In The Arena

Bob Feist

I just love Spring and all of the events and rodeos which of course follow the winter rodeos. Along with PRCA rodeos are many non-sanctioned events that don’t count toward year-end standings but yet pay out life-changing amounts.

One has to wonder who really is having a good year because we generally associate it with the PRCA standings, but that doesn’t mean as much in this day and age because of the event dollars that are available for the contestants. I’m not taking sides against the PRCA but merely want to bring to attention that over the past several years, many great events have risen that pay huge money and yet it is never recorded to the credit of the contestant.

March is always a favorite month for me because of the Timed Event Championship held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. Twenty of the top contestants in the world are invited to compete in this 25 head competition over five performances. It always proves to be exciting in both cowboy talent and the display of great horses. Justin McKee and I have the privilege of announcing this great event. This year the event will pay the winner $100,000 plus any other money he may win in the go round competition or record breaking bonuses. Pretty nice. For more info on this great event go to

Las Vegas has always been known for money and glamour and this years return of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo had all of that along with the huge payout at the Priefert World Series of Team Roping Finale. What a month to remember in both of these record breaking events.

I hate to start out my column on a sad note, because I was shocked when I received word that my good friend David Stoecklein had passed away. David left us with so many memories through his many photos and books of the western way of life which he loved so much.