In The Arena

Bob Feist

Fall has arrived in most states and as I write this, Finals are happening everywhere across the country. Some snowbirds have already moved camp to Arizona to partake in all of the roping opportunities available during the winter months. Yost Productions as well as Dynamite Productions are in full swing with their winter schedules offering ropings for a wide variety of ropers.

It’s that time of year when the contestants who are on the bubble will be going to every rodeo possible to try and secure a position in the top 15 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in Las Vegas.  

It has been a close race in many of the events for the bottom positions, more so than the top three positions. With the money up for grabs at this year’s WNFR, the world titles could belong to anyone qualifying. Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Okla., has the largest lead in the Barrel Racing at this writing. She is some $74,000 ahead of the second place lady, Jackie Ganter.

May was a very busy month with many roping and rodeo events including the Rancheros Visitadores Ride. This month the weather has been like all four seasons, and many of the spring rodeos have had to deal with some adverse conditions. All in all, the events have been great with better than average attendance and entries. 

The Rancheros Ride saw many ropers from all over the world come to rope in the many events. It is always good to see some of these ropers that you only see once a year. 

A lot of Spring ropings are being covered in this issue of RSN. Always one of my favorites is the Broc Cresta Memorial Roping held at the Four Star Ranch in Cottonwood, Calif. This year the weather was great right up to the last steer run. A short time afterwards, the sky opened up with a thunderstorm, which is unlikely weather in those parts. It was as if Broc was looking out for everyone until the last steer was roped and the winners were crowned.