In The Arena


Bob Feist

Just got back from the 37th Bob Feist Invitational held Monday, June 23, in Reno, Nevada, and, wow, what a great roping this year on a lot stronger pen of cattle than last year.

It is a lot different for me these days, as I can actually watch the roping, as before when I was producing the event I was very occupied making sure all was going smoothly.

Spring is here and the rodeos and ropings on the West Coast are in full swing. Even though there has been a severe drought here in California, things look pretty green in the northern part of the state. 

Wow, what a spring it has been for team roping and other rodeo events. Contestants and fans have had a great two months to compete or watch some of the best in the arenas across the USA. From the winter rodeos to all of the ropings in Arizona it has been a busy season in what used to be kind of a slack time in the industry. 

What a December for team ropers around the country.  Who would ever thought, 40-50 years ago that team roping would be at this level. I know that when I started Ropers Sports News in 1968, I had hopes that team roping would become somewhat more of a popular event and it certainly has blossomed. This year has been a banner year for team ropers with more money up than ever before in the history of team roping.