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. I’m excited to be a part of Rodeo Logistics Team and to see what we can build together for customers in the years ahead.”. According to McKinney, in addition to the majority acquisition of EquiTech, Rodeo Logistics also acquired majority interest in a separate firm, RopeMetrics. RopeMetrics first disrupted the space with team roping specific software providing the necessary tools to manage events, track data, and classify Team Ropers. The software launched with multiple innovations relating to team roping classification and has pioneered multiple changes in the industry. In addition, RopeMetrics allows athletes to enter, follow live results, and receive videos from the mobile app. In 2019, RopeMetrics acquired Automated Roping Productions Software, Roping Assistant Pro, a program widely used across the country by hundreds of roping productions. EquiTech Holdings launched to diversify tech offerings in western lifestyles, first positioning to revolutionize rodeo event entries with NextGen Rodeo; a complete software management tool for rodeo specializing in services from entry to event management, live updates, results, as well as photo and video delivery. Soon after, EquiTech began development on BreedTech Software which is a management system for Stallion and Mare breeding farms to track and manage breeding processes – from boarding to inventories, to invoicing. More recently, EquiTech also teamed up with Tara Hill, owner of Jackpot Junkie; this is a resource platform for equine enthusiasts across all disciplines for events and services. The two organizations also noted that major changes are coming to RopeMetrics and announcements will follow this release in the coming weeks. For al l inqui r ing about Rodeo Log i s t i c s , p l ea s e visit www.rodeologistics.co or call (888) 343-1123.