Ropers Sports News • May 2021

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • info@roperssportsnews.com • www.roperssportsnews.com R OPERS S PORTS N EWS MAY 2021 V OL . 53, N O . 4 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Thompson & Profili Top Hooey Junior BFI For $35K; California Team Wins Jr. #10.5 For $20K Eli Green and Chase Helton teamed up to with Hooey Junior BFI #10.5 in Guthrie, Okla. Pictured left to right are Corky Ullman, BFI owner; Chase, Brooke Pollack from Hooey, Eli and Daren Peterson, BFI owner. – Performance Horse Photography Wrangler BFI Reno Championship Presented By Yeti Will Be Monday, June 21 PHOENIX, Arizona, April 15, 2021 – The good news out of Nevada for professional team ropers is the state has announced it can hold the 2021 Reno Rodeo. BFI owners plan to simply build on the momentum of their March event in Guthrie, Okla- homa, to again host “the most anticipated Monday of the year” in Reno this June. “We wouldn’t even have entertained the idea of moving the BFI if the Reno Rodeo hadn’t been cancelled last year,” said BFI co-owner Daren Peterson, who was forced to relocate to Guthrie’s Lazy E Arena in order to have a 2020 BFI. “Last October when we met with Nevada officials, there was a 25 percent chance it would happen this summer, and as of March 1 there was only a 50 percent chance, so we took the guaranteed venue this spring, too.” Last time the BFI was held in Reno, Jr. Dees and Lane See BFI RENO On Page 27 GUTHRIE, OKLA. (March 19, 2021) – The Hooey Jr. Championships during Wran- gler BFI Week are designed to showcase today’s youth su- perstars, and the Jr. BFI did that perfectly on March 18 for 18-year-old Texans Kreece Thompson and Kaden Profili. As one of the richest team ropings in the world for kids 18 and under, the Hooey Jr. BFI is patterned after the richest Open roping in the world – the 44th Bob Feist Invitational – which kicked off Wrangler BFI Week on March 14 in Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Lazy E Arena. The Hooey Jr. BFI consists of the Jr. Open and the Jr. 10.5, which limits individual ropers’ clas- sifications to #6. Profili of Jacksonville earned the high-callback and second- high callback positions at the Jr. Open, which drew 114 teams. He had caught four steers with his stepbrother, Jayse Tetten- horst, in 28.29 seconds and four with Thompson of Munday in 26.93, so he stood to split $54,000 cash with his partners if he maintained those rankings in the aggregate standings. In the finals, Profili caught two feet for Tettenhorst but was unable to get a dally and lost his rope for a “no time.” He came right back up the arena to connect with Thompson on an 8.15-second run that gave them a five-head time of 35.08 and the first-place cash prize of $35,000. “This is one of the best ju- nior ropings there is, and all the good kids go, so it means a lot to win it,” said Thompson, who gave the paycheck to his mom for safekeeping. “This is one of the biggest checks I’ve ever won; the buckles are really pretty and they gave us a certif- icate to order a Cactus saddle, I’m excited about that.” It was sweet redemption for Thompson. Last year in the Jr. Open, he and Sterlin English had needed only a 14-second run for the win, and Thompson had missed. “I was high call last year and choked,” recalled Thompson. “So it was the same situation but different outcome.” Thompson made the short round with his other partner, as well, with no luck. But he’s accustomed to winning with Profili; two years ago, the pair also won the Yeti Jr. Open at the 2019 USTRC National Fi- nals to split $11,300. “I had full confidence in Kaden,” said Thompson. “That was a freak deal, him losing his rope just before our run. I knew he was going to come back and do what he always does. All the pressure was pretty much on me, it felt like.” Profili, too, is accustomed to high-pressure ropings – he had won three trucks with his rope by the time he was 13 years old. Currently heeling for Trin- ity Valley Community College, he was ranked No. 1 this season in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region standings. And earlier on March 18 – mentored by a couple of rop- ing superstars – Eli Green and Chase Helton of California bested 167 other teams to top the Jr. 10.5 and split a cool $20,000. “I was pretty nervous for that last one,” said 16-year-old Helton of Merced, who was in Guthrie with former BFI cham- pion and family friend Cody Cowden. “I kept replaying a couple of runs we made in the practice pen to keep myself pre- pared.” It wasn’t their first pressure situation. Green, the 15-year- old son of 10-time NFR head- er Daniel Green, and Helton earlier this winter won a 10.5 truck roping in Arizona to split $10,000 and tie in points for the truck. That prompted a four-steer rope-off, after which Helton’s family took the truck home because he doesn’t yet have a driver’s license. In Guthrie, Green and Helton roped like they’ve been part- ners nearly all their lives be- cause they have. They nailed the high-callback position by about a second, then used a six- second run to smoke the field by four seconds in the aggre- gate. “I pushed the barrier more than I should have, coming back high call,” said Green, a freshman in high school. “And Chase tried him on. He always tries them on.” The pair roped four steers in 32.22 seconds to split $20,000, while Helton also placed sec- ond in the first round heading for Sid Harvey, worth another $1,000. “I real ly l ike thi s rop- ing and the steers they rope,” said Green, who uses a Cactus Peacemaker. “He goes fast, so I’ve just got to set up his steers. If you give him a good corner, he’ll heel them all.” Green, who was riding his dad’s good head horse, Sevens, wouldn’t mind following in Daniel’s footsteps as a timed- event kingpin, starting with a repeat of his father’s national high school rodeo all-around championship. Daniel, who ex- tended his stay in Guthrie once he knew Eli was high callback, See BFI HOOEY JRS On Page 27

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