In The Arena

Bob Feist

The rodeo industry has been in the news a lot lately with discussions regarding the Elite Rodeo Association (ERA) and PRCA. The PRCA prevailed in a case February 4 when a judge ruled in favor of the PRCA. This in turn disallowed the cowboys of the ERA to compete in PRCA rodeos. This dispute might go on for some time and I hope some type of happy medium can be reached by both organizations. There is so much talent involved in the rodeo world that I hate to not see them compete any chance they get. I have tried not to take sides on this issue but I have always liked it when something new comes along in the world of rodeo and team roping. I think back to all of the now existing organizations that came into being with much controversy in the beginning and later made it better for the competitors or they failed and went away. 

Here it is another year gone by and the January issue of Ropers Sports News is again going to press as we start our 48th year in reporting the happenings in the roping, barrel racing and rodeo world. It has been fun and with the great staff continues to be fun. We look forward to keeping you informed again this year and to get the word out by advertising your events and products. Thanks to all who have been loyal subscribers and advertisers over the many years. 

The Wrangler National Finals will once again showcase the top 15 in the PRCA in the great city of Las Vegas. This year brings many new things to light at the Finals and the most noticeable is the payoff, which has risen from a total figure of $6,375,000 to $8,800,000. This is the first year of the new payout and it will be affecting the year-end dollars of all the contestants. This has been a long time coming and my Resistol Hat’s off to all of those involved in getting this increase.

September is a busy month and the last big month for those trying to make the top 15 in the PRCA. Many of the events are close and as of this writing Cody Snow of Los Olivos, Calif., is leading for the Resistol Rookie of the Year in the Heading by quite a margin. He is sitting 22nd in the standings heading for Dugan Kelly, who is in the 15th spot for the heeling. In the old days, Dugan could have invited Cody to rope at the NFR if he makes it, but Cody will have to move up at least seven notches to make it on his own. As I write this, he will have a good chance as he is entered in the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo where the payoff is huge and could give him the money he needs to do it.