In The Arena

Bob Feist

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.

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.