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THE MAGAZINE FOR TEAM ROPERS APRIL 2012
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THE MAGAZINE FOR TEAM ROPERS APRIL 2012
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THE MAGAZINE FOR TEAM ROPERS
Just the Way It Is
by Ben Clements
By the Numbers
by John Findlay
Gold Plus Report
by Ty Hillman
Champions Profile –
Colorado Winter Championships
Danny Miller and Jeremy Michaelis
Muddy River Classic
Horse Health—Windpuffs in Horses
East Texas Championships
by Heather Smith Thomas
USTRC On Tap
South Texas Championships
US Open Tour Standings
Cruel Girl Standings
USTRC Championship Results
with Rickey Green
FEATURE Arenas – Getting It Right!
38 UPCOMING SOUTH ALABAMA CHAMPIONSHIPS
COVER PHOTO BY LONE WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY
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JUST the WAY IT IS
he first “Just the Way It Is” for SuperLooper Magazine came out in the April 2004 issue. In that article I introduced myself, as I was just starting out as coeditor of SuperLooper Magazine. Eight years later, things have changed and so I want to reintroduce myself to you. I am much the same person I was then, but just like the world, my life has been transformed and molded into a new shape. I am 35 years old and married to a wonderful woman, Jodi. We met through the world of team roping and just had our first daughter who, this month, will turn one year old. TyAnn has been a wonderful addition to my life and has opened my eyes to so much. It has been awesome watching her grow and change over the past year and I cannot imagine my life without her. My only hope is that I can be half the parent to her that my parents were to me. Speaking of my parents, they both still live outside of Odessa, Texas. My Mom just retired from teaching and wants to move closer to Stephenville to be around TyAnn. She helps me a lot and also writes for SuperLooper and many other publications. My dad still runs the K-Bar Ranch and his love of cattle and horses, along with hard work has kept him young and in good shape. My sister and I are still very close and have an announcing business. She knows me better than anyone and is a rock in my life. We announce rodeos and bull ridings all over and have really gotten to know the business. We have been at it for about 15 years now, so we have learned a lot. I know I might be partial, but she is one of the best, if not the best, at running music and doing sound in the entire industry. She is certainly the key to our business and I am grateful to have her as a partner. I still work daily in the USTRC office and handle the Affiliate Program, the insurance for events, and the scheduling. I still announce many USTRC events across the country and am part of a great team of individuals who help to keep the ball of team roping rolling. I work with a wonderful group of people and enjoy reaping the rewards of their talents and enthusiasms. I still call things like I see them and “Just the Way it is” is a column that some people like and others do not, and that is okay. As I predicted in that column in April of 2004, I have written things that some of you have agreed with and
others have not. I still encourage you to take this column for what it is, my opinion and the way that I see things. I am not always right and I know that. I appreciate all the feedback and enjoy hearing how I have stoked a fire in someone, good or bad. Team roping is still a melting pot of individuals and that pot grows daily. I have enjoyed meeting many of you over the years, and have made some really good friends. I am continually impressed at how unique a group we all are. The sport has changed over the years, but the game is still the same and that is awesome. The foundation is strong and because of that team ropers will be around for a long time. I still love my job and what I do. I am a person that wears many hats and enjoys multi-tasking. Sometimes, I have a tendency to overextend myself, but because of my wonderful family and great friends, I always seem to come through. I have learned to lean on other people’s talents because there is so much they have to offer. Working together good things can happen. Today we live in an even faster paced world than in April of 2004. The technology is amazing, and because of it we can get more done and many of us take on more challenges. I still believe, however, that because of this fastpaced world, we do not take the time to focus on the things that really matter in life. I know I catch myself taking things for granted and not really appreciating those that care most about me. I encourage you to sit down and talk to an old friend. I encourage you to take the time to get to know someone new. Enjoy a visit and open your eyes to all that is wonderful in this world. Breathe in the fresh air of life and experience everything to the fullest. Don’t ever regret, and only move forward. I challenge you to take time and hold the ones you love. Keep a smile or your face and embrace what life has to offer. Put yourself in another’s shoes before you criticize. Go through life, just as you should go to the next roping, for the enjoyment of it. Team roping is our common thread and remember, it is our fun and our outlet. In the words of George Strait, “We are here for a good time and not a long time.” So lets make the best of it and meet everyday with a smile and that my friends is just the way it is.....
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Find out where all the Roping Events are in your area DEPARTMENTS 100 On the Edge of Common Sense by Baxter Black
101 Riding Herd
by Lee Pitts
102 The Other Half
by Gracie Mae
104 Sports Medicine Stable by Mark Duncan 106 Walt Woodard
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Announcements Plan your next roping event by clicking on the USTRC Calendar at www.ustrc.com. The calendar is filled with great team roping events and is the best way to keep track of where to go. Also don’t forget to put the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping on your agenda. The action starts October 20, 2012 and will run through October 28, 2012.
N.C. Championships added to Schedule USTRC is happy to announce the addition of the North Carolina Championships to the 2012 event schedule. The event will be produced by John Johnson and will be held in Sanford, North Carolina on September 29-30. Look for details in upcoming advertisements in SuperLooper Magazine and other industry publications.
All USTRC members receive Flex Earnings upon participation at a USTRC Sanctioned or Affiliate event. Gold Spur members receive $1,000 and Gold Plus members receive $3,000, which can be used at any Regional Finals or the Cinch National Finals of Team Roping.
Lost and Found There was a Dodge truck key left on the entry table at the South Texas Championships in Bryan, Texas. Please call the USTRC Office at 254-968-0002 to claim.
Renew your membership today for 2012. Gold Plus Memberships are $300 and Gold Spur Memberships are $100. Call 254-968-0002 today or get online at www.ustrc.com and make your purchase. The DVD’s from the 2011 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping are available online. The DVD will show all five go rounds of the US Open plus the short go round. It will also include the short rounds of all Shoot-Outs, the Cruel Girl and the Century Roping. This makes a great gift for the team roper in your family. DVD’s are available for purchase on line at www.ustrc.com. As of November 1, 2011, Gold Plus members must be 25 years of age or older to be eligible to compete in the Gold Plus division. Eligible members 18 to 24 years of age can still purchase a Gold Plus membership and receive all of the benefits other than competing in the Gold Plus division. Remember, ropers and producers with the TRIAD Classification agreement with the Word Series of Team Roping, TRIAD Classification numbers will be used at World Series Events. Current USTRC memberships are accepted at any WS event, but only a USTRC membership is accepted at a USTRC Sanctioned, Affiliate or Grassroots event. 10 / APRIL 2012
If you have purchased your USTRC Membership card, but have not received it, please contact USTRC and make sure all of your information in the system is correct. Many times there are missing social security numbers, birth dates, or incorrect addresses. If you have a change of address (mailing or email) please contact the USTRC and update your profile. If you are not receiving the SuperLooper Magazine please check with the USTRC National Office to make sure your address on record is correct. USTRC Memberships are valid from January 1 through December 31. After September 1 USTRC memberships purchased are good for 15 months, but will expire on December 31 of the following year.
Send Us Your Letter! Do you have a question, concern, complaint or praise you would like to address to the USTRC? In today’s high tech world it is easier than ever to send us your “Letter to the Editor.” We invite you to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments about the USTRC, team roping in general or the magazine.
To see all previous USTRC announcements made for the 2011 season visit www.ustrc.com and click on the “Announcements” link.
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BY JOHN FINDLAY
NUMBERS Just How Far Will You Go to Rope?
n occasion I look back over the articles I have written in the past to see if there is anything there merits revisiting. Often I do find stuff that is worthy of re-examination and this month falls into that category. I found a subject that I believe bears revisiting. I have always been impressed with the distance that ropers are willing to travel to pursue their roping avocation. We all are pretty familiar with what the pros are willing to do pursue their vocation, the stories of riding down that rodeo trail are legendary . . . miles and miles of nearly endless traveling in order to make that next rodeo. “She knows his love's in Tulsa. And she knows he's gonna go Well, it ain't no woman, flesh and blood It's that damned old rodeo.” (Garth Brooks - Rodeo). I don’t think there’s any question that the rodeo life can be addictive and team ropers are not immune to the call of the road. So with that idea in mind, I thought I would take a gander at just how far ropers are willing to travel to rope. It has been several years since I have traveled down this road. The result is what you will find in the Table, “Average and Median Distance Traveled by Ropers to all USTRC 2011 Sanctioned Ropings.” In it you will find just what the title implies, the average and median distances traveled by ropers to all USTRC 2011 sanctioned ropings. The table is sorted by median distance, shortest to longest, over the course of the 2011 roping season. But before you go look at the table, let me enthrall you what I consider to be one astounding fact. In 2011, USTRC team ropers, to get to a sanctioned roping, traveled a total of nearly 5,800,000 miles. That is 233 times around the circumference of the earth. Now that’s dedication! How did I get that figure? Let’s take a look at the table. You’ll notice that each sanctioned roping of 2011 is listed along with its location and its dates followed by four columns. Start by looking at the third column from the right side, “Average Distance”. It equals the overall average distance traveled combined of all the ropers that competed in the roping. The distance that each roper traveled to reach the roping was determined by looking up the distance between the latitude and longitude coordinates of the roper’s home address zip code and the latitude and longitude coordinates of the ropings arena location zip code, AS THE CROW FLIES.* So in reality, ropers traveled even further than these distances portray as there isn’t a roping out there you can reach by going down one straight road unless you live on that straight road. The other issue that is going to interfere slighty with total accuracy is the fact that zip codes can cover some fairly wide areas, particularly in rural regions. As a consequence, the latitude and longitude 12 / APRIL 2012
coordinates assigned to a zip code may be very close or several miles away from a roper’s home or the roping arena. I used zip codes instead of actual postal addresses to determine latitude and longitude because so many of our members use post office boxes for their addresses and people don’t live in their post office box. Plus, if you have ever used a GPS (global positioning system) like Garmin or TomTom, which depend on latitude and longitude to find a rural address, you can easily end up miles from your true destination. But for our purposes, zip codes will work just fine. You’ll notice, however, there are two “Average Distance” columns. I used two columns because at nearly every roping there were always a few “odd ducks”, that is, ropers that for some reason or another were far away from home. And I mean far away, like guys from Mississippi attending a roping in Paso Robles or a guy from Humboldt, Arizona going to a roping in Perry, Georgia. I am sure there are legitimate reasons for why the roper from Humboldt was in Perry, (he just moved there, he’s going to school near Perry but home address is in Humboldt) but it’s over 1,600 miles from Humboldt to Perry and the roper probably didn’t really travel that far. So I made the assumption in every roping’s case that there were three ropers that had attended the roping but hadn’t really traveled as far as their home address would indicate. In addition, our well traveled Hawaiian ropers can also throw my numbers off. As do our Canadian and Brazilian and Mexican ropers. Most of the time, I am assuming, they are in the continental US for other reasons and had a chance to rope. Therefore, we have an “Average Distance” column and an “Average Distance” column with an asterisk (*). In the Average Distance column with the asterisk, I removed three of the ropers that had “traveled” the farthest to get to the roping because I’m assuming they probably didn’t. I used three as opposed to two or fifteen because in most cases it seemed that three was a typical anomaly. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So the asterisked Average Distance column is going to be less than the non-asterisked Average Distance column but probably closer to being accurate. The Median Distance column is just that, the median distance that ropers attending the event traveled. I took all of the ropers and sorted them by the distance they traveled to the event and the median distance was how far the roper that was right in the middle traveled. So if 100 ropers attended the Pat Sajak Memorial Roping, I would look to see how far the fiftieth roper traveled to the roping and that was the median distance. Another way of looking at median distance ––
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Average and Median Distance Traveled by Ropers to all USTRC 2011 Sanctioned Ropings Roping Dates
Number of Ropers
The Island Championships
City of Industry, CA
Western Colorado Championships
Grand Junction, CO
Cowboy Capital Classic
North Arkansas Classic
Will Rogers Classic
Oil Capital Stampede
Green Cove Spgs, FL
Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith, AR
East Texas Championships
West of the Ozarks Classic
Colorado Fall Championships
Red Rock Classic
South Texas Championships
Northern California Classic
Paso Robles, CA
Wine Country Classic
Paso Robles, CA
South Alabama Championships
Broken Bow, NE
Heart of Texas Championships
Red Desert Classic
Rock Springs, WY
Valley Center, KS
North Alabama Championships
San Carlos, AZ
Dally for Dinosaurs
West Coast Regional Finals
Paso Robles, CA
Oklahoma Winter Classic
South Carolina Championships
Chisholm Trail Classic
Texas Plains Classic
San Antonio, TX
Lonestar Regional Finals
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Average and Median Distance Traveled by Ropers to all USTRC 2011 Sanctioned Ropings continued Roping Dates
Number of Ropers
Colorado Winter Championships
Spanish Trail Classic
West Monroe, LA
Northeast Kansas Classic
Lasso Del Norte
Las Vegas, NM
West Texas Championships
San Angelo, TX
Lasso del Sol
Southern Colorado Classic
Pine Country Classic
Colorado Springs, CO
Florida Panhandle Classic
Muddy River Classic
South Georgia Classic
Southwest Regional Finals
New Mexico Championships
Central States Showdown
Lake St. Louis, MO
Colorado River Classic
Fort Mojave, AZ
High Plains Regional Finals
North Country Classic
Cannon Falls, MN
Southeast Regional Finals
Eastern Regional Finals
Guthrie ShootOut Championships
Laughlin Team Roping Finals
Fort Mojave, AZ
South Dakota Championships
Rapid City, SD
Cinch USTRC National Finals
Oklahoma City, OK
Northwest Regional Finals
Average * Average Distance after removing the three ropers who traveled the farthest. 14 / APRIL 2012
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really enjoy visiting with ropers when I am attending events or talking to them on the phone. As an employee of a customer service business, I believe that listening to customers’ ideas, concerns, frustrations, and praises is one of the cornerstones of a successful company. I have been the Gold Plus Representative for exactly two years this month. I have had many great conversations with ropers who had an idea or said something that got me thinking and in turn, led to a positive
change for USTRC customers. One such idea that was expressed to me by several ropers has actually gotten some legs under it and has taken shape as a plan USTRC is calling the Gold Plus Roping Pilot Program. In response to greater demand for a division at Sanctioned events in which Gold Plus members classified as #4’s and #5’s feel competitive, USTRC is excited to add a specialty Gold Plus add-on roping at designated Sanctioned events. Please see the details of the roping below:
With a four-head combined time of 35.07 seconds, the team of Sloan Kuehl and Cody Baker earned the Gold Plus championship in Athens, Texas at the East Texas Championship. They won $3,050 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Alex Schuman and Clem McNaney III collected a Gold Plus championship at the Colorado Winter Championships. They roped four head in 30.79 seconds to win $3,371 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
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Specialty Gold Plus Roping - #10 with a #9 Inc (capped at an Elite #5) - Ropers must be 25 or older the day they compete - Entry Fee - $100/roper - Enter 3 times maximum as any combination of incentive/ non-incentive - 4 steer average, progressive after 1 - Century Bonus included - Draw-In Option available to #3 and above headers/heelers - $2,000 Flex Earnings awarded to 1st-3rd place in #10 Average and #9 Incentive Average While USTRC would like to offer this add-on roping to every sanctioned event, there are several variables that do not allow this addition. Many of the sanctioned events simply do not have the extra time to offer another division. While it was not uncommon to rope until 2 a.m. 10 years ago, times have changed and producers have made a great effort not to keep ropers up all continued on page 18 PHOTO BY 3 LAZY J PHOTOS
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night at their events, if possible. Also, this pilot program needed to be offered where there is a high concentration of Gold Plus members. Some areas of the country do not have a dense population of Gold Plus members and to add another Gold Plus roping to the event would simply just create another small roping with a few teams. After careful consideration, the specialty Gold Plus add-on ropings will be offered at the following 2012 sanctioned events:
As always, USTRC will still offer the traditional #12 Gold Plus with a #10 Incentive at every sanctioned event. The traditional format will be used at all of the 2012 Regional Finals and will culminate at the 2012 Cinch NFTR with a #12 Gold Plus Shoot-Out and a #10 Gold Plus Shoot-Out. Since the specialty add-on ropings are being produced on a trial basis as part of a pilot program, some of the details above are subject to change based on the feedback from you, the Gold Plus members. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Like I mentioned before, I am relying on your feedback to make improvements. I look forward to visiting with you. n PHOTO BY LONE WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY
New Mexico Championships Clovis, NM – April 6-8 Panhandle Classic Amarillo, TX – April 27-29
Spanish Trail Classic Moab, UT – May 4-6 Red Rock Classic Gallup, NM – June 1-3 West Texas Championships San Angelo, TX – June 8-10 Lasso Del Norte Las Vegas, NM – June 21-24 Oklahoma Championships Guthrie, OK – June 29-July 1 Turquoise Championships Gallup NM – July 27-29 Pine Country Classic Flagstaff, AZ – September 1-3 Texas Plains Championships Abilene, TX – September 21-23
Lori Thone and Adam Brown who came over from Arkansas took the Muddy River Classic Gold Plus Championship home. The duo roped four head in 31.68 and won $4,000 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Freddy Rice and Zanga Schutte roped their way to a Gold Plus championship at the Hawaii Championships. They finished with a total of 41.04 seconds on four head to win $1,552 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
The Texas team of Johnnie Philipp and Blaine Matthews claimed their share of the winnings at the South Texas Championships after winning the Gold Plus Championships. They roped four head in 37.63 seconds to win $3,318 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. 18 / APRIL 2012
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Insider TRIAD Classification Update
or the last few months USTRC and WSTR have worked intermittently to get to an agreed classifications starting point for the 2012 season. This has been a long arduous process but we just about have all the wrinkles ironed out! Initially there were several thousand classification discrepancies that the USTRC and WSTR committees perused through and vetted out in order to create some congruency in classifications. There were several hundred ropers where the primary team roping end came into question. Some of these ropers had a higher classification with WSTR and a lower number with USTRC and vice versa. Each of these files, as well as others, was addressed individually between the two organizations until both sides could reach a final decision. If your TRIAD classification number changed with the USTRC then you have been notified by either telephone or through mail regarding the adjustment. Remember that TRIAD classifications are being used at both USTRC and WSTR events and it is strongly advised that the roper contact either USTRC or WSTR to verify their TRIAD classification for 2012 before attending an event. This action avoids any negative experiences that could arise if you show up to a roping and are informed that your number has been changed. If you had a double number with WSTR, please contact either USTRC or WSTR to see if any changes have been made. With youâ€™re your help we will be better able to get you started off right! Moving forward in the 2012 season, the process flow for classification adjustments will gradually become smoother and more fluid. As with any agreement there are some major points that need to be addressed and there have been questions arise as to whom needs to be contacted regarding classification issues. In relation to classifications and memberships, here are a few of your questions answered. 20 / APRIL 2012
Q&A Can I rope at a WSTR event with a USTRC membership? Yes, World Series events, including the Las Vegas Finale, will honor USTRC memberships, which means ropers who compete in both associations will only have to purchase one membership. Note: WSTR memberships will still be available to ropers who choose not to join USTRC, but as mentioned, those membership classifications will be powered by the TRIAD system. Can I rope at a USTRC event with a WSTR membership? No, USTRC events will only accept USTRC memberships. Do my WSTR earnings count toward the USTRC Regional and National Finals? If you are a USTRC member who wins or places at a WSTR event, you will be granted flex earnings up to $3,000 per placing to use at the USTRC Regional and/or Cinch National Finals of Team Roping. If you are a WSTR member who wins or places at a WSTR event and then decide to purchase a USTRC membership card later in the season, your flex earnings will be retroactive. Note: Flex earnings DO NOT roll over to the next season. They expire after the Cinch NFTR in October. Who do I need to contact concerning appealing my classification or applying for a double number? If you are solely a WSTR member, the appeals process will need to be initiated through the WSTR liaison at 575.359.2441. If you are a member of both USTRC and WSTR, then you may initiate the process through either association. If you are solely a USTRC member, the appeals process will need to be initiated through the USTRC National Office at 254.968.0002 ext 5150. Hopefully this answers some of your questions but if not, please donâ€™t hesitate to call the USTRC National Office.
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with Rickey Green Core Values n last month’s article, I talked about your foundation - your feet and legs. Without a solid foundation to deliver from, no matter what sport you’re playing you will not have power or control. If your legs and feet are your foundation, then the mortar that holds them together is your core. Without a strong core you can expect to get thrown around and to get off balance most of the time ou are team roping. In the last three years I started having lower back problems from riding my whole life, and at my age I had not done any core exercises. What I found out is without core strength you can have lots of health problems. I started doing core exercises and when my core came back, my back stopped going out. My back stayed good for two years and then I pulled a groin and couldn’t do my core exercises. In about three months, my back started going out again. Since I had a pulled groin and my back was out, it took me three months to heal up and start back on my program. What is really amazing to me is how much easier it is to get on and off my horse. Also, I have no pain as long as I do my exercises four or five mornings a week. When I ride, I really feel like I did years ago as far as balance and strength in my legs and stomach. The reason I’m telling you this is because I know some of you ropers are writing your health off as this is how it’s going to be when you’re old. I had started going through the gate in my pasture to set my horse manger back up, but now I’m jumping over the five-foot fence again, just because I can!
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When I ride, I really feel like I did years ago as far as balance and strength in my legs and stomach. . . I had started going through the gate in my pasture to set my horse manger back up, but now I’m jumping over the five-foot fence again, just because I can! I am not a doctor, so I can’t tell you to do these exercises. A physical therapist taught me these exercises. I am just going to show you what I am doing to help me. I had one student ask me how he could get better, and I told him to strengthen his core. He lost 35 pounds and said he never has felt or roped better. It’s amazing; I just started doing five reps of each of these exercises and then added more as I gained balance and strength. Exercise 1 (Photo 1): A swimming exercise. Lay on the ball, or you can use a bed, and kick your legs with your toes pointed. Do a couple of reps a day and you will go longer each day. This is great for your core and lower back.
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Exercise 2 (Photo 2, 3 and 4)- For upper body strength. Do pushups with the ball, just a few a day until you gain strength. Use the ball like a teeter totter to make the pushups easy. As you gain upper body strength scoot out on the ball, this will add weight and you can up the reps as you feel stronger. Photo 2
Exercise 3 (Photo 5 and 6)- This is an amazing exercise. Roll the ball up under yourself, it’s kind of like spurring a bareback horse. Just do as many you can do, don’t overdo it. This helps strengthen all the muscle it takes to ride a horse. There are lots of ropers that can use this. It’s not just us old folks that need these exercises and you won’t believe how much better your balance and strength will be when you ride. Just try for two weeks every morning before breakfast and you won’t believe the difference. Your Friend,
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And Then There Was One by Melinda Clements
Shoot-Out Roping 2011 USTRC National Champions
ne good practice run; it was a good philosophy and an ideal game especially when you are dealing with a short go round at the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR). Good solid runs need to be the order of the day and when you come back in a short go round you have to play the winning game. More times than not one good practice run is what it takes to maintain the status quo. Danny Miller did not mind being the fourth high team back in the #10 Shoot-Out at the Cinch USTRC NFTR. He and his partner, Jeremy Michaelis had roped quite well all day. A mere three seconds separated the first and seventh place teams coming into the short go round of the roping. The #10 Shoot-Out would be the biggest payout of the entire week at the 2011 Cinch USTRC National Finals held the last week of October 2011. A cash payout of $369,000 was certainly something worth thinking about. From Miller’s perspective he was pleased. He had roped well all week. He was on familiar ground as he had already padded his pocket with a third place win in the Average of the #11 Shoot-Out. He had all the confidence in the world in his partner and he knew without a doubt Michaelis would rope his best. “We both quit roping for awhile and then started back again,” Michaelis commented. “We have been roping together for a long time. We practice all we can and in some ways it is like we never stopped. We picked right back up where we left off.” The pair needed a time of 8.45 on their short go round steer to move into the lead. It was a good practice run and
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certainly doable. When Miller and Michaelis rode into the box Miller exhibited a sense of control he had not really felt all week. “I wanted a good solid run,” Miller elaborated. “I had been in a hurry all week and had pushed the limit. I had no sense of control. We wanted to rope four steers and I know we planned to win. We needed to slow down get some sense of control.” Both ropers wanted to get a grip on the butterflies and the nerves as they rode into the box. They shut all that out and went to rope. When the clock stopped 8.04 blinked on the display. There were three teams left to rope. The pair rode out the back gate knowing full well they had done all they could do. With two unqualified runs that followed and one in a long nine seconds it was not enough to uproot Miller and Michaelis out of first in the Average. They grabbed part of the biggest payout of the entire week of roping at the 2011 Cinch USTRC NFTR. First place paid $92,400 plus Martin Championship Trophy saddles, Gist Gold Championship
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buckles, Tony Lama boots and Western Horseman Commemorative Collector’s buckles. “We have never won this kind of money before,” Miller said. “I wish every single roper could get to see how it feels to win like this.” Both ropers used their heads and slowed down going into the short go round. Perhaps the greatest lesson they both were able to grasp is that you cannot rush team roping. Focus, discipline and a good strategy gave them what they needed to achieve the win in the #10 Shoot-Out.
Both ropers agreed winning the #10 Shoot-Out is something one cannot explain. You have to experience the feeling, the exhilaration and the high. Their experience and years as partners paid off for them as well in that they were both focused and on the same page as far as what they wanted to accomplish. When it was all said and done And Then There Was One; the champions of the #10 Shoot-Out at the 2011 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping—Danny Miller and Jeremy Michaelis. n
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Dear Ropers, Do you feel like a million dollars? That is exactly what the USTRC is about to bestow on all of its competing members in 2012. Not to feel like a million dollars, but to present all of you collectively with an actual million dollars in cash! This is a game changer, as it far exceeds anything that has ever been done at the USTRC since the invention of the Shoot-Out. The consequences are going to be truly revolutionary. Why? Because instead of you, the roper, contributing added money to the National Finals Shoot-Out Fund, that money will now be provided solely by the USTRC, and it’s guaranteed to be a minimum of One Million Dollars! From here on out, not one dime of your entry fees will go toward added money at the National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR). For those of you who are unclear on how huge payouts at the NFTR have been previously generated, here is a quick reminder. A critical aspect of USTRC’s success was to create a National Finals event unsurpassed in the amount of money awarded to its National Champions. That goal has been accomplished, signified by the fact that for the last 11 years, over one million dollars of added money has magnified the incredible purses at the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping. Until now, a large portion of that money has come from the roper, in the form of a five percent contribution coming
out of your entry fees at every USTRC sanctioned roping. Your contributions helped to build the National Finals of Team Roping into the sport’s premier event – the largest and richest team roping in the world. In appreciation for all you’ve done, the USTRC is stepping up to contribute all of the added money, and we guarantee to add one million dollars to the NFTR purse. This commitment demonstrates how much faith the USTRC has in this sport and its members. But what exactly does this pledge mean to you? It means cash purses at every sanctioned event will dramatically increase. Based on roper contributions in 2011, over $750,000 more cash will be paid out at sanctioned events per season, without you having to lift a financial finger. That’s the new deal, the revolution USTRC is initiating right now. But the roper is not the only beneficiary. The business of producing team ropings is not an easy road to travel. USTRC producers have a substantial commitment in time, effort and money for every roping they put on, with no guarantee to earn a profit. And ropers, they do HAVE to earn a profit, or they will not be in this business very long. So the USTRC further pledges support of the unsung heroes of our business – the producers. You may not be aware that USTRC producers have also significantly contributed to the National Finals Shoot-Out Fund. In 2011, producers
added over a quarter of a million dollars out of their pocket to the Shoot-Out Fund. In the 2012 season, producers are no longer required to contribute to the Fund. This helps our producers stay in the game so they can continue providing ropers the best productions found anywhere in the sport of team roping. So, the revolution is upon us. The 2012 season marks a historic juncture in USTRC history as we continue our quest to provide greater value to our members. Now, ropers who cannot attend the Cinch NFTR won’t see their money siphoned off to an event he or she cannot attend. But the NFTR remains intact with the enormous cash purses and nominal entry fees that have made the NFTR the preeminent team roping year after year. Now cash purses at sanctioned events will grow by more than an estimated $750,000. You no longer need a math degree and a Cray computer to figure how much of your entry fees go into the roper’s pot. That number is two-thirds. Period. End of story! Sincerely,
“Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.” - Henry Steele Commager
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Windpuffs in Horses By Heather Smith Thomas
indpuffs are soft, fluid-filled enlargements on the sides of the fetlock joint toward the rear. These swellings may range from longstanding symptomless blemishes with no soreness or lameness to a more serious condition due to recent injury in which the horse is obviously lame. Gary Baxter, VMD, MS (Professor of Surgery, Colorado State University) says there is often some confusion regarding windpuffs. Some people think they are swellings in the joint capsule, but the most common definition of a windpuff is a stretched tendon sheath—where the digital flexor sheath covers the two tendons that go around the back of the fetlock. Tendons, especially where they glide over hard surfaces, are always lubricated to prevent any friction that might interfere with smooth movement. The tendon is encased in a hose-like sheath that contains a small amount of lubricating fluid. This tendon sheath has a synovial lining, just like a joint. If there’s swelling in 28 / APRIL 2012
this area, it generally means the sheath has been stretched or injured and has created extra fluid. The sheath bulges, creating the windpuff. The “container” is stretched, and adequate lubrication can only be maintained if the enlarged pocket remains filled with fluid. Although it may vary in size from time to time, this area is permanently stretched and the swelling will never completely disappear. Many horses have windpuffs, especially on the hind legs. “The key to whether windpuffs are a problem is whether they are symmetrical swellings,” says Baxter. Some horses have windpuffs on all four legs, or on both hind legs. “If they are symmetrical, I am usually not concerned. If they’re not symmetrical—such as a little fluid in one but the other is much larger—this usually indicates there is a problem, such as an acute injury on that leg that’s more swollen,” he says. If a horse has chronic windpuffs, it is important for owners to notice
whether one is obviously larger on a certain day, for instance. “That’s when they need to be concerned about it, rather than disregard it as just an old windpuff,” he says. “There can also be increased fluid in one side versus the other without an obvious lameness. Not having lameness, however, does not necessarily mean there is not active inflammation and possible injury in the one that’s more swollen.” He advises having a veterinarian check the leg if you notice more swelling than usual. “From a treatment standpoint, I think that if you notice one is bigger than the other, initial first aid treatment should involve icing the leg or cold hosing, and wrapping,” he says. These steps, along with rest and confinement, so the horse won’t be using the leg, can help keep the problem from getting worse. Treat it like you would a sprained ankle or a muscle injury on a human. “This is most likely what has happened—a hyperextension of the fetlock joint, pulling those tendons, or a twist or sprain of structures around that tendon sheath. Along with cold therapy and wrapping, you can also use a topical anti-inflammatory medication such as Surpass. This would be very helpful as part of the initial first-aid treatment. Icing and wrapping can be very important, early on, especially if there is heat in that area. Those are probably the 2 most important things to do,” he says. This will often resolve the problem if it’s a simple strain or sprain. On occasion there are other problems that interfere with normal movement, such as adhesions, synovial masses, or pressure due to narrowing (caused by thickening of the annular ligament that goes around the back of the fetlock joint, across the tendons), similar to carpal tunnel in humans. In the latter situation, the annular ligament can be cut, to relieve the restriction. “Sometimes people assume that any problem in the tendon sheath or in any horse with windpuffs is an annular ligament problem, but this is
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not true. The more we learn, the more we find that there are lots of other things that can lead to problems in the tendon sheaths other than the annular ligament,” says Baxter. “One of the important things to realize is that many of the horses that have lots of fluid or asymmetrical swellings may have injury to the deep flexor tendon or the superficial flexor tendon within the sheath itself. This needs to be properly diagnosed because this type of injury would need to be treated differently than how you’d treat a simple windpuff,” he explains. Usually a horse with an injured tendon is lame, whereas with just a swollen sheath the horse might not be lame. With an inflamed windpuff there may just be a little heat or swelling, or some discomfort when the swelling is pressed. “Horses with an increased amount of fluid, with no lameness, can be treated with ice and wrapping. Then if the swelling doesn’t respond, they might consider using an intra-synovial injection such as hyaluronic acid or a small amount of steroids. That’s fine, but if there is any lameness before you treat with these injections, I would highly recommend ultrasounding the leg,” he says. You need to find out exactly what is wrong, and not just mask the pain or discomfort with steroids. “Most horses that require annular ligament surgery have a characteristic appearance to the leg. There is lots of fluid above and below the restriction. There is almost a notch you can see. This may be obvious, but ultrasound can help you determine whether the annular ligament is normal thickness or not. There are some reports of injury to that ligament—with pain and inflammation associated with the ligament itself, without any other problem in the tendon sheath. If you discover this early on, you can treat it with rest, confinement and rehab. But if the ligament heals thicker than normal (constricting and impairing the
tendon sheath), we may have to do an annular ligament surgery on those horses, as well,” explains Baxter. “In horses that have chronic problems within the tendon sheath, you may be able to see extra tissue buildup on ultrasound. These might occur in windpuffs that have been present for months or years. These soft tissue masses within the sheath may cause pain with the movement of the tendon,” he says. These should be removed, so the horse can become sound. “The best thing to do in these situations is to go into the sheath with an arthroscope. This is usually referred to as tenoscopy, and is what we often do with horses that have chronic, problematic windpuffs, to look around in there and evaluate the tendon and look for these soft tissue masses. Then we often do the annular ligament surgery tenoscopically. Whatever we find can be dealt with arthroscopically at that time, removing any soft tissue masses and cutting the annular ligament at the same time,” he says. “The other option is to make a very small incision over the annular ligament so you can reach in and cut it. But you don’t get a view of anything else. You can’t really see the tendon sheath and what else may be going on in there. That’s the disadvantage of just cutting the annular ligament through a small incision. The method chosen would depend on the finances of the horse owner and the duration of the problem. We generally recommend using an arthroscope and taking a look in there. We do this on a lot more horses now than we did 5 years ago,” he says. This can help give a more definitive diagnosis, and treatment can often be accomplished at the same time. “Sometimes you can’t see the tendon injuries unless you look inside with the arthroscope, because they are not always visible on ultrasound. This can be the advantage of using
the arthroscope, particularly if a horse is lame or has been lame for an extended period of time. We recommend taking a look in there and being able to clean out any soft tissue masses, as well as cut the annular ligament.” For diagnosis, the veterinarian will often just desensitize the tendon sheath. “If the horse has any fluid in the tendon sheath we will put a needle in, aspirate a little fluid to look at, and then inject lidocaine directly into the tendon sheath (the area of pain) to see if this relieves the pain. This would give us the most specific way to document that this is the area of lameness. If we are suspicious that this is the problem, we’ll desensitize just the sheath, rather than doing a regional nerve block,” explains Baxter. “In most of these instances, there are no bony abnormalities. Whether you need to take radiographs would probably depend on how long the leg has been affected. Most of the time, radiographs can be completely normal yet the horse will still have lots of fluid distension in the tendon sheath because it’s just a soft tissue injury in that part of the leg,” he says. The veterinarian would determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether x-rays might be helpful or not. “Some of these cases can be problematic, with chronic swelling, chronic tendonitis, and soft tissue buildup in the tendon sheath. With chronic inflammation, some of these horses can be quite lame. These cases would be the ones in which we’d use a more aggressive approach, such as tenoscopy,” he explains. If this didn’t resolve it, however, an MRI could be the next step, to find out more about what’s going on inside the leg. Most windpuffs cause no lameness, but if lameness is present, this may mean a number of other possible issues that may be contributing to the swelling. Thus it is always wise to have a proper diagnosis. n SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 29
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Arenas – Getting it right! T
eam roping requires a lot of equipment including horses, saddles, ropes, tack, trucks, trailers, and more. As you can see, the list is long. Ropers understand that they must have quality tools to help them succeed, improve and keep themselves and their horses safe. One other thing that many ropers incorporate into their program is a practice arena and a quality arena requires a lot of attention to details. Not only do the dimensions, design and overall building of the arena need to be considered in detail, but the ground is one of the most important things ropers should think about when reconditioning their practice pen or adding an arena to their list of roping tools. The prospect of building an arena can sometimes lead to shortcuts in the process in an attempt to get it done and begin roping. However, a project of this size is the very reason why a plan must be in place before construction begins. Ropers who are building a practice arena should keep in mind that what they do during the construction process determines what kind of maintenance will be required and what sort of enjoyment will be had throughout the life of the arena. There are really two types of arenas; indoor and outdoor. For the majority of ropers, the outdoor variety is more obtainable and more economical, but in either case the ground should be the first priority. For best results, the ground underneath your footing must have a solid base, properly compacted, with no variations in grade throughout the entire area of the arena, aside from a minimum slope for rain runoff. The base is very important and compaction is key. A galloping horse puts much more pressure per square inch than any truck or piece of equipment and a solid foundation under the footing will aid in the health and performance of your horse. Any riding arena, whether indoors or out, should basically be built as if it were a parking lot or road, using a well-drained aggregate material that is compacted and graded to at least two to four feet outside of the arena perimeter. This base material can be from four to six inches thick. Although this part of the arena may never be seen, it is the foundation for a solid and safe riding area. There is a lot more material available for the surface of an arena. The actual footing of the arena should be anywhere from four to six inches. Many successful arena surfaces start out as a 32 / APRIL 2012
composite of two or more materials and there may be differences in material used for outdoor arenas versus indoor arenas. An outdoor arena will need to be able to shed more water due to rainfall or snowmelt and an indoor riding surface may need a mixture that holds moisture longer to reduce frequent watering. Different areas of the country contribute the best types of material to use locally. Availability, temperatures and rainfall should be considered. The primary principle of footing material is to maintain its structure without heavy compaction while providing stability for riding events. The major components of most arena mixtures include sand, silt and clay particles. The range of particle size is important for selecting a good footing. Examining a mixture, it is best to break it down to particle size. This is the structure of individual pieces inside the material. A material that is made of primarily one mixture with one particular size, often times cannot compact to the correct stability. This can leave you with a very loose material and this type of footing is not ideal for your horse. Additionally, loose material can become deep or slick and in extreme cases be hazardous for any type of horse performance. Deep and/or loose material can be stressful to horse’s tendons during workouts or practice. A good mixture of different materials allows them to bond and gives a horse solid footing when performing. Using a variety of particle sized materials allow smaller sizes to fill in gaps between larger sized material to obtain an evenly structured mixture. Sand is the most widely used footing material in arenas. Although it can be used alone, it is often mixed with different particle sized material to create a more constructed material for the arena floor. Sand will erode over time and may need to be replaced. Additionally, sand dries fairly quickly and frequent watering is essential. Adding material that retains water or even a commercial additive can reduce frequent watering. A mixture of native topsoil mixed with good clean sand often helps in the overall structure capabilities and the water retention of an arena. Avoid using ‘waste’ or ‘dead’ sand. This is often the byproduct of cleaned sand and can include silt and clay materials. This type of sand will erode faster and will not compact very well.
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Rubber is another added material you can use in an arena. It is usually found indoors, but many outdoor arenas incorporate it as well. However, the ground rubber material, which is often made from recycled tires, floats and can wash away during heavy rains. Rubber material is usually mixed with sand to help minimize hard compaction and add cushion to the arena surface. Rubber also reduces glare and when used in outdoor facilities it helps thaw the surface faster during colder months by absorbing more solar radiation. When used indoors, you may smell a rubber odor but there has been no relation to any sort of respiratory issues in horses or riders. Ground rubber material is a great application to use to help sturdy a loose sand arena as it binds with the sand and creates a more solid footing. Stonedust may be a readily available material in different areas of the country, but often needs a higher level of maintenance. Although it drains well, it also compacts tightly and will need frequent watering and harrowing to give it a consistent footing. Stonedust, also known as blue stone, rockdust, limestone screenings, decomposed granite and white stone will decompose and become dusty over time. Topsoil that is used for gardening and planting is not recommended for arena footing. It tends to compact tightly due to its high mixture of fine particles. Other materials can be added to create a lighter footing mixture, but due to its fine nature, topsoil will become dusty when dry and blow away with winds over time. Stall waste can be mixed into an arena floor, but is not recommended. Since it is almost entirely organic, it will decompose, break down rapidly and lead to dusty and hard packed arena floors. Additionally, the nature of manure will attract flies and may cause a bad odor when wet. As the building and installing of good ground material is
important, whatever you have inside the arena will take work to keep it in good condition. One of the most important things is the amount of water you apply to your ground. Arena water management is very important for two major reasons. Dust can cause eye and nose irritation and contributes to respiratory damage in both horses and riders. In addition, dust tends to coat structures and equipment. Although this is not a major concern, any type of equipmentâ€”chutes, tractors or trucksâ€”will not perform well under these conditions. Secondly, adding the correct amount of water to your ground mixture will help give you ultimate stability in your arena floor Then objective is to keep the material moist all the way through your footing. When an arena is not kept uniformly moist, the loose, dry areas are less stable then the well-watered areas. Horses lose confidence in what kind of conditions will be underfoot across the arena in these circumstances. Areas can become slick, deep and unstable as compared to other parts of the arena that have been properly watered and hold the footing structure. The best way to keep your arena in workable condition is to give it a good watering in short periods. This allows water absorption into the footing materials between waterings. About every four hours or in some cases overnight, is a good way to begin to allow the moisture to soak into the material. Frequent watering to keep the top moist is needed as it dries out. The top couple of inches will dry faster than the footing underneath. There are many ways to water an arena. The main differences are some require more attention than others, and some offer a more uniformed level of water applied over the arena. There are hand held spray nozzles that can take quite a bit of work to apply and there is often a chance for heavy watering in some areas, less in others. Garden sprinklers can also be used, but close attention is needed to keep the watered area uniform. Additionally, sprinklers often take a lot of involvement to keep them moved over the entire area, and many times, loose connections in hoses and even the sprinkler itself will make puddles in the arena. There are tractor mounted sprayers, water SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 33
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trailers and water-trucks that work well and usually give a uniformed spraying over the arena. These take less time and offer a good overall coverage. There are also more automated systems such as post mounted or ceiling mounted sprinkler systems. These take little management once installed and offer good coverage, but often require additional plumbing, an abundant water source and heavy-duty pumps that offer higher pressures and a higher flow of water. Lastly, many arena owners use self traveling irrigation systems. These also offer uniformed water over the entire area of the arena, little management and, like sprinkler systems, high pressure pumps and high volumes of water recourses. Watering can become a challenge due to different types of footing material, temperatures and the type of ground condition needed. One system may work well for a roper in Texas that has an outdoor facility, but not so well for a roper in Montana who faces different temperatures. Additionally, there is a difference in water conditioning between indoor and outdoor arenas. Indoor facilities often require less water as they have less of a loss of moisture due to evaporation. Outdoor arena owners have Mother Nature to conflict with. Heavy rainfalls, snowmelts and both hot and cold temperatures make keeping your arena conditioned even harder. Another must for arena preparation is a good piece of equipment to keep the arena harrowed, creating a good uniform condition. The surface of your arena should be even and flat, without rocks, holes and irregularities. Horse traffic and poor maintenance can be the cause of poor arena conditions. The footing within a high traffic area will be thrown out of the path and the remaining footing will become compacted where it is most used. An exposed base can result in permanent ruts that are hard to repair. A good arena drag that reconditions the ground is essential to keep it in good working use. This will aid in your horses conditioning and performance and help keep your arena in overall good condition for the future. There are many types of arena groomers on the market. Many incorporate different techniques to harrow the ground of an arena. However, they all do one thing and that is help condition the ground and help build the structure needed for a horse to perform. Depending on the arena material, type of horse performance and, of course, budget, there is a suitable arena groomer for every type of arena owner. When looking at an arena or a practice pen, the ground is everything. Maybe you have an arena that needs ground improvement to offer more protection to you and your horse, or help ease the maintenance; or perhaps you have plans to build a new arena. The thing to remember is that the foundation of your arena is in the dirt. A horse applies tremendous strain to their legs while performing and they should have solid footing when competing or practicing. Having the knowledge of proper design and understanding of the arena floor is important for a good outcome that will keep you and your horses safe and help ease the maintenance routine. 34 / APRIL 2012
Case IH Farmall® Tractors Whether you’re preparing an arena or have chores around the stables, the right tractor can help you be ready. Case IH Farmall® Series tractors offer the power, efficiency and versatility to get the job done. They are also the right fit for your operation and budget. Since 1923, Farmall tractors have been appreciated for their “all purpose” design. Early in the Farmall tractors’ evolution, they were utilized extensively both on and off the farm and recognized for their maneuverability and longevity, even in tough working conditions. “Farmall is one of the most familiar—and famous—names in tractor history,” says Greg Lucey, Case IH marketing manager for Farmall tractors. “Like the tractors of their heritage, the newest generation of Farmall tractors are engineered to make quick work of any job. They are efficient and easy to use for any operator. Equip a Farmall with a Case IH loader or rake or any other implement to handle any challenge.” Several Farmall models are available now, including:
Farmall A Series Tractors Case IH Farmall A Series tractors are no-nonsense machines with simple mechanical transmissions and dependable, fuel-efficient engines. Rugged, reliable and easy to operate, Farmall A tractors offer plenty of power and hydraulics for loading, mowing, blading and more. They range in size from 39 PTO hp to 66 PTO hp. “If you’re looking for a durable workhorse without electronic controls, take a look at the Farmall A tractors,” Lucey suggests.
Farmall B Series Tractors The Case IH Farmall B Series compact tractors offer quiet, 4cylinder diesel engines that provide dependable power and fuel savings in an all-around environmentally-friendly tractor. The Farmall B is not only dependable and fuel efficient, but is offered in both hydrostatic and gear transmission models with a standard forward and reverse shuttle on the gear models to save the operator more time. Farmall B tractors promote more productivity from the tractor seat. The operator area promotes comfort in the driver’s seat, and ergonomically-placed controls minimize reaching for levers and buttons. The new sloped hood improves visibility, providing productivity and safety.
Farmall C Series Tractors Case IH Farmall C Series tractors are built to reliably and costeffectively deliver the power and performance utility tractor owners need while meeting the demand for greater operator comfort. The Farmall C models feature 4-cylinder, turbocharged 3.2-L engines and 8 forward, 8-reverse (8x8) mechanical shuttle transmissions. In addition, an open-center hydraulic system with one standard remote valve and a three-point hitch allows Farmall C models to handle nearly any implement. The best-in-class Case IH Farmall C Series cab features a new, quieter design with an optional high-visibility roof window panel, which can be opened.
Case IH Quality & Commitment Case IH has exceptional experience helping stable and small acreage owners find the Farmall tractor that best fits the job. Whether you need a no-frills economical workhorse or a high-powered, highend model with all the creature comforts, there’s a Case IH Farmall for
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Are Ready for Arena Preparation Case IH, a global leader in agricultural equipment, also is committed to providing customers the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment – designed for challenges around the stables. Case IH has a network of more than 4,900 dealers and distributors that operate in over 160 countries.
Special Offers Through the Case IH/USTRC Member Rebate Program you. Today’s Farmall tractors combine reliability, rock-solid value and a powerful mix of features and options to meet your specific demands. “The Farmall is known as America’s original red tractor and has evolved over the years to meet the diverse needs of our customers,” says Lucey.
Arena Equipment Priefert
Case IH is proud to offer ropers the USTRC Member Rebate Program. USTRC members can save up to $600 when purchasing a Case IH Farmall tractor. USTRC members can save $250 on Farmall Compact and A Series tractors and Case IH Scout UTVs. Or USTRC members can save $400 on Farmall 65 – 90 HP utility tractors or $600 on Farmall U and C Series 64 – 105 HP tractors. To learn more, visit a Case IH dealer or go to caseih.com.
Performance horse owners put their horses’ safety first. They know the ground is one of the most important things they use as they ride, train, practice and perform. The ground inside the arena is critical and using the best equipment to keep solid footing under their horses helps them perform better and keeps them safe. There are many tools available for an arena. From harrows to sprinklers, quality equipment is important for any arena owner.
ArenaMaster™ For affordable versatility in arena grooming maintenance, Priefert is hard to beat! Priefert’s ArenaMaster™ eliminates hydraulics and allows operators to break packed ground, pulverize clods and level leaving a fluffy, consistent surface, often in a single pass. The special Push/Pull blade is great for roping boxes and corners. With a powder coated frame and an optional dust control watering system, the ArenaMaster™ combines maximum durability with great versatility and functionality. For more information visit www.priefert.com or call 1-800-527-8616.
BigSprinkler BigSprinkler.com announces our new complete irrigation kits for 2012! These kits include everything you need to be up and irrigating from a pond, creek, or reservoir in minutes! Kits come in various sizes and include a high pressure irrigation pump, suction hose, discharge hose, and big sprinkler irrigation cart with larger coverage capability. Great for pasture or arena watering! Call 855-805-7901 today to request a catalog or visit www.bigsprinkler.com.
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MicroRain Micro Rain automatic watering systems are the industry leader in arena dust control. We offer our standard water turbine drive reels and now offer a new Honda engine driven models to utilize any flow range available along with an unlimited speed range! Call us for details on this exiting new product! Call 800-373-9325 or visit www.microrain.net.
Linear Rubber Arena Rubber Protects Horse and Rider Arena Rubber, made from genuine crumb rubber and free of metal, provides long-term health care to horses. Made from non-toxic 100% recycled rubber, it provides optimum traction and shock-absorption lessening the strain on horses, protecting the legs and minimizing injury. It can extend training time and protects both the horse and rider in call of a fall. Installed with a mix of sand to retain a little moisture, Linear Rubber Arena Rubber minimizes dust and mud, will last indefinitely and works in all seasons. It will not rot or deteriorate, will not erode or wash away, and resists insect and/or rodent infestation. Better than shredded rubber, which tends to bind together, this product provides excellent drainage. Available in a choice of colors, Arena Rubber joins the Linear Rubber family of equestrian products including stall mats, wall guards, ring mats for wash areas, and iBlock Pavers for walkways. For more information, contact Linear Rubber Products, 1-800-558-4040 or visit their web site at www.rubbermats.com.
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Lucas Metal Works The Ground Hog Arena Tool The Ground Hog Arena Tool was designed in 1996 by an avid arena owner, Raymond Lucas, who wasn’t satisfied with the arena grooming tools that were on the market. Raymond desired to have one tool, that could groom the arena ground in one pass, and produce the same consistent result every pass, safe and flawlessly conditioning the ground. Having been the grandfather and father of national renowned barrel racers he was able to observe the downfalls of other tools. In 1996 Raymond developed the first model of The Ground Hog Arena Tool that enabled arena owners to not only rework the surface with the unit’s hydraulically operated ripper shanks but also fill in the holes that are dug by performance horses. This was accomplished with the unit’s double grader blades, which allow for dirt to be carried by the unit and in turn evenly distributed throughout the arena. Allowing for the unit’s pegged finishing roller to lastly compact and finish the ground safely for the horse and rider. The recent addition of an optional watering system allows the user to maintain the moisture of the surface in the arena. This also aids both the horse and rider by cutting down on dust that enters both horse and riders’ lungs. In addition the unit’s rippers work the surface easier with moisture now present in the surface’s terrain. Consistent, that is the word The Ground Hog’s manufacturer, Lucas Metal Works, hears the most when talking with their customers who own the unit. That is exactly what Raymond set out to accomplish when designing The Ground Hog for his family of barrel racers, a unit that was consistent ever time you used it. Now arena owners, barrel racers, rodeo associations, expo centers, and the biggest rodeo of them all, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), trust The Ground Hog Arena Tool to provide them with the consistent safe surface they seek. For more information about The Ground Hog Arena Tool and The Ground Hog Watering System: Call a Ground Hog Expert 866-689-8904 or visit www.TheArenaTool.com
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Reveal 4N1 The REVEAL 4-N-1 is designed, manufactured, and marketed by Don Reveal as a family business. We understand the ground finishing process like no one else, and have developed the ultimate ground prep tool to meet your needs. The unit is made in various sizes to suit different needs, including hitch categories 1, 2 and 3 to match your equipment. Don’t be fooled by imitators, go with the Original, Still the Best, the REVEAL 4-N-1. Although the REVEAL 4-N-1 was originally designed with the landscaper in mind to prepare seed beds and ready the ground for laying sod, it was not long before the horse owners discovered it worked perfectly to keep their arenas in good condition, with a minimum of time and effort. It is suited to the arena and has the ability to dig the ground up or to firm it down so it is adaptable to whatever type ground condition your riding style requires. The REVEAL 4-N-1 is the only tool endorsed by the NBHA and the ANHA. Call 937/444-2609 for more information or find us at www.reveal4-n-1.com
Red River Arena’s “Buster” Arena Drag Our cowboys at Red River designed Buster for use in their own arenas and liked it so much that they decided to sell them! Buster is designed to plow and level your riding area with one pass. The adjustable S Tines will dig your arena to your desired depth and the rear tumbler breaks up dirt clods leaving your arena clean and smooth. Buster is available in 6’ or 8’ models. For more information call Red River Arena’s at 800-343-1026 or find them at www.redriverarenas.com
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South Alabama Championships ADALUSIA Alabama April 21-22, 2012
osh* unsaddled his horse and looked for thick grass to stake him. The air was cool with a hint of moisture. He had been riding all day and had skirted a couple of Creek Indian hunting parties. He had been fortunate to ride quietly and undetected. He wasn’t afraid. He had traded with the Creeks before. When his horse turned his head and pricked up his ears Josh turned as well. Two Creek warriors rode out of the trees but seemed peaceful enough. Josh carefully removed the thong off his pistol, just in case. The horse blew through his nose and sidestepped. He
was glad to see another horse. Josh pulled him in front of him to use as a shield should he become a target. The Indians were hunters not warriors so, without letting his guard down, Josh relaxed a little. He had seen tracks when he crossed the Conecuh River so he had known they were in the area. The hunters stopped and signed they wanted nothing. As they moved off into the brush and out of sight Josh staked his horse and began to set up camp. He loaded his rifle, checked his pistol and built a fire. It would be a cool night with little sleep. Off in the distance Josh could hear the quiet rush of water over rocks in the Conecuh River. It was almost enough to lull him to sleep. He wasn’t far from Covington County, maybe four or five miles. Andalusia was a small community but he could get supplies there. Hopefully, the Creeks would leave him alone. He was anxious to get into the village and find other settlers. He had been traveling alone way too long. Andalusia lies in the southern part of Alabama, situated about 85 miles south of Montgomery, 125 miles northeast of Mobile and about 80 miles west of Dothan. It is the county seat of Covington County and with a population of 8,897, it is the largest city in that county. Andalusia was first settled in 1841 after flooding of the Conecuh River and the surrounding lowlands forced citizens to move to higher ground. The county seat was moved from Montezuma to Andalusia in 1844 and the town was incorporated in 1846. The word, Andalusia, is a combination of two Spanish words, ande, meaning “to walk,” and lutier, which means “easy.” Therefore, Andalusia means, “to walk easy” or a place where being is comfortable and easy. It was easier walking to and from Andalusia than it had been to Montezuma. Andalusia is located
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on the ridge and Indians had used the ridge path for centuries before the white man to travel south for salt. Being up on the highest point provided enjoyable breezes and was safe from the flooding lowlands, a comfortable place to be. Andalusia began its real growth with the introduction of railroad lines in 1899. Covington County was an agricultural and timber economy until the railroad opened up the area and provided markets for forest products, manufaturing and trading. Andalusia will roll out the red carpet to USTRC team ropers the weekend of April 21 and 22. If you have not made a note on your calendar now is the time to do so. With producer, Ed Allen and his crew, at the helm you can bet The Southern Alabama Championships will be a good user-friendly roping. Andalusia offers a quiet “welcome home” atmosphere to ropers and their families. Plan to delve into the history of Covington County when the roping finishes up each evening and you have a little time on your hands. For family activities, there is Kirkpatrick Park with walking trails, gardens, a small lake and picnic areas; Evans Barnes Golf Course, a nine hole course and, right across the street is Dream Park, with Dream Station a imaginative children’s play area, and more scenic walking trails. If your plan is to relax and unwind, the Southern Alabama Championships will be the roping to attend as the month of April wraps up. It can be a getaway weekend designed with some good team roping in mind. It will be worth the haul to make the Southern Alabama Championships your roping of choice. Don’t miss it. They will be waiting for you.
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West of the Ozarks Classic June 1-3, 2012 Grove, Oklahoma Flying Cow Arena Jeff Smith 620-921-5903 USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Stonebrook Inn 918-786-9799 Hotel K Outrigger Motel 918-786-4456 Hotel K Best Western Timberridge Inn 918-786-6900 Hotel K Rheingarten Restaurant www.therheingarten.com Restaurant K El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant elvallarta.com Restaurant K Cowskin Prairie Restaurant & Hotel 918-786-6047 Restaurant K Hill Top Restaurant 918-787-9970 Restaurant K Montana Mike’s Steakhouse www.stockadecompanies.com Restaurant K Kelly Custom Golf www.kellygolf.net Golf K Cherokee Grove Golf Club, Inc. 918-786-9852 Golf K Patricia Island Estates & Golf Club www.patriciaisland.com Golf K Road Hog Saloon www.officialgrandlake.com Entertainment K Long’s Resort & Fish Haven longsresortongrand.com Entertainment K Honeycreek Resort www.honeycreekresortandmotel.com Entertainment K Har-Ber Village Museum www.har-bervillage.com Entertainment
Red Rock Classic June 1-3, 2012 Red Rock State Park Red Rock Roping Co. and Walt Eddy 505-879-6191 USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Best Western Red Rock Inn 505-722-7600 Hotel K La Quinta Inn and Suites 505-722-2233 Hotel K Quality Inn 505-726-1000 Hotel K Best Western / Royal Holiday 505-722-4900 Hotel K Best Western Inn and Suites 505-722-2222 Hotel K Earl’s Restaurant www.foodandwine.com Restaurant K Golden Corral www.goldencorral.com Restaurant K New Mexico Steakhouse www.aznmfishsoup.org Restaurant K Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill www.applebees.com Restaurant 40 / APRIL 2012
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K Gallup Municipal Golf Course www.ci.gallup.nm.us Golf K Zuni Mountain Golf Course 505-287-9239 Golf K Gallup City Government: Rex Museum www.ci.gallup.nm.us Entertainment K Aztec Twin Theatre www.allentheatresinc.com Entertainment K Southwest Indian Foundation: Gallup Cultural Center www.southwestindian.com Entertainment
Indiana Classic June 1-3, 2012 Henryville, Indiana Yankeetown Arena Dan Stewart 502-583-5502 USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Quality Inn 812-752-2212 Hotel K Super 8 Motel 812-752-2122 Hotel K Hampton Inn 812-752-1999 Hotel K Schuler’s Family Restaurant 812-294-4777 Restaurant K Big D’s Bar BQ 812-294-3227 Restaurant K Ponderosa Steakhouse www.ponderosasteakhouses.com Restaurant K Outback Steakhouse www.outbacksteakhouse.com Restaurant K Roadhouse USA www.roadhouseusa.com Restaurant K Champions Pointe Golf Club www.championspointe.com Golf K Westwood Golf Course www.westwoodgolf.org Golf K Clark State Forest 812-294-4306 Entertainment K Country Lake Christian Retreat www.southeastchristian.org Entertainment K Giggles Comedy Club / lt’s Bar gigglescomedyclubs.com Entertainment K Hoosier Sports Bar Restaurant & Golf Course maps.google.com Entertainment K Howl At The Moon, Inc. www.howlatthemoon.com Entertainment K Scott County Heritage Center & Museum www.scottcountyheritagemuseum.org Entertainment K Kentucky Derby Museum www.derbymuseum.org Entertainment
Florida Panhandle Classic June 2-3, 2012 Marianna, Florida Jackson County Ag Center www.mariannaflorida.com Jx2 Productions and John Johnson 423-340-0640 USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Holiday Inn Express 850-526-2900 Hotel K Quality Inn 850-526-5600 Hotel K Madison’s Warehouse Restaurant madisonswarehouse.com Restaurant K Ruby Tuesday www.rubytuesday.com Restaurant K Captain D’s Seafood www.captainds.com Restaurant K Old Mexico Restaurant 850-482-5552 Restaurant K El Sid’s Mexican Restaurants 850-482-5883 Restaurant K Indian Springs Golf Club www.indianspringsgolfcourse.net Entertainment K Florida Caverns Golf Course 850-482-4257 Entertainment K Florida Caverns State Park www.floridastateparks.org Entertainment K Florida Peanut Producers Association www.flpeanuts.com Entertainment
West Texas Championships June 8-10, 2012 San Angelo, Texas 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena www.sanangelotexas.org USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Ramada Inn Limited 325-653-8442 Hotel K La Quinta Inn and Conference Center www.lq.com Hotel K Motel 6 www.motel6.com Hotel K Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites www.hiexpress.com Hotel K San Angelo Inn www.hotelsanangelo.com Hotel K Zentner’s Daughter Steakhouse www.zentnersdaughter.com Restaurant K Western Sky Steak House westernskysteakhouse.org Restaurant K Don Oscars Mexican Restaurant www.donoscars.com Restaurant K Franco’s Cafe 325-653-8010, francoscafe.org Restaurant K Logan’s Roadhouse www.logansroadhouse.com Restaurant K Twin Mountain Steak House 325-949-4239 Restaurant K Henry’s Steakhouse 325-944-4323 Restaurant
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K Riverside Hills Golf Club 325-653-6130 K Bentwood Country Club www.bentwoodcc.com K College Hills Golf & Games 325-944-7654 K Railway Museum of San Angela www.samfa.org K Cinemark Tinseltown www.cinemark.com K Angelo Skate & Fun Center www.angelorink.com K Blaine’s Pub Co www.blainespub.com K Children’s Art Museum 325-659-4391
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Western Colorado Championships Grand Junction, Colorado www.visitgrandjunction.com Mesa County Fairgrounds www.mesacounty.us/fairgrounds Rope the Rockies / Jeff Smith / Ike & Mary Cox Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Comfort Inn 970-858-1333 Hotel K Quality Inn 970-245-7200 Hotel K West Gate Inn 1-800-453-9253 Hotel K Holiday Inn 970-243-6790 Hotel K Best Western Grand River Inn & Suites 970-434-3400 Hotel K Red Lobster Restaurants www.redlobster.com Restaurant K Outback Steakhouse www.outbacksteakhouse.com Restaurant K Texas Roadhouse www.texasroadhouse.com Restaurant K Rockslide Brewery www.pubcrawler.com Restaurant K Chipeta Golf Course LLC www.chipetagolf.com Golf K City of Grand Junction Golf Courses www.gjcity.org Golf K Western Colorado Center for the Arts www.gjartcenter.org Entertainment K Museum of Western Colorado www.museumofwesternco.com Entertainment K Mesa Theater & Club www.mesatheater.com Entertainment K Whiskey River www.whiskeyriver.biz Entertainment K Fast Eddy’s 970-241-7008 Entertainment
712-374-2728 K Casey’s Carry Out Pizza www.caseys.com K Water Fowl Cafe 712-387-3581 K Li’l Dickies Steak House 402-873-4863 K Flights End, Inc. www.flightsendinc.com K Wildwood Golf Course www.nebraskacity.com K Fremont Historical Society 712-374-3248 K GAR Hall Civil War Museum www.civilwarmuseumnc.org K Jan’s Bullpin LLC 712-374-4536 K Farragut Tavern 712-385-9598
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June 8-10, 2012
Iowa Championships June 15-17, 2012
Sidney, Iowa www.sidneyia.net
Sidney, Iowa Rodeo Grounds Produced by Jeff Smith 620-921-5903 Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Apple Inn – Nebraska City, NB 800-659-4446 Hotel K Super 8 Motel – Nebraska City, NB 712-382-2828 Hotel K Country Inn – Shenandoah, NB 712-246-1550 Hotel K Whip’s Steakhouse
North Arkansas Classic June 15-17, 2012 Berryville, Arkansas Carroll County Fairgrounds 870-423-2658 Rope the Ozarks (Kevin Hall) Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Fairway Motor Inn www.fairwaymotorinn.com Hotel K Pizza Hut 870-423-2188, www.pizzahut.com Restaurant K Catfish Cabin – Eureka Springs, Ar. 479-253-7933 Restaurant K Carroll County Golf Course 870-423-3280 Golf K Cosmic Cavern 870-749-2298 Entertainment K Saunders Museum 870-423-2563 Entertainment K Gunman of Arkansas 870-423-1081 Entertainment K Berryville City Pool 870-423-4667 Entertainment
North Alabama Championships June 16-17, 2012 Rainsville, Alabama Ed Allen Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info Best Western 256-638-1640 Hotel Don Ponchos Mexican Restaurant 256-638-3478 Restaurant Pizza Hut 256-678-7575 Restaurant Ryan’s 256-845-1783 Restaurant Rainsville Country Club 256-638-8846 Golf
West Coast Regional Finals June 22-24, 2012
Paso Robles, California www.prcity.com California Mid-State Fairgrounds Produced by USTRC www.ustrc.com Remember this is a USTRC Regional Finals Event. You do not have to be qualified to enter the West Coast Regional Preliminaries. Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Best Western-Black Oak Motor www.bestwesterncalifornia.com Hotel
K Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hotel www.hixpaso.com K Adelaide Inn www.adelaideinn.com Hotel K Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ www.bigbubbasbadbbq.com Restaurant K McPhee’s Grill www.mcphees.com Restaurant K McClintocks F Saloon & Dining House www.mclintocks.com Restaurant K Paso Robles Golf Club pasoroblesgolfclub.com Golf K Crooked Kilt www.thecrookedkilt.com Entertainment K Pine Street Saloon www.pinestreetsaloon.com Entertainment K The Ranch www.liveattheranch.com Entertainment K Paso Robles Childrens Museum www.pasokids.org623 Entertainment K Pioneer Museum www.pasoroblespioneermuseum.org Entertainment K Hearst Castle Historical Monument www.hearstcastle.org Entertainment K Lake Nacimiento Resort www.nacimientoresort.com Entertainment
Red Desert Classic June 23-24, 2012
Rock Springs, Wyoming www.rockspringswyoming.net Sweetwater County Events Center www.sweetwaterevents.com C&C Roping Productions 435-793-5035 Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Motel 8 307-362-8200 Hotel K La Quinta Inn 307-362-1770 Hotel K Best Western Outlaw Inn 307-352-4850 Hotel K Motel 6 307-362-1850 Hotel K Econo Lodge 307-382-4217 Hotel K Bitter Creek Brewing www.bittercreekbrewing.com Restaurant K Santa Fe Southwest Grill www.santafetrailsouthwestgrill.com Restaurant K Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill www.applebees.com Restaurant K Coyote Creek Steak House & Saloon www.coyotecreekrs.com Restaurant K Rock Springs City Government Golf Course www.rswy.net Golf K Rock Springs Family Recreation Center www.rswy.net Golf K Rock Springs, Wyoming Historical Museum www.rswy.net Entertainment K Star Theatre 307-362-2101 Entertainment K Saddle Lite Saloon 307-362-8704 Entertainment K Sweetwater County Wyoming Museum www.sweetwatermuseum.org Entertainment K Rock Springs, Wyoming Historical Museum www.rswy.net Entertainment K Bomber’s Sports Bar 307-382-6400 Entertainment SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 41
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Lasso Del Norte June 21-24, 2012
Oklahoma Championships Las Vegas, New Mexico www.lasvegasnm.org
Santa Fe Trail Events Center Produced by Kenny and Marsha Zamora Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K El Camino Motel 505-425-5994 Hotel K Best Western Montezuma Inn Hotel 505-426-8000 K Days Inn 505-425-1967 Hotel K El Rialto Restaurant & Lounge 505-454-0037 Restaurant K Hillcrest Restaurant/Flamingo hillcrestnm.com Restaurant K K-Bobs Steakhouse 505-425-6322 Restaurant K Pino’s Family Restaurant www.pinosfamilyrestaurant.com Restaurant K El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant 505-425-3705 Restaurant K New Mexico Highlands Golf www.newmexicogolf.org Golf K New Mexico Highlands University www.nmhu.edu Entertainment K Las Vegas Museum www.lasvegasmuseum.org Entertainment K Pendaries RV Resort www.pendariesrvpark.com Entertainment K Kiva Theatre 505-454-0152 Entertainment K Byron T’s Saloon www.plazahotel-nm.com Entertainment
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June 29-July 1, 2012
Guthrie, Oklahoma www.guthrieok.com
Lazy E Arena Produced by USTRC www.ustrc.com Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Sleep Inn 405-260-1400 Hotel K Best Western Territorial Inn Hotel 405-282-8831 K Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant www.arbys.com Restaurant K Stables Cafe www.stablescafe.com Restaurant K Vallarta Mexican Restaurant 405-282-2202 Restaurant K Granny Had One 405-282-4482 Restaurant K Johnny’s Original Rib Shack 405-282-0031 Restaurant K Hastings Steakhouse www.hastingssteakhouse.com Restaurant K Cimarron National Golf Club www.cimarronnational.com Golf K Guthrie Golf & Country Club 405-282-1315 Golf K Beacon Drive-In Theatre www.beacondrive-in.com Entertainment K Oklahoma Sports Museum www.oklahomasportsmuseum.com Entertainment K Oklahoma Frontier Drug Store Museum www.drugmuseum.org Entertainment K Oklahoma Territorial Museum www.oklahomaterritorialmuseum.org Entertainment
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$10,000 Bonus to Year End High Point Header and Heeler; $5,000 Bonus to Runners Up
HEADERS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Chad W. Masters ...........59 Colby L. Lovell...............48 Luke S. Brown III ..........45 Kaleb E. Driggers ..........40 Erich J. Rogers ..............33 Clay B. Tryan .................31 Bubba Buckaloo............26 Riley S. Minor ...............25 Wade K. Kreutzer ..........25 Clay O. Smith ................23
HEELERS 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
Blake H. Hughes............20 David Key .....................19 David W. Motes .............19 Manny Egusquiza, Jr. .....19 Arky Rogers ..................19 Turtle B. Powell .............17 Quincy H. Kueckelhan....17 Calvin R. Brevik ............17 Keven Daniel .................16 Colby B. Siddoway.........15
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Jade R. Corkill ...............62 Brad Culpepper .............46 Travis L. Graves .............40 Justin R. Price ...............40 Dakota Kirchenschlager ..35 Brady J. Minor ...............28 Russell W. Cardoza, Jr. ...27 Nick Rowland ................24 Cory Petska ...................21 Kory J. Koontz ...............20 Justin W. Davis ..............19 Cody W. Doescher..........19
Born: Nashville, Tennessee Current Residence: Lipan, Texas
Born: Fallon, Nevada Current Residence: Fallon, Nevada
USTRC Major Accomplishments • 2011 – US Open Champion • 2011 – Priefert US Open Tour Reserve Champion • 2010 – US Open Champion • 2010 – US Open Tour Reserve Champion • 2009 – US Open Preliminary Champion • 2008 – 3rd US Open • 2002 – 5th US Open
USTRC Major Accomplishments • 2011 – US Open Champion • 2011 – Priefert US Open Tour Champion • 2010 – US Open Champion • 2010 – US Open Tour Champion • 2009 – Open Preliminary Champion • 2006 – 5th US Open Champion • 2004 – 2nd US Open Champion
PRCA Major Accomplishments • PRCA Career Earnings: $1,228,740 • 2007 PRCA World Champion • 8 NFR Qualifications • 1 NFR Average Title
Quote “I’m thankful to have so many great ropings to go to and have a chance to enjoy them without it feeling like a job. There are still a lot of great ropings ahead of us this year and it looks like we will all have fun and a good chance to win more money.”
13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.
Bucky L. Campbell.........19 Patrick A. Smith ............18 Hank Bounds .................18 Brandon J. Gonzales.......18 T.J. Watts .......................18 Monty Joe Petska...........15 Cole Davison .................15 Paul R. Eaves.................14 Ed A. Ruth .....................14 Joseph B. Harrison.........14 Tyler J. Getzwiller ..........14 Rich Skelton..................14
PRCA Major Accomplishments • Joined PRCA: 2006 • PRCA Career Earnings: $707,736 • 4 NFR Qualifications • 2006 PRCA Rookie of the Year (Heeler)
Quote “I’m glad to see all the major jackpots are taking part in the US Open Tour this year.”
For a complete listing of all qualified Open Tour ropers, please visit www.ustrc.com For an explanation of points, check the Format section of this magazine. 44 / APRIL 2012
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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Lori D. Thone .................Damascus, AR ..........$23,655 Beverly A. Robbins.........Muscle Shoals, AL ....$20,090 Annette K. Hinkle...........Tularosa, NM............$14,450 Tish T. Luke....................Yeehaw Junction, FL ...$9,757 Jackie L. Hobbs..............Stephenville, TX ..........$7,631 Jessy A. Remsburg .........Palm City, FL..............$7,010 Rebecca Neuhaus ..........Huntsville, TX .............$6,736 Tammy L. Lewis.............Queen Creek, AZ ........$6,585 Cadee Tew .....................Weatherford, TX ..........$6,562 VSA IN HOUSE PROOF Lindsey Rae Braddock....Tioga, TX....................$5,550 Cy H. Christensen ..........Kennefec, SD .............$5,502 Kelly D. Hicks ................Stephenville, TX ..........$4,934 Jill L. Murray..................Cooper, TX..................$4,930 Kelli Corbin ...................Baldwin, FL ...............$4,894 Shelly A. Granzin ...........Dripping Spings, TX ....$4,715
16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
Haley L. Kolle ................Cuero, TX ...................$4,258 Rebekah L. Fatzer ..........Mustang, OK ..............$4,230 Janet L. Mickelson..........Flagstaff, AZ...............$4,180 Alicia Stockton...............Hico, TX .....................$3,858 Melissa L. Holt...............St. Paul, KS................$3,785 Teresa L. Herman...........Taylorsville, NC...........$3,780 JaLynn Rogers ...............Elk City, OK ...............$3,780 Brittany M. Tirpak...........Dunnellon, FL ............$3,730 Debbie Weaver...............Andrews, TX ...............$3,722 CRXâ€™D Chris B. Sercer...............Rochelle, GA ..............$3,678 Courtney L. Small ..........Afton, OK...................$3,380 Tina R. Godfrey..............Las Animas, CO..........$3,355 Peg J. Williams ...............Kingman, AZ ..............$3,334 Lindsey J. Freels Yost.......Mt. Morris, PA ............$3,250 Cassie L. Harper ............Sparks, GA.................$3,150
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ATTENTION USTRC MEMBERS: Get behind the wheel with a great deal! Being part of the Chrysler Group family has its benefits. You are now eligible to receive the Affiliate Rewards Program Preferred Price* (1% below factory invoice) on the purchase or lease of most new Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT vehicles. Combine this with current
incentives and you could save thousands of dollars off the MSRP!** As a member of the USTRC, just visit chrysleraffiliates.com and input the USTRC’s Code D88562. Print out a certificate with your unique Control Number and take it along with your current USTRC membership card to
any participating U.S. Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or Ram dealership or FIAT Studio. Or you can call Ram Rodeo at 641/684-6000. Then they will fax or e-mail your unique Control Number. To learn more, call 888-444-4321 or visit www.chrysleraffiliates.com.
*The Preferred Price is the maximum amount you will be charged by a participating U.S. dealer for an eligible vehicle. See dealer for details. A $75 administration fee CR VSA IN HOUSE PROOF CRX’D applies. Offer valid for up to 2 (two) Chrysler Group LLC vehicles per calendar year. The Dodge Viper and all SRT models are not currently eligible for this program. Not all incentives may be available, as they vary by region and residency of buyer. See dealer for complete details. **Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination, tax, title and registration fees. Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram are registered trademarks of Chrysler Group LLC. FIAT is a registered trademark of Fiat Group Marketing & Corporate Communication S.p.A., used under license by Chrysler Group LLC.
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