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.
It was a great week in Reno for the Wrangler BFI Week produced by Ullman-Peterson Events. The BFI was good watching with big strong cattle supplied by Rowly Twisselman over the long 18’ foot score. The short go was one of the best ever with the top 15 coming back to rope their sixth steer.
The teams that came in the 1, 2 and 3 positions held on to stay in the same place after roping their sixth steer. I never like to see the lead teams have trouble in the short round.
Here it is already June and BFI time is upon us with a full week of roping in the Reno, Nevada area. If you are a team roper, you should be making your plans now to attend this year’s Bob Feist Invitational on Monday June 19th at the Reno Livestock Events Center. It is a day when you can come and see some of the best in the team roping world compete under tough conditions (fresh cattle and a long score) for the coveted Bob Feist Invitational title. This is the 40th anniversary of this event and the producers have gone above and beyond to make this year’s roping memorable to the ropers as well as the fans. The BFI lets one go watch the skills of the best over a long score with bigger hard running cattle. This year, the Wrangler BFI Week will feature many other ropings over a four-day period in the Reno Livestock Events Center all in conjunction with the Reno Rodeo which is one of the richest rodeos in the PRCA.