Ropers Sports News | January-February 2023

PAGE 20 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The World Series of Team Roping (WSTR) converged in Las Vegas for the Ariat WSTR Finale XVI, Dec. 3-11, 2022. For nine days the Finale hosted teams in the Open Division down to the #7 Division with ropers attending from around the world to compete at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. The event broke its previous payout record and paid more than $16 million in cash and prizes. History was made as champions were crowned in nine major divisions all paying more than in previous years. Dec. 9, marked the richest divisional roping in history when the #9.5 Ariat WSTR Finale XVI paid out $2.42 million plus prizes, beating the prior record set last year of $2.26 million. Chris Torres and Guy Allen, both from Cross Plains, Texas finished first in the average, worth $390,000 cash payout which was the single largest payout in the history of the sport. The name Guy Allen is synonymous with roping and tying steers with 18 PRCA Steer Roping Gold Buckles. Every steer roping and rodeo fan has, at one time looked up to Guy at what he has accomplished throughout his career. However, team roping is a different game and different story. After a 16-year break from roping, Allen returned as a heeler with his young practice partner, Chris Torres, for the recordbreaking purse. This year ’s Ariat WSTR Finale had five events paying more than one million dollars and two exceeding $2 million. The additional lineup included an Ariat Heartland event, two Bloomer Qualification events and the Mega Outdoor Qualification events. Team roping has remained a constant, also referred to as “Cowboy Golf ” that can thrive and adapt even in the toughest of inflationary times. Thousands of amateur team ropers once again vied for incredible payouts as recreational ropers from many walks of life filled their pockets—already looking forward to once again qualifying for the Ariat WSTR Finale XVII in Las Vegas, Dec 9-17, 2023. About the WSTR: For the past 17 seasons World Series of Team Roping has strived to provide personal service to a small but in>luential group of ropers who share our philosophy of easier, smaller and richer ropings. It is our goal to continue improving our service to this elite group. 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. Ariat WSTR Finale XVI Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 3-11, 2022, South Point Arena Chris Torres (r) and Guy Allen, both from Cross Plains, Texas, finished first in the average of the #9.5 Ariat WSTR Finale, which paid out a whopping $2.42 million. – Jennings Rodeo Photography & Equestrian Center, top 10 average winners Finale divisions; for complete results visit WSTRoping.com AMER I CAN RODEO OPEN TO THE WORLD 1. Jake Cooper Clay & Kollin VonAhn, 38.12, $100,000. 2. James Arviso & Cory Petska, 39.89, $66,000. 3. Jeff Hilton & Zane Bruce, 42.83, $50,000. 4. Chris Francis & Cade Passig, 44.49, $36,000. 5. Britt Smith & Jake Smith, 50.06, $18,000. #14.5 PRIEFERT FINALE 1. Riley Kittle & Sergio Gonzales, 28.00, $162,000. 2. Michael Tash & Angel Mota, 28.03, $125,000. 3. Juan M Gonzales & Servando Gutierrez Jr, 30.09, $88,000. 4. Bobby Simmons & Steve Purcella, 30.79, $66,000. 5. Rusty Rich & Jason Warner, 31.14, $60,000. 6. Jason Handy & Ryan Powell, 31.20, $52,000. 7. Shane Schwenke & Will Cowden, 31.61, $44,000. 8. Quincy Kueckelhan & Dylan Hancock, 31.86, $37,000. 9. Miles Kobold & John Folmer, 31.99, $32,000. 10. David Adams & Cody Hall, 32.00, $30,000. Winners of the #8.5 Fay Ranches Finale were Wyatt Cloward and Trent Cloward. Winners of the #10.5 Cowboy Tack Finale were Kyle Reed and Trevor Glenn. Winners of the #12.5 Ariat Finale were Clint Lay and Dustin Darling. #13.5 LUBRISYN FINALE 1. Cole Garland & Dillon Bahem, 28.89, $222,000. 2. Ky Barry & Pedro Egurrola, 29.23, $171,000. 3. Randal Reid & York Gill, 29.71, $121,000. 4. Chick Wilfong & Shaun Berry, 30.45, $91,000. 5. Juan M Gonzalez & Gerardo Gonzalez, 30.61, $80,000. 6. Casey Lambert & Cache Burnside, 31.20, $70,000. 7. Allen Riney & Justin Briggs, 31.38, $60,000. 8. Patrick Lane & Brandon Beers, 31.45, $50,000. 9. Aldo Serna & Gi lber t DeLeon, 31.60, $42,000. 10. Tyler Miller & Cory Miller, 31.68, $40,000. #12.5 ARIAT FINALE 1. Clint Lay & Dustin Darling, 30.72, $260,000. 2. Dally Sue Barry & Kurtis Barry, 31.14, $200,000. 3. Mike Woolven & Keith Coleman, 31.25, $140,000. 4. Randy Weaver & Nick Pullara, 31.28, $105,000. 5. Duke Barker & Barry Gentry, 31.40, $94,000. 6. Luis Miranda & Juan Robles Moreno, 31.55, $82,000. 7. Clay Emmons & Renato Rock Jacometto, 31.94, $70,000. 8. Davin Booty & David Walker, 32.58, $59,000. 9. Taylor Phillips & Jayde Slade, 32.70, $48,000. 10. Chantz Banks & Pecos Hurley, 32.82, $44,000. #11.5 GOLD BUCKLE BEER FINALE 1. Prestyn Hewitt & Andy Anaya, 31.78, $308,000. 2. See WSTR FINALE On Page 22 Ariat WSTR Finale Pays Out More Than $16 Million

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