Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 VOL. 55, NO. 1 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” Official Publication Of ACTRA Driggers and Nogueira set a new single-season earnings record in 2022 with $340,708 a man. They also finished second in the NFR average with 71.4 seconds on nine steers, for a $112,830 Finals per man. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Phil Doyle RC Landingham Becomes Overnight Millionaire See story on page 10 Driggers, Nogueira, Tomlinson and Smith Rewrite Team Roping Records in 2022 By Lane Karney The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association team roping record book received a facelift in 2022. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira notably shattered the regular-season earnings record clear back in July, just 39 official rodeos into their year. Heading into the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge, they had won $227,878 a man on the year, with nearly a $100,000 lead over the field. Combine that with their $112,830 a man in NFR earnings, and you have a new single-season earnings record of $340,708 apiece en route to their second consecutive team roping world championship. Dr i gge r s and Nogue i r a weren’t the only team to surpass the annual earnings record previously held by Clay Smith and Paul Eaves of $289,921 a man. NFR rookie Tanner Tomlinson and two-time World Champion Patrick Smith ended their stellar NFR with $307,095 a man to be the 2022 reserve champs. Oh, and they set a new NFR team roping earnings record of $199,726, besting Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler’s 2016 gold standard of $186,000 a man. Contributing to Tomlinson and Smith’s rich 10 days in Las Vegas were checks in seven rounds. They won or split two of those, and set a brand-new NFR average record of 53 flat on 10 head. Keep in mind that was with two legs, in Rounds 1 and 7. While Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper ’s 10-round, 59.1-second average record lasted from 1994 until Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins broke it last year with a 10 head total of 54.7 seconds, Tomlinson and Smith broke that record, too. “I told Patrick I was going to try my best to turn 10, but was personally hoping to get out of the barrier and turn six or seven and win some go-rounds,” said Tomlinson, who was the 2020 Resistol Heading Rookie of the Year. “We never even looked at the average record, but that’s pretty awesome. I never would’ve thought Andrew and Buddy’s record would be broken as good as their NFR was last year. It was a blessing.” Night in and night out, Tomlinson and Smith looked poised to make their run. Their team roping talents were on full display for the NFR’s entirety. And for Smith, it was his third NFR average title. “What do you say, our NFR was way beyond what a guy could ever dream about out there. It was never part of our plan to get the average record, but it’s super special, because a couple of my heroes (Jake and Clay) owned that record for so long. And congratulations to Andrew and Buddy for their feat last year, as well,” said Smith, whose other NFR titles came in 2003 with Matt Tyler, and 2008 with Trevor Brazile. “This was the only average that Tanner and I won all year. We did good in a lot of go-rounds and one-headers, but if you could pick an average to win, it’s this one. It’s also pretty special that both Tanner and I got an NFR average win at both our first NFRs (Patrick’s first Finals was in 2003).” Both teams—Driggers and Nogueira, and Tomlinson and Smith—share extremely tight bonds way beyond the arena. All four men are quick to praise their partners, and it’s evident that these partnerships are fully developed friendships through thick and thin. “My partnership with Junior is special. I tell him all the time, it’s more than just team roping. We get along really good, and are more like brothers, because we’ve been together so much in the last seven years. We have good chemistry, and we take full responsibility when it doesn’t go good, instead See TEAM ROPING NFR 2022 On Page 4
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Sarah finished the year with $8,060, while Martha won $7,590 at WPRA approved events that had more than one roping discipline being contested at the same time. The sisters won all their all-around money at this weekend’s WPRA World Finals at Extraco Event Center. Sarah competed in breakaway roping and team roping, while Martha competed in all events offered – breakaway, team roping, tie-down and all-around barrels. Sarah headed for Martha in the team roping and heeled for Jessica Remsburg, a former WPRA world champion as well. The Angelone sisters, originally from Cross Junction, Virginia, and now are both living in Texas, look to be a force for years to come. Martha is currently the traveler in the family, while Sarah elects to stay closer to home making the WPRA World Finals a perfect fit for her. Joining Sarah Angelone in the world champions circle was Hope Thompson and Lorraine Moreno in the team roping and Tanegai Zilverberg in the tiedown roping. Thompson captured her third WPRA team roping world title and fourth WPRA world title over all. Thompson finished the year with $21,671 to reserve world champion Bailey Gubert’s $18,626. Moreno captured her first WPRA world title finishing the year with $17,994, while Rylie Smith finished reserve champion with $12,245. Two ladies that have spent time as college rodeo coaches teamed up together to win the average in Waco. Linsay Rosser-Sumpter and Taylor Munsell roped three steers in an event best 24.3 seconds to take the title. Danielle Lowman and Jordi Edens were second in a time of 30.6. Taking home the tie-down roping world title for the first time in her career was Tanegai Zilverberg. She finished the year with $4,155 to take the title from the reigning world titlist Kari Nixon, who finished second with $2,877. Zilverberg placed third in the first round and won the second round en route to the average championship as well with a time of 52.9 seconds on three. The WPRA Boot Barn Card Holder race came to an end on Sunday morning with Jackie Ganter of Abilene, Texas, taking the title. Ganter turned in the fastest time on Sunday morning stopping the clock in 15.682 seconds to win the round. Ganter was aboard Howes A Tycoon and won the average in a total time of 47.565 on three runs. All money won in the card holder race will count toward 2023 ProRodeo World Standings and the race also served as a qualifier for RodeoHouston. Ganter last qualified for the NFR in 2016, but 2023 might be the year she returns to the Thomas and Mack if this weekend was any indication. Reigning world champion Jordon Briggs looked to be in championship form finishing second in the average with 47.675. Briggs and Rollo finished second in the final round in a time of 15.854 seconds. Brooklyn Balch took home the permit only race title finishing with a total time of 48.327 secSee ANGELONE SISTERS On Page 38
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PAGE 4 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira claimed their second consecutive team roping world championships in 2022. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Click Thompson Joining NFR team roping champs Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith in the winner’s circle were, left to right, PRCA CEO Tom Glause, Montana Silversmiths’ Judy Wagner and Resort World’s Luke Trusty. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Click Thompson Smith was aboard his 2022 Nutrena Heel Horse of the Year presented by AQHA, Turbo, all 10 rounds at the 2022 NFR. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Click Thompson Team Roping Records Rewritten In 2022... From Page 1 of pointing fingers and passing any blame,” said Driggers, who turned 33 on December 19. “I also want to say about Tanner’s heading at the NFR, I don’t even know if he knows the magnitude of what he did out there. I know the mentality he has, like when I was younger—foot on the throttle. It’s easy to get caught up in the adrenaline of going fast when everyone else is, and Patrick does a good job mentoring. But for him to go execute, and turn 10 steers like he did is impressive to me.” Nogueira battled through some uncharacteristic challenges throughout the week. But it was his faith and their partnership that allowed him to rally through it victoriously. “Since day one, it was a tough NFR for me. I usually get there and rope pretty good, but a couple rounds in I roped some legs, then my horse stepped in my loop and it was frustrating. I had to get the ball back rolling, and thankfully, we did,” said Nogueira, who now holds three gold buckles, including his 2016 world all-around championship. “When I’m down, Kaleb picks me up. And when he’s down, I believe in him. That’s what being a team means. I don’t worry about his job, and he doesn’t worry about mine. We respect each other, and I know we are both trying as hard as we can when we back in the box.” Tomlinson and Smith are also connected more deeply than just riding in to rope together. “Our partnership is more than a partnership. It’s family. Our friendship is gold, and means way more than our partnership,” said Tomlinson, 22. “I can’t thank Patrick and his family enough. They are such a blessing to me, and it would mean the world to me to win a gold buckle with him next year.” Mirrored much like the veteran Tee Woolman taking Patrick under his wing early in his career, Patrick is assuming that role and mentoring Tomlinson through their partnership. “I’ve been telling people for a while now that he’s just getting started. Tanner is so talented. The relationship we have makes it so much more special. We put a plan together, and it took last year and this year, but it’s so gratifying to see it come through,” Smith said. “He is such a blessing to my family and career. For it to be Tanner’s first NFR and my first time back in a few years (since 2015), one of the peaks of my entire career was not only going back to the NFR, but then having the week we had.” With complete confidence in their partners, another common theme in these winning teams is their respect and admiration for their horsepower and their outlooks for the coming year to follow up their remarkable 2022 season. Driggers called on the same mount, Cuervo, that he rode to the world title at the 2021 NFR. Besides Round 3, when he jumped on his young sorrel, Oliver, it was all Cuervo again. “I was riding Cuervo in the grand entry the night of Round 3, just loping him around there getting him ready. He’s had trouble in his front feet since I bought him, and thank you to Danita Walker and Dr. Josh Harvey, who are so important in keeping him sound, but he just gave himself a stinger. I got off to get my ropes, and then walked back to meet Carlos (Kaleb and Junior’s main man), and get on during the steer wrestling. I bumped into Brady Minor, and he asked if I’d talked to Dr. Harvey, then I walked back there to get on and Cuervo wasn’t there. As the bulldogging was getting over, Carlos came trotting up on Oliver,” said Driggers, who made a businessman’s run that night to stay solid in the average (Driggers and Nogueira finished second in the average with 71.4 seconds on nine). “Cuervo worked so good, as always, and he’ll probably get even more time off next year to make sure he’s sound for the Finals next year. Our horses are so important to our success, so I’m always looking forward for good rodeo horses, and I’m ready to try to keep the ball rolling in 2023.” Nogueira, too, made a horse change at this year’s NFR. His came in Round 7, when he switched from Timon to Lucky Bucky. The change was not a reflection of Timon not working, but rather Nogueira looking to change up the luck to finish out the Finals. “My horse Timon did great. I was struggling a little bit, and we went and practiced. I had been jackpot t ing on Lucky Bucky in Arizona on our way to Vegas, so I got on him to just catch one and stay hooked,” said Nogueira. “We are very blessed to have great horses that allow us to do our jobs. That’s what it is all about is getting the best horses you can, and doing your best and see if it falls your way. Kaleb roped amazing, and my horses worked great. 2021 and 2022 are in the past now, so it’s all about 2023. Team roping is getSee TEAM ROPING NFR 2022 On Page 8
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 5 • V Equine Network Enters Alliance With Riata Buckle Stallion Incentive ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – Equine Network, the industry leader in equine events and media, announced today that it has reached an alliance agreement with Riata Buckle, LLC., a stallion incentive program that seeks to unify stallion owners, mare owners, breeders and, for the first time ever, team ropers of every ability level. “We have a long-term vision for combining the rope-horse industry with the team roping industry in a way that touches every corner of our business,” Equine Network CEO Tom Winsor said. “We began some time ago priming our publications with stories focusing on the horses and their pedigrees, not to mention the owners who built the programs. We expanded by providing stallion incentive programs and futurities exposure through our streaming services and horse training emphasis through Roping.com, and by providing marketing services to all horse breeders.” The Riata Buckle is bringing stallion incentive and futurity roping to 98% of ropers who have never had access to these horse programs, aligning with the Equine Network’s goal of expanding the rope horse industry. Riata Buckle brings with it the industry’s top innovators, pairing with the Equine Network’s specialized group of media professionals and, importantly, its membership, technology and production teams with the United States Team Roping Championships, Ariat World Series of Team Roping, National Team Roping, and National Team Roping League. “The approach we are taking with Riata Buckle puts team roping horses in the spotlight,” Riata Buckle operating partner Denny Gentry said. “The AQHA with all their horse information and the Equine Network with their roper information will be necessary to make this work. This agreement will let us merge every-day jackpot team ropers with stallion owners, breeders, and trainers. I believe it will ultimately change the entire horse industry.” Riata requested and received AQHA’s support last summer, aligning both the Equine Network and Riata Buckle with AQHA’s QData system. “The mutual benefit is undeniable, and we are extremely excited to bring mainstream team roping earnings into horse records,” Karl Stressman, AQHA Chief Executive Officer said. By us i ng t he USTRC, WSTR, NTR and NTRL, the new Riata Buckle partnership will provide earnings tracking on 80% of team ropings in the U.S. and Canada. This will allow the tens of millions of dollars of roping earnings paid out annually to flow into the databases, for the first time proving—on paper—the value of a great rope horse and solidifying rope horses as the Western industry’s top earners. This will also allow breeders to further refine what pedigree crosses produce the best results. “We want to do this by supporting existing events across the country and beyond,” Gentry said. “By utilizing Equine Network’s team roping associations, we’ll be offering ropers instant opportunities with their horses without changing their roping habits at all.” The program will kick off during the 2023 season, with more details to be announced. About Equine Network: Where equine meets excellence, we provide the equine community with best-in-class competitions, content, products, and services that deepens their love for horses and horse sports. Our award-winning brands present innovative content, engaging digital experiences, and live equestrian events designed to inform and entertain our target audiences.
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PAGE 8 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 Driggers called on his great horse Cuervo in nine out of 10 rounds at the 2022 NFR. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Click Thompson Tomlinson borrowed his good friend Coy Rahlmann’s horse Blue, and rode him to new NFR earnings and average records. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Clay Guardipee Nogueira rode Lucky Bucky in the later rounds at the 2022 NFR to secure his second heeling world championship. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Clay Guardipee ting tougher and tougher every year, but we have the same outlook going forward and many blessings.” Tomlinson put on a 10-day heading clinic on his good friend and 2021 NFR header Coy Rahlmann’s great horse, Blue. “Blue was the main part of my NFR. I can’t thank Coy enough for letting me ride him. He was the only horse I took out there, so I wouldn’t have any second thoughts and even rode him in the grand entry. He did the same thing for me every time,” said Tomlinson. “This sets my 2023 goals pretty high. I want to get Patrick another gold buckle before he retires, and I feel like he’s getting pretty close. So I guess we better start off the new year strong, and hopefully end it on a high note for him.” Tomlinson’s talent provided a resurgence in Smith. But it was also his 2022 Nutrena Heel Horse of the Year presented by AQHA, Turbo, that gave him a lift. “I was as comfortable there (the NFR) as I’ve ever been. Amigo (Smith’s great heel horse from years past) is the greatest horse ever to me, but I had the best team of horses I’ve ever had this year. I had Rooster (Smith’s stud, who has had great success in the Thomas & Mack before with others) there as a backup, and Turbo was amazing. It was Turbo’s first time in that building, and he didn’t disappoint,” said Smith. “So many things have to go well for you to win a gold buckle, and having a great partner and great horses are the starting blocks. We have that. There are great teams and competition, but I feel as good about chasing a gold buckle next year as I ever have. I would love to win a gold buckle with Tanner, and that’s what we’re after while also keeping a perspective that we are blessed to get to do this for a living.” Team Roping Records Rewritten In 2022... From Page 4 SAT., JANUARY 21 and FEBRUARY 25 Sign Up 9am, Rope 10am 35% Cattle Chg. • 5 Sec. Barrier #4 Pick/Draw (Capped at #2½) ...................3 for $30 #5.5 Hdcp. Down Pick/Draw (No Caps) .....3 for $40 No Team Over #5½ #6 Hdcp. Up/Down Pick/Draw (No Caps) ... 3 for $40 Must Be An ACTRA Member To Rope All Pots: Must Draw One Then Enter Up By Draws Or Picks! _______________________________ 338 Chambersburg Rd. 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The transaction will merge the top three technology firms operating in the Western Sports landscape. “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for rodeo athletes and producers through technology,” said Rodeo Logistics CEO, Gary McKinney. “This landmark acquisition will unite these diverse tech companies under one roof and positions Rodeo Logistics as an industry leader in technology across all rodeo related disciplines.” Since their inception, Rodeo Logistics has been a market leader having launched industry disrupting technologies such as; The Virtual Rodeo Qualifier, Open Stalls, Rodeo Entry Tool and PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Mechanical Bull Rider. “Since we started EquiTech, our team has been on a mission to create innovative, western sports products that make athletes and producers lives easier, leading to inventions like the NextGen Rodeo and BreedTech,” said Clay Deen, EquiTech Chief Operating Officer. “Rodeo Logistics shares our passion and mission for building streamlined rodeo innovations, and I cannot think of a better place for our team to continue our mission. 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PAGE 10 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 Circle N Saddle Shop 12742 Avenue 240 • Tulare, CA 93274 Over 50 Years in Business with a Reputation of Being No-Nonsense And Having GREAT PRICES! Over 150 Saddles New & Used Martin • Circle Y • Cactus • Reinsman Scott Thomas • Alamo • ETS McCall • Sulphur River 5 Star & Best Ever Pads • Resistol Hats Wrangler Clothing • Smarty Products Heel-O-Matic Products • STS Ranchwear Jewelry & Gift Items (559) 686-4476 Ropes from: Classic • Rattler • Cactus • Fast Back • Rocky Mountain Circle N Stables Saddle Shop RC Landingham Becomes First Victor Of The Triple Crown Of Rodeo To Become An Overnight Millionaire — Landingham’s Career Leading Up To $1 Million Moment Was Met With Multiple Moments Of Heartbreak — FORT WORTH, TEXAS – RC Landingham (Hat Creek, California) walked out of the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth $1 million richer, taking home the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo, presented by the Lazy E Ranch and Arena on December 17. The 32-yearold bareback rider ’s career was beaten, bruised, bloody, and filled with tragedy leading up to this $1 million moment. Landingham went into the event with two wins under his belt, only needing to win one more event to earn the bonus. Landingham rode supreme and punched his ticket to $1 million WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo cash bonus. Landingham is the third athlete to be in contention for the Triple Crown of Rodeo, but the first victor of $1 million bonus. The Triple Crown of Rodeo is an annual bonus that will pay $1 million to any one athlete, or collection of athletes, who win first place in any three consecutive WCRAMajor Rodeos. “It has taken me more than a decade to earn a near $1 million,” said Landingham. “Thanks to this organization, it only took me three rodeos. This award has done nothing but raise the rodeo bar, and I hope it opens the eyes of others because they are truly making million-dollar opportunities over here.” Landingham’s grit and determination was evident before the Californian even stepped into the Cowtown Christmas Championship Rodeo for the second annual event in Fort Worth, Texas. He draf ted Picket t Pro Rodeo Untapped, a 6x NFR (Na t i ona l F i na l s Rodeo ) Bucking Horse in the Showdown Round. The soon to be new millionaire notched the top score in the round with an 84.5 score. Later in the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round, Landingham conquered his pick, Freckled Frog (Pickett Pro Rodeo), for a monstrous 89.5 points. Landingham’s road to this historic moment met tragedy at every corner beginning in 2010 when disaster struck in Houston while riding bulls. Landingham suffered broken ribs, fractured his back and shoulder on top of a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung. After recovering from his Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Freckled Frog and California cowboy, RC Landingham, were brilliant in the Showdown Round to mark an 89.5 point ride and give RC the WCRA Triple Crown win and a $1 million bonus. – Bull Stock Media Photo injuries sustained in Houston, Landingham was dealt another sucker punch when he was involved in a gruesome car wreck in May 2011. The car was crushed, and Landingham shattered his left leg and broke two bones in his riding hand. The shattered glass from the accident also wreaked havoc on his musculature requiring a large portion of his triceps muscle to be removed after they were shredded. Landingham wouldn’t awaken for two days after being transported to a Portland, Oregon, hospital. Landingham rehabbed his broken body for 18 months. But the worst was yet to come. In 2013, his mom, Wendy, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after the same dreaded disease took her mom and Landingham’s grandma way too soon. After a courageous four-year fight, with RC by her side, Wendy died in February 2017. Shortly after the death of his mother, another curveball hap- pened with a wreck in the arena when a horse fell over and dislocated his left shoulder. Much of his rodeo career was delayed until 2021 due to a series of three shoulder surgeries after a screw and a chunk of bone broke off inside the joint. Landingham returned to riding again in February of 2021 and hit new heights in this comeback, which has included back-to-back return NFR trips in 2021-22 and five WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo Events. RC earning the $1 million or more in a single night has only happened three prior times in the sport of rodeo. The $1 million check he earned on December 17 equaled his 14 year career earnings combined. This milestone in RC’s comeback career and landmark event in the rodeo world will forever be remembered in the sport of rodeo. RC faced off against Mason Clements (Spanish Fork, UT) and Dean Thompson (Al - tamont , UT) in the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round . Thompson earned an 86.5 score while Clements had 79.5 points. A fiercely contested race in the Steer Wrestling unfurled as Cody Devers (Perryton, TX) landed a remarkable 4.21-second time to best Sam Power’s 4.30-second time and Tanner Brunner’s (Ramona, KS) 4.54-second run. The Team Roping duo of Nelson Wyatt (Clanton, Alabama) and Buddy Hawkins (Stephenville, Texas) was unstoppable. The team notched the fastest time of the week. The Cowt own Ch r i s tma s Champion Rodeo recorded a 3.68-second run in the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round, prior to delivering a lightning-fast 4.08-second effort in the Showdown Round. The victory is the pairs first WCRAMajor win. As the one of only three tiedown ropers to deliver a qualified run in the TCR Round, Kass Kayser (Ellensburg, WA) delivered a 9.70-second run. Besting the No. 1 roper on the Cowtown Christmas Championship Leaderboard and WCRA Champion Shad Mayfield (Clovis, New Mexico). As the event continued, a hotly contested race in the barrel racing began to unfurl. Kassie Mowry, 3x NFR Qualifier, Andrea Cline (Springtown, Texas) and Laura Mote (Llano, Texas) finished the Triple Crown of Rodeo round edging each other’s times. Mowry navigated the course with ease and ran the fastest time of the week with 13.226-second time edging out Cline’s 13.331-second time and Mote’s 13.339-second time. In the bull riding, 30-yearold Cole Fischer rode best. Capping his perfect 2-for-2 effort on Saturday evening. The 2022 NFR Qualifier rode for 90-points to net an equally impressive check for $15,000. Isaac Diaz (Desdemona, TX) won his second WCRA Major Rodeo after an 86.5 ride aboard Delta Hawks. Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $14,100,000 in new money to rodeo athletes. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA or the VRQ should visit wcrarodeo.com. About WCRA: WCRA is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with the PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo-industry competitors, stakeholders, and fans. To learn more, visit wcrarodeo.com. For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system, visit app.wcrarodeo. com.
January-February 2023 ropers Sports News page 11 S Bar J Arena Sanger, CA Directions: Hwy. 180 East from Fresno. Turn left at Del Rey Avenue, go 3.5 miles ★ PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND! Saturday, February 18th SU 9am, Rope at 10am #7 Hdcp. Pick 1/Draw 1 ...............4 for $50/$100 Open Draw Pot .....................................4 for $50 $500 CASH TO HIGH $$$ ROPER #5½ Pick 1/Draw 1.......................4 for $50/$100 BUCKLES TO TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE AVERAGE #4½ Pick 1/Draw 1....................... 4 for $50/$100 BUCKLES TO TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE AVERAGE Monday, February 20th SU 9am, Rope at 10am • Six Teams Out #7 Hdcp. Jr.-Sr., Mixed/Century........ 3 for $40 #7 Hdcp. Pick 1, Draw 1 ................... 3 for $40 #5½ Pick Or Draw ............................ 3 for $40 #4½ Pick Or Draw ............................ 3 for $40 • SADDLE TO HIGH MONEY #2 & UNDER • $500 CASH TO #2½ - #3 AND #3½ & OVER Make-Up F New Ye ’s R ing! ’s i Sunday, February 19th SU 9am, Rope at 10am #5½ Pick....................................... 3 for $40 BUCKLES TO FIRST IN AVERAGE; CACTUS SPLINTS TO SECOND #7 Hdcp. Over 40 Pick................... 4 for $75 Ladies Over 30 May Also Rope In This Pot BUCKLES TO TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE AVERAGE #7 Hdcp. Down Pick 1, Draw 1 ...3 for $50/$100 SADDLES TO AVERAGE WINNERS BUCKLES TO SECOND & THIRD IN THE AVERAGE 3 SADDLES 18 BUCKLES ADDED $$$ For Info: Steve Simons (559) 352-8012 • 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 VAQUERO Trophy & Tack HAT COMPANY INC. Save The Date: TAYLORSVILLE 4th OF JULY ROPING ★ June 30, July 1, 2, 3 ★ Lots of Cattle For Lease S BAR J ARENA SPRING FINALS Date Change: Saturday, May 13 MY Cars.com – BY POPULAR DEMAND — Practice 8:30-9:30am Each Roping Day $20/Horse
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Draw..........3 for $25 #4 WINTER SADDLE SERIES ROPING – MUST ROPE AT 4 OF 5 ________________________________ Corning, CA • Rolling Hills Casino SATURDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 4 SU 5:30, Rope 6pm #6 Roping, #8 Hdcp. Draw........3 for $25 RED BLUFF JR. ROUND-UP CATTLE DAYS FUNDRAISER ________________________________ Middletown, CA • Central Park Arena SATURDAY, MARCH 11 SU 12:30, Rope 1pm #5 Roping, #6 Roping, #7 Hdcp. Draw........3 for $25 – BREAST COLLAR TO HIGH MONEY WINNER – WEATHER PERMITTING WEATHER PERMITTING Brewer Productions Fall Ropings NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Brewer Productions has continued to produce ropings through beautiful as well as crazy, wild and wet weather around the north state. Buckle winners during this time included Jess Wilson and Wyatt Browns Valley #3 & Under Buckle Roping winner was Wyatt Bullivant. Presentation by Brew’s trophy girl, Clara Goss. Thank you to buckle sponsor R Wagon Bar. Saddle Creek Ranch jacket winners were Wyatt Bullivant (Heeler) and Brett VanStavern (Header). Arena owner Norm Witt presenting. Bullivant. Saddle Creek Arena awarded high point jackets to Brett VanStavern and Wyatt Bullivant. Brewers Arena #2 Buckle Series: Jess Wilson with buckle for first place, and Carson Pray, second place. Following are results from various locations, payout is per roper: RED BLUFF, CALIF. – #2 & Under Buckle Series #1 held in the Bull Sale Arena. NOVEMBER 9 #5 ROPING: 3 for $15, 50 teams 1st go: 1. Abby Armstrong and Casey Armstrong, 8.5, $20. Average: 1. Abby Armstrong and Casey Armstrong, 33.7, $180. 2. Devon Kerr and Jaryd Kerr, 36.8, $140. 3. Becky Moore and Clint Brewer, 37.3, $100. 4. Karen Moore and Mike Keeling, 38.8, $60. #7 HDCP DRAW: 3 for $15, 25 teams 1st go: 1. Gracie Sherrill and Dusty Bravos, 8.5, $15. Average: 1. Kolt King and Dusty Bravos, 25.7, $100. 2. Gracie Sherrick and Dusty Bravos, 26.9, $60. 3. Kuala Gouveia and Logan Darst, 33.0, $45. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ LOS MOLINOS, CALIF. – #2 & Under Buckle Series #2 held at Brewer’s Arena. NOVEMBER 16 #5 ROPING: 3 for $15, 54 teams 1st go: 1. Jack Kerr and Tanner Kerr, 9.0, $20. Average: 1st. Jack Kerr and Tanner Kerr, 26.0, $190. 2. Carson Pray and Tanner Kerr, 29.8, $150. 3. Josie Ames and P.J. Davis, 32.2, $100. 4. Tanner Kerr and Jaryd Kerr, 32.5, $50. #7 HDCP DRAW: 3 for $15, 24 teams 1st go: 1. JD Machado and Brett Lewis, 8.6, $a5. Average: 1. JD Machado and Brett Lewis, 31.1, $105. 2. Jess Wilson and Dusty Bravos, 40.2, $65. 3. Jeff Bitle and Casey Meroshnekoff, 42.0, $45. Brew’s Turkey Roping NOVEMBER 20 #5 ROPING: 3 for $20, 50 teams 1st. go: 1. Kaley Schorovsky and Danny Rice, 88, $60. Average: 1. Kamish Wagner and Blake VanStavern, 32.7, $220 plus turkeys. 2. Alan Hagens and Danny Rice, 34.6, $170. 3. Kamish Wagner and Danny Rice, 35.7, $120. 4. Kolby Thornton and Ronnye Garcia, 38.2, $60. #6 ROPING: 3 for $20, 60 teams 1st go: 1 Kolby Thornton and Blake Van Stavern, 7.0, $60. Average: 1. Brett VanStavern and Blake VanStavern, 28.8, $220 plus turkeys. 2. JD Machado and Rick Lederer, 29.9, $185. 3. Alan Hagens and Ryan Fowler, 30.7, $150. 4. Kamish Wagner and Blake Van Stavern,32.4, $110. 5. Kaley Schorovsky and Ronnye Garcia, 32.7, $70. #7 HDCP DRAW: 3 for $20, 25 teams 1st go: 1. JD Machado and Casey Meroshnekoff, 7.0, $20. Average: 1. Kamish Wagner and Ethan Turner, 28.1, $140 plus turkeys. 2. Kamish Wagner and Ryan Fowler, 28.7, $100. 3. Blake VanStavern and Casey Meroshnekoff, 30.1, $60. NOVEMBER 23 #5 ROPING: 3 for $15, 65 teams 1st. go: 1. JC Niesen and Jess Wilson, 8.1, $20. Average: 1. Mike Osborn and Ronnye Garcia, 26.9, $200 plus Wild Turkey. 2. Adrienne Wagner and Casey Loverin, 28.1, $160. 3. Carson Pray and JD Machado,29.6, $120. 4. Kolby Thornton and Ronnye Garcia, 29.6, $80. 5. A.J. Hamre and Casey Moore, 34.1, $45. #7 HDCP DRAW: 3 for $15, 67 teams 1st go: 1. Jorden Fitzgerald and Caleb Heitman, 7.7, $20. Average: 1. Blaine Regan and Spencer Mitchell, 25.5, $200 plus Wild Turkey. 2. Dave Wagner and Dusty Bravos, 25.6, $160. 3. Jess Wilson and Nat, 25.8, $120. 4. JD Machado and Cody Stewart, 28.2, $80. 5. Dillon McFann and JC Niesen, 36.8, $45. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ BUTTE VALLEY, CALIF. – Jacket Roping winners were Brett VanStavern and Wyatt Bullivant. Roping was held at Norm Witt’s Saddle Creek Arena. DECEMBER 11 #5 ROPING: 3 for $25, 26 teams 1st. go: 1. Brett VanStavern and Wyatt Bullivant , 25.9, $175. 2. Dan Owens and Ilan Davis, 36.0, $125. 3. Brett Van Stavern and Blake VanStavern, See BREWER PRODUCTIONS On Page 15
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 13 For more information, or book private lessons visit: speedroping.com. For ordering information call: Colter Buck at 903-434-8970 Developed by 8-Time Consecutive World Champion Team Roper, Speed Williams The Speed Trainer can help you: • Improve balance and horsemanship • Learn to rope quicker • Dally better • Isolate and correct mistakes • Work with your horse for ` smoother and quicker runs WITHSTAND THE ELEMENTS CONSTRUCTION #QualityToTheCore FASTBACKROPES.COM 800-479-1851 ropes out and heeled for Gabe and some of my clients there. Gabe and I won enough to pay for our trip. The big winner in the family was my daughter, Hali. She is focused on breakaway roping and didn’t go to Arizona. She went to Guthrie for the breakaway ropings winning the Open and the 19 & Under, and $7,500. Then she came to Vegas and won the Masters Breakaway and $30,000. She ended up winning a little more than $45,000 on her trip. It’s amazing what the girls get to rope for while they’re in Vegas. There’s a breakaway roping every day of the week. I have to say the trip this year reminded me of rodeoing on the 4th of July, when you’re up before the sun comes up and get to grab a quick burger. We finally got to have three good meals at the end of the week. Priefert always has a big dinner during Vegas and then the kids and I got to eat at the Silverado Steak House the last two nights. I told my kids now I understand when my clients say they want to rope, go have dinner, and enjoy themselves. I’m not the die-hard roper anymore. This trip reminded me of rodeoing where you’re going 24 hours a day non-stop, and I realize that’s not what I enjoy anymore. What’s new with me: In Las Vegas probably 8 or 10 people a day asked me about the Speed Trainer and if it would help them ride their horse better. I explained that the whole idea is to learn to ride and rope without teaching their horse bad habits. Most ropers hold on with their legs and balance with their bridle reins. They spend hours roping the dummy on the ground creating muscle memory that will not translate once they get on their horse. It’s exciting to me that people are starting to realize the benefit. Las Vegas and the NFR Breaking It Down with Speed Williams First, I would like to congratulate Kaleb and Junior for winning another world title. It can be hard to do when you come in with a major lead. They have to be happy they had that lead because Tanner Tomlinson put on a show at the NFR this year. He did not look like a rookie at all, and I thought he did an outstanding job heading and setting up steers for Patrick to heel. It was an impressive display of heading. So many guys get caught up in throwing so fast and their horses don’t move down the arena to give the heeler timing and rhythm to throw. I want to commend Bobby Joe Hill on the steers. That’s one thing that’s been a nightmare at the NFR. For so many years the steers didn’t start when the gates banged, then you pull, then you’re late. This year, overall, the guys couldn’t go fast enough. The steers left so well they got away from the guys the first night. As always, some of the rounds were tough and there were one or two that are easy. But when you’re trying to be 3 every night, sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan. Overall, I want to commend all the people who left Las Vegas as world champions. Gabe and I stopped in Wickenburg to rope on the way to Las Vegas as many people do. The sport of team roping is growing so fast. It’s hard to comprehend when you see how big the World Series Finals and Wickenburg ropings going on at the same time. The amount of money spent in entry fees in Wickenburg during the month of November is incredible. If you’ve never gone there to rope, you should try it one time. It’s hard to describe, there are so many ropings every day. I’ve realized I’ve become like a lot of guys who want to go rope during the day, get done, go have a good dinner, and then start again tomorrow. I had told Gabe this was his year to go. I let him make the decisions and I helped him drive. I let him make all the calls because I talked him into heading. While we were there, instead of roping in the Open ropings, I would heel for him in the #14. The first day he won $12,000 and we were both feeling good about his decision to head. But my excitement kind of dwindled after four more days of getting up before daylight, getting done at 10 at night with no dinner other than a hamburger at the concession stand. It was a cool experience for him after the two-week crash course on his heading. Out of all the arenas in Wickenburg, I asked Gabe to limit going to Downtown Arena. They have one arena, and you don’t finish until 10 at night because you can’t leave due to the parking. But they had the best ropings out there, $500/man, enter two or three times. The ropings paid $20,000 to $25,000 per man. We were there almost every day except when we went to Dynamite Arena or Rancho Rio. I got my heel See SPEED WILLIAMS On Page 15
PAGE 14 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 Les Oswald Performance Horses Oakdale, CA (209) 603-9710 AQHA World Champion and NRCHA Open Futurity Finalist Specializing in Cow Horses & Rope Horses Training, Lessons and Sales Roping & Cow Horse Lessons Available Saddle Bronc Rider Reed Neely Snares RAM CA Circuit Finals Title Courtesy ProRodeo.com RED BLUFF, CALIF. – Challenges create problems. In rodeo, desperation lurks as funds shrink from the gypsy lifestyle of crisscrossing the country and defining days in eight-second increments. Reed Neely admits he rides his best when he’s broke. He has spent the past few years balancing life as a college student at Fresno (Calif.) State and professional saddle bronc rider, refusing to flinch in the face of adversity. “Now is the slow time of year when we don’t have many rodeos to make money,” Neely said, then cracked. “And Jeff Bezos of Amazon gets a hold of my credit card.” On Dec. 31, the 24-yearold found himself in a familiar place – determined to deliver – and success followed suit. Neely captured the saddle bronc title at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff, posting 242.5 points on three head, besting secondplace finisher Bailey Small (219). This rodeo brings out the best in Neely. He has won at Red Bluff four consecutive years, either in the all-around or average, and this weekend featured a trademark performance. He scored 78 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Jaugernaut, netting $1,974 for his top first-round performance. He followed with his best ride, posting an 86.5-point score on Rosser Rodeo’s Yeti Rambler to win the second round for another $1,974. “This is a fun one. I love it here, and the horses were great,” Neely said. “I have ridden Jaugernaut before and he’s a sweet hopper. And I rode Yeti Rambler at the Cal Poly rodeo on the beach. He bucked his behind off then, and was just as good this time, so springy.” There is a comfort to this event for Neely, which is five hours north from his home. He stays with a family friend Chuck Morris. “He rodeoed with my dad (Jeff, a bareback rider). He’s an amateur stock contractor and I have gotten on his horses for years,” Neely said. “He really shaped me into the bronc rider I am.” A year ago, Neely, a Sanger, Calif., native, won this event with 228 points on three head, rallying to win the average. This time, there was no need for a comeback as Neely demonstrated consistency gleaned from hours of practice. Neely, who became a PRCA card member in 2022, honed his craft with a combination of pro and college experience. He finished fourth in 2021 and eighth in 2022 at the College National Finals Rodeo representing the Bulldogs rodeo team. He graduated with his degree in agricultural communication and, as he is traveling with Lefty Holman and Brody Cress this season, remains focused on taking his career to the next level, perhaps even to the NFR. “Now, instead of studying books, I am studying horses, writing down every detail and watching video,” Neely said. “And I am working out with Lefty and Brody. We get along great because we are gym freaks. It’s all about maximizing our potential this season.” California Circuit Finals Reed Neely captured the saddle bronc title at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff, posting 242.5 points on three head. – Crystal Amen Photo Cathy Cagliari won or placed in all three rounds on her way to the breakaway roping title. Her three head were roped in 9.2 seconds. The action took place at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff. – Crystal Amen Photo Rodeo, Red Bluff, Calif., Dec. 29-31 Bareback riding: First round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 85.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Floodway, $1,862; 2. R.C. Landingham, 84, $1,396; 3. Jacek Frost, 81.5, $931; 4. Lucas Samaniego, 69, $465. Second round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Carmelita, $1,862; 2. R.C. Landingham, 83, $1,396; 3. Jacek Frost, 82, $931; 4. Zack Brown, 77, $465. Third round: 1. Jacek Frost, 87 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Lil Red Hawk, $1,862; 2. Clayton Biglow, 85, $1,396; 3. R.C. Landingham, 81, $931; 4. Zack Brown, 79, $465. Average: 1. Clayton Biglow, 256.5 points on three head, $2,792; 2. Jacek Frost, 250.5, $2,094; 3. R.C. Landingham, 248, $1,396; 4. Zack Brown, 224, $698. Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tucker Allen, 4.2 seconds, $1,993; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.3, $1,495; 3. Dillon Hushour, 4.5, $997; 4. Stan Branco, 4.6, $498. Second round: 1. Tucker Allen, 3.7 seconds, $1,993; 2. (tie) Stan Branco and Dakota Eldridge, 4.0, $1,246 each; 4. Bryar Byrne, 4.3, $498. Third round: 1. (tie) Dillon Hushour and Levi Rudd, 3.9 seconds, $1,744 each; 3. (tie) Tucker Allen and Owen Redfeairn, 4.4, $747 each. Average: 1. Tucker Allen, 12.3 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Levi Rudd, 13.2, $2,242; 3. Stan Branco, 14.0, $1,495; 4. Bryar Byrne, 14.8, $747. Team roping: First round: 1. D.J. Parker/Kyle Lockett, 5.0 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. (tie) Doyle Hoskins/Stoney Boy Joseph and Tanner James/Wyatt Cox, 5.1, $1,246 each; 4. Tanner Kent/Joseph Shawnego, 6.5, $498. Second round: 1. Andy Holcomb/C.J. DeForest Jr., 4.8 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.2, $1,495; 3. Doyle Hoskins/Stoney Boy Joseph, 5.5, $997; 4. Marcus Battaglia/Jason Johe, 5.6, $498. Third round: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.0 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. Tanner James/Wyatt Cox, 4.2, $1,495; 3. Blake Hirdes/Wyatt Hansen, 4.9, $997; 4. Lane Lowry/Jake Bourdet, 5.2, $498. Average: 1. Dan Williams Jr./Todd Hampton, 20.7 seconds on three head, $2,990 each; 2. Tanner Kent/Joseph Shawnego, 23.8, $2,242; 3. Lane Lowry/Jake Bourdet, 24.2, $1,495; 4. D.J. Parker/Kyle Lockett, 26.7, $747. Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Reed Neely, 78 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Jaugernaut, $1,974; 2. Bailey Small, 72, $1,481; 3. Caden Grisedale, 71, $987; 4. Roman Reyes, 68, $494. Second round: 1. Reed Neely, 86.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Yeti Rambler, $1,974; 2. Q McWhorter, 84.5, $1,481; 3. Ethan Lemmons, 76, $987; 4. (tie) Caden Grisedale and Bailey Small, 74, $247 each. Third round: 1. Q McWhorter, 87 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Openheimer Air, $1,974; 2. Reed Neely, 78, $1,481; 3. Justin Lawrence, 75, $987; 4. Roman Reyes, 74, $494. Average: 1. Reed Neely, 242.5 points on three head, $2,962; 2. Bailey Small, 219, $2,221; 3. Caden Grisedale, 214, $1,481; 4. Q McWhorter, 171.5 on two head, $740. Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Edwin Boltares, 11.5 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 12.4, $1,495; 3. (tie) Lane Karney and J.D. McCuistion, 13.4, $747 each. Second round: 1. Tyler Forsberg, 8.7 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 9.1, $1,495; 3. Colton Farquer, 10.5, $997; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 11.0, $498. Third round: 1. Taylor Santos, 8.6 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 9.1, $1,495; 3. Edwin Boltares, 9.4, $997; 4. Colton Farquer, 9.7, $498. Average: 1. Brush Minton, 30.6 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Edwin Boltares, 32.6, $2,242; 3. Colton Farquer, 36.1, $1,495; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 38.7, $747. Barrel racing: First round: 1. (t ie) Tonia Forsberg and Meghann McNulty, 13.67 seconds, $1,744 each; 3. Nellie Miller, 13.75, $997; 4. Kristi Youngblood, 13.90, $498. Second round: 1. Madison Camozzi, 13.56 seconds, $1,993; 2. Katie Pascoe, 13.72, $1,495; 3. (tie) Nellie Miller and Kathy Petska, 13.76, $747 each. Third round: 1. Meghann McNulty, 13.47 seconds, $1,993; 2. Nellie Miller, 13.66, $1,495; 3. Kristi Youngblood, 13.70, $997; 4. Payton Schoeppach, 13.71, $498. Average: 1. Nellie Miller, 41.17 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Payton Schoeppach, 41.82, $2,242; 3. Meghann McNulty, 45.57, $1,495; 4. Madison Camozzi, 45.92, $747. Bull riding: First round: 1. Jesse Flores, 79.5 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Typhoon Mike, $1,993; 2. Conner McClure, 79, $1,495; 3. Colby Demo, 78.5, $997; 4. Justin Lane Rowell, 76, $498. Second round: 1. Cody Russell, 83.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Diamond Dust, $4,983; no other qualified rides. Third round leaders: No qualified rides. Average: 1. Cody Russell, 83.5 points on one head, $2,990; 2. Jesse Flores, 79.5, $2,242; 3. Conner McClure, 79, $1,495; 4. Colby Demo, 78.5, $747. Breakaway roping: Fi rst round: 1. Cathy Cagliari, 2.9 seconds, $1,091; 2. Liz Hirdes, 3.0, $903; 3. Jaden Cowan, 3.5, $714; 4. Gianna O’Day, 3.7, $526; 5. Whitlee Burgess, 3.9, $338; 6. Karri Jones, 4.5, $188. Second round: 1. Hanna Hundsdorfer, 2.6 seconds, $1,091; 2. Toni Miller, 2.9, $903; 3. Jaden Cowan, 3.0, $714; 4. Cathy Cagliari, 3.2, $526; 5. Karri Jones, 3.4, $338; 6. Gianna O’Day, 3.6, $188. Third round: 1. Fallon Ruffoni, 2.7 seconds, $1,091; 2. Whitlee Burgess, 2.8, $903; 3. Liz Hirdes, 2.9, $714; 4. (tie) Cathy Cagliari and Hanna Hundsdorfer, 3.1, $432 each; 6. Alea Cunningham, 4.1, $188. Average: 1. Cathy Cagliari, 9.2 seconds on three head, $1,636; 2. Whitlee Burgess, 10.6, $1,354; 3. Karri Jones, 12.5, $1,072; 4. Hanna Hundsdorfer, 5.7 on two head, $790; 5. Liz Hirdes, 5.9, $508; 6. Jaden Cowan, 6.5, $282.roperssportsnews.com