Ropers Sports News | November-December 2022

PAGE 12 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2022 All Girl team roping winners were Nora Hunt Lee and Kim Grubbs, pictured with the “voice of ACTRA” Jody Carper. – Andersen C Bar C Photography JT Bradley and Hunter Lowry won the #10.5 Handicap roping on Sunday, October 16. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Century Incentive winners Marv Barton and Hunter Lowry, with Mike Piland of Cactus Ropes presenting. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Degan Patton and Riley Robinson won the Gold Card Roping. – Andersen C Bar C Photography Desi Dotson was the winner of the Ladies Breakaway Roping pocketing $2,160. – Andersen C Bar C Photo ACTRA National Finals 2022... From Page 1 being responsible for ACTRA moving to the Reno Livestock Arena Event Center 30 years ago. This is without a doubt one of the things that has made ACTRA so successful. Thanks, cowboy. Another thank you to HeelO-Mat ic for the awesome wrapped Bones they had made for the auction. Great job, team Heel-O-Matic. Mike and Barbara Kovac made their way to the Finals this year for the first time and were very impressed. Kovac Ranch and Farm Supply donates two Priefert chutes to ACTRA every year. Barbara said she “can’t wait until next year.” The chutes did very well in the auction, too, thanks to your great support. A big thank you to Paul Adams for coming down and taking care of the auction duties. Paul is a true professional and we appreciate the job he does for us. Special Guests: This year ACTRA decided to have a reunion where everyone who has been a member was invited regardless of where they now live. Several past presidents showed up for the celebration. It’s through their leadership that ACTRA has been around for 40 years. As we look back through the years, it seems we had the right person at the right times. The fourth president of the association was Ken Wagner from California. Ken came along at the time when ACTRA was really growing. It would have been really easy to get off track, but Ken would say “that dog don’t hunt here.” The next president who was at the reunion was Mike Sweeney, Mike was president when ACTRA moved to Reno. Little did they know they would never leave. John Japp from Wyoming was president for seven years, during that time ACTRA was starting to get better known in the team roping world. John was instrumental in getting Wrangler and Professional’s Choice signed on as title sponsors and was also responsible for setting up the partnership with CircusCircus Casino. After John came Clyde Saunders from Washington. Clyde served from 2006 to 2011 and then again in 2013. Clyde was largely responsible for making ACTRA known throughout the team roping industry. The ACTRA story was told in Spin to Win Rodeo Magazine and on the Roping Show with Tyler Magnus, Tyler even filmed one of his episodes at the ACTRA National Finals. Then in 2014, Bob Blair took over the reins. Bob had a lot of experience as he was the California president for five years. Bob did a great job keeping ACTRA moving down the track. He was also instrumental in helping develop the sponsorship programs, with an assist from wife Teena. Then there was Ty Rogers, Ty had a lot of innovative ideas that added a lot to the association. We would see a new logo, new awards, and a fresh way of looking at things. He brought a lot of enthusiasm and started a movement to make ACTRA more of a nationally run organization. In 2023, we will see Bill Horner from California grab onto the reins. Bill comes on board with a lot of experience as he was the president of California for five years. Bill is excited to see where ACTRA can go from here. As ACTRA looks to start its fifth decade in business, there is no reason to think it won’t be around for another 40 years. We also want to recognize lifetime members Chris Awa and Bill Horner for their dedciation to the sport of team roping and our association. Lee Legasey became the first Open Roping winners were Caleb Twisselman and Nolan Twisselman, receiving Yeti Tundra Haul awards from ACTRA National President Ty Rogers. – Andersen C Bar C Photography See 2022 ACTRA FINALS On Page 14

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