In The Arena

Bob Feist

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. 

 This past month has been saddened with many losses in our circles of Ropers Sports News. Don Reynolds, father of long-time General Manager of RSN, Stephanie Anderson, passed away at age 87. Don was such a big help to us here at RSN over the years in times of emergencies, even offering us an office within his packing business, M&R Company, Lodi, Calif. In 1986 during a big flood in our area, he helped us move in and out of town and let us use his office as our homebase until it was safe to come back to our office location. He was always a great one to confide in whether it be fun or business. I owe him much for loaning me his daughter over the years to run my businesses. He trained all his daughters well. Don enjoyed duck hunting and fishing. He had been in the packing business with his cousin Rocky since the 60’s. Rocky passed in 2013. The Reynolds cousins were very generous to youth organizations including FFA, 4-H and high school rodeo.