ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MAY 2022 VOL. 54, NO. 4 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” Official Publication Of ACTRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY 24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • email@example.com • www.roperssportsnews.com 10th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial Brenten Hall & Chase Tryan Get The Win Chase Tryan set them down for Brenten Hall in 35.05 seconds on five to win the 10th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial. – Crystal Amen Photo Home-State Heroes Jake Cooper Clay and Billie Jack Saebens Take $150,000W at 2022 BFI Oklahoma’s Jake Cooper Clay and Billie Jack Saebens kept $152,000 in the Sooner State with their big win at the 2022 BFI. – Andersen CbarC Photo By Brody Gill Special To Ropers Sports News COTTONWOOD, CALIF. – On a July summer day in 2012, the rodeo world lost a young team roper at the Daddy of ‘em All in Cheyenne, Wyo. In July of 2022, it will be 10 years since the world lost the namesake of the greatest Tuesday team roping in the world, the Broc Cresta Memorial. It is hard to believe that day that all who knew and loved and mourned him was almost 10 years ago. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the 10 years since Broc Cresta’s passing. Al l whom were close enough to call him a friend or family, remember where they were, who they were with, what they were doing at the very moment the world seemed to stop. The 10th Annual Broc Cresta Memorial Team Roping was created as a yearly tribute to a great cowboy, friend, brother, son and person. Every year, cowboys and cowgirls gather in Cottonwood to pay their respects to the legacy Broc left for the rodeo world. Due to the pandemic, the roping had been cancelled the last two years. It would have been easy for companies that have supported the roping to bow out with the events that lead the world. However, each of the great companies that supported in the past gave their unwavering support to bring back the best roping since its inception. Old suppor ters such as, WestTec, Smarty, Priefert , Wrangler, and the Purple CowSee BROC CRESTA MEMORIAL On Page 24 By Kendra Santos Fans who attended the 45th annual Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic at the world-famous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma were treated to the tightest short round in BFI history. And it was Sooner State cowboys Jake Cooper Clay and Billie Jack Saebens who came out kings of the 126-team BFI from third high callback to take the sweet $150,000 victory lap after roping six steers in 47.11 seconds. “The BFI is the most prestigious roping there is, in my book,” said Clay, 23, who calls Sapulpa home. “I’ve watched the BFI forever. You can’t look away from the money, and there are so many people watching. Even people who don’t team rope know what the BFI is. What means the most to me is to look at the list of all the guys who’ve done good at this roping, and now I’m on that list.” “The money’s good, but the confidence that comes with a win like this one might be even better,” said Saebens, 33, who lives in Nowata with his fellow Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier wife, Ivy. “I know I work hard at it, and have good horses. But you go to ropings, and you drive— I live dang near in Kansas, and I drive to Texas every week—and sometimes it feels like you get your butt kicked over and over. Capitalizing at a roping like this helps a guy forget about all the losing, all the driving and roping in the cold in Nowata.” On top of the $152,000 payday, which also included $2,000 for fourth in the first round, Clay and Saebens were awarded Coats Saddles, Gist Buckles, YETI Luggage, ReSee THE FEIST On Page 26
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With diesel fuel being over $7 dollars a gallon in many locations as gas prices are way above what one has been paying in other states. Rough stock riders can can ride share to many rodeos while driving but when they have to go to commercial air travel or charter planes, it is hitting everyone in the pocketbook. Still the entries seem to be up at most spring rodeos and the payouts have been good for the most part with new added purses and in some cases, higher entry fees. One definitely has to be winning to justify being on the road these days. For the most part, the weather has been cooperating with many of the spring events although rain is in such need here in the western states that most don’t seem to mind if there are some wet conditions. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It was a great treat to attend this year’s Bob Feist Invitational at the Lazy E Arena in Oklahoma. The roping was as exciting as ever and when it came to the short round it got even more intense. In all the history of the BFI, I have never witnessed a short round being that tight. Within the top 15 there was less than 3 seconds separating the 15th team and the first place team. The top seven teams were tighter yet and in the 45 years of this roping, the short round basically turned into a one-header and was exciting to watch for sure. The cattle this year were excellent in my viewpoint and over that long score they fit the event well. New this year was the Legends Roping the day before the BFI in which many past contestants entered up. It was good watching with awesome talent displayed by those who entered. When it was all said and done, Speed Williams and Matt Sherwood ended up the top team, taking home the $40,000 guaranteed payoff put up by Ullman and Peterson Productions. The duo gave a great winners circle interview after the event on Facebook, explaining how they came to rope with one another at this first-ever event. They had high praise for the event and encouraged other ropers to take part in future BFI Legends ropings. Many names were missing from the roster this year and hopefully we will see them in the future. Other ropings held during BFI week had record amounts of teams seeing the popularity of team roping in the neighboring states. I remember when we took the BFI to Denton, Texas in the early 80’s at the Smith Brothers Arena. Team roping was not very popular in those days in that area, plus it rained over 3” the night before the roping which didn’t help the roping. Johnny Smith and his family went out of their way to offer a fine facility for the roping and the newly built arena was awesome. Bret Beach and Clay O’Brien Cooper won the event in very muddy conditions. I was as disappointed as Johnny was that the event didn’t go over better than it did. The same roping today in that area would be a different story. 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Another thing this year was that all of the timed events used a rope barrier with an electronic release rather than a the traditional neck rope. This allowed for a far faster pace during the slack and kept the calves moving to the line smoother without a neck rope. A heelers barrier was also used which kept the livestock more consistent than when heelers would tend to ride high on the cattle. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Red Bluff Round-Up was a great success this year with sellout crowds and a mix of weather. For the most part the weather only affected one performance and the final Sunday was a nice spring day in Northern California. The other events that week also went well and in this issue you can read all about the Broc Cresta Memorial Roping. Travel Safe and Good Luck. See ya down the road.
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They are the gold standard in equine breeding and represent the values WCRA was founded upon and celebrate,” said Bobby Mote, WCRA President . “This is about as natural and authentic as a WCRA brand partnership can get, and I am personally eager to watch someone take home that $1 million payday with the famous Lazy E mark on it.” Under the Reliance Ranches ownership, The Lazy E Ranch is located southeast of Guthrie, Oklahoma and was established in December 1984. The Lazy E Arena is located on this private ranch and is the largest indoor arena dedicated to western sports in America. “Lazy E Ranch and Arena is proud to be part of the Triple Crown of Rodeo where some of the most authentic and diverse group of athletes in the rodeo world are showcased,” said Dan Wall, Lazy E General Manager and VP.” Lazy E has set the standard of what it means to produce and foster champion equine, similar to WCRA who continues to raise the rodeo bar and progress the western sports industry.” The Lazy E Ranch is a premier equine breeding and sales prep facility and stands many of the world’s top racing American Quarter Horse stallions. The Lazy E Ranch opened its gates in the fall of 1984 and since that time has been involved in both the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing industries. With the purchase of World Champion and World Champion sire Special Effort in 1989, the Lazy E began to earn recognition as one of the top Quarter Horse breeding operations in the country. Currently, Tacy Kay Webb, a 24-year-old ICU Nurse has positioned herself to win the TCR. For Webb, fresh off her win at Cowtown Christmas Championship Rodeo, the event marked her second consecutive WCRA Major win, putting her in contention to be a millionaire. If Webb triumphs at May’s Rodeo Corpus Christi, she will be the first victor of the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo $1 Million Bonus and the first woman in rodeo to become an overnight millionaire. All athletes from around the globe have the opportunity to compete in the WCRA Major Events Series and compete for the TCR after qualifying through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ). All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the VRQ should be directed to wcrarodeo.com while those inquiring more about the TCR may visit triplecrownofrodeo.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. To learn more, visit wcrarodeo.com.
PAGE 6 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MAY 2022 Turn up The Heat! Pair your aggressive roping style with The Heat for the perfect combination to smoke the competition. The body-packed loop, four-strand construction, and CoreTech™ technology sends a blazing loop toward every steer, run after run. classicrope.com Learn More In Memory Of Vernon & Rickey Green ‘Jesus Is Lord’ Memorial Roping Is Best Ever For The Greens The Green family gathered for the Jesus Is Lord Memorial Roping held in honor of Vernon and Rickey Green. By Norma Green Special To Ropers Sports News CERES, CALIF. – The Jesus Is Lord Memorial Roping was held at Shane Parson’s Diamond Bar Arena on Easter Sunday, April 17. It was by far one of the best Easter Ropings we have ever had. It’s been 11 years since the last one. The Green family has had a few hard years since then, with Rickey leaving us in 2018 and then Vernon in 2021. These two men left a huge void in our families’ hearts. I’m not gonna lie, for me it’s been the hardest thing to move forward without Vernon, my life partner of 57 years. Vernon and Rickey built a legacy, their passion was for the ropers who didn’t know Jesus, ropers who never had time for church. They wanted them to know how easy it is for them to have eternity where there are no tears and no pain, forever. Instead of in a fiery pit with so much agonizing pain forever. We all have a choice. So, they brought church to the roping arena. We felt like we needed to move this legacy forward and make this a Memorial for these two great men who loved their roping buddies. Apparently a lot of you ropers also thought this roping should come back as we had an overwhelming amount of support. We are so thankful and blessed with your support, there are so many to thank. This roping was a huge success thanks to everyone who showed up and those who supported in any way. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. A special thank you to Shane and Kim Parson for the use of their facility. Also, thank you to Corey Ross for coming out to deliver an excellent message at church service. To Jeff Henley for flagging all day long. Also thank you to Eric Cozzitorto, Brenda Robbins and Bobbie DeMaria for keeping the roping running smoothly. Appreciation and gratitude to Jenny Sherbo for organizing and running the Dummy Roping. Rochelle Stewart for organizing the Easter Egg Hunt and kids prizes. We could not have done it without all of you. Thank you so much to our sponsors: Saddle Sponsors: Shane and Kim Parson, Diamond Bar Arena; Ralph Fagundes; Monty and Kathy Petska; Patrick and Amie Grohl, Premier Equine Center; Kelly Green. Buckle Sponsors: Matt Wilson, Outlaw Saddles & Silver. Breast Collar Sponsors: Patrick and Heather Benedict. Youth Event Sponsor : Wyatt and Carol Gibbs, The Trailer Specialist. Add i t i ona l Spon s o r s : Jack and Bev Sparrowk; Joe and Lori Nevis; Mike Bettencourt; Equibrand Classic, Classic Equine; Nicole Erickson; Ropers Sports News; Gus and See GREEN’S EASTER ROPING On Page 8
MAY 2022 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 7 Green’s Easter Roping photo page MAY/2022 Vernon & Rickey EASTER ROPING JESUS IS LORD Wyatt Gibbs and Blair Wheatley were the winners of average at the Green Memorial Roping. Norma Green and Kelly Green present their buckles. High point saddle winners were Kyndall Gr een (#3 & Under) and Joe Robinson (#3.5 & Over). Reserve high point were Wyatt Gibbs and Blair Wheatley. Pictured left to right are Daniel Green, Chris Gree n, Joe Robinson, Norma Green, Kyndall Green, Kelly Green, Whitney Green and Dee Dee Weatherby. Norma and Kelly Green present Fast Time buckles to Colton Santos and Mike George. Shelby Adney was the Nikkie Hagemann High Point Girl of the Easter Roping and Georgene Mielke was reserve. The Hagemann family makes the awards presentation. Winners of the 6-8 Year-Old Dummy Roping were Shank, Jaze and Aspen. The Green family presents awards to the winners. Whitney and Norma Green present awards to the winners of the #5 & Under Dummy Roping, Race, Sadie, Easton and Maverick. The 9-12 Year Old Dummy Roping winners were Rydin, Cash and Carly. The Green family presents awards to the winners.
PAGE 8 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MAY 2022 For info: Willie Worley (530) 520-5053 3rd Annual Brea McGrew MEMORIAL TEAM ROPING SAT., JUNE 4th Wildwood Ranch in Arbuckle, CA (825 Wildwood Rd.) $4,500 ADDED MONEY BUCKLES TO AVERAGE WINNERS SU 8am, Rope 9am #8 Hdcp. Pick & Draw $1,500 ADDED ................4 for $50 #6 Pick or Draw Enter Up $1,500 ADDED ..............3 for $50 #4.5 Pick or Draw Enter Up $1,500 ADDED ...........3 for $50 Pick 3 or Draw 6 • 35% Cattle Charge • NO TEAMS OUT ACTRA Members Roping But Also Accepting Day Pass KIDS DUMMY ROPING! Vendors On Site for: • Food • Tack/Ropes • Coffee/Espresso B & R Sales 3 x 4.333 May 2022 NEW! CARD ENTRY PROCESS! Know your partners! Both ends must be PAID IN FULL to be in draw!!! ACTRA Members Only Memberships Available at the Ropings WEEKEND SAT-SUN, MAY 28 & 29 Sign Up 9am, Rope 10am • Same Format Each Day #8 Hdcp Pick & Draw ................ 3 for $30 #6 Pick or Draw Enter Up ......... 3 for $30 #4.5 Pick or Draw Enter Up .... 3 for $30 Pick 3 or Draw 6 • 4 Teams Out • 35% Cattle Chg. SAT., MAY 7th Sign Up 9am, Rope 10am #8 Hdcp Pick & Draw, 3 for $30 #5.5 Pick or Draw, Enter Up 3 for $30 BUCKLES TO AVERAGE WINNERS Contact: Willie Worley (530) 520-5053 ✍Dear Green Family, I would like to thank the Green family and all involved for bringing back the Easter Roping this year, it was a really nice day and a lot of fun! I liked the songs at church and clapping along. I would also like to thank Matt Wilson of Outlaw Saddles and Silver for donating the awesome buckle I won in the 6-9 year-old dummy roping. Shank Forzano, 7 Letter To The Editor EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters must be signed to be printed in Ropers Sports News. Stephanie Anderson; Tanner James; Colton Haynes; Lee’s Feed Steve and Andrea Brents; Yeti; Danielle Lee; Cinch; Jeff Henly; Hank Brown; Adney Fami ly; Dar lene and Wal t Woodard; Dennis Odum; Dave and Julie Moore; Les Weidman; Kingdom Ranch Ministries; Grant and Jami Hirdes; Kjeldgaard Family; Linda and Steve Grandov; Seth and Barbara Hoyt; Jamie Cole; Mike Christianson; Blair Wheatley; Jeff and Wendy Sparrowk; Darrick Hoskins; Marcy Hanson. Also thank you to the many others who offered support the day of the roping. You know who you are, it was hard to keep track of everyone. Please know that we really appreciate you. Green’s Easter... From Page 6 Texas Teens Kick Off BFIWeekWith BigWin In Hooey Jr BFI #10.5 Blaine Burleson and Colton Clayton took the Hooey Jr BFI #10.5 with 31.27 on four steers. BFI producer Corky Ullman presenting. – Andersen CbarC Photo By Kendra Santos BFI Week 2022 is officially underway here at the Fabulous Lazy E in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Texas teens Blaine Burleson and Colton Clayton got the party started as the first champions to take center stage. The talented 15-year-old high school sophomores stopped the clock four times in 31.27 seconds to top the 191-team field at the Hooey Jr BFI #10.5 Roping, and edge reserve titlists and fellow Texans Aaron Raulston and Kelon Andrews, who were a close 31.39. The t eam o f Bu r l e son and Clayton won a whopping $22,000, and also hauled off Cactus Saddlery Saddles, Heel-O-Matic Sliders, Gist Buckles, Hooey Backpacks, Resistol Hats, YETI Roadies, Justin Boots and Cactus Ropes. Raulston and Andrews earned $16,000, and were awarded Best Ever Pads and Cactus Ropes in addition to the loot. “This is a big roping to win,” said Blaine, who’s the son of Scott and Heather Burleson, and calls Waller, Texas home. “The payout and steers are great, and I have a lot of family and friends here.” He’s right about the payoff. The Hooey Jr BFI #10.5 featured an 80-percent payback and $350 entry fees. Bur leson headed on an 18-year-old gray horse he calls Frosty that’s a rodeo-trail veteran and three years his senior. He and Frosty have turned a lot of steers for Clayton, who lives about an hour away in Needville, Texas. “Colton’s easy to rope with, because he just catches every time,” smiled Blaine, who last December displayed his versatility by topping the team roping at the Junior World Finals heeling for Florida’s Owen Clemons. Burleson heads, heels and ropes calves, and hopes to one day, “Win a few world titles— heading or heeling.” He headed straight from the #10.5 winner’s circle back to the arena to rope with Belden Cox and Buck Garza in the Hooey Jr BFI Open. Clayton’s a switch-ender, too. “I actually headed for a long time,” said Colton, who’s the son of Wade and Kim Emmons, and rode a 10-year-old sorrel horse named Duck. “Then they raised my number, so I started heeling some about a year ago.” Clayton hopes to one day rope at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In the meantime, he’ll stay tuned to the Cowboy Channel and watch the best in the business work. “My dad’s my hero, but I really like to watch guys like Jake Long, Jade Corkill, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira rope,” said Colton, who heeled for Carson Emmons in the Hooey Jr BFI Open in the afternoon. “The Lazy E is a nice place, and I hope to rope in the BFI here one day.” Hooey JR BFI #10.5 Results First Round: 1. Hayden Sanders and Trey Toft, 6.78 seconds, $2,500; 2. Walker Smith and Hayes Johnson, 6.8 seconds, $2,000; 3. Jhett Vanderhamm and Clay Mecklenburg, 6.98 seconds, $1,500. Second Round : 1 .Bl a i ne Coates and Sid Harvey, 4.99, $2,500; 2. Preston Ivey and Brayden Morris, 5.49 seconds, $2,000; 3. Kyler Kanady and Braxton Barker, 5.76, $1,500. Short Round: 1. Daxtyn Feild, 7.62 seconds, $2,500; 2. Brayden Edney and Trevor Miller, 8.51 seconds, $2,000; 3. Tanner G Evans and Bray Fenoglio, 8.87 seconds, $1,500. Average: 1. Blaine Burleson and Colton W Clayton, 31.27, $22,000; 2. Aaron Raulston and Kelon Andrews, 31.39 seconds, $16,000; 3. Kal ia Medeiros and Kannon Nunnery, 33.22, $11,500. 4. Samuel Mendoza and Rey Guevara II, 34.12, $9,500; 5. Harley Marshall and Brayden Morris, 34.14, $8,000; 6. Shye Pate and Trey Toft, 34.30, $6,000; 7. Jaxon Stoker and Levi Sasser, 36.70, $5,000; 8. (tie) Carson Emmons and Clancy Teague, 37.37, $3,750; 8. (tie) Quincy L Sullivan and Brock Rouse, 37.37, $3,750; 10. Will Jones and Cort Jones, 39.73, $3,000.
MAY 2022 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 9 TOMMY LEE LIVESTOCK, LLC presents NEVADA ACTRA ROPINGS Must Be An ACTRA Member To Rope Saturdays, May 21, June 11, July 9, Aug. 20 #6 Hdcp. P1/D2 Enter 3 Times For A Total Of 9 Runs ... 3 for $40/$120 Can Draw In • 80% PAYBACK • Enter Up To 9 Times Youth Heading (13 & under, capped at #1.5. Enter 4 Times) ...... 2 for $25 Youth Heeling (13 & under, capped at #1.5. Enter 4 Times)........ 2 for $25 #5.5 Pick Or Draw Enter 4 Times ............................... 3 for $35 #4 Pick Or Draw Enter 4 Times .................................. 3 for $35 1/3 Cattle Charge We reserve the right to refuse any entry. Website: www.cicaroping.com Facebook: CICA Roping For More Info: Luke Lancaster (775) 455-2605 YEAR-END PRIZES TO HIGH $ WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY Must be an ACTRA & CICA member to rope or purchase day pass. ACTRA Numbers CASH ONLY! Construction Industry Cowboy’s Association 2022 ROPINGS 3 x 11.7” May/2022 RSN 1/3 Cattle Charge • We Reserve The Right To Refuse Any Entry TOMMY LEE LIVESTOCK, LLC (775) 741-4523 • Fallon Livestock Big Silver Arena • 2055 Trento Lane • Fallon, NV Sign Up 9am, Rope 10am Saturday, Sunday & Monday: JULY 2nd - 4th ROPINGS Sign Up at 9, Rope at 10am #6 Hdcp. P1/D2.......................... 3 for $40/$120 Enter Up To Three Times For Total Of Nine Partners • Can Draw In #5.5 Pick or Draw............................... 3 for $40 #4 Pick or Draw.................................. 3 for $40 1/3 Cattle Charge TOMMY LEE LIVESTOCK, LLC EVENTS 3 x 1 May • Fallon Livestock Big Silver Arena • 2055 Trento Lane • Fallon, NV 6th Annual Stalls Available $15/Night For more information call Nora Hunt-Lee (559) 779-5856 ★ Women’s Breakaway Roping with Youth Incentive 4 for $200 Enter Two Times • Progressive After One • Top 20 To Short Go • American Qualifier / WCRA / WRWC OUTLAW SPIRIT ROPE BAG TO HIGHEST PLACING YOUTH ★ #10 Slide Pick One/Draw One All Girl Team Roping 3 for $75/$150 Enter 3 Times For A Total Of 6 Runs 80% PAYBACK Why Not? Cowgirl Classic Friday, June 24 Fallon Livestock Big Silver Arena, 2055 Trento Lane • Fallon, NV SU 7:30am, Rope at 9am TRIAD/WSTR Numbers for Team Roping • ALL AROUND SADDLE TO HIGH MONEY YOUTH ENTERED IN BOTH EVENTS! 2022 Silver State Jr. High School Timed Event Championship Sat., June 25 Check in 8am, Rope at 9am Open To Current 5th-8th Grade Girls & Boys (separate divisions) $500 - 5 Events, 2 Full Go Rounds Boys: Breakaway, Heading, Heeling, Ribbon Roping and Goat Tying Girls: Breakaway, Heading, Heeling, Ribbon Roping and Goat Tying • Must Pre-Enter Before June 15th • Email email@example.com for entry form Average paid in each event and overall. Must have co-ed ribbon roping partner entered in the event. Bring your own helper in the team roping. • $2,500 ADDED MONEY BY PEEK BROS. CONSTRUCTION • $500 ADDED MONEY BY BERNEY REALTY • BEST EVER PADS DONATED TO TIMED EVENT CHAMPIONS • ADDED MONEY BY ROPERS SPORTS NEWS • ADDITIONAL PRIZELINE TO BE DETERMINED 80% PAYBACK For more information call Nora Hunt-Lee (559) 779-5856
PAGE 10 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MAY 2022 INCLUDES TICKETS FOR TWO (2) RODEO, FOOD, FUN AND STORIES WITH RODEO FRIENDS. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER TODAY! REUNION PRO RODEO MAY 2022 VISIONQUESTEVENTS.NET PRHOF ONSITE CONDUCTING HISTORICAL INTERVIEWS PATTI PARKER Mem ial R ing SAT., MAY 21st Warnke Arena • Bangor, CA 89 Bangor Park Rd. NTRA Numbers • SADDLE TO HIGH MONEY GIRL OF THE DAY • $500 ADDED MONEY • BREAST COLLARS TO 1ST IN EACH POT • BRONC HALTERS TO 2ND IN EACH POT Sign Up 9am, Rope at 10am • #8 Hdcp ............................... 3 for $30 Pick 1 and Draw 2 or Draw All 3, maximum of 6 runs for $180 • Mixed #6 Hdcp Up/Down ... 3 for $30 Pick 1 and Draw 2 or Draw All 3, maximum of 6 runs for $180 • All Girl Pick 1 and Draw 1 ............. 3 for $30 ★ Potluck To Follow The Roping ★ No Teams/Money Out For Awards Cattle Provided by Brewer Productions For more info: Jim Parker (602) 290-7792 or Adele Brown (530) 632-2075 #13.5 WS winners Sean Pascoe and Bobby Roberts. #12.5 WS winners Sean McRoberts and Frank Perez. #11.5 WS winners Karen Dias and Tim Gaither. #10.5 WS winners Brad Butler and Mark Burner. #9.5 WS winners Jamie Anthony and Aaron Bean. Ron Oswalt heeled for Brad Butler to win the #8.5 World Series Qualifier (left) and also for Kathy Balaam in the #7 WS Qualifier. Butler & Oswalt Win Big At WSTR Qualifier In Sanger SANGER, CALIF. – California ShootOuts, the Golden State’s World Series Qualifiers, produced a 2022 World Series of Team Roping Qualifier March 19-20 at S Bar J Arena in Sanger. Brad Butler headed for Mark Burner to win the #10.5 World Series Qualifier and for Ron Oswalt to win the #8.5 Qualifier for a nice payday. Oswalt had an equally successful day, also winning the #7 average with Kathy Balaam. Results follow with payoffs per team: #13.5 WS Short go: Landon D. Gill and Shawn Aguiar, 7.72, $300. Average: 1. Sean Pascoe and Bobby Roberts, 35.74, $3,540. #12.5 WS Short go: Kaili Brenneman and Cord Forzano, 6.93, $300. Average: 1. Sean McRoberts and Frank Perez, 32.15, $4,860. 2. Sean Pascoe and JC Niesen, 32.98, $3,240. #11.5 WS Short go: Katie Davis and JC Niesen, 8.25, $300. Average: 1. Karen Dias and Tim Gaither, 37.55, $4,780. 2. Sean Pascoe and Stephen Howard, 38.54, $2,860. 3. Dale Gibson and Michael Fuller, 39.73, $1,900. #10.5 WS Short go: Ernie Cardoza and Kevin Dias, 9.24, $300. Average: 1. Brad Butler and Mark Burner, 42.35, $6,300. 2. Karen Dias and Kevin Dias, 43.36, $4,740. 3. Pam Wilken and Davi s Grupe , 43.89, $3,160. 4. Zane Denio and Steve Hatcher, 43.94, $1,580. #9.5 WS Short go: Paul Devine and Kevin Elliott, 11.83, $1,000. Average: 1. Jamie Anthony and Aaron Bean, 40.91, $8,480. 2. Laine Marcotte and Gary Santos, $6,050. 3. Alyssa Gasper and Rick Fausone, 51.0, $4,600. 4. Jason Nearn and Dave Carlson, 52.93, $3,390. 5. Steve Mitchell and Earl Robbins, 53.2, $1,680. #8.5 WS Short go: Anthony Kellogg and Donald Ornellas, 12.57, $1,000. Average: 1. Brad Butler and Ron Oswalt, 31.52, $10,820. 2. Frank Brancato and Cris Robles, 44.65, $7,580. 3. Laine Marcotte and Gary Santos, 45.11, $5,770. 4. Jack Batey and Ear l Robbins , 46.86, $4,330. 5. Roger Kaiwi and Lacy Hook, 48.57, $3,250. 6. Ramon Padilla and Will Jones, 49.88, $2,530. 7. Terry Summers and Tim Baxley, 50.1, $1,800. #7 WS Short Go: Tres Porter and Stew Lowry, 17.61, $300. Average: 1. Kathy Balaam and Ron Oswalt, 61.05, $6,280. 2. Tres Porter and Stew Lowry, 68.96, $3,760. 3. Lizzie Christlieb and Bobby Linn, 42.62, $2,500.
MAY 2022 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 11 • Personalized lessons for ropers of all skill levels • We will start by roping live cattle • If you’re not comfortable roping cattle, we’ll start you roping on the Speed Trainer • Students will be filmed with discussion and what each needs to work on • Covered arena Accepting 8 headers and 4 heelers for each two-day school. $1,200 per person. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. Stalls and RV Hookups available at schools in Comanche. $500 Deposit required to hold spot, or pay in full. You can sign up at: speedroping. com/schools. For more information email: justaroper@ gmail.com SPEED WILLIAMS 8-Time Consecutive World Champion 2022 Clinic Schedule April 9-10 Comanche, TX May 6-7 Royce City, TX Ridin High Cowboy Church May 15-16 Comanche, TX (Sun/Mon) May 21-22 Sumterville, FL 5MArena June 4-5 Comanche, TX June 11-12 Orange, TX T2 Arena July 9-10 Comanche, TX August 6-7 Comanche, TX September10-11 Comanche, TX 2022 Clinic Schedule ay 6-7 Royce City, TX Ridin High Cowboy Church May 15-16 Comanche, TX (Sun/Mon) 21-2 Sumterville, F 5M Arena J 4-5 Comanche, TX June 11-12 Orange, TX T2 Arena July 9-10 Comanche, TX August 6-7 Comanche, TX September 10-11 Comanche, TX Breaking It Down by Speed Williams The BFI Experience – ‘We Get To Rope In The BFI’ Ever since Daren Peterson bought the BFI, he has called and texted trying to get me to come to the BFI and rope. I have explained to him how fortunate I am to stay booked with private lessons and get paid to rope at home almost every day. I told him I would be coming soon enough because my son always talks about roping in the BFI one day. So, when Daren called this year, he started out by telling me they were having a Legends roping. You had to be over 40 and couldn’t have been to the NFR in five years. I told him Gabe had been beating me up about roping in the BFI this year. When I told Gabe about the Legends roping, he didn’t miss a beat and said, “Dad, that means you and I get to rope in the BFI,” and I replied, “Yes sir, we get to rope in the BFI.” I figured I would be roping with Rich Skelton and Clay Cooper in the Legends roping. When I texted Clay, he and Jake already had schools scheduled for those dates. I didn’t really call anyone else and then Matt Sherwood asked if I wanted to rope. I told him I would since Clay couldn’t come. Recently I bought a horse from Dustin Egusquiza that was a little green. He had a chip in his ankle, causing him not to work his best. We had surgery done and he was just finished healing when we decided to go to the roping. I only had a few days practice on him, so we weren’t 100% in sync, but I wanted to give him a chance there. They had a #15.5 scheduled before the Legends roping on Friday. We were going to dinner the night before with a friend of Gabe’s, Will Smith, who is a #7 heeler. Gabe thought it was a great idea for Will and me to rope in the #15.5 to give my horse a “try out.” We would need to get up early being an add-on team. So, Gabe got to see firsthand how early I have to get up to get ready. If we rope at 9 a.m., we get up and get started at 6 a.m. Will roped a leg on our first one, we were clean on the next two, but too long for the cut. But it gave me a lot of confidence in my horse. They shortened the barrier for the Legends roping and we were roping some little fresh steers. I thought my horse worked great. After three head Matt and I were 3rd high call, and Rich and I were 5th. On our fourth steer I was very aggressive at the start and didn’t handle him the best, but Matt pulled off a great heel shot. We end up high team back. Rich and I were nine again on our third steer and our fourth steer was slow. Coming across the line, I looked down at the barrier – a major no-no. When I looked up, I was closing in on the steer and my horse was flying. The steer steps to me and I split the horns. Matt and I are high call and have to be 12 to win the roping. This is exactly what I teach every day. Discipline, ride your horse, get into position, and take a high percentage shot. If I had missed this steer, I can’t fastbackropes.com 4 x 9 may 2022 imagine how many calls and texts I would have gotten from my students. Because this is the very steer where you go back to the fundamentals. We drew a nice paint steer and made a good run. We won the roping and split $40,000. They only had 34 teams and going backto-back got my horse a little hot which made me a little nervous for the BFI. Overall, I was very happy with him. The next day is the BFI and Gabe and I are roping. At the BFI I felt like I took a safe start. The box is 19’, the barrier rope is 22’ and they use an electric eye, so you need to give him an extra foot. The steer might hit that eye with his nose or chest, so you need to see 1 to 2-1/2 feet daylight around the end of the gate. I wasn’t nervous because I’m confident about scoring and catching. After the first two rounds, we’re 17 on two. Gabe had heeled both steers outstanding. Our third steer was small, wiry, and wild in the chute. When the gates banged, he left fast, and I flinched on my horse a little. When I flinched, he took off and we ran through the barrier. We ended up 10 plus 10. Now we have to try and place in the round. I got a good start on our fourth steer and reached a long way. My horse and I weren’t in sync, and I didn’t give Gabe a very good corner. He pulled off a good shot and we were 7 flat. Now we’re down to the last cow of the day and I wantSee SPEED WILLIAMS On Page 12
PAGE 12 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MAY 2022 SAT., MAY 14 BUCKLE TO HIGH POINT #2½ & UNDER 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. Fillmore, CA WEATHER PERMITTING: Check Fillmore Roping Club on Facebook for arena conditions Richard Haller (805) 340-0985 FILLMORE ROPING CLUB FR ____________________ A l l Dogs Mus t Be On Leash ! ____________________ ACTRA Members Only! _______________________________ ~ PRACTICES ~ • Wed., 6-8pm • Sundays, 1-3pm Do not need to be a member of FRC to practice!! $25 Day Permit ($15 if 17 & under) Great Practice Cattle!! 2 x 5” MAY 2022 June 3, June 17, July 22, August 12, August 26 Rodear Arena • Fort Klamath, OR 49555 Highway 62, Chiloquin, OR 97624 Come Rope The Fort at the Friday Night Summer Series Ropings. Series includes five ACTRA qualifying ropings throughout the summer at the Rodear Arena in Fort Klamath, OR. You must attend three out of five ropings to qualify for awards. Sign Up At 6pm • Rope At 7pm #8 Hdcp. Draw......................... 4 for $40 #6½ Pick ’n Draw or Draw All .. 4 for $40 Pick Up To 3/Draw 3 or Draw All All Ropings Go Up To Six Times No Money Held Out For Awards • 35% Cattle Charge • ACTRA Memberships Available On Site. • Management Reserves The Right To Limit Or Refuse Entries At Any Time. For questions concerning these ropings, please call Jeremy Garner (530) 701-9938 ed to give my man a chance to win something. I thought I had seen him far enough and felt like I reached a long way. My horse worked exceptional, and my son heeled him on the first hop. We were 5.1 and when I faced, I knew that was one of the most special runs I’d ever experienced. For my son to rope on the biggest stage and to pull off a shot like that in front of all the people he looks up to… and then the buzzer goes off. It didn’t really devastate me because I was excited for what Gabe had done. I rode out of the arena thinking that he heeled all five steers by two feet and if I had gotten out on the barrier, we would have made the short round. Now I have one major problem… he wants to go everywhere. What an experience for my boy who didn’t care about roping until he was 11. But when the bug bit him, now it’s what he wants to do all day long. I keep telling myself this is what I wanted. I’m very happy both of my kids have chosen to do something I know about and can help them with. Plus, there are so many things about roping that apply to everyday life. What’s new with me: In the past I have mostly taught private lessons with just a few bigger groups. This year I have started teaching some bigger schools on the weekends. This past weekend we had ten people and it was a lot of fun and a great group of people. We start out roping then eat lunch and watch the video playback. I put it in slow motion, and we talk about it. One of the nice things about bigger groups is you get to see problems other people have, other than just yours. It usually comes down to your feet and left hand. Most of the time it’s not your right arm causing the problem. The left hand affects your roping far more often than your right hand. There’s no arguing with the video, even though people try sometimes. The only way to get better is to see what you’re doing. Then we give you a plan to work on to become more consistent. Speed Williams... From Page 11 BFI Producers To Host Resistol Reno Open Championship Reno Open producers Corky Ullman, left, and Daren Peterson, right, present awards to 2021 Reno Open champs Kolton Schmidt and Wyatt Cox. – Andersen C Bar C Photo RENO, NEVADA – Producers of the world’s richest oneday Open roping – the annual Bob Feist Invitational – moved the 45-year-old BFI to Oklahoma after 37 years in Reno, but are excited to announce “the final showdown” in Reno this summer. In the last year of its contract with the Reno Rodeo, Ullman Peterson Events’ BFI will produce the Resistol Reno Open Championship, presented by The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, on Saturday, June 18. The Open is guaranteed to pay at least $100,000 for first place and, like its predecessor the BFI, will showcase the best 100 teams in the world over five full go-rounds and a short round. “The feedback has been so amazing in Oklahoma that we’ve kept the BFI there,” said Daren Peterson of Ullman Peterson Events. “Still, Open ropers have made Reno a destination every June since 1984, and we have loved our relationship with the Reno Rodeo and Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. The Reno Open and handicapped amateur jackpots, along with the all-girl ropings, will serve the Western part of the U.S.” Last year, Kolton Schmidt and Wyatt Cox roped six steers in 40.27 seconds to hit the $100,000 jackpot at the Reno Open. “It doesn’t matter what they call it, it’s a part of BFI tradition – we’re in Reno and it paid fifty grand a man,” said Schmidt after the win. “We roped against the best guys in the world and beat ’em. That’s a big deal.” Team ropers will get one final chance at that feeling on June 18. Per tradition, the Resistol Reno Open will be preceded by the annual Cowboy Auction and Dinner at the Silver Legacy on Friday night, June 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a ticket to the Reno Open will get you in free. This year, the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West will kick off its first per formance on Thursday night, two days before the Resistol Reno Open. “Resistol is excited to be the title sponsor for the Reno Open, produced by the same folks that have the BFI,” said Mary Jane Carpenter, Director of Marketing for Resistol. “One hundred thousand bucks to the Open average winners will be a perfect start to the Fourth of July rodeo runs, and Resistol will be a part of it.” This year, lucrative World Series and National Team Roping jackpots will again comprise Championship Week to make Reno a great team roper’s destination this summer. The Hooey Jr. Reno Open will kick the week off in nearby Fallon for youth ropers, while Reno will again host a high-stakes 12.5, 11.5, Over-40 10.5 with 9.5 Incentive, Over-50 8.5 and a new 7.5. Championship week concludes with the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl team roping and breakaway jackpots – which are qualifiers to the May 2023 WCRA Women’s Rodeo World Championships. “We can hardly bel ieve we paid out $2.88 million in cash this year at Wrangler BFI Week in Oklahoma,” said Peterson. “Championship Week in Reno is sure to be worth fat checks for team ropers who get hot, too. It’s the perfect start for Cowboy Christmas, and we look forward to seeing our friends compete in the numbered ropings, as well.” Tickets for the Resistol Reno Open can be purchased on site at the Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center or during the Cowboy Auction held at the Silver Legacy. That’s also the host hotel, so call (800) 6878733 or visit https://book. passkey.com/go/SRRITR2 and use code “SRRITR2” to obtain your roper discount. Entries for the Resistol Reno Open will open May 1 and need to be postmarked by May 31. Entries for all other ropings can be mailed by May 31 or can be taken on-site with no late fees. Visit www.bfireno.com for schedule details and entry forms. About Resistol: Since 1927, Resistol has handcrafted cowboy hats in America “from fur to finish.” Resistol is the largest hat manufacturer in the world, but is still managed by cowboys. #WeLiveItEveryDay Abou t Ul lman-Pe t er son Events: The Phoenix-based production company helmed by Daren Peterson and Corky Ullman has owned and produced the Bob Feist Invitational since 2012 and purchased the Reno Rodeo Invitational team ropings in 2015. Founded by notable rodeo announcer and publisher Bob Feist in 1977, the BFI is the richest team roping event for professionals and one of the most prestigious, due to its limited roster and long headstart for steers. The high-stakes amateur, female and youth roping events surrounding the BFI comprise Wrangler BFI Week – the most lucrative one-day events of their kind.roperssportsnews.com