Ropers Sports News | July 2021

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • info@roperssportsnews.com • www.roperssportsnews.com R OPERS S PORTS N EWS JULY 2021 V OL . 53, N O . 6 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” Official Publication Of California ACTRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Canada’s Schmidt And California’s Cox Strike For $100,000 At 2021 Reno Open By Kendra Santos for Ullman-Peterson Events RENO, NEVADA (June 21) – Roping for big money on a Monday has been part of the rich Reno Rodeo week tradition since the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic moved to the Silver State nearly four decades ago in 1984. When COVID- 19 shut Reno down in 2020, the BFI moved to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. But back by popular demand in 2021, the producers of the BFI brought the BFI Reno Championship present- ed by Wild Rag Vodka to town. Canadian-born Kolton Schmidt and California-native Wyatt Cox roped six steers in 40.27 seconds to hit the $100,000 jackpot here in the Reno Livestock Events Center today, and the happy champs could not be more thankful. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the first or second BFI event of the year, or what they call it, it’s a part of BFI tradition, we’re in Reno and it paid $50 grand a man,” said Schmidt, who grew up in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada, and currently calls Stephen- ville, Texas, home. “We roped against the best guys in the world today, and beat ’em. That’s a big deal.” Arroyo Grande, California’s Cox also hangs his hat in Ste- phenville now, but like so many cowboy kids grew up being here in Reno on BFI Monday. “Ever since we were all little kids, we’ve al- ways come to the BFI here, sat behind the boxes and watched these guys win, then run around the arena and do their victory lap,” Cox said. “We’ve roped the dummy on the concrete and pretended we’re in Reno roping at the BFI since we were little. This day has been a dream of mine for forever.” Schmidt—who’s 26 and with wife Katy is ex- pecting a baby boy in October, just after they celebrate their first wedding anniversary—has roped at two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos. He headed for Shay Carroll at the 2016 NFR in Las Vegas, and roped with Hunter Koch at last December’s NFR 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Kolton Schmidt and Wyatt Cox are a new team with so much to celebrate after winning $50 grand a man at the 2021 BFI Reno Championship. They set sail on their Fourth of July run with bulging bank accounts and a boatload of confidence after their career-best win. – Andersen C Bar C Photo See RENO OPEN On Page 8

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