Ropers Sports News | November-December 2022

PAGE 4 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2022 While in Las Vegas for the WNFR, World Series Of Team Roping Finale or Gift Shows (Dec. 1 - 11) be sure to stop by these fine vendors to shop and pick up a free copy of the December issue of Ropers Sports News! Booth #235 Stetson Country Christmas at the Rio Come check us out and we’ll save you some money! Featuring: Quality Roping Supplies & Western Tack, And Gifts For Everyone On Your List (760) 533-5596 www. Featuring: • Custom Moondawg Tack & Saddle Pouches • Complete Line Of Roping Supply Needs • Rafter T • Best Ever Pads • Professional’s Choice • American Darling Purses • Jewelry ★ NEW! Ladies Western Clothing & Accessories (775) 772-9333 South Point Hotel & Casino Exhibit Hall, Aisle 1200 J. Tom Fisher Captures First Career Steer Roping Gold Buckle Courtesy ProRodeo.Com MULVANE , KANSAS – This is a moment J. Tom Fisher replayed in his head thousands of times – having a chance to be the PRCA Steer Roping World Champion in Round 10. Well, the stage wasn’t too big for the Andrews, Texas cowboy at the National Finals Steer Roping, Nov. 5 at the Kansas Star Arena. Fisher won Round 10 with an electric 9.5-second run, which set things in motion for him to win his first career gold buckle. Fisher earned $10,160 for the round victory and more importantly it allowed him to finish third in the average with a 111.2-second time on nine head and collect another $19,884. J. Tom finished atop the PRCA/RAM World Standings with $123,477. Reigning world champ Cole Patterson was second with $117,036. “This is a lifelong dream,” said Fisher, 37, fighting back tears. “This is the best day of my life. Vin (Fisher Jr., J. Tom’s brother) is an amateur mathematician and he had it figured that I needed to win like third in (Round 10) and Cole not place and I had to stay third in the average. I knew I had a great steer because Cash Myers tied him in 9.7 (in Round 5 Friday). I just wanted to be a little off the barrier and just blast him on the ground and that’s the way it worked out.”Patterson who went moments after J. Tom needed to finish third or better in Round 10 to claim his second world crown in a row. However, Patterson stopped the clock in 11.0 seconds, which tied for seventh in the round and out of the money. Patterson needed a third-place check or better in Round 10, since he was out of the average money. “Th i s i s j u s t i n c r e d - ible,” J. Tom said. “I worked at this every day the last 20 years and this something you dream about, having a chance to win the round to win the world. You think about something like that every day. I’m just very blessed that this all worked out.” The coveted gold buckle was a long time coming for the Fisher family. Father Dan, has 16 NFSR qualifications, Vin Jr. has 19 and J. Tom has 10. Finally in 2022, the family left with a gold buckle. Vin has been second in the steer roping world standings four times and Dan was second in 1996. “Getting this gold buckle after all those (NFSR) qualifications in my family is incredible,” J. Tom said. “In the 1990s, you started off the year trying to be reserve because Guy Allen was going to win it and there was nothing you could do about it. So, this never seemed like it could be a reality until seven or eight years ago.” J. Tom was riding Gump, 20, a horse Vin had ridden at the NFSR in the past, includJ. Tom Fisher won his first gold buckle in steer roping after a strong showing at the NSFR held in Mulvane, Kansas. – Photo by Rod Connor ing when he set the record for the fastest time in NFSR history with an 8.2-second run in 2020 at the Kansas Star. “I traded for (Gump) this September and I won the first two rodeos I was on him in Henryetta (Okla.) and Abilene (Texas),” J. Tom said. “He’s just the easiest horse I have ever ridden or done anything on. He is such an awesome horse, and I knew when I had that good steer (in Round 10) and if I did my deal I could tie him in 9 (seconds).” Scott Snedecor, who came Courtesy ProRodeo.Com COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Success in the sport of rodeo doesn’t fall on just the cowboys and cowgirls. Their horses play just as big of factor when they step foot in the arena. The Nutrena Horse of the Year presented by AQHA awards provide recognition to ProRodeo’s top horses. The 2022 Nutrena Horse of the Year presented by AQHA awards were unveiled Oct. 10. The top three horses in each category are listed below. Team Roping Header: 1. JESS A MOOSE, “Grey,” ridden by Lightning Aguilera, owned by Jim Donnan. 2. COLE E MAN, “Biscuit,” ridden by Andrew Ward, owned by Andrew Ward. 3. RK TUFF TRINKET, “Bob,” ridden and owned by Riley Minor. Team Roping Heeler: 1. KADABRA KING, “Turbo,” ridden by Patrick Smith, owned by Patrick and Christi Smith. 2. NITA WIN PLAYBOY, “Drago,” ridden and owned by Logan Medlin. 3. THE STAR PEPTO, “CJ,” ridden by Jake Long, owned by Jake and Tasha Long. Steer Roping: 1. JS FROSTYS BADGER, “Goose,” ridden by Scott Snedecor, owned by Scott and Kelli Snedecor. 2. PC THIS DUDES GOT A GUN, “Shooter,” ridden and owned by Mike Chase. 3. KR O G S HI C K O RY, “Pete,” ridden and owned by Bryce Davis. Steer Wrestling: 1. DASHIN HAZE, “Tyson,” ridden by JD Struxness, J. Brown, C. Cassidy, S. Culling, K. Irwin, R. Parrott, W. Lummus, owned by Curtis Cassidy. 2. BE DUN BY THREE, “Benz,” ridden by T. Erickson, D. Eldridge, W. Lummus, C. Hass, owned by Clayton Hass. 3. PATRIONIC DASH, “Mable,” ridden by Stetson Jorgenson, Garrett Henry. Tie-Down Roping: 1. POCKETFUL OF LIGHT, “Pockets,” ridden by Caleb Smidt, Marty Yates, owned by Caleb Smidt. 2. MARKET UP CAT, “Rudy,” ridden by Lane Livingston, owned by Lane Livingston. 3. BIG CATS MOKEY, “Rampage,” ridden and owned by Shad Mayfield. Nutrena Horse Of The Year Presented By AQHAAnnounced See NFSR On Page 5

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