel any different. But now being home, it gradually seeps in a little bit more,” said nine-time NFR header Driggers, who turned 32 on December 19. “We’ve always worked at it with the expectations of winning it, so not winning it felt more like Kaleb Driggers, above, and Junior Nogueira, left, claimed their first team roping world championships in 2021. PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Clay Guardipee Andersen C Bar C Photography See DRIGGERS & NOGUEIRA On Page 6

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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. 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PAGE 6 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 a failure than winning it feels like a surprise. But so many scenarios always come into play that decide who wins it. I’ve heard guys say that after you win it the first time you feel relief and lose a little motivation. But I don’t feel that at all. We want to try to win it again, and I am as ready as ever to go after it again.” With Driggers and Nogueira’s stretch of winning just about everything but a world title over the years, they’re a true time-tested team. That makes winning the world together—they won $143,896 a man at the NFR, and $263,227 and $277,612, respectively, on the year—all the more gratifying. “After doing it, I wouldn’t want to do it any other way,” said Hoboken, Georgia native Driggers, who now lives in Stephenville, Texas with his wife, Nicole. “There have been split titles (headers and heelers from different teams that win the world), and I’ve been on the opposite end of those before. Junior had more money won from roping with Dustin (Egusquiza) in Florida (at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo). So if anything, he was going to win it and I wasn’t. It’s an awesome feeling to get it done together. “We’ve been roping together for five years, working really hard, and putting in the time and money toward horses. So it’s gratifying to win this with Junior.” In terms of horses, Driggers has been known to always maintain and upgrade his horse herd as well as anybody. He called on Cuervo, his 14-yearold bay, for the confines of the Thomas & Mack. “I tried to buy him a couDriggers & Nogueira Get Their Gold... From Page 1 Driggers and Nogueira took the victory lap in Round 4, and placed in five others. They also finished third in the average with 52.6 seconds on nine steers, for a $143,896 Finals per man. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Phillip Kitts Joining NFR team roping champs Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins in the winner’s circle were, left to right, Cactus Saddlery’s Amanda Love, PRCA CEO Tom Glause and Montana Silversmiths’ Steve Miller. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Rod Connor Ward and Hawkins were one of only two teams to catch 10 at the 2021 NFR. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Rod Connor ple times, but I didn’t take the dive, because he wasn’t 100% sound,” said Driggers, who was the 2009 Overall and Heading Resistol Rookie of the Year. “I was trying horses that cost more that didn’t fit me as good, and my wife kind of convinced me to take the leap on him. “Horses go hand-in-hand with what we have going. That’s why they cost so much, because you have to have the biggest advantage you can, and they’re so important.” Noguei ra—who was the 2014 Resistol Rookie of the Year Heeler the same year he qualified for his first NFR behind his mentor, Jake Barnes— finally capped off his sensational journey from Brazil to heel in America with gold. “It’s always been my dream, so to get to pursue it and win it is pretty nice,” said Nogueira, who now lives in Lipan, Texas with his wife, Jaqueline; daughter, Isabella; and on December 13 welcomed baby boy Jake Lucinei Gasparim Nogueira, who’s named after Junior’s late dad, Lucinei, and Jake Barnes. “I’m very happy, and I can’t be more thankful to God for everybody in my life that made this dream come true. There have been lots of ups and downs, but it has been awesome. “During the Finals, I was thinking about my Brazi lian friends the whole time. The night of the ninth round, I was warming up my horse and memories were flashing of growing up and learning to rope with my friends. I thought about Robbie (Schroeder) and Jake and all those years learning, and people who have been close to me and taught me stuff. I thought about Robbie every night when I would cinch my horse up, and everything he did for me and my horsemanship.” Junior’s love for his family and friends has provided a light of perspective that came from sealing the deal on a team roping world title this time around. “We always believed we could do it, and put so much into trying to win it that there’s a sense of relief,” said Nogueira, who’s heeled at eightstraight NFRs. “I learned a lot after having my family that what really matters most is to work hard, get better and have a healthy family. It’s a dream come true to win the world, but it wouldn’t really matter if you weren’t doing good in the big picture of life. Our goals aren’t changing. It’s still about working hard, and to be the best we can be in 2022.” Just the way Driggers feels about his partnership with Nogueira, Junior reciprocates those mutual feelings. “That guy has been one of the best headers for forever,” said Nogueira, who’s 31 now. “To rope that last steer and win it with Kaleb is so special. We’ve been working so hard at it for a long time. We’ve done good everywhere, and have always had a good NFR. But to get it done for a gold buckle together is so special.” Nogueira relied on his trusty buckskin steed, Timon, all 10 nights of the NFR, like he has the last three years on rodeo’s biggest stage. “Timon (who’s 12 now) has been a blessing to me,” said Nogueira, who’s entered Rodeo’s Super Bowl the regularseason leader five times now. “He’s really good at the small, indoor set-ups. He consistently gives me good shots, and shuts the clock down for us.” While doing their jobs and winning the world championship was Driggers and Nogueira’s main priority in Round 10, they were—like the rest of the team roping world—tuned in to Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins’ hopes of breaking the long-standing NFR team roping average record of 59.1 seconds on 10 head, which was set in 1994 by Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper en route to winning the NFR average championship and their seventh set of gold buckles. “I was watching them, and knew they had a good chance going in, because of their mentalities and the way they rodeo every single day,” praised Driggers of Ward and Hawkins’ feat. “People stray from their normal mentalities and set that goal of winning the average See DRIGGERS & NOGUEIRA On Page 7

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 7 al) and the Wildfire included. We’ve lost a few special events, like the George Strait, but other amazing events like the Spicer Gripp, The Capitalist and the Lone Star Shootout have come along. If you’re going to have a successful career, you’ll check those off along the way. So the record is something I always thought I would get, if I had the career I set out to have. “Since I started, I’ve spent my whole life trying to be a catching heeler. That’s the path to feeding your family. Clay O was a catching heeler, Rich (Skelton) was, and Big Al (Bach) was. I’ve had great partners along the way, and winning the average at the NFR is a monumental thing.” While setting the average record wasn’t necessarily the goal, making the most money at the NFR was. The average record certainly added to the buzz. “Jake and Clay’s record was like fake noise in a sense, because we wouldn’t be compensated additionally for breaking the record,” said Buddy, who’s a native of Columbus, Kansas and is currently building a place near Stephenville with his pregnant wife, Tori. “But it seemed like it added a lot to winning the average. I’m team roping’s biggest fan, and Champ (Clay O) was texting me during the week and afterwards. That meant a lot to me.” Ward and Hawkins’ high catch percentage has been an integral part of the duo’s framework. They expect themselves to show up and do their job. “We usua l ly ca t ch our steers,” said Buddy, 35. “If it’s the BFI, we’ll catch six and place. That’s not said with any ego. But practically speaking, we are a high-percentage team. We embrace that, and expect ourselves to catch them all. We’d had discussions before about going to the NFR and catching 10, and what that would be worth. You figure it’s worth about $100,000. But we didn’t want to be a team that had to rely on winning third or better in the average to get out of there with $70,000.” Ward and Hawkins won $115,811 a man in Vegas and $184,652 on the year to finish seventh in the world on both sides. “Andrew spent about three weeks at home working on getting close and getting steers on a tight rope,” said Buddy, who rode his #1, X, who’s 14. “If you’re following the right guy out there, the heeling is written in stone—get in a good spot and catch. The last four or five rounds he rode out disappointed that he wasn’t getting the start he wanted, but we never rode out feeling like failures. Every night we wanted to be 3. We didn’t do that, but they were on the edge of their seats for us for other reasons. “As for X, he’s just a big-hearted small horse. I would’ve passed on him from a place of conformation and the way he worked, but he tries so hard. I’ve been riding him full time for six years. What I like about him is the same every time. What I don’t like is the same, but if you want to make the same run over and over again, get a horse that does the same thing over and over again.” Driggers and Nogueira waited a long time to fulfill their dreams of becoming world champion team ropers. They weren’t about to let this one get away in Round 10. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Phillip Kitts With the help of their horses, Cuervo and Timon, Driggers and Nogueira stopped the clock in 7.1 in Round 10 to clinch their world championships. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Rod Connor Driggers & Nogueira Get Their Gold... From Page 6 when they head to the NFR, but those guys live that mentality and practice for that. They have that ability to do their jobs and catch a lot of steers without getting too worried about being the fastest.” Nogueira shared those sentiments, as he watched the new 54.7-second NFR average record cemented into roping’s record books. “Buddy has been a very good friend of mine, and it was amazing to watch them do that and break the record,” Junior said. “It also helped us get our goal done when they caught their last steer, and held their place of winning the average.” Ward and Hawkins’ 54.7 on 10 was 44 seconds faster than reserve average champs Erich Rogers and Paden Bray, who were 98.7 and the only other team to catch all 10 steers. Rogers and Bray were the 2021 reserve world team roping titlists, too. Ward and Hawkins are known as a high-catchpercentage team, and they put their stamp on it when it counted most. With not just the pressure mounting to hold on to win the NFR team roping average, but also the weight of being on pace to break the record that had lasted 27 years, Ward and Hawkins delivered. “It was awesome to finish the rodeo off on the last one,” said Ward, who was roping at his second NFR; both heading for his brother-in-law, Hawkins. “There was quite a bit of pressure to win the average, but starting about Round 7, the pressure of trying to take the record was almost more than just winning the average. We grew up watching the Finals, so to be in the history books is a cool thing. Those guys (Jake and Clay) are our heroes. “You never expect or set out to beat Jake and Clay. We just wanted to rope our steers and win as much money as we could. By the later rounds, the record might’ve gotten in the way of the money every night, but it’s a neat deal to get done. That rodeo is such a good one for the dollars. But then all of a sudden, dreams of roping the Fast Lane talking about beating Jake and Clay enter, and my nature was pulling at me to just catch.” Ward and his wife, Hayli, live in Edmond, Oklahoma. “Me and Buddy have developed a grinder’s way of finishing and getting paid,” said Andrew, who’s 31. “At a lot of the big places, the reward is in the average. But at the NFR, the big rewards are in the rounds, too. I wanted to let loose a little more, but those other guys were roping with no fear. I wasn’t necessarily wanting to win rounds, but wanted a piece of them to have a chance to be in the conversation for the world titles. “ I j us t cou l dn’ t br eak through the fear of missing, especially when we went 4.3 in Round 8 and won seventh (one out of the money). The record shouldn’t have changed my game plan, but it wasn’t worth trying to be so fast to place to break loose and go as fast as you had to to win in the rounds by the end.” The refreshing part of Ward and Hawkins’ approach to roping is the blunt realism in it. “A lot of our last cows were round winners, where a team that was confident enough to take chances could’ve been in the race for the world title,” Andrew said. “So I was a little disappointed in myself, that I didn’t feel like I brought my very best. Looking back, everyone’s goal is to get out of the barrier and catch 10. So I think I was being a little critical of myself. I’m not saying try to be 3 over and over again, but I need to be closer to the barrier each night. One day, I want to be able to take my best out there and contend for a world title. But I’m proud of this.” As far as dealing with all the hype surrounding the average and beating that record, Ward chooses to keep it simple. “I tried to keep to myself and keep a daily routine,” said Ward, who rode his 11-yearold brown horse, Biscuit. “We stayed off grounds with a really nice family, so it was like we were at home. As you get closer to the end, the whispers in your ears get louder. It’s just something about beating your heroes. Buddy doesn’t let things affect him. He’s a leader out there, so I was just trying to fight off the demons of negativity that try to creep in and steal from you. “It was a mental battle. I’m so thankful to have won it, and to be done with it. It’s been nice coming home and getting back in the practice pen to relax a little bit.” A s f o r B u d d y—w h o “tied my horse to Andrew’s wagon”—this is what he has set himself up for and prepared for as a heeler his entire adult life. “I was around roping , but I didn’t rope until I was a teenager,” said four-time NFR heeler Hawkins. “Basically every decision I’ve made my whole adult life has been about rodeoing. There’s a list of majors we all dream of winning—the NFR, the world title, the BFI (Bob Feist Invitation-

PAGE 8 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 Denton Payne, 52, of Bluff Dale, Texas, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021. He was born in Mesa, Arizona on September 1,1969 to Bob Payne and Theresa (Crane) Payne. Denton married his high school sweetheart Dawnie Nichols on March 26, 1994. They have two boys, Brady and Masen Payne, and an adoptive rodeo daughter, Terryn Cooper. Denton was born and raised in Arizona and moved to Bluff Dale, Texas over four years ago. Denton loved the life he and Dawnie created in Texas. Denton grew up with a rope in his hand. He competed at the junior, high school, college, and pro rodeo level. Denton made the NFR several times in team roping. He loved roping, and especially helping out on friend’s ranches roping wild cattle. One of Dentons greatest qualities was his love of teaching others how to rope. Denton loved kids, helping them whether it be in the arena or on a football field. He was the best dad to his boys, and he loved them dearly. Denton was the kind of friend you wanted in your corner. He loved his Ronald Henry Currin was born in Heppner, Oregon, on August 21, 1960, to Ronald Currin and Judy Lazinka Currin. Affectionately, he was known to family and friends as Ronny or RC. He was raised on the family cattle ranch on Buttercreek with his brothers, Tony, Mike, Steve, and sister Jennifer. Ron graduated from Heppner High School in 1978, then attended Blue Mountain Community College and Montana State University on rodeo scholarships, where he was a threetime College National Finals Rodeo qualifier. At Montana State, he discovered his love of the cattle industry. After returning home from Montana State University, Ron pursued the family’s passion of rodeo. He traveled for several years, over thousands of miles, with his brothers and friends making a lifetime of memories and friendships. He was an accomplished all-around cowboy, competitive in both calf roping and steer wrestling. Ron was most proud of capturing the prestigious Pendleton RoundUp All-Around Championship in 1993, and the Steer Wrestling in 1995. After Ron’s rodeo career, he switched gears and began Ron Currin OBITUARIES Capturing the prestigious Pendleton Round-Up All-Around Championship in 1993 and the Steer Wrestling in 1995 were the major highlights of Ron’s rodeo career. Ron Currin, 1960 - 2021 pursuing his passion of trading cattle. He started in the business at the bottom and worked his way up to become a first-class cattle trader. Ellington Peek and Western Video Markets were instrumental in starting his career and allowed him to broaden his cattle trading network. In 2005, he found his ultimate position as Director of Procurement with John Wilson and Beef Northwest. He loved what he did and valued the people he worked with in the cattle industry. Ron married Rayanne Engel in 2005 and they divided their residency between Clements, Calif., and Pendleton, Oregon. In 2007 they welcomed twins, son Riley and daughter Rayna, who have been their pride and joy. After a lengthy battle with metastat ic bladder cancer, Ron passed away December 3, 2021, at his Clements home with his wife by his side. Preceded in death by his brother Mike Currin in 1990. Ron is survived by wife Rayanne, son Riley, and daughter Rayna. In addition, father Ron Sr., mother Judy, brother Tony (wife Kelli), brother Steve (wife Lisanne), sister Jennifer Gutridge (husband Shane), sister-in-law Judy Pederson (husband Curtis), and nine nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held in Pendleton at the Convention Center on December 31. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Currin Memorial, c/o Bank of Eastern Oregon, PO Box 39, Heppner, OR 97836, or to Hospice of San Joaquin, www.hospicesj. org in Ron’s memory. Denton Payne Denton Payne Robert Bennett Lea III was born January 2, 1984 to mother Elizabeth Jean Lancaster and father Robert Bennett Lea II. Grandparents are Carol and Paul Wallen, and Wayne Battenfield and Elaine Lea. He is survived by wife Tami Lea, his son Cash and daughter Saige Lea; his brother Brandon and wife Rebecca Lea, their twins Jaycee and Mak and son Beau; brother Nicholas Lea, wife Breann Lea and sons Houston and Boone; sister Brooke Hartman and husband Chad Hartman, son Dalton, daughters Elizabeth and baby Hartman. He is also survived by his stepfather Frank Shoenbachler and family and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Robert was in an unexpected tragic accident and joined in heaven on November 18, 2021. At this time we would ask for prayers for the family. If you’d like to donate for funeral expenses it is greatly appreciated. Please donate at https:// gofund.me/756ebded Robert Lea III Robert Bennett Lea III family and friends more than anything. His amazing smile and witty personality is going to be missed by so many. Denton is survived by his wife, Dawnie; sons, Brady and Masen Payne; adoptive daughter, Terryn and her husband Clif Cooper; mother, Theresa Payne Jones; grandfather, Joe and his wife Marilyn Crane; uncle, Jody and Heather Crane; aunt, Trisha and Frank Horton; uncle, Rod and Jan Payne; and numerous cousins. A celebration of life will be held February 18, 2022, in Casa Grande, Arizona. Wanda and Wilma Ludwig were born December 16, 1935. Wanda Cagl iar i passed away in Fallon, Nevada on December 8 of COVID, and was buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter Cathy Cagliari Wilbanks. Wilma Hybarger passed away in Fallon, Nevada on December 14 of dementia and was buried in Fallon. She is survived by her children Cindy and Russ Ferretto and family. First known in Auburn for delivering milk for their Ludwig Dairy, they became excellent horsewomen. They began trick riding in 1956 at local fairs, were in parades, roping competitions, and special events. They were members of Auburn Sierra Rangers. They went on to compete in rodeos all over the West, roping but mostly barrel racing. Wanda earned 10 NSPRA Barrel Racing Championships. The Ludwig Twins Wanda Cagliari, Wilma Hybarger The Ludwig twins, Wanda Cagliari and her sister Wilma Hybarger, began trick riding in 1956. She qualified for the National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals for 17 years, from 1990 to 2007. Wilma competed on the Senior Pro Rodeo Association circuit and was reserve world champion in all around and barrel racing in 2003. Both won the Canadian National Senior Pro Rodeo Championship, one each year. In their spare time they trained horses. In December of 2001 they were both inducted into the Nevada Horseman’s Hall of Fame.

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PAGE 10 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 3 x 8 Jan/Feb 2022 SUNDAYS: January 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 20, 27; March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 24 SU 10am, Rope 11am • Weather Permitting #5½ Hdcp. Pick 1/Draw 1 ..................3 for $30 #5½ Pick Or Draw .............................2 for $10 #4½ Pick Or Draw .............................2 for $10 #3½ Pick Or Draw .............................2 for $10 $5 Cattle Charge In All $10 Ropings NO CRYBABIES ALLOWED* S Bar J Arena Sanger, CA Directions: Hwy. 180 East from Fresno. Turn left at Del Rey Avenue, go 3.5 miles Lots of Cattle For Lease • Must Be Present To Win Awards At All Ropings • Can Only Win A Saddle Every 30 Days • ACTRA Qualifiers • Must Be ACTRA Member To Rope • 35% Cattle Charge In All Pots Unless Noted For Info: Steve Simons (559) 352-8012 HAT COMPANY INC. Jackie Scarry Is Crowned Miss Rodeo California 2022 SAN LU I S OB I SPO , CALIF. (October 30, 2021) – Jackie Scarry, 24, of Redding was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2022 after a twoday pageant in its new home of San Luis Obispo, California at the Madonna Inn and Cal Poly SLO Rodeo Arena. The competition included the fol lowing categor ies : Horsemanship, Speech, Personal & Horsemanship Interviews, Test, Raffle Ticket Sales, Photogenic, Personality & Appearance. Along with the title of Miss Rodeo California 2022, Jackie was the winner of the written test, personality and horsemanship categories that count for points as well as the high-ticket sales and speech categories that do not count toward points. As the newly crowned state rodeo queen Scarry received a $2,275 educational scholarship, a buckle, saddle, perpetual chaps, perpetual crown, and other various awards provided by our generous sponsors from the western industry. Scarry has also been awarded the prestigious opportunity to represent California traveling the state and nation representing as well as finishing her year competing in the Miss Rodeo America 2023 Pageant. The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is held in December each year in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We were so excited to move the Miss Rodeo California Pageant to San Luis Obispo for 2022 for the first time. We cannot thank Madonna Inn enough for the hospitality and welcoming us with open arms. Each of the contestants did a remarkable job demonstrating their rodeo knowledge, public speaking and horsemanship abilities. We are looking forward to watching Jackie’s year transpire and feel confident she will represent the organization and the sport of professional rodeo with the utmost grace and dignity.,” Brittney Phillips, Pageant Director, Jackie Scarry – Libby Wendt Photography said. “We are so excited to back on the central coast! The community of San Luis Obispo is made up of amazing individuals that have welcomed us with open arms. We are looking forward to watching Jackie’s year unfold,” Markie Battaglia, Miss Rodeo California Inc National Director, said. Jackie’s Biography: Surrounded by the Coastal, Klamath, and Cascade Mountain Ranges and farmlands to the south is the town of Redding, which Jackie Scarry proudly calls home. Having access to mountains, lakes, and rolling hills, Jackie has been able to pursue her love of photography, outdoor adventure, and everything cowboy culture. The 24-year-old daughter of Joe and Janet Scarry was introduced to the life of rodeo at 10-years-old and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys the familial atmosphere found within a rodeo committee, as well as the adrenalin rush found watching the rodeo competitors dominate their field. When not working as a Dermatology Medical Assistant, Jackie spends her time competing in ranch versatility classes, reading a good book, or drawing. With a career goal of Crime Scene Investigations, Jackie’s final class for her Associates degree is underway and will start classes next year with Liberty University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Who is Miss Rodeo California? Miss Rodeo California is a young lady who strives to promote the State of California and the sport of professional rodeo. In doing so she also endeavors to promote the great western way of life with its strong morals and values. Miss Rodeo California will be a talented, personable horsewoman with a vast knowledge of the sport of rodeo, the equine industry, and the State of California. She is a young lady who enjoys travel and has a sincere interest in garnering educational experiences that will assist in laying a solid foundation for her future. As an ambassador to the sport, Miss Rodeo California promotes the western way of life and professional rodeo. She is well versed on the sport of rodeo, horsemanship skills, has a wonderful personality and is an excellent speaker. For more information on the pageant or organization: www.missrodeocalifornia.com

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PAGE 14 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 David McCallister and Pedro Maestas won the #14.5 Priefert Finale and a payout of $150,000. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale XV Eight Crazy Days Offer More Than $14 Million In Cash & Prizes LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The World Series of Team Roping (WSTR) converged in Las Vegas for the Ariat WSTR Finale XV, Dec. 4-11, 2021. For eight days ropers from around the world competed at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center for more than $14 million in cash and prizes. After the 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19, ropers returned with the same enthusiasm as they have for the last 15 years. Champions were crowned in eight major Finale divisions from the Open down to the #8.5. Friday, Dec. 10, marked the richest divisional roping in history when the #9.5 Ariat WSTR Finale XV paid out $2.26 million dollars plus prizes. Bud Swagel, from Dewey, Arizona, and Mike Foster, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, roped four steers in 35.65 seconds to finish first in the average, worth $352,000 cash payout. “I’m not a guy who goes and makes 6- or 7-second runs,” Swagel said. “I told myself, ‘Just go out and go to your spot.’ Once we made the short round, I decided I wasn’t going to let any of this bother me—not the money, nothing. I’m going to go out there and rope every steer, look at my spot and handle my cattle. I had turned three steers in the #10.5 [Finale], so I was confident in that. “The money is great,” Swagel added. “But winning this wi th Mike, the memories, that’s what this is all about.” This year’s Ariat WSTR Finale added three more qualifyBud Swagel and Mike Foster, both of Arizona, roped four steers in 35.65 seconds to finish first in the average of the #9.5 Finale, earning a $352,000 cash payout. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Riley Minor and Cory Petska won the Gold Buckle Beer Open roping and $77,000 in cash. – Andersen C Bar C Photography ing divisions for ropers to nab 2022 Finale spots and bank more money than ever while in Las Vegas. The additional lineup included a $192,000 #13.5 Ariat Heartland and a $223,200 #11.5 Ariat Heartland. Lastly, the #14.5 Bloomer Qualifier Series division was the first of its kind—designed to pair a higher-fees event with the high caliber of the Bloomer brand— and it paid out some $123,000, including a first-place check of $28,000 to Montana’s Miles Kobold and Texas’s John Folmer for their time of 28.54 seconds on four head. “We kicked the Bloomer Roping series off in Las Vegas to highlight the quality of the roping we aspire to create,” Ty Yost, WSTR president, said. “Going forward, any producer can have one Bloomer Roping per event, and that producer can designate which division that is. It’s a high-quality product for ropers in every division, with higher fees and a higher reward. Over the course of the last two years, team roping has remained a constant—a sport that can thrive and adapt even in the toughest of times. Thousands of amateur team ropers once again vied for incredible payouts and recreational ropers from many walks of life filled their pockets—already looking forward to converging once again for the Ariat WSTR Finale XVI in Las Vegas, Dec 3-11, 2022. About the WSTR: For the past 15 seasons World Series of Team Roping has strived to provide personal service to a small but influential group of ropers who share our philosophy of easier, smaller and richer ropings. For more information on the WSTR or to become a member visit wstroping.com Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldSeriesOfTeamRoping and @wstroping on Instagram. Complete results at wstroping.com. OPEN TO THE WORLD FINALE: 5 for $2,000; Payout $267,000 Average: 1. Riley S. Minor and Co r y Pe t ska , 31 . 76 , $77,000. 2. James Arvi so and Cooper Freeman, 33.92, $55,000. 3. Garrett Rogers and Chris Young, 34.27, $42,000. 4. Cutter Machado and John Chaves, 36.14, $31,000. 5. Cash Fretwell and Jesse Hines, 37.66, $16,000. #15.5 FINALE: Payout $66,800 Average: 1. Chase Massengill and Aaron Shelley, 27.28, $21,500. 2. Colton Mize and Cole Carpenter, 28.6, $15,000. 3. Devon Johnson and Brayden Schmidt, 29.17, $11,200. 4. Justin Fowden and Hagen Peterson, 29.23, $7,900. 5. Blake Bowler and Jory M. Levy, 29.32, $6,000. 6. Kyle Roberts and James Gililland, 29.63, $4,000. #14.5 QUALIFIER: Payout $123,300 Ave r age : 1 . Mi l es Kobold and John Folmer, 28.54, $28,000. 2. Megan E. Gunter and Clay Elkington, 29.78, $21,000. 3. Davin Booty and Wayne Folmer, 30.38, $15,000. 4. Joel Colgrove and Dave Daube, 30.59, $12,000. 5. Kyle Roberts and Wade Masters, 30.78, $11,000. 6. Dixon Winn and Dean Salyer, 30.8, $9,700. 7. Coda Myers and Gabe Williams, 30.9, $7,300. 8. Darrel Norcutt and Clint Felton, 32.07, $6,100. 9. John English and Sterlin English, 32.19, $4,800. 10. Rod Doggett and Gralyn Elkins, 32.44, $3,600. 11. Cash Fretwell and Samson Jackson, 32.55, $3,600. #14.5 FINALE: Payout $836,000 Average: 1. David McCallister and Pedro Maestas, 28.41, $150,000. 2. Tyler Tryan and Denton Parish, 29.21, $114,000. 3. Jaxon Booth and Colton, Brittain, 29.47, $80,000. 4. Radley Day and Britt Williams, 30.35, $58,000. 5. Bobby Baize and Kevin Lozares, 30.88, $54,000. 6. Micah Smith and Levi Garcia, 30.9, $48,000. 7. Kaden Profili and Jayse Tettenhorst, 31.42, $40,000. 8. See WSTR FINALE On Page 16

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 15 WSTRoping.com 2022 Membership AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOVEMBER 1, 2021 AND VALID AFTER PURCHASE UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2022. CHECK: Please make check or money orders payable to “WSTR” and mail to: 7500 Alamo RD NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 WSTR MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$130 Standard membership, includes complimentary Global Handicap card. 70 & OVER (BORN IN 1952 OR BEFORE) SILVER LEGACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FREE Free to renewing or past WSTR members 70 and older. KEY CARD MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 The premier membership accepted at both WSTR & USTRC events. KEY CARD MAX MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . $500 All the benefits of the Key Card bundled with Free video streaming of the CINCH USTRC NFTR and the Ariat WSTR Finale, double WSTR Finale accumulated earnings, plus annual memberships to both USRoper roadside service and Roping.com’s training platform. 15 & UNDER (BORN IN 2007 OR LATER) GLOBAL HANDICAP CARD . . . . . . . . . . .$60 Available to ropers 15 or younger and includes WSTR & USTRC Membership. Global Handicaps observed. A current WSTR or USTRC membership is required to collect winnings at WSTR events and must be purchased prior to roping. Available for purchase November 1, 2021 and valid after purchase until December 31, 2022. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing. Allow up to 6 weeks for delivery of the Team Roping Journal. If you already have a Global Handicap card the WSTR Membership is not discounted. WSTR memberships are NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE. By submitting this membership form you agree to all Rules, Regulations, and Release of Liability of the WSTR as outlined on the website at WSTRoping.com. NAME:___________________________________________________________ Global Handicap ID #:________________________ Preferred Name (if any):_______________________________________________________ HD #: ___________ HL #: ___________ Address:___________________________________________ City:__________________________ State:________ Zip:__________ Email:_____________________________________________ Last 4 Digits of SSN: _______________ Date of Birth: _______________ Phone (MANDATORY):____________________________________________ YES, Sign me up for text messages including draw numbers. 1. _____________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ 2. _____________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ 3. _____________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ List three ropers/producers who can verify your current roping ability: CREDIT CARD: We are happy to accept your credit card on-site at a WSTR event, over the phone at 505-898-1755 or join online at WSTRoping.com. (Non-refundable administrative fee, 3% added for CC charges, 4% for Amex) MEMBERSHIPOPTIONS: PAYMENT TYPE: MEMBERS: NEW Cash Check Credit Card IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CLASSIFIED, YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR GLOBAL HANDICAP REVIEWED OR WOULD LIKE A DOUBLE NUMBER, PLEASE DO SO ONLINE AT GLOBALHANDICAPS.COM NEW! AUTO RENEW (EMAIL REQUIRED TO ENROLL) You must complete your membership by credit card online (and select auto renew when prompted) or by credit card over the phone if you wish to enroll in annual auto renewal of your WSTR Membership. If selected this agreement shall be automatically extended each year, unless on or before October 30 written notice of its desire not to automatically renew is received. Auto renewal pricing will be the standard membership price as of December for each renewal period. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEES TO THE WSTR LAS VEGAS FINALE WITH ACCUMULATED EARNINGS AVAILABLE ONLY TO WSTR MEMBERS! *Accumulated earning are specific to the association. Visit the website for more information on accumulated earnings. DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP CARDS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE AT GLOBALHANDICAPS.COM. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A MEMBERSHIP CARD IN THE MAIL. ACCUMULATED EARNINGS! WE’VE GONE DIGITAL! FOR EVENT/OFFICE USE ONLY: AMOUNT:___________________ DATE: _______ INITIALS: ________ WSTR MEMBERSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WSTR EVENTS, ONLINE AT WSTROPING.COM, BY PHONE 505-898-1755, OR BY MAIL. *See Key Card membership form for more complete details on the Key Card and Key Card Max Memberships. GLOBAL HANDICAPS OBSERVED. A GLOBAL HANDICAP CARD IS COMPLIMENTARY WITH YOUR 2022 WSTR MEMBERSHIP

PAGE 16 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022 Winners of the #12.5 Ariat Finale roping were Copie Dickson and Shane McCall, who took home $228,000 and a host of great awards. – Andersen C Bar C Photography #13.5 Yeti Finale winners Clay Acuna and Johnny Salvo. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Winners of the #10.5 Yeti Finale were Ty Crouch and Clay D. Alexander, who were awarded $326,000 plus prizes. – Andersen C Bar C Photography #11.5 Priefert Finale winners were Joshua Comeaux and Rickey DeCuir, taking home $260,000 plus awards. – Andersen C Bar C Photography World Series of Team Roping Finale XV... From Page 14 John English and James Gililland, 31.64, $34,000. 9. Mason Johnson and Billy Lam, 32.01, $28,000. 10. Caroline Taylor and Bode Baize, 32.03, $28,000. 11. Rook Rawls and Jory M. Levy, 32.28, $20,000. 12. Lee Griggs and Kory Bramwell, 32.39, $20,000. 13. Jimmy Ruiz and Quisto Lopez, 32.69, $10,000. 14. Michael Snooks and Clancey Kreutzer, 34.06, $10,000. 15. Isaac Gholson and Daniel Reed, 35.19, $6,000. 16. Ricky Gonzalez and Romeo Moreno, 35.91, $6,000. 17. Ken Matheson and Daylan Frost, 21.11 on 3, $6,000. 18. Carson Brown and Jordan Allyn, 22.35, $6,000. 19. Calvin H. Taylor and Calvin Taylor, 23.67, $6,000. 20. Bobby Marsh and Jake South, 23.8, $6,000. 21. Luis A. Azua and JD Holland, 24.68, $6,000. 22. Chick Wilfong and boogie Ray, 24.71, $6,000. 23. Juan Gonzalez and JR Gonzales, 25.09, $6,000. 24. Tico Aguilera and Lightning Aguilera, 25.24, $6,000. #13.5 HEARTLAND: Payout $192,000 Average: 1. Clayton Johnson and Justin Price, 29.27, $41,000. 2. Richard Newton and Josh Patton, 30.6, $28,000. 3. Shad Beebe and Travis Ericsson, 32.36, $21,800. 4. Coby LittleSoldier and Tanner Baldwin, 32.83, $17,200. 5. Shaysea Alba and Levi Gallego, 33.14, $14,000. 6. Ray Siggins and Cesar Ochoa, 33.18, $11,000. 7. Junior Cervantes and Walker Harris, 33.24, $9,300. 8. Joe Beaver and Rusty Barnet t , 33.53, $7,800. 9. Bobby Marsh and Charles Tenorio Jr., 33.62, $6,200. 10. Justin Reininger and Dean Salyer, 34.85, $5,200. #13.5 FINALE: Payout $1,168,000 Average: 1. Clay Acuna and Johnny Salvo 29.72, $206,000. 2. Travis Nickolson and Guy Chomistek, 30.34, $160,000. 3. Teddy Kreger and Wesley Barlow, 30.37, $112,000. 4. B Rad Lands and Boogie Ray, 30.41, $86,000. 5. Chance Cherry and Sam Garside, 31.39, $74,000. 6. Richard Newton and Josh Patton, 31.57, $66,000. 7. Granger Insco and Tanner Nall, 31.78, $56,000. 8. Erik Jackson and Timothy Rutar, 32.37, $47,000. 9. Daren Sims and Jessy Remsburg, 32.43, $38,000. 10. Caroline Taylor and Calvin Taylor, 32.78, $38,000. 11. Cody Graham and Chantz Banks, 33.12, $29,000. 12. Ray Siggins and Cesar Ochoa, 33.26, $29,000. 13. Francisco Cruz and Dugan Kelly, 33.49, $10,000. 14. Cassidy Boggs and Cody Tew, 36.29, $10,000. (Payout for 15th-28th place was $6,000) 15. Richard Nolen and Ernie D. Bacon, 36.32 16. Clay Deen and Cooper Robertson, 36.81. 17. Kyle Roberts and Ellis Yates, 36.82. 18. Tyler Riggan and Chase Massengill, 37.27. 19. Bailey Kretschmer and Casey Cummins, 37.78. 20. Jim Estill and Bill Finks, 38.42. 21. Zach Crofoot and Boby Roberts, 39.69. 22. Garett Smith and Jeff Wadman, 21.67. 23. Dustin Garcia and Jake Cobb, 22.2. 24. Ryan Readmond and Zalin Arritola, 22.27. 25. Lou Stuart and Cody H. Christensen, 22.45. 26. Robert W. Murphy and Rob Black, 24.9. 27. Bob Herrington and Reno Gonzales, 26.16. 28. Colby Simmons and James Hicks, 26.19. #12.5 FINALE: Payout $1,478,000 Average: 1. Copie Dickson and Shane McCall, 29.66, $228,000. 2. Lance Horner and Coy Thompson, 30.54, $176,000. 3. Josh Johnson and Kent Haley, 31.36, $125,000. 4. Matthew Sanchez and Tyson Charley, 31.54, $94,000. 5. Shaysea Alba and Jason Olson, 31.83, $84,000. 6. Kolton Sena and Mando Honne, 31.96, $72,000. 7. Cooper Bradshaw and Cache Burnside, 32.05, $62,000. 8. David Lee and Daniel Raynor, 32.4, $52,000. 9. Jay Guerrero and Gene Curtis, 32.74, $42,000. 10. Erik Becenti and Dennison Boone, 32.92, $42,000. 11. Scott Early and Jayson Jonovich, 33.03, $31,000. 12. Caroline Taylor and Barry Gentry, 33.04, $31,000. 13. Wade Woodbury and Cody Mi rabal , 33.08, $20,000. 14. Matthew Barnes and Milton Aguilera, 33.65, $18,000. 15. Shoncey Charlie and Zane Dansie, 33.74, $16,000. 16. Caleb Woodard and Carter Taylor, 33.76, $14,000. 17. Cody Hodges and Eric Williams, 34.33, $13,000. 18. Zurick Labrier and Marty Nicholson, 34.46, $12,000. 19. John Hawks and Jason Devore, 34.48, $11,500. 20. JW Baucom and Clint Humphries, 36.23, $11,500. 21. B Rad Lands and Chad Williams, 36.96, $10,800. 22. Terry Kitchens and Ashton Walden, 37.0, $10,600. 23. Clark Holder and Jase Holder, 37.42, $10,400. 24. Chance Hanna and Brent Mays, 37.67, $10,200. 25. John English and Chance Kiehne, 38.17, $10,000. 26. Jason Foegelle and James Tettenhorse, 38.35, $9,800. 27. Jed Bohmbach and Bill Beard, 46.21, $9,600. 28. Zac Watson See WSTR FINALE On Page 17

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