Winners of the Scholarship Roping were Kane Thiele and Jennifer Herring. Tommy Lee of Tommy Lee Livestock (l) and Earl Hall of Earl Hall Agri Business present the saddles. – Off The Beaten Path Photography
By Mike Sweeney
ACTRA Business Manager
RENO, NV – For years, the ACTRA National Board has spent hours addressing the “what if’s.”
What if it rains, what if we can’t use the outside arena, what if it snows. The National Board has a scenario for every one of those, “what if’s.” The one scenario they never spent any time discussing was what if the power goes out?! For the first few minutes everyone looked at each other and said, “What now?” When it became apparent there was not an easy solution, ACTRA Directors, members and the Livestock Event Center started looking for solutions. At 7 a.m. the next day, the power was on and the first roping of day one was decided.
JR Dees and Riley Wilson won $100,000 with their win of the #15 Shoot-Out at the USTRC National Finals in Oklahoma City. (Allen's Rodeo Photos)
By Melinda Clements
Photos by Allen's Rodeo Photos
Special To Ropers Sports News
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The young man stood in the empty coliseum. People were tearing down and packing up. He was maybe 12 or 13, and he had been here a million times. He had cut his teeth on the Junior Looper Ropings while his dad roped with friends and neighbors.
This year was different. This was his first time to rope horseback with real partners for money and prizes he couldn’t count or fathom in actual dollars and cents. His dad had always told him to be a game changer. His dad had always advised him to rope the best he could and let everything else find its niche.