I recently visited Santa Rosa, where many of the California wildfires hit hard this past month. I was born and raised in that area and was shocked to see the devastation that this firestorm had inflicted. Many of my friends were wiped out by this tragedy, losing homes, barns, animals, and personal items. There was such short notice to evacuate, that many were blessed just to make it out safely. The first wave of this firestorm hit in the middle of the night and at some point it was traveling at close to 100 miles per hour. The wind was blowing embers long distances, spreading the fire at a very fast pace.
The staff at Ropers Sports News would like to thank Rich Casey and his staff at Casey Printing of King City, Calif. (printers of RSN), for their gracious hospitality by inviting us to a night out at the Stockton Ports baseball game. It is always fun to meet, laugh and exchange stories with Rich and the gang. And our own Steph Anderson got to throw out the first pitch and have her photo taken with “Splash,” the team mascot!
September is the last month that PRCA contestants can earn the needed dollar points to place themselves in the top 15 of the Weather Guard Standings to win a slot at the Wrangler National Finals presented by Polaris RANGER in Las Vegas, NV. There is plenty of big money out there that can be won by those who are sitting on the bubble of the top 15. In the team roping heading division there are some who are veterans that are not in the top 15. Among them are the likes of Chad Masters and Matt Sherwood. In the heeling the names of Kory Koontz, Kyle Lockett, Cody Doescher, John Robertson and Chase Tryan are all on the bubble.
The biggest news in the team roping world this month is the purchase of the United Team Roping Championships (USTRC) by Active Interest Media and Equine Network. This is the same group that purchased the World Series of Team Roping a couple of years ago. They will be making some publication changes in the new structuring and that can be read in the press release within this issue.