March is always a favorite month for me because of the Timed Event Championship held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. Twenty of the top contestants in the world are invited to compete in this 25 head competition over five performances. It always proves to be exciting in both cowboy talent and the display of great horses. Justin McKee and I have the privilege of announcing this great event. This year the event will pay the winner $100,000 plus any other money he may win in the go round competition or record breaking bonuses. Pretty nice. For more info on this great event go to www.lazye.com.
Las Vegas has always been known for money and glamour and this years return of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo had all of that along with the huge payout at the Priefert World Series of Team Roping Finale. What a month to remember in both of these record breaking events.
I hate to start out my column on a sad note, because I was shocked when I received word that my good friend David Stoecklein had passed away. David left us with so many memories through his many photos and books of the western way of life which he loved so much.
The Wrangler National Finals is just around the corner and this year’s team roping roster will include four new team ropers (two headers and heelers) who will be making their first appearance at the Thomas and Mack Arena. For a while it looked like Tom Richards would be there as a rookie heading for Cesar de la Cruz, but they have both been moved out of the top 15.