Ropers Sports News | Nov-Dec 2021

They did it! McKay Taylor and Griff Ahlstrom are the 2021 ACTRA Wrangler Patriot Super 7 Roping Champions. They each took home $10,000 plus Polaris Sportsman Quads. – Andersen C Bar C Photography 24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • info@roperssportsnews.com • www.roperssportsnews.com R OPERS S PORTS N EWS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2021 V OL . 53, N O . 9 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” Official Publication Of ACTRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Wrangler Professional’s Choice ACTRA National Finals 8 Days Of Great Competition And The Unexpected By Mike Sweeney ACTRA Business Manager RENO, NEVADA – The 39th Annual ACTRA National Finals held at the Reno Livestock Events Center October 16-23, was very unique as each day had its own storyline. Day One was “Ladies First Day” and started with a Ladies Breakaway Roping where the winner would win not only a very beautiful buckle designed by Skyline Silversmiths, but also a qualification to the Rope for the Crown that will be held in Las Vegas. Fifteen-year-old Sienna Radelfinger from Ferndale, Calif. would be this year’s champion. Sienna picked up $2,085 for the average win and another $1,100 in go-round money plus a beautiful Skyline trophy buckle. The Youth In- centive winner was Bayli Ladner, winning $500. Next, the Ladies Only Roping would see Bailey Kretschmer and Jessica John- son take the victory lap. The ladies won $1,875 and beautiful Skyline buckles. With no ladies entered in the Muley Roping, the lady with the most money won for the day was Sienna Radelfinger. She would take home the buckle designed by Skyline Silversmiths and sponsored by Charlie One Horse. The last roping of the day was the Open Muley Roping. Tommy Lee Livestock brought some very nice muleys to test the ropers skills and test them they did. So what did it take to bring home this championship? The best of the best. It would be Daniel Green on the head side. Daniel is a many time NFR Qualifier and Timed Event Champion. His heeler was 8-time World Champion Heeler “The Champ” Clay O’Brien Cooper. Day Two: The first roping was the #10½ Handicap. When the dust settled it was Brayden Schmidt and Daniel Green who would take the victory lap. They picked up $4,640, top-of-the-line custom Scott Thomas saddles and customized buckles from Skyline Silversmiths. Not bad for a $75 investment. The Mixed Roping would be the next roping of the day and it would be the Utah team of Aimee Roundy and Joao Miranda who would be crowned the champions. They also would pick up Scott Thomas saddles and Skyline buckles Matthew Silva and Jake Larsen take a victory lap after winning the #3 Roping at the ACTRA National Finals in Reno. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Team Ropers Get Set To Ride Again In Vegas At Wrangler National Finals See story by Lane Karney on page 3 See ACTRA NATIONAL FINALS On Page 6

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