The state of California has had its share of rain this winter and it has hurt many of the spring ropings on the West Coast. Some of the lack of teams was due to the bad weather, making the fair-weather ropers stay home due to bad traveling conditions. Plus many of the arenas for the spring ropings are outside. The rough winter meant many ropers have not been able to keep their horses or themselves in condition to rope competitively. As this last week in April comes around, so does the good weather with today being in the 80’s. I look for the ropings to start picking up in numbers from this point on.
It was a busy month with big paying rodeos including The American, RodeoHouston and the Cinch Timed Event Championships held at the famed Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. Congratulations to all of the big money winners at the winter ropings and rodeos.
This year’s Wrangler National Finals in Vegas were great and all of the other activities that went with it kept one real busy during their stay.
My two weeks there started and ended at the South Point Hotel and Casino, which made everything easy to attend from the PRCA convention to the WNFR and the World Series Team Ropings, plus some great shopping in their Exhibition Hall and Priefert Arena areas.
The end of another year and many team ropers and rodeo fans will be caught up in the frenzies of Las Vegas either at the South Point Hotel Spa and Casino for the World Series of Team Roping Finale or at the Thomas & Mack Arena for the exciting Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. If it’s team roping and rodeo that suits your fancy, you want to be in Vegas the first two weeks of December.