In The Arena

Bob Feist

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.

It's that time of year when all thoughts are on Las Vegas for two of the biggest events of the year, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, representing the seven events of rodeo and deciding who will be the World Champions in each event, and the other being the World Series Of Team Roping Finals paying out over $7 million this year.