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Just the Way It Is
by Ben Clements
By the Numbers
Gold Plus Report
Top Tips with Rickey Green
Cruel Girl — Two Final Cruel Girl
by John Findlay by Shawn Vargas
Regional Champs Named
Horsemanship — Understanding Lead Changes By Chris Cox with Cynthia McFarland
Horse Health — Wounded Warriors: Innovative Farrier Program By Heather Thomas
USTRC On Tap
Roper US Open Standings
On the Cover: Brandi Clements earned this month’s cover photo. Clements of Odessa, TX captured this beautiful sunset only found on the Hawiian Islands during a USTRC Team Roping Event.
Southern Colorado Classic Mesquite Classic Texas Plains Classic
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JUS T the Wa y IT IS NOVEMBER 2009
ife is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile. That was a text message that I received from a very dear friend of mine — A friend that I haven’t talked to often enough lately. I read it and went quickly about my business because I was extremely busy. The next day something drew me back to read the message again. That little saying actually says a lot if you really think about it. I recently attended a party for my Grandmother’s 80th birthday. The event was a gathering of a conglomeration of folks. Some I knew, some I had known before, and some I had never met. It wasn’t the most organized function I had ever been to and it drove me absolutely nuts. I got to thinking why did it matter if it was organized or not? It was just a get together and a time for people to reunite. It didn’t have to be organized, it served its purpose just fine and my Grandmother thoroughly enjoyed it. That was all that mattered. It was not about me. It was about people getting together, breaking the rules, laughing, loving and reminiscing. I met a man at her party I had known before, when I was a little kid. He was about 85 or so and he was a person I can guarantee lived his life by the text message I got. He doesn’t have one worry in the world and he takes things in stride. He is not worried about what others think; he just rolls along and does what he wants. If you don’t like it, then too bad and if you do, well that is great. He likes to have a good time and loves fun. I enjoyed meeting him again and he shed a new light on things going on in my life. I walked away knowing I needed to do what I could do and do it the best I could. You will never please everyone, so just do what you think is best. All anyone can do is the best they can. In other words, laugh uncontrollably and live with no regrets. Shortly after the revelation of my text message, I had a two-hour phone conversation with someone I had not talked to in a long time. The man is someone I respect and although I don’t agree with everything he does I do regard him as a friend. I hold the utmost reverence for his accomplishments and achievements. I have known this person for a while and have been directly and indirectly involved with him almost all my professional career. He has a lot of experience about life and business in general. During this two-hour conversation I received a lot of insight. Not just about the subject we were discussing, but about there being more to everything. He told me of times where he had made mistakes and where he had done things
for the wrong reasons. He wasn’t afraid to admit where he was wrong. I sometimes struggle with that. He also spoke of doing well and where he had been in the right when others were wrong. He is not a braggart he was just telling it like it is — or was. Needless to say, the conversation renewed my respect and opened my eyes. It made me realize just how important it is to forgive and how short life really is. I’ve explained this to you in order to make you think. Don’t be closed-minded and keep your eyes wide open. The world has so much to offer and there is no reason to live in turmoil or to let regret rule your life. There is also no reason to let what someone says or does (intentional or not) overwhelm your thoughts and harden your heart. Forgive them! You don’t have to forget, but do forgive and let your heart heal. Sure you are going to get hurt at times, but when the real thing comes along, you don’t want to miss out because you are closed up and not receptive. If you mess up or do something stupid, learn from it. Laugh it off and keep on going. The world is full of opportunity and life truly is what we make of it. I suggest you try to look at things like my 85-year-old buddy and just have the time of your life at whatever you are doing. It will not only make you happier, but it will overflow to others and make them happy as well. Be a realist, but be optimistic in every avenue of your life. If you fail or if you get stuck, there is always a way out and there is always something better on the other side. Put your faith in the Lord above and cast your worries upon Him. Open up and remember life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile. Life is short and there is a lot out there to absorb and experience. I don’t know about the breaking of the rules, but get out of your comfort zone and take a chance. Holding a grudge only creates turmoil within and is no good for anyone. People are going to do things you don’t like. That doesn’t mean they meant to, and it certainly doesn’t mean they are bad people. Kiss slowly, or in other words savor the moment. Cherish what is real and hold those that are close to you. Love truly and let your love for others overflow. Laugh uncontrollably and laugh often. It will do your heart, body, and mind good. Don’t live with regrets. We all do things we are not proud of, but those things are part of who we are. Keep you head up and move forward in life. Don’t let the little things get you down. There is a lot to live for and we only have a short time, so make it one awesome ride and one that you, as well as others, will remember and that is just the way it is. . . —
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DEPARTMENTS 88 SSG Junior Looper 96 The Other Half
by Gracie Mae
100 On the Edge of Common Sense by Baxter Black
102 Riding Herd
by Lee Pitts
104 Sports Medicine Stable by Mark Duncan 106 Walt Woodard 108 SuperLooper Events Calendar 110 MarketPlace 169 Advertiser’s Index
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$2M ••••• 1.9 M
$1M ••••• 900,000
Some of you are reading this while you are at the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR). For the 11th straight year the Shoot-Out Fund surpassed the million-dollar mark as 2009 Shoot-Out Fund grew to a whopping $1,475,500. Those of you at the Cinch NFTR know how good the event has gone and how exciting it has been to see people from all walks of life walk away with USTRC National Championships. It has also been very exciting to have Cinch on board as the title sponsor of this monumental 20th NFTR. If you could not attend this year for whatever reason, you won’t want to miss it next year. Pull out the calendar and mark it down because the 2010 NFTR is on the books for October 23-31, 2010. The new season also kicks into gear this month. The first event is the Laughlin Team Roping Finals at the Mojave Crossing Event Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona on November 20-22. Then over Thanksgiving weekend there are three great events in the Maui Classic, Mississippi Classic and Colorado Fall Championships. December kicks into gear with the Oil Capital Stampede. The New Year is already taking shape and with the new formats and newly structured payout the opportunity for big money and a great time awaits you. Get yourself ready because USTRC is excited about 2010 and the new and exciting things that are going on. See you at the next event.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS TRIAD Numbers The USTRC is taking the TRIAD Classification System to the next power. Look for the Elite TRIAD System . All the changes will go into effect on January 4, 2010. It will take team roping to a new level. Read more about it in this issue.
Stolen A 2008 USTRC Championship Gist buckle was stolen out of Elton Heine’s truck at this years West Texas Championships in San Angelo, Texas. It was attached to an Indian beaded belt. If you have any information or know where to find this buckle, please call the USTRC at 254/968-0002 or Elton at 512/663-2862.
Correction The September issue of SuperLooper Magazine posted Riley Cole winning the 5 and under division of the Jr. Looper competition at the West Arkansas Classic. The actual winner was Riley Crane. Congratulation again Riley on your championship!
Flex Earnings and Shoot-Outs Team ropers remember USTRC Shoot-Outs and Flex Earnings are one and the same. A USTRC National Shoot-Out is worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings ($3,000 for each partner) and a USTRC Regional Shoot-Out is worth $2,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings ($1,000 for each partner).
New Payouts Ropers, you asked for an easy to understand and transparent payout structure and USTRC is bringing it. Effective November 2, 2009 USTRC will payout 95% of the purse in the Average and the remaining 5% to the fast time overall.
New Formats in 2010 The payout structure has changed and therefore the formats have, too. Read all about it in this issue.
Free Flex Earnings New for 2010 – All USTRC Gold Spur members will receive $1,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings just for purchasing their membership.
Gold Spur Memberships Effective November 2, 2009 the USTRC Gold Spur Membership dues will be $100.
The Ultimate Partner Finder! (Effective November 2, 2009 at all Sanctioned Events) Need a partner? Try the USTRC’s New Draw-In Option – It’s the ultimate Partner Finder. Ropers may draw into any of the following divisions provided they are not already entered in the division they wish to draw into and they meet the minimum classification requirements. #15 Handicap – must be at least a #6 Header or a #7 Heeler #13 Handicap – must be at least a #6 Header or a #6 Heeler #12 Handicap – must be at least a #5 Header or a #6 Heeler #11 Handicap – must be at least a #5 Header or a #5 Heeler #10 Handicap – must be at least a #4 Header or a #5 Heeler # 9 Handicap – must be at least a #4 Header or a #4 Heeler #12 Gold Plus with #10 Incentive – must be at least a #4 Header or a #5 Heeler #8 is already a Pick/Draw Format Ropers who choose the Draw-In Option will pay their side of the entry fee, which is determined by the format of the event. Draw partners may choose one of three options: Option 1 – Pay for the extra run and be eligible for all prize money, prizes and Shoot-Outs/Flex Earnings. Option 2 – Choose not to pay for the extra run and be eligible for only ½ of the prize money up to $1,000 and forfeit any prizes and Shoot-Outs/ Flex Earnings. Option 3 – Decline the extra run.
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BY JOHN FINDLAY
PART 2 NEXT M ONTH
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping in Numbers
s hopefully you are fully aware by now, this year is the 20th Anniversary of the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping. This roping has come a long way in its couple of decades and I am going to try to humbly document, in numbers, and some words, too, the progression over the years of this most well-known and prestigious of team ropings. One of the critical stated goals of the USTRC way back in 1990 was to develop a national
championship of team roping –– A premier, showcase event that would become the Mecca for team ropers all over the country. Here is a direct quote from the program of the 1991 Finals: “On January 1st of 1990, a group of ropers and contractors started off on what has got to be considered an historic venture. This group wanted to create a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP where team ropers from all over the United States could come together in one arena, at all
skill levels, and compete for bragging rights as the UNITED STATES CHAMPIONS. This event would highlight the Team Roping year, and would be accessible to working class ropers –– no costly circuits, no large membership fees. . . . With these goals in mind, the United States Team Roping Championships were born.” The National Finals has, indeed, become the highlight of the team roping year. Any roper that has ever attended any
USTRC National Finals of Team Roping Total Payout and Team Count 1990 - 2009 (Team Counts ‘90-’98 are approximate) $6,000,000
$5,000,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 $3,000,000 4,000 $2,000,000
eam Counts '90-'98 are approxima Total Payout
0 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Year
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# of Teams
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National Finals event is fully aware of that fact. So, for those of you that have been to Oklahoma in the Fall, here’s a little walk down memory lane. For those of you that haven’t, here’s an encapsulated look at the growth and development of America’s preeminent annual team roping event. For each year you’ll find eight different categories. The first is the total payout of that particular Finals. Understand now, that our record keeping capacity has improved immeasurably over the years. We are now getting close to baseball statistic proficiency when it comes to tracking ropings and ropers. But back in the 90’s, well . . . we were not as good. Between flimsy paper records, sales of the company, data storage deficiency and the like, the actual numbers before the late Year 1990
Total Cash Payout $125,000 Divisions
onships Team Roping Champi was success ful, the organizers did what t en ev fications obvious why this . They made the classi paid big do to g in go re we ey ards, they they said th ey gave nice quality aw even for ever yone. Th cattle, they roped in the nices t facility in bucks, they roped good they ran a professional show. But by far d the United States an ing they did, they made it easy for th nt rta po the most im ” n. fu ve ha to e ever yon
Divisions #8 #6 Novice
Open #12 Pro-AM #10 Amateur Century Open Century #7 #8 #6 Open Shoot-Out
Number of Days 5
Open Winners Larry Harris & C.L. Morgan
Open Payoff $8,000
Robbie and Shain Sproul were 8th Average #10
No roping in history has ever drawn so many ropers, so many horses and so much money at on place at one time... More than 2,000 ropers competed for $388,000 in cash and prizes.
Toni Tonozzi (Bret’s daddy) won the Century
Total Cash Payout $779,500
Total Participants Over 2,000 ropers
Open Payoff $10,500
“The United States Team Roping Championships at the Lazy E Are na were no exception to the rule, onl y ticism kept this roping from eas skepily hitting the quarter million dollar ma that the organizers had estima rk ted as their firs t year payoff. But when the settled , there was little room for dus t doubt . . . this concept is a winner and is des tined to change the way a lot of folks look at team roping.”
e United States
Total Cash Payout $284,000
see you can take to the bank. Which is what a lot ropers have done over the years by collecting a share of the ever expanding payouts from each year’s National Finals of Team Roping. A look at the accompanying chart will graphically track just how payouts and the next category, teams, have risen over the years. The second category is “Total Participants.” In the early years it is measured by either teams or contestants, depending on what number I could find. Next is the number of days over which the Finals ran followed by the esteemed ropers that won the Open roping that year and how much they won. It reads like a list of Who’s Who in the professional team roping world. After that I show which
Open Winners Charles Pogue & Steve Northcutt
90 - “As th ws, December 19 r, it was Ropers Sports Ne closed out its first yea
A broken barrier took the team of Hatch and Kirt Jones out of contention. Kirt was the 16-year-old son of dominant century roper Kress Jones.
Number of Days 4
Contestants came from 22 states
Open #12 Pro-Am #10
Total Participants 650 contestants Roping Notes
#10 Century #6 “C” Open
90’s were not necessarily available. I have had to do a lot of digging in the old archives of the organization to try to piece together as much information as I could. With the help of old SuperLoopers, my voluminous USTRC facts and figures file, other roping publications (like Ropers Sports News) and my somewhat suspect but still prodigious memory, you have what you have. While I am not quite in the same league as Arkie, Judy, Lynette and Brenda, I have attended every Finals since 1992. But, please take some of the early numbers with a couple grains of salt. Believe it or not, SuperLooper may have been prone to just a wee bit of hyperbole when it came to reporting the results of each Finals. Rest assured, however, that after 1999, everything you
Total Participants 2,800 teams
Number of Days 6
Open Winners L.D. Hawkins & Nick Sarchett
Charlotta and Mark Fanning (Cowboy Gear, Guthrie OK) were 5th Average #12
From Chuck Stocks, Publisher SuperLooper Magazine -
Cody Guess won 4th in the Average heeling in #10 roping when he was 15. Wayne Folmer and Colorado’s Tim Nelson won the first Open “Shoot-Out” which paid less than the Open Roping ($15,000 to $6,500). It was quite different from today’s Shoot-Outs as it gathered all the winners from all the USTRC sanctioned ropings. “Bragging rights were more important than the first year cash.”
Open Payoff $15,000
“Can it last? Can the USTRC make its program work over the long haul? Well certainly nothing is for sure, but clearly more has happened in team roping during the last 36 months than has happened in the entire horse industry in years.” Chuck Stocks - “The 1992 United States Team Roping Championships broke every record that ever existed concerning team ropings. The payoff went well over the million dollar mark which by now is old news. But more impressive was the attendance by 5,000 ropers and nearly 3,000 enter once teams.”
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divisions were run at the roping. It’s quite interesting to see how they have changed over the years. Then I have a category I called “Noted Ropers.” For the most part it presents us with the names of a lot of Year 1993
Total Cash Payout $1,463,000 Divisions
Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Pro-Am Prelim #11 Pro-Am Shoot-Out Century #9 Preliminary
#9 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary #7 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out
Total Cash Payout $1,711,028 Divisions
Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out Century Preliminary Century Shoot-Out
#9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary #7 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out
ropers “Before They Were Famous,” that is, recounting one of the first times these young ropers showed up on the USTRC radar screen. In the last few years of the Finals, I bring up some prospective young
Total Participants 5,000 ropers
Number of Days 6
ropers who just might follow in the boots of their aforementioned “before” predecessors. And finally in “Roping Notes,” some pertinent comments on each particular Finals. Enjoy.
Open Winners Charles Pogue & Bobby Harris
December 1993 SuperLooper shows a picture of 10-year-old Kollin VanAhn roping a dummy at the National Finals.
“The cloud created by the teams that did not get entered at the USTRC 1993 National Finals quickly rose as 5,000 team ropers from all over the United States converged on the Lazy E Arena. With 1.5 million dollars up for grabs, surely there would be big winners and many disappointed ropers anxious for next year.”
Open Payoff $44,000
“One ro p
about th er explained, ‘I co USTRC ose small jack mplained year I amqualifiers las t ypot-type mouth sh going to keep ear, this Shoot-Ou ut and tr y to my get their t spots.’”
The Shoot-Out Fund for the year was $200,000.
Total Participants 2,370 teams
Number of Days 7
Open Winners Jake Barnes & Clay O’Brien Cooper
Open Payoff $39,800
Cody Guess, now 16, finishes 11th in the Average of the Open Shoot-Out with Manuel Gonzales
Largest team roping in history. Event held first time at two locations - OKC and Guthrie. “All week long, you could not drive past a motel, restaurant or filling station without seeing at least one and usually several pickups with every description of horse trailer attached. . . . the horse trailer traffic on the I-44 bypass between OKC and Guthrie was a constant stream.” Jake and Clay also win Classic Rope Open bonuses for finishing first in Final World Standings for 1994. First all-girl team to win a Finals Shoot-Out, Jodee Motsinger and Robin Bass from Florida in the #5. “In the minds of everyone on the USTRC staff associated with planning and production of the National Finals of Team Roping, the sight of two young ladies dancing in the arena was as fine a punctuation mark as could be placed on the end of the world’s first Two Million Dollar roping.”
Total Cash Payout $2,079,400 Divisions
Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #8 Preliminary #8 Shoot-Out
#7 Preliminary #7 Shoot-Out #6 Preliminary #6 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out Century Preliminary Century Shoot-Out
Total Cash Payout $1,774,210
Divisions Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #8 Preliminary #8 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary #7 Shoot-Out
#6 Preliminary #6 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out ry Century Prelimina ut t-O oo Sh Century r” #10 “Switchende P VI #8 #7 All-Girl
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Total Participants approx. 2,800 teams
Number of Days 8
Noted Ropers 19-year-old Trevor Brazile places 4th in the Average of the #11 Shoot-Out heeling for Tom Ward. He would join the PRCA the next year and the rest is history. 18-year-old Shain Sproul would take 9th in the Average of the same roping with Manuel Gonzales and would also join the PRCA the next year.
Total Participants approx. 3,000 teams
Open Winners Tee Woolman & Rich Skelton
Open Payoff $40,000
re USTRC added two mo s the year when the of teams sh cru “The 1995 Finals wa the eve reli that this move would divisions with hopes re popular divisions.” mo the er ent trying to . eals. Bad idea. Tossed t replay camera for app Lazy E used an instan ing in history, paying in the largest single rop #7 Shoot-Out was aga Roy Farr (Datil, NM) . zes pri h and $40,000 in out $388,000 in cas first $100,000 oreau, NM) became the and Jerome English (Th . winners at the Finals
Number of Days 8
Open Winners Charles Pogue & Allen Bach
Open Payoff $27,000
JoJo Lemond earns 9th in the #9 Shoot-Out Average heading for Scooter Nolen at fourteen years of age.
First “VIP” Roping held, a #8, won by Larry Thompson and Jim Savoini. First All Girl #7 Roping held won by Joyce Sewell and Bonnie Beers. Ropers rolled into Oklahoma, America, from every part of the country where there is anyone who swings a rope. There is no mistaking it, this is THE roping event of the year. Charles Pogue and Allen Back finished first and fourth in the Average of the Open Shoot-Out
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Hello Team Ropers, by Shawn Vargas
ropers have managed to hold true to their passion for the USTRC and the sport of team roping. Your commitment is spirit-lifting…hats off to you all! As some of you are reaching into your mailboxes to grab this issue of the SuperLooper Magazine, we are in Oklahoma City and nearing the end of the 2009 Cinch NFTR. We have already crowned several new National Champions and thus awarded thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, which includes two fully loaded Dodge Mega
cab, dually trucks and two Case IH JX 70 tractors. Needless to say, there’s an abundance of happy team ropers in OKC. The 2009 season, USTRC’s 20th I might add, has almost come and gone. Before it truly passes I want to thank each and every one of you who supported the Gold Plus program this year. We strive to give you the best service and welcome any input you might have to make it even better. Two of the Gold Plus services that you all seem to treasure are phone-in entries continued on page 18
PHOTO BY LONE WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY
t’s an understatement to say that this has been a tough year for our country, both here and abroad. There are some signs that our economy is starting to recover, but it’s taking longer than any of us had hoped. That said, as we’ve wrapped up the entries for the Cinch National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR), it’s refreshing, if not remarkable, to hear how enthusiastic and positive USTRC members continue to be. Even though there are so many negative issues in the world today,
Abilene, Texas welcomed ropers to this year’s Texas Plains Classic where the New Mexico team of Stanley Dixon and Kress Jones took home the Gold Plus championship. They roped four head in 36.30 seconds to win $4,710 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. 16 / NOVEMBER 2009
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Mississippi Classic are the second set of ropings held Thanksgiving weekend. Also this year the Oil Capital Stampede comes back to Tulsa, OK the first weekend of December. There is a lot of action coming your way and with the new payout structures and the new USTRC formats, you won’t want to miss these exciting events. In closing, USTRC is very interested in your feedback regarding all of the changes for the 2010 season. In addition, please know that we’re here to answer any question you might have, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. Have a great holiday season and remember you must catch to win! Adios,
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and stall reservations. Generally speaking, they are the two main reasons for our phone conversations throughout the year, and to that point, I want to thank you for being so well organized. It’s amazing how many entries can be taken in a day with everyone being so easy to work with and I hope the process seems as seamless to you. Again thank you for your cooperation and please let
me know your ideas of making the Gold Plus Program better. The 2010 season is just days away and I hope you’re just as excited as we are to get it started. USTRC has some great things planned for the New Year, and if you haven’t already heard about the changes, they are all detailed in this issue. Hold onto your hat because the first event of the 2010 season is the Laughlin Finals in Fort Mohave, Arizona. The event dates are November 20 thru the 22 so mark your calendars for one of the best ropings of the year. Remember the event will start each day at 9:00 a.m. Arizona time. Also, don’t forget the Colorado Fall Championships are held the same weekend in Loveland, Colorado. The Maui Classic and
New Mexico ropers, Travis Regensberg and Ernesto Salazar rolled north to win the Gold Plus roping at the Southern Colorado Classic. The duo roped four head in 35.39 to win $3,854 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. 18 / NOVEMBER 2009
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Kris Parry and Ky O’Berg roped four head in 36.10 seconds to take the Gold Plus championship at the Mesquite Classic. The Utah team earned $1,974 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
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INSIDER What’s New in 2010: The USTRC Hits One Out of the Park By Ben Clements
he USTRC is evolving with the times with some new and exciting changes on the horizon for 2010. These changes bring the sport of team roping into a new era and now more than ever there’s reason for ropers to experience the USTRC at its best. The USTRC is continually looking for ways to improve the roping experience for everyone. This year ropers can prepare for fair competition and more opportunity to win than ever before, all in one package. The USTRC is proud to announce that for 2010 it will implement the payout structure ropers have been asking for. A new payout structure also requires new event formats. These new formats will create better opportunities for ropers to find competitive partners as they vie for larger checks. Last but not least, after five years of fine-tuning the TRIAD (Team Roping Information and Data) System, in 2010 the USTRC will once again raise the bar in Classifications!
2010 the USTRC Payout To understand the changes to the payout, we first need to step back and review the old structure. The previous payout was meant to be all things to all ropers. The purse was divided in several ways to accommodate old formats while allowing more ropers a chance to win a check. Though not a bad thing, spreading the money out made it more difficult for ropers to “do the math.” It also made for smaller checks. The three things that reduced the check sizes, and frankly made the payout hard to understand, were the Incentive Average payout, the Rotation Fast Time payout and the Extended payout, which 20 / NOVEMBER 2009
was based on a multiple of an entry fee and paid out to teams placing way down in the main average. At one time ropers wanted the USTRC to pay more places even though it meant smaller checks. Today ropers are asking the USTRC for bigger checks and fewer places. We hear you loud and clear! The USTRC will eliminate the extended payout, and change the fast time pay from rotations to overall. These changes will leave more money in the average purse. Addressing the issue of Incentive pay is a more delicate matter. For many ropers the Incentive option gave them another place to enter when they couldn’t find a partner to “max the roping.” This is one of the reasons the Incentive option became part of the formats several years ago. Having said that, the USTRC now feels that by handicapping the divisions the Incentive option can be eliminated because with “seconds off” ropers giving up a division are no longer at a disadvantage. An additional benefit is that ropers will now be able to choose from a larger pool of competitive partners. The money that was being paid out in the Incentive is added to the Average. Now all ropers become more competitive for larger payouts with just as many options to enter, if not more. (It should be noted that the Incentive Option will remain in the Open and Gold Plus Divisions. Look for a more detailed explanation about the new formats later on in this article.) What ropers have been asking the USTRC for is a payout structure that is easy to understand and one that pays more to the Average winners. Well, you asked and the USTRC listened. Effective
November 2, 2009 the USTRC will implement a new payout that will apply 95% of the purse to the Average and the remaining 5% to the fast time overall. So, there you have it, a payout structure that is completely transparent and one that pays more money to the Average winners. Wow! That is exciting. Ropers can rope for 95% of the purse money in the average. This will make the USTRC payouts even bigger, giving ropers what they want…more money! For obvious reasons the USTRC has left the Incentive option in the Open and the Gold Plus divisions. In fact, the payout in the incentive of the Gold Plus has worked so well the USTRC plans to use it in the Open Division. The incentive payout will be based on the percentage of Incentive teams entered in the roping and will not exceed 30% of the Average purse. Like the Gold Plus division, the Open relies heavily on the Incentive teams to boost team counts. Since it’s not possible to create more Open teams, the USTRC feels that by paying more money to the Incentive teams more Incentive teams will enter and that will ultimately help the Open ropers. Team ropers of all levels get ready for larger payouts at the USTRC events! the USTRC wants you to understand the new payout structure. If you have any questions please call the USTRC National Office. Your input and feedback is always appreciated.
2010 Formats The USTRC will implement some new formats for the 2010 season. These changes are sure to create a better roping experience for all ropers. A few years ago the USTRC implemented the handicap
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format in the #15 division. The change was successful because with “seconds off” more teams felt competitive. This year the USTRC is incorporating that same logic into the #13, #12, #11, #10, and #9 divisions. Each of these divisions will be handicapped one division down. The handicap format will allow ropers more opportunity to find better partners and provide more entry options than ever before. The bottom line is that more ropers will now be competitive for larger payouts. All divisions, including the #15, will be based on a 4 steer average. Following are the divisions and their respective handicaps: #15 Handicap - #14 team will receive a 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round - #13 and below team will receive a 3 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round #13 Handicap - #12 and below team will receive 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round #12 Handicap - #11 and below team will receive 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round #11 Handicap - #10 and below team will receive 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round #10 Handicap - #9 and below team will receive 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round #9 Handicap - #8 and below team will receive 1.5 second handicap subtracted after the 3rd round The USTRC has analyzed thousands of runs and in the process looked at every team combination in every division and has determined that 1.5 seconds subtracted after three steers makes it fair for every one. The “seconds off” concept isn’t meant to give any team an advantage or disadvantage. If applied properly the handicap simply levels the playing field and thus allows each team to rope within their ability. In order to better satisfy the Open ropers, the Open division will change to a four-steer average and be progressive after one steer. The Incentive average will be determined after the first three rounds. The #8 Division and the #12 Gold Plus
with a #10 Incentive will remain the same and will continue to offer ropers the great unique format of each.
TRIAD or should we say Elite TRIAD No one will argue that Classifications is the sports most controversial topic. The TRIAD system has been in place for five years and although it has worked well, behind the scenes the USTRC has continued its quest for perfection. Through extensive research and data mining, over 2 million runs have been analyzed from over 6100 events and more than 31, 000 ropings. As impressive as that may sound, having the data was only the first step in search of team ropings Holy Grail. The ability to interpret this vast amount of data is far more important than the data itself. Everyone involved in classifications has always known WHAT to do. The real problems since classifications began are the HOW, the WHO and the WHEN. That’s been the USTRC’s mission for the past five years. The data has enabled the USTRC to identify competition patterns and therefore calculate how each roper will compete under all conditions. The TRIAD analysis considers every aspect of a team roping competition including external factors such as, setup of events, arena conditions and cattle to name a few. In part, these factors determine a ropers speed and consistency and as a result TRIAD is able to determine the ropers overall ability to compete…the HOW. Now the USTRC is able to identify ropers with either a competitive advantage or disadvantage based solely on their individual performance…the WHO. The evolution of TRIAD has produced an impartial, objective and consistent method of assigning classifications. Reaching this milestone now enables the USTRC to unveil the new Elite TRIAD system…the WHEN. “A ropers experience at an event has everything to do with how competitive they feel among their peers. They expect the classification system to level the playing field,” said Kirk Bray, president of the USTRC. “The Elite TRIAD system will even further improve the roping experience for the USTRC members.” “The goal of the USTRC is to make the journey through classifications as
comfortable as possible,” added Gary Poythress founder of Rodeo Computer Services. “We are doing everything possible to turn a negative into a positive. An even classification playing field gives every roper their best chance to compete.” By definition, Elite ropers are those that show a competitive advantage in their classification, but are not a full classification adjustment off. That said, it is important to identify who the Elite ropers are to further level the playing field. Ropers demonstrating a competitive advantage would move to Elite status. Ropers demonstrating a competitive disadvantage would also move to Elite status, but with a lower classification. For example, everyone knows the good #5 header who is always at the top of his game and therefore always gets the best partners, but would struggle as an #6. Likewise, everyone knows the struggling #5 header who has trouble finding partners and therefore spends more time watching than competing, but would dominate as an #4. Both are Elite ropers. One is an Elite #5 and the other an Elite #4. The vast majority of ropers will not receive an Elite classification, but will benefit from the Elite TRIAD System nonetheless due to increased access to Elite ropers as partners. Effective January 4, 2010, the TRIAD number scale will include the following classification levels: Headers - #1, #2, #3, #4, Elite #4, #5, Elite #5, #6, Elite #6, #7, #8 and #9, Heelers - #1, #2, #3, #4, Elite #4, #5, Elite #5, #6, Elite #6, #7, Elite #7, #8, Elite #8, #9 and #10. Two ropers with Elite status may enter together, but must give up a division to do so. For example an Elite #5 and an Elite #6 would not be eligible to enter the #11 Division, but could compete in the #12 Division. An Elite #5 and an #6 would however be eligible to compete in the #11 Division. In addition, the #10 Division will be capped at an Elite #6 and the #9 Division will be capped at an Elite #5. The #8 Division will remain capped at an #4, meaning Elite #4 ropers will not be allowed to enter. The Elite TRIAD System provides the performance based mechanism that finally eliminates the compression problem that has haunted classifications continued on page 98 SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 21
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Rickey Green Horses Talk fter 45 years of riding horses and lovin’ every minute of it, I still have trouble understanding what my horse is telling me. Kelly and I always say we wish they could talk and tell us what’s wrong. Then we say they are speaking, but we’ve got to learn how to listen. I would like to share some situations that I have seen at my schools, and been through myself, to help you be aware of things that might come up as a team roping horse owner. Horses are like children, sometimes they don’t do what’s best for them. Be aware of the signs of belly ache or colic. Know your horse’s habits - like after he eats his grain, does he like to lay out in the morning sun? So you walk by and see him laying down, and you don’t think anything of it. But then you notice that there is sand or mud all over him and he has been rolling. So you need to go get him up, listen to his belly for rumble sounds, check his gums to see if they’re pink or white and see how he’s feeling. Sometimes it’s a false alarm, sometimes not. Maybe you notice him lying out in the mid-day sun. Go get him up and check it out. Don’t just say, “Look at that stupid horse lying out in the sun.” Know their habits. There are other signs you can pick up on when something is wrong. You know your horse is a pig, but you throw him his grain and he walks away. I’ve heard people say, “He’ll eat when he gets hungry,” and they never think that something could be wrong. He’s trying to tell you something. Always notice when you catch your horse how he acts, because that can be a great way for your horse to communicate that he is either lame, sore or has a belly ache. Some horses you go to catch come to
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you to let you put the halter on. So when you go to catch that horse and he walks or trots away, you need to pay attention to what he is trying to tell you. Then you have the horse that is always hard to catch and all of a sudden today he just stands there or comes to you. Pay attention, something could be wrong and it’s your job to find out what. There’s something I see at schools all the time. In the heading box, I see horses that pop their hind end out and won’t get straight to score. Sometimes this can be the header pulling on the reins too hard, popping him out, or it can be a sign of soreness in the hindquarters. What I’ll do at my schools is watch and see when the header catches the steer if the horse pops his hip to the right when he sets the steer. If he does, I’ll check and see what the header is doing with his left arm, because if the header is setting his horse by running his left arm along his rib cage that will make him pop out. But if the header is lifting his horse in front of the horn and holding him in, his butt popping out would be a definite sign of soreness. A heel horse that won’t stop or hold the jerk is almost always a sign of soreness. Or, if this horse just isn’t built to stop, you don’t need him anyway. A heel horse that quarters off to the left can come from the heeler reining him off or grabbing him in the back cinch with his left leg, or it can be that he is sore in the right shoulder or withers. What about a horse that all of a sudden while you’re warming him up, he feels sluggish - he’s not normal, he’s not running like he usually does. Try not to respond by just sticking the spurs in him. Check it out, something could be wrong. The other day my daughters’ horse wasn’t running in the poles and barrels, which is not normal for this horse. You usually have got to hold him from running too hard. So my ignorant reaction was to tell her to get her spurs on. So the next run, he ran but came out
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packing a leg. You see, I didnâ€™t think it through. A horse whose whole makeup is that he wants to run, isnâ€™t going to start loping because heâ€™s trying to change his lifestyle. So, anyway, we took him to the vet and he was sore in the front end and in the hocks. We really need to stop and think when our horses are giving us these clues, doing the best they can to communicate. You see, my daughterâ€™s horse was doing the best he could do to make a barrel run, to work the best he could and tell us that he was in pain. We just need to use our heads and use what we know instead of falling asleep and not keeping up on our part of the bargain as managers. Your Friend,
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Smoke, Lynette Satterfield and Buck Shannon McDaniel
High Plains Regional Sep. 4-7, 2009 Cheyenne, WY Lynette Satterfield Parachute, CO 26 / NOVEMBER 2009
he two final Cruel Girl Regional Champions were determined over the Labor Day weekend in September at the two final Regional Championships in Cheyenne, WY and Tunica, MS. The two girls will receive an extra $750 for their efforts plus a slot in the Cruel Girl Championships at the Cinch National Finals of Team Roping. Shannon McDaniel won the award for the second straight year at Tunicaâ€™s Southeast Regional. As well as she has been roping the last couple years, being Cruel Girl Regional or National Champion may get to be a habit. You will notice in the accompanying Top 30 Cruel Girl Standings, Shannon is currently in second place with a total of $33,959. So obviously she has done more this year than just earning Cruel Girl Crowns.
Southeast Regional Sep. 4-7, 2009 Tunica, MS Shannon McDaniel Deville, LA
A few of her best efforts this year have included: â€˘ A fourth in the Average of the Wildfire All Girl roping for $4,875. That was with her favorite female partner, Becky Canizzaro (Folsom, LA)
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• Third in the Average of the Wildfire Businessman’s roping with Jeff Poole (Crawford, TX) for $7,000. • Second in the Average of the Gold Plus Roping at the Eastern Regional for $1,911, again, with Becky. • First in the Average of the #13 at the Muddy River Classic for $2,090 with Dakota Lair Shipp (Hernando, FL). To win the Cruel Girl crown, Shannon picked up three checks at Tunica plus some Flex Earnings by placing fifth in the Incentive of the #11 Preliminary with (who would have guessed), the matchless Ms. Cannizzaro. The checks looked like this: • Short go fast time in the #10 Preliminary with Roger Hunt (Franklintown, LA) for $300 • Ninth in the Average of the #10 Preliminary with Roger for $450. • Second in the Average of #11 Shoot-Out with hubby Harvey for $3,159. Needless to say, Shannon’s dance card looks like a Philadelphia phone book for the Cinch National Finals. She has two partners in every single ShootOut from the #10 to the #13 including BOTH Gold Plus Ropings plus one more in the #9. Miss Becky figures into four of those plus Mr. McDaniel has some and the rest are populated by much of the cream of Southeastern ropers. Shannon, you may remember, runs a great little A&W Drive-In in Deville, LA, the McDaniel’s home town. And while the Drive-In is holding its own, the McDaniels are hoping for a good Finals to pad their pocketbooks in what has been a slow year for Harvey’s business. He’s a truck driver in the sand and gravel business and as you might know, that business has been hit hard. So a profitable week in Oklahoma City would sure help tide them over. Bullet will be Shannon’s mount for the Finals. The little bay has been taking good care of our Regional Champ. But even though its Shannon’s horse, Miss Becky must think she’s Bob Baffert or something. She acts like the famous thoroughbred running horse trainer in that she’s in charge of the animal. She keeps it at her place, keeps him legged up, properly fed, wormed, vaccinated, and so forth. Becky then trailers the horse to the roping, unloads him, saddles him, hands the reins to Shannon and says, “I’ll take
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him back home when you’re done”. How’s that for service? Our High Plains Regional Cruel Girl Champion is making her first appearance on the Cruel Girl charts, but she just may be rising fast with a bullet. Lynette Satterfield hails from Parachute, CO which is a small town along I-70 on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains a few miles northeast of Grand Junction. She is like a lot of female ropers of her generation (without mentioning her age, let’s just say she has an 18 year-old son), she got into roping by marriage. Her husband roped and her in-laws roped and one day about 10 years ago, she got tired of watching. And over the years she has won a little money here and a little money there but finally got her biggest lick in Labor Day weekend in Cheyenne. Heading for her husband Jeff, Lynette took the #9 Shoot-Out title along with the guaranteed Regional purse of $10,000. How sweet it is! With a Shoot-Out spot and a Cruel Girl spot in hand, she and Jeff will definitely be in Oklahoma City for the Cinch National Finals. And she’ll be roping in the Cruel Girl with one of those in-laws, sister-in-law Monica Smith, and of course with Jeff in the #9. Lynette will be bringing
her two current mounts, Rock and Smoke. In the picture, that’s Rock on the right and Smoke on the left. (And if you look closely, you might see a cowboy silhouette in the background.) The Satterfields got big Rock (he’s 16 hands) about three years ago from Chris and Janie Freed. Jeff used him first but Lynette took him over about a year ago. And if the #9 Shoot-Out win means anything, she’ll probably sticking in that saddle a little while longer. When she’s not roping, Lynette follows in the snow-boot steps of many other fellow Coloradans, she loves to hit the slopes. In her case, it’s on a snowboard. You’ll find her weekends at one of the great Colorado ski areas with her son, also an avid snowboarder. During the week, she’s in Rifle, CO where she manages the general merchandise department for a Kroger’s food store. They must think she does a good job since she’s been there for sixteen years. Oh, and she also does a little barrel racing but that’s just for fun. Lynette is hoping that her name will be moved up on that Cruel Girl chart with an even bigger bullet in next month’s SuperLooper. That will be the one where the story will read that she and Monica have won beautiful Martin Cruel Girl trophy saddles. Hey, it could happen! SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 27
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Understanding Lead Changes By Chris Cox with Cynthia McFarland
“When it comes to lead changes, many of the problems occur because people are trying to MAKE it happen instead of setting things up to LET it happen.”
n the performance horse, leads are essential if the horse is to have balance, power and collection. Like other competitive riders, ropers can run into trouble if their horses aren’t on the correct lead at the correct time. For example, when the heeler leaves the box, if the steer pushes the heeler to the right, it’s almost a given that the horse will be on the right lead because of his speed and balance. However, once the steer is roped, the horse should make the change to his left lead before he comes around the corner, if he’s not already on the left lead. This should be done naturally without any fight or struggle between horse and rider, as that will negatively impact the roper’s swing. One of the problems many ropers have is trying to address this situation with leads in the middle of a run. The real key to success is the preparation we do at home to maintain control of the horse’s body and to develop softness.
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Set it Up, Don’t Force it As we evolve as horsemen, we can find more and more refined techniques to help us achieve the results we’re looking for. There have been many different suggestions over the years on teaching lead changes, and over time, we’ve seen a variety of techniques. One method that was commonly used was to pull the horse’s head to the outside and push his body over so the horse would pick up the “correct” lead. The big flaw with this method is that it puts the horse off balance, instantly making it more difficult for him to pick up that inside lead. When it comes to lead changes, many of the problems occur because people are trying to MAKE it happen instead of setting things up to LET it happen. Whenever you try to make it happen, the horse has a tendency to resist and fight. He’ll speed up or elevate and either way, it’s not a natural movement. Lead changes are just a transition of
setting the body up and moving the weight from the right side to the left or vice versa. Once we set the body up to move from one side to the other, the horse will make these lead changes comfortably and in a relaxed, natural way, just as he would without a rider. The horse will initiate the lead change; all we have to do is set it up properly. We do this by staying on the outside edge of the seat and supporting the horse’s front end with the reins. Elevate the shoulders gently by moving your outside leg and pushing the hindquarters to the inside. The momentum of the horse’s body weight shifting and his weight transferring to that inside hind leg will cause him to pick up the lead correctly. Resist the urge to lean to the inside! Not only can this unbalance the horse, but it will push his hindquarters out of the drive line and he’ll either pick up the wrong lead, or he’ll “crossfire,” which is when he’s on one lead in front but on the opposite lead behind. People often expect a horse to make the lead change immediately on the first stride as soon as they cue the horse. When a horse is young or green, you need to be patient. Sometimes you’ll have to wait three, four, or even five strides for the horse to make the change. Once he understands, he will get quicker about picking it up.
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Steps to Mastering the Change
program that will cause the horse to yield and get soft on both sides. As your horse progresses, you should be able to keep the horse’s head and neck straight, but still move his hindquarters with your leg. This will allow you to separate the hind end from the shoulders so that the horse pivots off the forehand. Practice this exercise at a standstill first. Then practice at a walk and work on moving the horse’s hindquarters from side to side while walking along. After you can do this at the walk, you can work up to doing the same thing at a trot. When you have mastered it at the trot, you can bring the horse’s nose to the inside and also keep his hip to the inside. This will keep the horse’s shoulder to the outside. When I’m doing dry work, I’ll practice bending the horse off my leg and moving his hip to the inside. It’s a myth that we should only do this on one side. The horse has to learn to bend and give on both sides so you can control his body at any given time. Granted, we are always going to the left when roping, but there will still be times when you have to pick up the horse’s body and move it to either side. Horses tend to fret if you just work on one side. Gaining and maintaining softness on both sides will help relax the horse’s mind, as well as keep both sides
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There are several exercises a rider can practice to master changing leads correctly and maintaining balance. Among the most important is teaching the horse to yield his hindquarters to your leg. As ropers, most of us don’t use our legs enough when we ride our horses. With lead changes, it is essential that we use our legs to control the horse’s body. The rider’s hand on the reins should support the horse’s head and shoulders, while the leg moves the horse’s ribcage and hindquarters. Understanding how to move the horse’s hindquarters is so important. This is a vital part of lead changes and shouldn’t be overlooked. The hindquarters are actually the easiest part of the horse to move, yet many riders focus too much on the front end when the solution lies with the hind end. Being able to position the hindquarters is the secret to picking up the correct lead. With your leg in position #3 (the back girth area), work with your horse so that he moves his hind end to give to the pressure from your leg. At the same time, you want to hold rein pressure so that his nose curves toward your leg. This is the initial step and part of a maintenance
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about the front end. We need to remember that when the hind end is kicked out of the driveline, this is what allows the horse to drop his shoulder in the first place. If you can keep the horse traveling straight with his hindquarters underneath him as you run to the steer, the shoulder will automatically take care of itself. Again, this comes back to thinking about what that hind end is doing first. Most of us try to do the training when we’re roping because we see something that needs improvement or changing, but that’s not really fair to the horse….or to ourselves. The truth is that we’ll have the most success if we prepare and train when we really have time to work with our horse, not when we’re competing. We need to learn how
Up Close with Chris Cox Born in Florida and ranch-raised in Australia, Chris returned to the United States in 1986 to make a career of working with horses. Years of working horseback on the ranch near Queensland gave Chris a healthy respect for the horse’s ability and intelligence, and helped him develop his own methods of individualized training. Active in the cutting horse world as
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both a trainer and competitor, Chris has trained a variety of breeds for different disciplines. He also loves to rope, having been into calf roping in the past, and in more recent years, team roping. He participates in the Reno Invitational each year and plans to host an annual invitational roping at his own ranch. He will also be holding horsemanship clinics for team ropers designed to
to separate our roping skills from maintaining our horsemanship skills. Pick some time when you can just go work with your horse and not have the pressure of trying to rope a steer in the fastest time. Too often our horses suffer because we’re being competitive ropers and not horsemen. For the horse’s sake, it shouldn’t be that way. There may be times when you have to stop and correct the horse in the middle of the run, and at home, there’ s nothing wrong with doing this. You’ll find that all of these techniques can be slowed down and practiced by using a mechanical roping device. The beauty of this is that, unlike using live cattle, it allows you to control the situation so you can build on your speed and precision.
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of his body balanced. A very useful exercise is to pick up the horse’s shoulder to the outside while keeping his hind end to the inside. This can help a lot of heelers. By keeping the driveline of the hindquarters to the inside, it will be easier to pick up the shoulders. Too many times we ride our horse from the front, when we should really be riding from the back. It’s always the hind end that dictates the power and direction of the horse. We can get into too much of a fight with the front end, when we need to be focusing on the hind end first. Both headers and heelers need to practice the same exercises. On the heading side, if a horse has a tendency to drop his shoulder, many riders worry
prevent and solve problems with rope horses and to help riders better maintain the competition rope horse. Chris and his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Charley, live on their Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, Texas. Chris travels around the world appearing at expos, conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. His “Come Ride the Journey’ tour takes him to cities across the U.S. each year. This two-time Road to the Horse Champion offers week-long intensive horsemanship clinics at his Texas ranch, and has a regular horsemanship program on RFD-TV. Western Horseman has released Ride the Journey, by Chris Cox with Cynthia McFarland, a 225-page book packed with step-by-step exercises and color photos that details Chris’ practical methods and training techniques. Visit www.chris-cox.com or call Chris Cox Horsemanship Company at 1-888-81HORSE for information on upcoming clinic and course dates, expo appearances, equipment, books and training DVDs.
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Instructor, Jim Becka with his farrier science students who are part of the Air Force Academy’s Equestrian Center and Pikes Peak Community College Wounded Warriors program.
Wounded Warriors: Innovative Farrier Program By Heather Thomas
orseshoes” are more than a game for some of the soldiers returning home from tours of duty overseas. Today farriery is one of several courses offered, to learn trades that will help them go back to civilian life. A novel course in Colorado Springs, Colorado involves 8 soldiers learning horseshoeing skills to earn a certificate in farrier science. Jim Becka, working through Pike’s Peak Community College, is teaching the course, which is part of the AvoTech (Army Vocational Technical) Program in the Wounded Warriors program. The Air Force Academy’s Equestrian Center and Pikes Peak Community College have teamed up for this, with funding from the Wounded Warriors program to help the soldiers returning home from Iraq. There are a variety of courses offered, including EMT training, computer classes and the farrier science course. Becka says this is a wonderful opportunity. “The Air Force Academy Equestrian Center donated the space and horses for us to work on, and Pike’s Peak Community College hired me as instructor, got the books and tools for the students, and handled the enrollment,” he says. “I was an instructor for the OBC
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(Officer Basic Course) in 1985-86 so I already had some experience teaching military personnel. But it wasn’t until I relocated my horse shoeing business to Colorado that I became involved with the present program. I moved out here from Illinois a year and a half ago. My stepchildren go to the Air Force Academy here, so I happened to be at the right place at the right time,” he explains. “We were at the Equestrian Center looking for a place to board our horse, and discovered they were starting this program and needed an instructor.” Billy Jack Barrett who runs the Equestrian Center was instrumental in putting the Wounded Warriors program together. “He went to Fort Carson and got soldiers signed up for the farrier science course. The Wounded Warriors program includes equine psychotherapy, so these soldiers have already been around horses. It was an easy jump for some of them to want to go into a career with horses,” says Becka. He has 8 students in his class, who will finish with 252 hours of course work. The class meets 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), 5 hours a day. The students shod their first horse July 23.
“First I taught them about the anatomy of the horse, and blacksmithing skills. It’s a lot of hands-on experience. They’ve done forge work and are learning to make their own shoes,” Becka says. There are more than 300 horses at the Equestrian Center, 50 of which are rented out for trail rides and are at Becka’s disposal to work on. “In many accredited courses the students don’t have very many horses they can actually look at or work on, so this is very advantageous for us,” he says. There is also a lot of lecture time. He uses many visual aids, and does some painting on horses to show students the horse’s anatomy—where the bones and ligaments are. “They can see things 3 dimensional and not just 2-dimensional in a picture,
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when we are talking about bones, shoulder blades, weight distribution, etc. We have a couple horses we paint up so they can see this. They can visualize various points on the horse, and conformational challenges, more readily than from a book. They’ve seen it on the picture of a horse’s skeleton, but where is it when he’s moving? Using charcoal and chalk to draw the bones on a horse makes it much easier for them to learn,” says Becka. “We have a whole stable for our work, with 8 anvils, and we share 5 propane forges. We have the whole gamut of equipment we need. The students don’t have to do much sharing of tools or taking turns. When they did their first shoeing we brought in 2 horses and each student had a foot to shoe,” says Becka. He is very excited about the
Wounded Warrior program. “We want to make sure more people know about this class by the next course, and make it bigger and broader,” says Becka. If enough people sign up they may add on another instructor. This is a certificate course, just like many other shoeing schools. “It will give a certain level of knowledge and experience, and a certain level of ability. The students have to pass this course to my satisfaction, however, in order to get the certificate.” This will ensure that they’ve had a certain number of hours in classroom, forge work, working on horses, etc. and could begin apprenticing under any farrier. “I take this part of it to heart, because my name and Pike’s Peak
Community College will be on the certificate. I can’t stress enough how important this is to me,” says Becka. He wants to be able to stand behind his students and their work. “My interest in this program is what I am doing for the love of horses, the love of shoeing, and certainly for my fellow soldiers. n
STUDENT COMMENTS The soldiers are very enthusiastic about their class and their instructor. Sergeant Shannon Steele has been to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. “My plan was to attend a few trade schools and start going to college; then I would always have the trade school education to fall back on. But after entering this course, I’d like to shoe horses as a profession.” He began riding horses 9 months ago, and realized he wanted to be around horses and work with them, so when this class came along he was excited about it. “I didn’t have a horse background, but I started dating a barrel racer and became interested in horses. She has 18 horses; she trains her own horses and some outside horses, and gives lessons,” says Steele. Her interest in horses was contagious, and Steele was enthusiastic when he had an opportunity to take the farrier science class. “It’s a great class. Often I stay late, after class, so I can continue learning. If there are horses Jim has to shoe after class, I stick around and he’ll show things we need to know. Most of the students end up staying, when they can,” says Steele. “There’s a lot to learn about shoeing, and I feel that the more I can get under a horse, or watch someone do it, the more I will learn. Jim is a great teacher. Some of us from the Army have learning disabilities because of our injuries. A couple students have TBI (traumatic brain injuries) and a few, like myself, have PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). It’s harder to keep our attention and keep us focused. Everyone really loves the class, and Jim makes it easier for us all to stay focused,” explains Steele. “He really cares about what he does. You can learn a lot from people who care about their work.
They take the extra time to show you things, and pass along their enthusiasm,” says Steele. “I feel that I will always keep in touch with Jim Becka. If we have any questions later on down the road, he’s told the class that we can ask him for advice. We can take pictures of what we do or what we think needs to be done with a foot, and e-mail the photos to him, and he can send us information back. If he’s ever in our area he can swing in and take a look at our work and give advice. It’s really nice to know that he will do that for us,” says Steele. “He’s done a lot of work with horses that have injuries, doing rehabilitation. I like that aspect, as well. Some hoof problems can be hard to fix. For someone to go out there and tackle those challenges and try to fix them, is someone I want to stand next to. He’s not afraid to fail; he will always try something to help the horse. This definitely shows how much he cares about horses.” Cindy Galvin is the only female student. She found out about the program through the WTU (Warrior Transition Unit). “I did three tours of duty in the Army and got back about a year ago. I am recovering from an injury and it’s taken awhile, but now I am now doing very well,” says Galvin. She does not feel awkward at being the only girl in the class. “I was usually the only female in my job in the military, working with ammunition, blowing things up. So I am used to being the only female. The guys treat me like an equal, just like they do in the military,” she says. “I’ve been working with horses for a long time, and when I heard about this program I jumped right onto it. This course teaches us about the horses themselves—their structure, how the horse moves. We learn how to clean feet, how to stand under the
horse, how to use the tools and how to blacksmith, how to put the shoes on, how not to get hurt. Safety is a big issue,” she says. “We learn how to make the shoes, and different types of shoes for various purposes. Shoeing is definitely very physically challenging. It’s a hard job. When I first started I was surprised it was this difficult, but that’s ok. I am adapting well. As soldiers, we learn how to adapt.”The military is great background for taking on a new challenge like shoeing horses! “When we put on our first shoes, it took us a bit of time, but we did it, and I liked our results. I am very proud of this accomplishment,” she says. It was a good feeling to know she was able to handle it. She very much appreciates the instructor. “He answers every single question, goes into detail, and works with our learning disabilities. Four of us are from the Wounded Warriors and have learning disabilities because of our injuries. Most of us have brain injuries so we are a little slower than the average person, and have different skill sets in our various disabilities. He works with us so we can grasp the concepts and understand what he is teaching us. He has the patience to make sure we can accomplish what we set out to do,” says Galvin. “Jim works with us extensively and even after class because with our injuries we have medical appointments and things we have to go to, missing part of the class. If that happens we stay after class and he works with us on a one to one basis or in smaller groups so we get the things we missed. He is very accommodating, and loves to teach—and is very good at it. He makes sure that everyone understands, and if we don’t he breaks it down into simpler pieces so we can understand it.” SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 33
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t has sometimes been said that Tulsa is older than Oklahoma itself. Often called the Oil Capitol of the World and the Birthplace of Route 66, Tulsa, Oklahoma is the second largest city in the state. Tulsa has not only been a history maker in the past but has been a great preserver of the history of the area for many, many years. Tulsa will roll out the red carpet to USTRC team ropers on the first weekend of December when it kicks off the Oil Capitol Stampede December 4- 6, 2009. If ropers are looking for a good weekend with some excellent USTRC team roping, coupled with lots to do and see, December should be your time to take in Oklahoma at its best. Ropers can plan some time to visit the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West or the Italia Renaissance collections at one of five U.S. museums housed in a historical mansion with formal gardens located in Tulsa. Regardless of your interest, be it Native American Culture, the oil and gas industry or a fine look at the settlement of Oklahoma and its quest toward statehood, Tulsa offers a surprising look at what the state is all about. From excellent cuisine to fine lodging, Tulsa knows about ranching and roping culture and will extend its heartfelt welcome to travelers coming in for the Oil Capitol Stampede. Tulsa takes great pride in its ability to entertain visitors. The Performing Arts Center, the 36 / NOVEMBER 2009
Brady Theater and the IMAX offer movies at their very best. Visitors can take in the aquarium, the air and space museum, and the zoo. Clubs such as Brookside or the Blue Dome District provide a fun and exciting nightlife. Utica Square offers fashionable shopping and antiques abound along Cherry Street. One thing for certain, there is an endless array of fun and entertainment to keep ropers busy after the roping finishes up each day. If gaming is in your blood, Tulsa casinos offer a jackpot of poker tables, blackjack and other casino tables plus exciting slots and electronic games. Open twenty-four hours a day, all year long, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the River Spirit Casino and the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino are open for
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SOUTHERN COLORADO CLASSIC
Roping Gross s $249,200 Roper’s Pot s $170,789 (INCLUDING SHOOT-OUT CONTRIBUTION)
Prizeline s $16,760 Return to Roper s 75.3%
Open Wade Kreutzer (La Veta, CO) / Boogie B. Ray (Mabank, TX), 35.14 on 5, $888
ueblo, Colorado is a hub of activity and on September 18-20, 2009 it was full of USTRC team roping action. Kenny and Marsha Zamora brought the Southern Colorado Classic to town and it proved to be a big hit with everyone. More than 1,425 teams made the trip to compete at the Colorado State Fairgrounds for more than $165,000 in cash and prizes. The weather was great and the team roping action was hot. Hometown team roper, Trevor Schnaufer really enjoyed the event. The 14-year-old took home $4,767 in cash, $4,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings and a brand new trophy Cowboy Gold saddle. “This was a really good roping and we 44 / NOVEMBER 2009
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went because it was in our hometown,” said Schnaufer. “I enjoyed the roping and had a good weekend.” Schnaufer teamed up with Dub Martin to win the Average of the #11 Division. The duo roped four steers in 30.29 seconds to win the Average. That included the time of 7.23 seconds on their short go steer that was good enough to win the fast time of the short round. “Mr. Martin and I rope together quite a bit at the local jackpots,” said Schnaufer. “This was my first big win and my first USTRC saddle. I really like it and I have it sitting in my living room.” The pair took home $6,428, a National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings, and a
pair of trophy Cowboy Gold saddles. Schnaufer also partnered with Walt Bowen to claim third place in the main Average of the #11 Division. “Mr. Bowen lives right across the highway from us and so we practice and rope together a lot,” said Schnaufer. “He is a good run and I like to rope with him.” The team caught four steers in 37.19 seconds to win $3,106 and a Regional Shoot-Out worth $2,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. The unique thing about it was that Schnaufer was heeling for Dub Martin and heading for Walt Bowen. “It really doesn’t matter to me if I head or heel, I just like to team rope,” said Schnaufer. “I got started because my family ropes. My
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#15 Rick A. Montera (Greeley, CO) / Bobby Baize (Anthony, NM), 35.17 on 5, $1,444, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
dad has really helped me a lot and my brother Tyler and I rope all the time.” Schnaufer attributes much of his success to his 9-year-old chestnut gelding Jim Bob. “Jim Bob is a really good horse and I do everything on him,” said Schnaufer. “I head, heel, goat tie, breakaway, and ribbon rope on him. My dad trained him and he is just such a good horse.” Cowgirl Dara Short also enjoyed the event as she took home $5,055 in cash
and two National Shoot-Outs worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. Short teamed up with partner Dawayne Short to win second in the Average of the #10 Division. They caught four steers in 39.40 seconds to secure the spot. They earned $4,800 and a National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. Short then partnered up with heeler Greg Cline to claim second place in the main Average of the #9 Division with a time of 44.06 seconds on four steers.
They earned $4,710 and a National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. The Southern Colorado Classic was a great event and one that producers Kenny and Marsha Zamora were proud of. Ropers attended the event from 16 different states and came from as far away as Hawaii to rope. Pueblo rolled out the red carpet and ropers enjoyed their stay in cool, colorful Colorado. n
SOUTHERN COLORADO CLASSIC • Shoot-Out Positions Awarded
$2,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Justin D. Storms Nathrop, CO Shay D. Carroll La Junta, CO Justin D. Storms Nathrop, CO Shay D. Carroll La Junta, CO Sabrina L. Kreutzer La Veta, CO Wade Kreutzer La Veta, CO #13 Justin D. Storms Nathrop, CO Matt T. Weidner Craig, CO Derek Reeves Boone, CO Mike S. Diodosio Fowler, CO #12 Clay Louderback Liberal, KS Joe M. Hughes Canyon, TX Shane C. Pierro Laporte, CO Matt T. Weidner Craig, CO Dick L. Yates Pueblo, CO Mike S. Diodosio Fowler, CO #11 Dick L. Yates Pueblo, CO Walt Bowen Liberty, UT Trevor Schnaufer Pueblo, CO Walt Bowen Liberty, UT David A. Carlile Olney Springs, CO Mark Bauer Ignacio, CO
#10 Scott Moser Greeley, CO Clay A. Shoop Greeley, CO Lydia Ulibarri Las Vegas, NM Arron Z. Mordahl Carpenter, WY Curt D. Pate Valle De Oro, TX Eddie N. Jeffers Folsom, NM #9 Larry Irwen Delta, CO Anna N. Heppard Canyon, TX Jerry Morrison Buena Vista, CO Jerry R. Cross Florence, CO Wyatt A. Sharon Olney Springs, CO Austin L. Crist Rocky Ford, CO
$6,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Rick A. Montera Greeley, CO Bobby Baize Anthony, NM #13 Tyrel Reed Wylie, CO T. J. Watts Eads, CO #12 Rick A. Montera Greeley, CO Arron Z. Mordahl Carpenter, WY Dick L. Yates Pueblo, CO Walt Bowen Liberty, UT
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#13 Tyrel Reed (Wylie, CO) / T. J. Watts (Eads, CO), 30.33 on 4, $2,198, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#12 Rick A. Montera (Greeley, CO) / Arron Z. Mordahl (Carpenter, WY), 33.38 on 4, $2,402, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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Roping Gross s $120,000 Roper’s Pot s $82,583 (INCLUDING SHOOT-OUT CONTRIBUTION)
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Prizeline s $16,160 Return to Roper s 82.3%
Open Pace Freed (Queen Creek, AZ) / Jade Anderson (Roosevelt, UT), 42.86 on 5, $624
he team roping action heated up in the desert in Mesquite, Nevada at the Mesquite Classic held at the Mesquite Fairgrounds. The event took place September 25-27, 2009 and was produced by Chris Freed and Load ‘Em in the Dark Cattle Company. Team ropers from 11 different states came to try their hand at some championship style team roping. Alan Hall from St. George, Utah attended the event and it was a do or die event for him to make it to the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR). “I was not going to attend the Finals because my wife and I agreed that money was tight this year,” said Hall with a laugh. “We agreed that if I didn’t do any 54 / NOVEMBER 2009
good at Mesquite that I would not go to any more ropings for the rest of the year and if I did do good then I would go to the Finals in Oklahoma. It was a lot of pressure.” Hall started out in the #13 where he teamed up with his neighbor, Russell Sorensen. “Russell lives right next door to me and we don’t rope a lot together because he doesn’t rope a lot,” said Hall. “He practiced the night before and we decided to enter. He never would commit to the #12 Division, so I got full and we entered the #13 as an Incentive team. It worked out good for us.” The pair finished first in the Incentive Average and then placed fourth in the main Average with a time of 43.02
seconds on four steers. The win was good but was not enough for him to justify the trek to Oklahoma City. In the #12 Division, Hall partnered with Gordie Herman. The pair won a fast time and also placed first in the main Average with a time of 35.68 seconds on four steers. The win gave them $3,724, trophy Cowboy Gold saddles and a USTRC Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. “Gordie and I don’t rope a lot together,” said Hall. “He is a good friend and we rope every once in a while. The last time we actually roped together was about three years ago. He is easy to rope with because he is easy to get along with.” The first place win was enough for him to justify the trip to the Cinch
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#15 Pace Freed (Queen Creek, AZ) / Dusty Pulsipher (Moapa, NV), 42.21 on 5, $1,944, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR) and Hall was excited to be able to enter up. “It was pretty exciting and I am ready to head to Oklahoma,” said Hall. “You know when I backed in to rope the short round steer, I was under a lot of pressure. Not just the pressure to catch the steer and win, but if I didn’t do
good, not only was I not going to get to go to the Finals, I wasn’t going to go to any more ropings for the rest of the year. That is pressure and I was nervous.” Nervous or not, Hall roped the steer and they earned the first-place check. Hall feels like it was meant to be and he is ready for the Cinch NFTR. “It was
great and I liked roping with Gordie,” added Hall. “I hope I can carry this over to the Finals and get something done there.” The Mesquite Classic was a hit with ropers and they enjoyed the event. If you missed the opportunity to attend you will certainly want to head to the Mesquite Fairgrounds next year. n
MESQUITE CLASSIC • Shoot-Out Positions Awarded
#10 $2,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Miles Kobold Big Horn, WY Dusty Pulsipher Moapa, NV Jesse D. Sheffield Austin, CO Jake E. Freeland Lehi, UT Paul Terry Fillmore, UT Nathan G. Cooper St. George, UT #13 Jeff Barlow St. George, UT Zach Sullivan Leeds, UT Jeff Barlow St. George, UT Paul Freed Morgan, UT #12 Russell Sorensen St. George, UT Alan Hall St. George, UT John C. Reese Kanab, UT Zach Sullivan Leeds, UT Austin Carter Las Vegas, NV Justin A. Watts Las Vegas, NV #11 Richie Griffith Las Vegas, NV Derek T. Turley Pahrump, NV Shawn K. Whetten Syracuse, UT Gary L. Hall Castle Dale, UT Quentin Bistline Pahrump, NV Chad Larson Overton, NV
Serena Dahozy Window Rock, AZ Wyatt R. Dahozy Window Rock, AZ Nathan G. Cooper St. George, UT Austin Carter Las Vegas, NV Austin Eide Logandale, NV Perry Goldtooth Mesquite, NV #9 Colton Martino Gary L. Hall Cache Burnside Cody Burnside Stacey Evans Clint G. Stroud
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$6,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Pace Freed Queen Creek, AZ Dusty Pulsipher Moapa, NV #13 Doug G. Davis Moapa, NV Nels E. Bowen Logandale, NV
Gordie Herman St. George, UT Alan Hall St. George, UT #11 Roland Saganitso Tuba City, AZ Ricky Yellowhorse Fredonia, AZ #10 Serena Dahozy Window Rock, AZ Perry Goldtooth Mesquite, NV #9 Bob C. Bowler Veyo, UT Jace L. Mitchell St. George, UT #8 Serena Dahozy Wyatt R. Dahozy Lane Burgess Zach Robinson Sean Trodahl Austin Carter Charles C. Ducray Zach Robinson Dave Frye Shawn D. Hall John E. Vogel Tex F. Carter
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#13 Doug G. Davis (Moapa, NV) / Nels E. Bowen (Logandale, NV), 37.43 on 4, $2,186, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#12 Gordie Herman (St George, UT) / Alan Hall (St George, UT), 35.68 on 4, $3,124, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#11 Roland Saganitso (Tuba City, AZ) / Ricky Yellowhorse, Jr. (Fredonia, AZ), 36.05 on 4, $4,190, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#9 Bob C. Bowler (Veyo, UT) / Jace L. Mitchell (St George, UT), 40.41 on 4, $2,644, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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Prizeline s $27,007 Return to Roper s 80.2%
Open Joel Bach (Millsap, TX) / Kory Koontz (Sudan, TX), 34.70 on 5, $3,182
eam ropers from 11 different states made the trip to the center of Texas for the Texas Plains Classic in Abilene. The event took place at the Taylor County Expo Center September 25-27, 2009 and the USTRC along with the city of Abilene rolled out the red carpet for USTRC members. One New Mexico roper really made his presence known at the event. Wayne Head, a 57-year-old heeler from Maljamar, New Mexico, put $5,131 in cash in his pocket. He also earned two National Shoot-Outs worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings and a trophy Martin saddle. “This was a really good roping,” said Head. “Of course anytime you win it is a good roping and a good deal. I had a lot
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of fun at the roping and am really glad I went.” Head began in the #12 Gold Plus Division as he partnered with fellow New Mexican, Frank Gardner. “Frank and I rope together a lot and he is a really good partner,” said Head. “I like the way he handles cattle and he makes me rope up and hustle.” The pair finished second in the Century bonus and third in the main Average. They earned $3,636 and a Gold Plus National Shoot-Out worth $3,000 each in USTRC Flex Earnings. Head then continued his winning ways in the #10 Division where he teamed up with another New Mexico header, Joe Fuqua. The team caught four steers in 33.53 seconds and landed
themselves in first place in the main Average.“ Joe and I rope together all the time,” said Head. “In fact, we rope and practice together a couple of times a week. He is a good run, a good header and a good friend.” They won $6,626, trophy Martin saddles and a National Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. Head plans on attending the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping at the end of October. He has been there before and even had a little success. “A couple of years ago I was at the Finals and was 30th call back to the short round. We caught a clean steer and ended up eighth place in the Average and got a good check,” said Head. “It is one roping you certainly want to be at
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#15 Omar Alvarado (Odessa, TX) / Bubba Garcia (Odessa, TX), 41.90 on 5, $2,916, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
each year. Joe and I are entered up about as much as you can, so maybe we can have some success.” “I really enjoyed the event and we had a big time,” said Head. “It was great to win with two of my good friends. Sometimes it is pretty hard to win with the guys you practice with, but we all did good and I was pretty
excited about that.” Head is very appreciative of his wife and gives her a lot of the credit. “The good Lord has really blessed me with a great wife and I want to thank her for roping with me, plowing the arena, warming up the horses and all the other things she does,” said Head. “I have also been blessed with a
good horse and maybe just a little talent.” The Texas Plains Classic was the last event before the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is always a great place to go rope and to get in that final competition opportunity before the “Big Show” in Oklahoma. n
TEXAS PLAINS CLASSIC • Shoot-Out Positions Awarded
$2,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Jake B. Brown Wolfforth, TX Austin H. Adams Logandale, NV Jeff T. Bacon Cisco, TX Miguel A. Valenzuela Cross Plains, TX Omar Alvarado Odessa, TX Joshua Smitherman Midland, TX #13 Jason Nelson Decatur, TX Carson Pilgrim Peaster, TX Hobie C. Bolin Colorado City, TX Jim Allred Lovington, NM #12 Jason Nelson Decatur, TX Carson Pilgrim Peaster, TX Carleton Charley Church Rock, NM Kris L. Rinks Sanger, TX Wesley Thorp Throckmorton, TX Ross W. Addison Lipan, TX #11 Peggy R. Bach Millsap, TX Tyler J. Bach Millsap, TX Carleton Charley Church Rock, NM Omar Vasquez Ponder, TX
Jake Stephenson Gouldbusk, TX River Dillard Cross Plains, TX #10 Steve A. Prince Celina, TX Martin Richter Ft. Worth, TX Jim Fletcher Springtown, TX David D. Fletcher Poolville, TX Marco Rodriguez Carlsbad, TX Tavi Vasquez Alpine, TX #9 Jim Fletcher Springtown, TX David D. Fletcher Poolville, TX Michael L. Bailey Weatherford, TX Randy Lewis Abilene, TX Ronnie Hall Alvord, TX Austin R. Crabtree Olathe, KS
$6,000 Flex Earnings Awarded Per Team #15 Omar Alvarado Odessa, TX Bubba Garcia Odessa, TX #13 Rebecca A. Neuhaus Huntsville, TX Luke Kropik Midway, TX
#12 Matt E. Carlson Sweetwater, OK Greg Orgain Hammon, OK #11 Wallace L. Townsend Davidson, OK Smokey E. Eppler Ranger, TX #10 Joe Fuqua Carlsbad, NM Wayne Head Maljamar, NM #9 Stacy Kropik Midway, TX Fred Lucero Canutillo, TX #8 Keith Blair Charles L. Allen Wade Miller Levon Barragan Jason L. Henderson Josh Henderson Gary Bennett Jay M. Lott Elton D. Heine Tim D. Kingsbury Michael S. Howle BayJohn O. Long
Morgan Mill, TX Stephenville, TX Mertzon, TX Balmorhea, TX Sequin, TX Ingram, TX Thoreau, NM Post, TX Bertram, TX Greenville, TX Idalou, TX Slaton, TX
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#13 Rebecca A. Neuhaus (Huntsville, TX) / Luke Kropik (Midway, TX), 35.68 on 4, $4,240, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#12 Matt E. Carlson (Sweetwater, OK) / Greg Orgain (Hammon, OK), 33.97 on 4, $4,904, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
#11 Wallace L. Townsend (Davidson, OK) / Smokey E. Eppler (Ranger, TX), 34.56 on 4, $5,352, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
#10 Joe Fuqua (Carlsbad, NM) / Wayne Head, Jr. (Maljamar, NM), 33.53 on 4, $6,626, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#9 Stacy Kropik (Midway, TX) / Fred Lucero (Canutillo, TX), 36.70 on 4, $5,928, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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#8 Wade Miller (Mertzon, TX) / Levon Barragan (Balmorhea, TX), 32.01 on 3, $3,260, National Shoot-Outs worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings each
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2009 Guide ‘Tis the season for giving and in the holiday spirit comes the 2009 SuperLooper listing of those special gifts for team ropers — from horse gear to Western fashions. Let your eye wander through the gift offerings of all these great merchants and in no time your shopping list will be complete!
Taylor Made is excited to introduce to you a true “Cowboy Classic” - a multilayered, hand-bent, all wood, extraordinarily eye-catching Texas Classic Stirrup Collection. This is a special way to show the competitors you are First Class. These beautiful stirrups require 21 labor-intensive hand finished steps from beginning to fabulous high gloss end. This laminated design has produced a cushioned ride that is truly kind to the feet and knees for more comfort. Beautiful but tough enough for everyday. All styles of stirrups available-flat or sloped outside. Wood available: oak, walnut, Zebra wood, Kevazinga. Retail $180. Taylor Made - The Original Cowboy Potty Seat - Does he have everything? Bet he doesn’t have this! A great gift to complete the Western or rustic bathroom. Standard $119.95 or elongated $149.95. Basket leather, hand-tooled, personalization available. Choice of figures - team roper, bronc rider, barrel racer, cowboy coffee, outhouse #1 and #2, calf roper, cutter or custom designs. Call for Christmas specials 866-COWBOY6.
Elite Trailers - The 2010 Elite Trailer has a 4 new eye-popping look. With a new exterior slat, the trailer has an enhanced look with the solid structure that you expect from America’s premier manufacturer. Polished slat, fenders, top and bottom rails are some of the new options available with the new slat. Along with the new exterior slat, Elite has modified its slat layout to bring an enhanced, sleeker look. For more information, go to our website at www.EliteTrailer.com
pocket knife - Who 5 Handcrafted wouldn’t want a beautiful gold and silver pocket knife? Custom-made by secondgeneration artisans at Maynard Buckles of Thoreau, New Mexico. Each knife is 4" long with a 3" blade and comes with your choice of lettering. Order early to ensure delivery by the holidays. With a sterling silver overlay and jeweler’s gold: $135; with a 10 karat gold fill: $200. Maynard Buckles, 888-822-7954; www.MaynardBuckles.com.
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way to access the roof of your trailer. Step Above ladders are sturdily constructed of lightweight aircraft grade aluminum, store flat and scope to the ground for maximum safety and stability. Installation is fast and simple and Step Above is easily mounted to the back or side of any trailer or motor home. Best of all Step Above is surprisingly affordable. For complete information, go to www.stepaboveladder.com or call 432/524-2097. 70 / NOVEMBER 2009
America’s Premium, Sweet Apple-Flavored Bute, Superiorbute® Powder! FDA-approved Superiorbute® Powder was developed by horsemen for horsemen’s horses. Superiorbute® Powder has undergone eleven years of formulating, testing, and labeling, so you can be sure to give your horse the best quality bute powder. It also has a child-resistant closure, powerful synthetic sweeteners, and the highest quality of FDA-approved Phenylbutazone. No expense has been spared to offer you the best product on the market. Use a product you can trust. Get the best tasting apple-flavored bute powder…Guaranteed! Ask your veterinarian for Superiorbute® Powder! Superiorbute.com
Maynard Buckles of Thoreau, New Mexico has revealed a stunning and innovative tri-colored design over silver Florentine background for the newest belt creation. Custom hand-cut edging compliments every concho, accentuated on smooth black leather for comfort and fashion. The distinguished belt is unparalleled, and is sure to be a classic way to accessorize any apparel. The highly polished, superbly handcrafted belt is affordable and is now available to the public along with many other great gifts for both men and women. Contact Maynard Buckles, P.O. Box 419, Thoreau, NM 87323 888-822-7954 or 505/862-7253.
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This holiday season give the gift they can use all year long. For $20 you can give your favorite roper a 12-month membership to DirectLoop. This membership entitles them to a guaranteed 10% discount on all products from our catalog and website. From RoperVision and Aero brand team ropes, calf ropes and roping supplies to the all new Bad Ass Poly grass. We also offer a full line of bits and spurs to headstalls and roping dummies. For all the details visit us online at www.mydirectloop.com or call 800-404-6952 to give the gift that keeps on giving.
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Mike Yates & Rod McHugh Team Up To Win Gist Gold Buckle Classic %\%HQ&OHPHQWVÂ‡Special To Ropers Sports News The cool ocean air blew into town and covered the Salinas Sports Complex with a refreshing fog. Along with the fog came a group of USTRC team ropers ready to compete in the Pacific Coast Classic. The event took place July 24-27, 2008 and was produced by the USTRC staff. More than 1115 teams competed at the annual event and 11 different states were represented at the roping. It was a traditional California style team roping with a long box and some strong cattle. The four-day event went off without a hitch and ropers enjoyed themselves. Rod McHugh a 43-year-old heeler from Littlerock, California certainly enjoyed the roping as he won $5723, a trophy Martin saddle, a trophy Gist buckle and two USTRC National Finals Shoot Outs. â€œThis was a really great roping,â€? said McHugh who works as an equipment operator in a rock quarry around Littlerock. â€œIn fact, this is the roping to go to on the West Coast. The weather is always cool and the roping is a good one.â€? McHugh teamed up with Josh Prather to win second in the incentive average and first in the main average of the #11 Division. The team also won the fast time of the third rotation. â€œI actually only just met Josh about four months ago. His kids junior rodeo with a buddy of mines kids and that is how we met,â€? said McHugh. â€œWe teamed up here and it really worked out for the best. Prather and McHugh caught four steers in 39.78 seconds to win the average and they took home $5632, trophy Martin saddles and USTRC National Finals Shoot Outs. â€œI have been roping since 1994 and have always been a header. About five years ago I switched over to the heel side and I really enjoy it,â€? added McHugh. â€œI never really had much luck as a header and my partners that I headed for kind of moved off, so I quit roping for a while. When I got back into roping I started heeling and I enjoy heeling now. I donâ€™t really have a head horse, so heeling suits me just fine.â€? It certainly does. McHugh teamed up with Mike Yates to win first place in the Gist Gold Buckle Classic that is held in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Classic. The pair caught five steers in 52.86 seconds to win $5814, USTRC National Finals Shoot Outs and two $6000 diamond studded Gist Gold buckles. â€œThese were really nice buckles,â€? said McHugh. â€œIt is not everyday that you win buckles like these. It was an honor. I have known Mike for about 15 years and we rope together some. It was really great to win with him.â€? McHugh is planning on heading to the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping in October. â€œIf I can get my partners talked into going I am headed that way,â€? added McHugh. â€œI grew up in southeastern Missouri and I still have family there, so I try to see them See USTRC PACIFIC COAST CLASSIC On Page 4
The father and son team of Jerry and Chris Wooten won the #13 Roping, $3,172 and beautiful saddles. Photo by Off The Beaten Path
Sports News invites you 6 toRopers advertise or subscribe to their monthly newspaper that is dedicated to informing ropers, barrel racers and rodeo fans. Ropers Sports News features current association standings, results and announcements, as well as a calendar of upcoming events. Ropers Sports News is also the producer of the prestigious Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic (BFI) that is held in Reno, Nevada, each June. For more information, log on to their website: www.roperssportsnews.com.
Reveal - The Reveal 4-N-1 is the original 3 DJmulti-purpose tool. It performs all processes of ground preparation. Four functions hydraulically controlled without ever leaving your tractor seat. All units are available in 6'-14' widths. For more information see our website at www.Reveal4-n-1.com or call 937/444-2609.
Equine Acuscope Therapy gift certificates available for Christmas. This therapy is available for gift giving this Christmas. Gift certificates start at $75. Give the gift of healing to your family and friends. Just phone me with your Christmas list and let me handle the shopping for you. As seen at the USTRC Finals in OKC. Diane Green, 405/226-8009.
International, Inc. - Mâ€™s Quantum 8 Ariat Brander â€“ (Aztec Shoulder/Sapphire Blue)
RESISTOL Heavy Laquered USTRC BIG 4 MONEY - Each hat features a vented
crown and Dri-Lex Sweatband which wicks away the sweat, keeping you cooler in the hot sun. Each hat comes with a USTRC roping glove. Retails for $79.95. www.resistolhat.com RESISTOL Heavy Duty 5X Corriente hat The official hat of the USTRC is available in black or natural Beaver. Made of 5X furfelt with a self felt band and buckle set. Each hat comes with a USTRC roping glove and a USTRC 2007 Finals DVD. Retails for $219.99. www.resistolhat.com.
personality. Now equipped with laser etching technology, TMW can do about anything. TMW has many different designs to choose from or send them your own. L ifetime guarantee on many of TMW's products. Prices on stirrups start at $225. Twisted Metal Works, Scott Schaeffer; 402/239-6333; www.twistedtack.com. Introducing the new Sharp Shooter from Twisted Metal Works. Available with any mouthpiece, this bit is sure to catch the attention of others as well as being fully functional. Other bits, along with stirrups, spurs, and other tack available. Bits starting at $225. Twisted Metal Works, Scott Schaeffer; 402/239-6333; www.twistedtack.com.
Rimrock Spurs and Bits - Custom spurs and bits made to order. Our spurs ride a boot well and donâ€™t climb up. Custom brands and logos are our specialty. Made with only the finest sterling silver. For more information call 505/598-0884.
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Ariatâ€™s new Cobalt Quantum technology for greater flexibility, rebound and breathability. Fullgrain leather shaft, premium shoulder or aniline cowhide leather foot, leather lined Duratread outsole, Goodyear leather welt, 10-row stitch pattern MSRP $229.95 Wâ€™s Rodeobaby â€“ (Cognac Embossed/Chocolate) Ariat-exclusive ATS stability technology Performance riding boot. Premium full-grain leather foot with suede shaft, Ariatâ€™s new Evolution sole, new 1.5" back-cut heel design with Duratread heel tap MSRP $129.95 About Ariat International, Inc. Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800-899-8141 or visit www.ariat.com Official Apparel Supplier of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, Official Boot Partner of the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR), Official Apparel and Footwear Sponsor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 71
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Double B Trailers - Custom living quarters and so much more. RV repair, generator repair, trailer parts for flat beds! Cargoâ€™s, horse and stock trailers. Aluminum and steel welding. Most repairs done same day.
Stinger Ropes Christmas Discount 6 4-Strand Ropes $26.99/ea. With the fuel prices being what they are, Stinger Rope Company would like to offer a Christmas gift for students that will last all year long - a student/youth discount for all ropes. We have a new website this year that offers internet specials that change from time to time. Stinger Ropes carries a full line of long-lasting ropes that are made in-house with a 100% guarantee. 940/683-6433 or www.stingerropes.com.
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Cowboy Gear - New to the Cowboy Gear
season is the Ed Hardy Halter. This fun and functional halter is available in 15 colors and many Don Ed Hardy designs. Create your own combination for that special horse or person in your life this Holiday Season. Contact Cowboy Gear for a free brochure at 405/282-0111 or look up our website at FanningGear.com.
Running P Saddlery - The all-new 3 Running P Sloped Wood Stirrups handmade one at a time of laminated birch wood makes the perfect gift. Beauty, comfort, and durability describe the end product of four hours of meticulous handcrafting. They can be personalized with your brand or logo. Contact Running P Saddlery at 866-383-0594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running P - Leather Trophy Bronc Halters made of premium quality leather and hardware, designed to last. The perfect item to round out your prize line. Contact Running P Saddlery at 866-383-0594 or email@example.com. West of New Mexico 4 Trucks We have the truck to get you to any and all 2010 USTRC events and anywhere else you need to travel. We can also fulfill all your parts, service and body shop needs. Maralyn Hillman, General Manager; 5010 Jefferson St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 505/843-7703, 800-288-7703, 505/991-4638 cell firstname.lastname@example.org www.truckswestnm.net
Reata - If you want to surprise 5 aRawhide roper this Christmas put an authentic Mexican rawhide braided roping reata under the tree and look at his reaction after opening the box. My reatas are braided, splice-free, beveled strands of rawhide of either Saint Gertrudis or Guernsey cattle breed. Real buckaroo's love to have at least one reata. 50' x 4 Plait/Strand Reata $149 + $11.80 S&H Toll Free 24/7 1-888-372-1613 Visa/Mastercard/AmericanExpress/USPS Money Orders: www.rawhidereata.com 72 / NOVEMBER 2009
L & H Manufacturing Co. - L-H Branding Irons manufactures the most complete line of livestock branding irons in the industry. Electric, freeze and fire-heated branding irons custom made to your specifications. The fastest turnaround time in the industry allows you to indentify your animals in a timely manner. All branding irons are handmade and designed to allow you years of trouble free service. Visit our website at www.lhbrandingirons.com or call 800-437-8068.
Lawman/Petrol - Perfect Paradise 8 woven shirt - Screen printed cross on front shoulder, and sword design with embroidery on back. Pick stitching details around collar. 100% cotton, light blue shirting fabric. Sizes M-XL, $64.99. Contact Lawman Customer Service 888-852-9626. or email@example.com Blake - jean - This cut-and-sewn variation on the Petrol back pocket creates a rugged and edgy next generation attitude. Available in Regular Straight fit, and in two washes. Sizes 29-38, $59.99-$64.99. Contact Lawman Customer Service 888-852-9626 or firstname.lastname@example.org ReRun - The Roping Calf - Have fun with 9 ReRun the roping calf-the perfect gift for the wannabe calf roper, or the professional roper, for training the roping horse, for improving your tying and roping skills, for beginners learning to rope, for teaching your horse to track and work the rope, for breakaway roping practice and for saving money. www.ropingcalf.com Quicksilver Arenas - Lil' Tonto Heel dummy 10 attaches to receiver hitch or fence. Fun for everyone! $150 plus shipping Quicksilver Arenas 800-657-1906 or email@example.com Quicksilver Scoring Lane - All heavy-duty galvanized construction with powder coat finish. Helps to score horse, also great for breaking in fresh steers. Quicksilver Arenas 800-657-1906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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5 SMx Heavy-Duty Air Ride™ Saddle
Get them the gifts they need and want for Christmas - the Jakesteer is life size, comes with three sets of horns and can be adjusted for three different looks for the perfect practice. Made of heavy duty plastic with carpet and handles for easy handling. Used by beginners and professionals alike. Used and endorsed by Jake Barnes.
Buford - used and endorsed by Walt Woodard. Can be roped by yourself and is completely automatic. Rope the head or heels, dally and it comes to a stop. Get your rope ready and Buford comes on again at a pre-determined time. Variable speed adjustment. Contact Lee or Jess 800-828-3895
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SMx VenTECH™ Western Cinch The SMx VenTECH™ Cinch is the new standard for equine comfort and technology with all the premium features you expect from a Professional’s Choice product. The new trade marked VenTECH™ technology features a ventilated limestone-based nonslip neoprene liner that conforms to your horse, allows heat and moisture to escape, and keeps your horse cool while it works. The VenTECH™ Cinch comes with the Professional’s Choice unprecedented oneyear warranty and is available in all signature styles including the Performance (Roper), Barrel and the popular Comfort-Stretch. Easy to clean, sweat-resistant exterior means a clean cinch every time. A stainless steel roller buckle makes for an easy and accurate fit. Colors: Black and Chocolate Available in two-inch increments from 28inches to 36-inches. 28-in. / CV28 • 30in. / CV30 • 32-in. / CV32 • 34-in. / CV34 • 36-in. / CV36
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used to be made?...handcrafted! Boulet Boots are the way to go. Made in Canada! They are known for their durable and comfortable superior quality. Large selections of both men’s and women’s styles from square toe to round toe. Starting at $172. Contact us at the Old Mill Farm and Ranch Supply 505/865-5432. Also carring 4x6 by 3/4" thick stall mats for only $59.99!
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As seen above with Toots Mansfield Tree, Square Skirt, Fully Tooled Sunflower Pattern, Camo Stingray Seat. Also available in a variety of tooling patterns and degrees, seat finishes, skirt styles, and many other options. To see complete selection of custom saddles visit our website or drop by our store in Terrell, TX. Cost: $1,495 - $2,495 Contact: Store/Arena 972/563-3300, 11300 N. FM 148, Terrell, TX 75160. www.cowboycollectiontack.com
Pad - Mesa Pattern - 100% wool Navajo blanket top. Heavy-duty core padding protects the horse’s back from pressure caused by extended and more dynamic riding. 100% merino wool lining helps wick away moisture and conforms to the horse’s back to provide maximum comfort. This pad is ideal for shorter backed horses and provides a perfect fit for smaller seated saddles. Excellent for the Junior, Lady, and Roper who is looking for this smaller sized pad. Appropriate for the show ring and great for roping as well as other high impact sports. 60-day money-back guarantee/one-year warranty. Colors: Black/Crimson, Cream/Black, Sage Green/Turquoise, and Crimson/Black. AXHDM 32" x 34"
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Services www.1eplh.com offers quotes of Health, Life, Accident, Critical Illness, Disability Income Protection to protect yourself and your families health and financial future with coverage that works for you. First E.P.L.H.’s staff of independent insurance agents are here to assist you by providing free health and life insurance quotes from top A rated insurance carriers, who have a strong presence in 50 states customized to fit your needs and your budget. To request a quote, with no obligation, Contact our agents at: email@example.com or call us toll free at 866-670-7324. Assurant, ING, Aetna, Assurity, Illinois Mutual, Aflac, Golden Rule, United Health Care, Humana. SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 73
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The Corrector - The Supreme Comfort Navajo with Corrector and shims has the same CURVED CUT and size as the very popular Black Felt Supreme Comfort Roper Pad. In Sept. 09, two team ropers headed for the National Finals have called and ordered their Correctors with this Unique Navajo Envelope pad. The Corrector inside the Envelope Pad is a Sustained Technological Advance for saddling the horse and once used you rarely find ropers riding without it. The Envelope pad such as the Tribal Green pictured here is part of the System that lets you rope more on the same horse without developing saddle related back problems. The Supreme Comfort Pad incorporates the unique “patent protected” Center Cut of the Corrector inside it's pocket. To move with the horse the Elliptical Center Cut opens at the top when the back is up, closes on the inside of a turn, while opening on the outside of the turn. Three inch wide elastic webbing runs across the withers in a deep cutback at front to stop the high pressure where the cutback stops. Available direct to keep costs down from LEN BROWN'S INNOVATIONS LLC, www.thecorrecto.net or 816/625-0333
Red River - From roping, riding, rough stock arenas to horse stalls and arena drags Red River Arenas can meet your needs. Red River Arenas now offers a variety of styles and weights and the options of painted or powder coated steel or the all new aluminum arenas. For more information visit us at RedRiverArenas.com or call 800-343-1026.
Ward off the chill for your lady this winter by giving her a long-sleeved thermal tee or comfy hoodie from Cowgirl Militia. The white ringspun cotton tee here features a design called Colts N Roses, and also comes in pink and teal. The chocolate zippered hoodie, nicknamed The Queen, is also available in light olive green. To check out the shirts and Cowboy Militia’s unique belts, buckles and men’s and women’s hats, visit www.cowboymilitia.com or call 866-656-7376 74 / NOVEMBER 2009
features fun embroidery and bling, 10" uppers, a square toe and a mahogany crepe outsole. With a MSRP of $157, these will make a great Christmas present for barrel racers! Find a retailer online or near you at www.tonylama.com.
5 high-tech solution to your horse’s back
CSI Saddle Pads - CSI Saddlepads is the
comfort. Using a series of flexible, high-impact (over 10,000 lbs. per square inch) polymer, the CSI Flex-Plate system eliminates or dramatically reduces the bar pressure your horse feels and frees the horse’s shoulder to allow for optimum rotation. Whether you’re experiencing saddle fit problems or just want to keep your horse sound and make those chiropractor visits count for all they’re worth, CSI Saddlepads are an excellent choice. Now available with a solid felt insert to please even the most discerning roper. All pads are handmade in the USA and have a 30-day money back “Ride it and Try it” guarantee. Endorsed by K.C. Jones and Coleman Proctor. Visit our website at www.CSIpads.com or call us toll free 877-274-7230
6 The New Lightning “Bolt” Pro Dally Rope Smart - Calling All Headers!
Cowboy Militia 3 Your fashion-forward young cowboy looking to stand out? Gift him with shirt designs like these from Cowboy Militia’s 2010 line. The company, owned by a USTRC member, uses frequently-changing designs drawn by real extreme sports artists. Shortand long-sleeved shirts and hoodies are 100% cotton and available up to XXL. Call 866-656-7376 or visit www.cowboymilitia.com to shop online or locate a dealer, and download free music from Texas’ hottest bands as a Christmas bonus.
Justin/Tony Llama - Style ST1003, Tony 4 Lama Stars Collection in Tan Cheyenne,
Wrap by RopeSmart has been the hottest selling header wrap in 2009. This wrap will not only keep your rope from ever getting stuck under your rubber again, it will save your saddle, save your jeans, and the savings on your ropes will pay for the wraps!! This wrap features a patented technology that absorbs shock, while giving exceptional bite to the rope. This is a must-have for any header!! Used and endorsed by David Key, 9X NFR Qualifier and 2009 NFR Likely. A Christmas Special available online only, buy 2 get 1 FREE! For ordering or dealer info please go to www.RopeSmart.com or call 210/823-5386 Heritage Trading Company member contact Heritage at 888-669-6050 The Black Knight - The Black Knight is a new blend for RopeSmart, featuring some of the best from the Pro Black and the shock absorption design. This wrap has exceptional grab and softness. It will be making its feature debut starting October 2009. This new wrap will be released with low, never been seen before pricing! A limited time offer. There has been over 10K in one month won while testing this wrap! Same rope-saving, saddle-saving, money-saving quality as always! Get yours while supplies lasts! For ordering or dealer info please go to www.RopeSmart.com or call 210823-5386 Heritage Trading company member contact Heritage at 888-669-6050
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Lewis Trailer Ranch - Looking for that perfect trailer? Lewis Trailer Ranch, LLC has got you covered! With everything from living quarters to livestock trailers. Aluminum or steel. New or used. Custom order to fit your needs. Financing and delivery available! Inventory changes daily! Check out our web site www.LewisTrailerRanch.com 800-992-6645 Stephenville, TX
Heel-O-Matic - Ground Driven Trainer 5 Heel-O-Matic’s ground driven “Trainer” is
the perfect choice for your practice needs. The Trainer, with the same patented hop as our “PRO” model, offers three adjustable hopping speeds which replicate the actions of live cattle under tow. Whether you’re safely working on your roping fundamentals or spending quality time with the family, the Heelomatic's Trainer at $2,795 is the perfect gift for your family this Christmas. Call Heel-O-Matic at 888-HEELING (888-433-5464) or visit www.heelomatic.com to order yours today.
6 2 for every roper on your Christmas list! A Clint Mortenson - Here’s the perfect gift
custom, silver-mounted Spyderco knife with your choice of blades – smooth, serrated, or combination! For a Christmas morning that’ll make ‘em feel like they made it to the short go! And for your favorite partner – in the arena or at home: A beautifully handcrafted 1-¼ inch Remington 3-Piece Ranger Buckle Set. Jeweler’s bronze scrolls, copper flowers, silver-plated border, and black background. They’ve already won tons of trophy buckles – give ‘em this classy buckle and they’ll rope and drag you under the mistletoe! Only $90+s/h. (Also available in 1/2 inch, 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1-½ inch sizes.) Check out our website to see our top quality hand-crafted trophy buckles! And send us your brand or logo for your super-personalized buckle! Merry Christmas from Mortenson Silver & Saddles!
6 Need to get your husband out of the house Bones Heading Dummy
this holiday season? Rope him a Bones, Heelo-Matic's most affordable heading training tool. The Bones has the most realistic angles of any heading dummy on the market and provides ropers with three sets of interchangeable and removable horns to allow for maximum flexibility in achieving Perfect Practice for steer roping or calf roping. Available in five different colors: brown, black, pink, purple and yellow, the Bones also includes four different roping lengths: 15", 22", 29" and 33" as well as a horn wrap. The Bones sells for $325 plus shipping. Buy online at http://heelomatic.com/products or call Heel-O-Matic at 1-888-HEELING (888-433-5464).
- A classic piece 3 toTiramisu add to your jewelry box - designed by Julie Miller. A mixture of crystals and lava rock will blend well into your holiday wardrobe. Visit Tiramisu on the west side of the coliseum at the USTRC Finals. You will find great leather goods from Double J Saddlery, Ariat Boots, the newest fashions from Cowgirl Tuff Co., uniquely designed one-of-a-kind jewelry, and other great finds. Tiramisu can meet all your needs from head to toe. Visit Tiramisu on the west side of the coliseum at the USTRC Finals. www.e-tiramisu.net
Just A Little Western - Shop JUST A 8 LITTLE WESTERN while at the USTRC
2009 Finals to find the trendiest styles for fall. Wear these tees by themselves or layered with the fashionable burnout long sleeve tee at $24.95. Crystal embellished tees are $46.95 and the popular Zebra Flip Flops from COWGIRL CHIC are embellished with swarovski crystals are $79.95. Visit justalittlewestern.com or call 940/482-3065.
9 Rope Horses offers a large selection of
Lightning R Rope Horses - Lightning R
Cut Above - Each Knife and pendant 4 isA hand cut and hand engraved with the finest craftmanship. The base of the knife and pendant can be German silver, jeweler's bronze, or copper with cut out lettering, vines and flowers in jeweler's bronze, copper or German silver. www.ACutAboveSilver.com
Scott Iron Works - The Rattlesnake bit, new for 2009, comes with several mouth pieces, We are coming out with a numbered, limited edition, Rattlesnake bit that will have gold on the head, rubys for the eyes, gold on the rattles, numbered and stamped. www.scottironworks.com
team roping horses for a wide range of pocketbooks. Our inventory is constantly changing and we also offer training of outside horses and roping lessons for the whole family. Written guarantees with all horses. For the best in selection and service you can’t beat Lightning R. www.lightningrropehorses.com SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 75
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Featherlite - New Featherlite 3- or 44 horse Model 8533 horse trailer features a
Dynamite Horseman Supply - Dynamite Horseman Supply has the affordable gift for that special person on your list! RAWHIDE COVERED ANGLED STIRRUPS-$150, ALL ALUMINUM-$89.95, WITH WEAR LEATHERS$110 or ALL LEATHER $175! These are 3" Angled Stirrups, 5.5" wide at the bottom and approximately 3.5" wide at the top. Angled Stirrups greatly improve your comfort whether you’re riding on the trail or competing! Contact: Dynamite Horseman Supply at 888-844-8225 or www.dhssaddles.com.
terrific “lite” price, 6'7" width, stylish chrome glass windows and a handy dressing room with 46" short wall, all great features for the recreational horse owner. This slant load trailer is equipped with Featherlite’s easy-to-use removable harness hanger and swinging blanket bar. You can also opt for curbside stock trailer type air spaces for more airflow. Featherlite horse trailers are made with a durable all-aluminum frame and skin, and all 2010 models come with a great transferable warranty. For more information on Featherlite horse trailers, call 800-800-1230 or visit the web at www.fthr.com.
Dynamite Horseman Supply has the excellent safety device for the heeler that ties on. Includes heavy duty strap - $65. Contact: Dynamite Horseman Supply at 888-844-8225 or www.dhssaddles.com.
Coolhorse - Proud Dealer of Platinum 5 Coach Trailers
2 Balanced Rope This rope was developed Cactus Ropes - 20X: Incredibly
to replace the Phoenix, Habanero and Omega. The 20X combines the Habanero’s diameter, the Phoenix’s weight and body and the Omega’s durability. HEAD ROPE • Nylon Poly Blend • Length: 31’ • Diameter: Medium • Lays: Super Soft, Extra Soft, Soft, Medium Soft HEEL ROPE • Nylon Poly Blend • Length: 36’ • Diameter: True • Lays: Medium Soft, Medium Hard, Medium, Medium Hard 20X EXTREME: Take your roping ability to a new extreme. The 20X Extreme utilizes a unique fiber that allows for a perfect diameter, which magnifies tip weight, balance and a smooth-feeling swing. HEAD ROPE • Nylon Poly Four-Strand • Length: 31’ • Diameter: Small • Lays: Super Soft, Extra Soft, Soft, Medium Soft HEEL ROPE • Nylon Poly Four-Strand • Length: 36’ • Diameter: True • Lays: Medium Soft, Medium, Hard Medium, Medium Hard
Silver Lining Herbs - E-Kit from Silver Lining Herbs. This E-Kit is something that every horse owner needs on hand to be prepared for the worst situations. Have your horses ever been in an emergency situation and you have been unable to give them the attention they need? Now you can be ready. It all comes in a convenient durable bag to take with you on the trail or in the horse trailer. Contact Silver Lining at 866-543-6955 or www.silverliningherbs.com to find your local dealer. 76 / NOVEMBER 2009
www.coolhorse.com 800-749-0522 Centennial Roper Knife by Montana Silversmiths Centennial Roper Knife by Dan Gwynn-Team Roper. The Pryor knife is a single blade folding knife constructed of 440 stainless steel with beautiful Pakkawood rounded and a stainless steel bolster. Stainless steel figures are hand inlaid in our Montana Studio. Blade locks open. Code: 93523 Price: $40 www.coolhorse.com 800-749-0522
Hot Heels - Hot Heels is the most durable 6 and realistic practice machine available with a patented stride and patented auto release head. Hot Heels is used and endorsed by more pros and top trainers than any other practice machine. Hot Heels will tolerate practice sessions in stride that would ruin a big pen of steers. Also available Power Drills DVD featuring Speed Williams and Rickey Green. Over an hour of 17 drills to improve you and your horse, for headers and heelers alike. www.ropehotheels.com 712/947-4198 Mon-Fri 8-4CST
Quick Wraps - Quick Wrap Horn Wraps could be the the top gift for the roper in your life. Made of durable nylon webbing with a felt lining. A large ear piece protects those valuable steer heads by keeping their ears down and out of the way. Cam buckle fasteners make them super fast and easy to put on and remove. Ropers tell us “We like them because there are no lessons required for puttin' them on.” That means more time for roping! Proudly made in Wyoming since 1990. Only $14.95 a pair plus shipping and handling. We accept Visa/MC or C.O.D. Call 307/856-7900 or Toll Free at 877-208-1400.
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Kirtland Wireless - Stylish in design, easy to use and with no installation requirements, the BlueAnt Supertooth Light offers a safe alternative to talking on your phone while driving. The BlueAnt Supertooth Light features outstanding audio quality achieved via the integration of cutting-edge Clear Voice Capture (CVC) technology, providing truly superior sound. It uses a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to remove any echo or background noise, resulting in extremely high sound quality of the user’s voice regardless of whether the car is stationery or travelling at high speed. It also adjusts sound levels to compensate for loud engine noise or external noise created when the windows are wound down. Easily mounted on the car’s sun visor, the BlueAnt Supertooth Light can be paired with up to five Bluetooth devices, supports voice dial activation, redial and call reject, also has a retractable sliding microphone, an amazing 800 hours standby and 20 hours talk time. For more info email: kirtlandwireless.com or call Mike at 505/321-5461.
Rodeo Video - The perfect Christmas gift is 4 the 5 DVD set of the entire 2009 Wrangler
National Finals Rodeo! Preorder now and get a gift card to send to the recipient. (They will be available mid-January.) Or buy the NFR DVDs from earlier years, now with discounts. For more Christmas ideas consider these DVDs: The Bob Feist, Mike Cervi, Spicer Gripp or George Strait Team Roping DVDs. The Timed Event Championships 5 DVD set. The World’s Greatest Roper DVD set. Classic Team Roping of the NFR. Incredible Team Roping. We have all the instructional DVDs too - and lots of horse training and horsemanship DVDs. We have DVDs for the calf roper, barrel racer, or rough stock rider ... or horse lover! Shop online at www.RodeoVideo.com or call us toll free 800-331-1269. Rodeo Video Inc., 412 S. Main, Snowflake, AZ 85937.
Herring Saddle Co. - We can make your 5 saddle to order, or we have plenty in stock, call for details. Custom saddles starting at $1,695. www.herringsaddlecompany.com 480/650-8158.
6 maker – Wrangler Western Wear – today
Priefert - RC98AI Roping Chute 2 Priefert’s Model RC98AI Roping Chute
Wrangler - The iconic American denim ®
announced the launch of a new jean collection backed by popular country rock entertainer, Jason Aldean. Styled with fresh designs, updated fabrics, contemporary trim details, a lower rise and two fit options – boot cut and straight leg – the Wrangler Retro jean line is set to hit shelves in August. With the valued standards of the Wrangler brand, Wrangler Retro is built for the new cowboy who rocks his style with an attitude and can be found in Western specialty stores nationwide.
includes a laser eye that detects the presence or absence of an animal in the chute. The push of a button releases the steer; the laser detects his leaving; the headgate closes and while ropers are roping, the tailgate opens allowing the next steer in. Once that steer is detected, the tailgate shuts. Making life better for ropers is what we’re all about! Priefert...why would you buy anything else? ArenaMaster™ - Affordable versatility in arena grooming maintenance is finally here! Priefert’s ArenaMaster™ breaks packed ground, levels, pulverizes clods and leaves a fluffy, consistent surface often in a single pass. Optional watering system available for both 6' and 8' models. Special push/pull blade for roping boxes and corners. Powder coated frame. www.priefert.com or call 800-527-8616 for details on Priefert 3-Point.
3 their bag with the entire RP4 line of
Running P Ropes - This Christmas fill
premium quality 4 strands by Running P Ropes. That special someone will love the body, consistency, longevity, and most of all “the feel.” You will love the low price. Contact Running P Ropes for your nearest dealer. 800-833-8522 or visit www.runningpropes.com.
Wrangler®, the iconic American denim brand, western wear leader and “official jean” of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), has partnered with Shada Brazile – wife of nine-time PRCA World Champion Cowboy Trevor Brazile – to develop the All-Around Baby™ Collection by Wrangler®. Debuting this fall, the new clothing line from Wrangler offers a variety of Western-inspired designs and styles for newborns, infants and toddlers.
Simple Minds - Our goal at Simple Minds, Inc. is to provide a new and improved product every year! The Tuffy was created to provide practice and fun in all terrain. This year we created a Jr. Bandit. Lower profile, fast, stays upright and is perfect for small areas! All products have movable entities. Our heads have a 360° adjustment up or down, unlike other roping dummies. NO AGE LIMIT! Remember, “IT PAYS TO PLAY!” Visit us at www.simplemindsroping.com SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 77
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VFJ Company - Handmade in Texas, 5 sterling silver myGodTags are sold on a
Hy O Silver - Offering custom gold and sterling silver Western jewelry and buckles. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Knife $375; different sizes/designs available. Pendant $195 and earrings $255; different colors available. Call 877-796-7961 or visit hyosilver.com to see what’s new.
variety of bracelets and necklaces for men and women. With over 35 tags to choose from, you are sure to find one of the most meaningful gifts for any person. Personalization of additional tags with names, dates and or messages are also available. To order call: 830/265-8522, www.mygodtags.com. Dealer inquiries welcome.
Three Forks Saddlery - Three Forks 2 Saddlery and Neil Merrill are now
6 introduces a floral and cross embroidered Twisted X Boots - Twisted X Boots
producing the Three Forks Roper/Trail Pad and Merrill Barrel Pad, one of the most revolutionary pads on the market. The seamless contoured construction of a laminated memory foam top and a full rebound foam bottom allows the pad to accept shock at every stride and disperse pressure evenly. They are handcrafted with either a hospital grade felt or a neoprene bottom. Please visit us at the South Point Hotel and Casino during the NFR. Roper Pad: $215 (3/4" Rebound Foam) Trail Pad: $205 (3/8" Rebound Foam) Barrel Pad: $195. (3/8" Rebound Foam) Hair-on cowhide on rear wear leather: +$10 Contact Three Forks Saddlery at 866-318-2371 or www.3forkssaddlery.com.
into its ladies Ruff Stock. New wide square toe, 13" top and a block heel. Offered in B width, sizes 5 - 10. MSRP $199.99 Available at fine Western retailers. www.twistedxboots.com
Designed for the working and rodeo cowboy. Twisted X Boots Men’s Ruff Stock with the new wide square toe and new embroidered stitch pattern. Distressed shoulder with a 14" hazel top. Available in D & EE widths 7 - 13 at fine Western retailers. www.twistedxboots.com
The Merrill Barrel Saddle has a new tree! Now built with fiberglass covered wood, the tree’s unique design still has the flex in front to allow for shoulder movement and ease for cinching. The seat, fit, balance and weight haven’t changed. Please contact Three Forks Saddlery at 866-318-2371 or visit our website at www.3forkssaddlery.com. Base price is $1,800. Ask about all of our options.
3 Christmas gift list is a DODGE FAN, Dodge Rodeo - If anyone on your
be sure to treat them to the latest Dodge Rodeo Gear. By using Coupon Code DRUSTRC9 you will receive a 20% discount on all merchandise ordered at www.dodgerodeo.com. Offer expires 12/31/09.
Tres Rios Silver - Tres Rios Silver Custom 4 Knives a great gift for anyone in the house. The blade is serrated and we can design any custom logo, brand, initials, or event figures you want. Sizes small - large, clip or no clip, $65 - $85. Contact Tres Rios at 800-550-7535 or www.tresriossilver.com 78 / NOVEMBER 2009
Heritage Performance Gloves Champion Roping Glove. Colors available: black; Features: The Heritage Champion Roping glove’s innovative design offers the only roping glove available made with 100% pure Kevlar® material. Kevlar® is stronger than steel yet it was especially created for this glove to feel as soft as cotton. This glove is built to be comfortable, contours to your hand, protects against rope burn and is engineered to last. Patent Pending. This glove is built with a 100% pure Kevlar® palm and fingers allowing excellent finger dexterity and feel of the rope. The Kevlar® is rolled up over the index finger to protect you while throwing the rope and the outside of the palm and the pinky finger has the Kevlar® material rolled up the side to protect the outside of the hand while dallying. The top of the glove is constructed of a durable stretch nylon Spandura® to allow full mobility. Genuine leather knuckle protection. An elastic knit cuff and adjustable Velcro® closure helps keep the glove securely on your hand. MSRP $19.95 (Right hand only) Progrip Roping Glove Colors Available: black: Features: The Heritage ProGrip Roping glove offers excellent finger dexterity and feel of the rope. This glove was specially developed to our material specifications for fit and durability. The Heritage ProGrip glove will last up to ten times longer than standard cotton knit gloves. Professionally tested, this unique black roping glove is built to exceed your expectations of a quality roping glove at an economical value. MSRP $11.95/12 pack (Right hand only)
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Bayou West Co. - JoJo LeMond, 4 NFR Qualifier, chooses to ride The
ROPESforLess.com - Court’s Youth Roping Saddle - $1,118.75; Tree: T.M. Roper, rawhide covered, half glass reinforced, quarter horse bars and gullets, 5 year guarantee. Seat: 14" padded seat. Gullet: W 7" x H 71/2". Cantle: 3-1/2" Oval, 2" natural rawhide silver laced cheyenne roll, leather tooled overlay. Skirts: square, fleece lined, 26-1/2" x 12". Fender inseam: 29" to 35". Weight: 38 pounds.
The Zoom Kid’s Rope 3-Pack - $86.37 The new Zoom is specially designed for young ropers just getting started or serious competitors in long-reaching dummy roping events. It has a feel that is also preferred by adults that need a smaller, lighter rope. The Zoom is slightly smaller in diameter than other lite ropes in the Classic line, yet it is made with the same four-strand, Coretec technology that has become the choice of four-strand users. Size: 5/16 Full. Length: 30. Lay: XS.
5 Designed by Max. Approximately 2 feet
Max’s Metal Art - Prickly Pear Cactus -
Gist Silversmiths - The Round-Up Collection by Gist Silversmiths The newest addition to their Ready-to-Wear line of buckles, this collection features 26 silver and gold electroplated Western lifestyle designs. Gist offers some new and bolder looks to their signature floral patterns insuring there’s something for everyone this gift-giving season. Prices from $60 To $209. Visit www.gistsilversmiths.com for more unique holiday gift ideas. Product #: PL117 $130 Product #: PL121-TR-R $190
tall, made from horseshoes and wire. A great addition to anyone’s landscape. Many more designs including barb wire baskets, Century Plant cactus, horseshoe candle holders, horseshoe trivets, and other metal yard art. Contact Max at 505/259-4066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lil Blue Heeler - The Lil Blue Heeler is a 2 fun and useful roping tool made in the USA for ropers of all ages. With its rechargeable battery and portable size (12" horn spread and 20" height), the Lil Blue Heeler can be used indoors or out and you can take it with you to the roping on the weekend. Realistic hopping action and 360 degree swiveling body provide hours of practice and entertainment at home or on the road. Price: $495. Call now to find out how to receive FREE SHIPPING on your Christmas order! Check out the new video at grizzlysaddlery.com or contact: Lil Blue Heeler, 815 9th Street North, Great Falls, MT 59401; 406/761-5948, 406/ 899-5948 Email to email@example.com Dealer inquiries welcome.
Hybrid by Bayou West Co. Put it at the top of your Christmas list for you and your horse. This mulit-layered pad features a 100% wool bottom with 1-¼" thickness for protection. The quality oiled leathers gives the contoured pad strength and durability. The Hybrid is offered in gray $164.95 or black - $168.94 in two sizes: 1-¼" x 29" x 29" or 1-¼" x 31" x 32". Check out the other custom style pads at www.bayouwest.com or call 713/823-8578
Saguaro Bird House - Designed by Max. Approximately 6 feet tall, made from barb wire and pipe. A great addition to anyone’s landscape. Many more designs including barb wire baskets, Century Plant cactus, horseshoe candle holders, horseshoe trivets, and other metal yard art. Contact Max at 505/259-4066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6 “The Ultimate Arena Drag.” The Arena Arena Dragon - The Arena Dragon is
Dragon is engineered to break up, condition and level your footing in one pass. With no moving parts to break down or extra hydraulics to contend with, the Arena Dragon is one of the easiest arena conditioners to use and it is the lowest priced drag in its class. Available in 6', 8', and 10' models along with Jr. models for the smaller tractor or ATV. Visit us at www.arenadragon.com or call us at 785/256-7009 to see why the Arena Dragon is quickly becoming the best selling drag on the market today.
Steer Crazy - The Original Crooked Stirrup is a great gift for anyone who rides. Crooked Stirrups®, angled riding stirrups, drastically improve balance, control and riding comfort. Available in the Original, Lite, All Around, and Rawhide Covered. Don't be fooled by imitations. Contact Steer Crazy at 800-932-1932 or www.steercrazy.com Mention this ad and receive free shipping. SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 79
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Cactus Saddlery - Cactus 3 Saddlery Handmade Bits Cactus Select Bits, a line of handcrafted, USA made, custom bits are made from high alloy steel, to increase strength and durability and are offered in plain cheek or with silver, copper, or brass accents. A combination of functionality, durability and artistry make Cactus bits beautiful and unique. Create a one-of-a-kind bit, by choosing from 3 shank lengths, 9 designs, and 13 mouth pieces. Visit your local dealer or www.cactusaddlery.com, for all available options.
Micro Rain/KID Group - Micro Rain arena watering systems are the perfect answer to controlling dust and providing uniform moisture to your arena footing. All models are water turbine driven with speed control and automatic shut off! With seven models to choose from, Micro Rain is the proven leader in the industry. Call us today at 800-373-9325 or visit www.microrain.net for more information! The new BigSprinkler Carts from the makers of Micro Rain products are the perfect gift for anyone with an arena or ranch with pasture to be watered! These heavy and durable carts are a very affordable option for watering round pens, arenas, pasture, gardens, etc. The 1000F model starts at $179 and covers up to 120 ft. diameter circle while operating from a garden hose! Five different models available to choose from. Order online at www.bigsprinkler.com or call 800-373-9325.
Cashel Company - Cashel Company 4 Saddle Bags Our saddle bags are
Legend Tack & Silver 2 www.legendtackandsilver.com
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Cactus Saddlery Christmas Gift Collection Cactus Saddlery spent the last year developing, designing, and creating the ultimate line of leather gift items. The new line includes hand-tooled brief cases, hanging crosses, desk mats, purses, bible covers, and stockings; that can be customized to make a one-of-a-kind gift. Don’t miss your chance to put these great items under your tree. To find a dealer near you or view these great items visit www.cactussaddlery.com.
designed to carry all the necessities. PVClined pockets keep food and beverages cold for hours and are removable which makes them easy to clean. Grommeted holes are tough and strategically placed for easy attachment to almost any saddle. Constructed from heavy-weight nylon, our saddle bags are built to last and help you stay prepared and equipped to enjoy your ride. Cashel saddle bags will make the perfect gift for the outdoorsman in your family this holiday season. Visit www.cashelcompany.com or call 800-333-2202. Water Bottle Holder from Cashel Company This is the water bottle holder you shouldn’t be without. It’s structured in design so it makes replacing your water a one-handed task which allows you to keep one hand on the reins. It attaches to your saddle horn or around the pommel with an adjustable strap to fit a wide range of saddle types and sizes. Reflective tape provides safety in low level light conditions. Replacement water bottles are also available. Visit www.cashelcompany.com or call 800-333-2202.
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Custom Tack - This purse is absolutely 4 stylish and is a must for any lady with its
Rattler Ropes - Rattler Rope now makes a rope can! This remarkably tough rope can holds up to four ropes, keeping them sealed and protected from the outside elements. The flat top and bottom gives this rope can the stability to support weight, so it can be used as a stool. Seals tight to be waterproof and can withstand extreme temperature changes. Features a convenient leather handle and an inside compartment for added storage. Virtually indestructible and fits carry-on luggage requirements. Look for the new Rope Can at your local Rattler Rope dealer or visit www.rattlerropes.com to locate a dealer near you.
Want the Perfect Gift? Then customize your roper a rope bag or rope can today. You can choose one of our many great designs or customize your own. Go on-line to www.customtackshop.com or call 877-717-TACK (8225) today to order. Item #0112CG $162
GS Lifestyles - The new girls pink light up 3 cowboy boots by Roper are perfect for any little cowgirl who wants to show off . When you stomp your heels the little stars light up. They are perfect for the Holiday and can be worn all year round. They are sure to be the favorite gift this year and are cute as a button. Sizes 1–13 $45.99 GSLifestyles.com The Elisha Jeans by Petrol are the perfect Holiday gift for the stylish woman in your life. These low rise boot cut jeans are the perfect jeans for riding or being seen in. They have leather appliquéd crosses on the front thigh and back pockets of the jeans. Very bold copper studding rounds out the look on the back pockets. The perfect Holiday gift for any woman. $85.99 and available in most sizes. GSLifestyles.com
Southwest Equine, Inc. - Durable, 5 Affordable Arenas. A galvanized arena
Classic Equine - “My First Groom Tote” Grooming Just for Kids Kids First! Teach your kids the basics of horse grooming with Classic Equine’s “My First Groom Kit.” Durable brushes, hoof pick and sponge all combined in a perfectly sized adjustable backpack that is lightweight and easy to carry for little hands. This is the perfect starter kit for your little horse owner. The My First Groom Totes are available in pink or red and makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Visit www.classicrope.com or call 800-654-7864 to locate a dealer that has this item in stock. Diamond Plate ProTech™ Protection Only steel and armor could offer more protection than the revolutionary ProTech™ splint boots, hind boots and bells. These boots are designed for work or play, even under the most demanding conditions. For 2009, the popular ProTech™ collection is now available in a Diamond Plate design to help show off the ruggedness of this boot. Ask your local Classic Equine dealer for the new Diamond Plate ProTechs or visit www.classicequine.com.
hair-on side panels and chap leather gusset. Go on-line to www.customtackshop.com or call 877-717-TACK (8225) today to order. Item #CL1H $45. This item can be personalized at no extra charge.
is the perfect gift for you and your family. • All our products are in stock and ready to go. • No hidden prices (all our prices on web pages) • Customer service and convenience, pick-up 7 days a week. • Normally shipped in 48 hours We take great pride in manufacturing a high quality product at a reasonable price that will last for every family. For more information visit WWW.SWEQUINE.COM or call our friendly staff at 877-455-8757 or 580/276-4864. - KC’s Kountry is offering 6 atKCtheKountry 2009 USTRC National Finals in Oklahoma City our new line of Western dishes and bathroom accessories along with much more new merchandise. Don’t forget to come by and see our belts, purses, flip flops and Western Christmas ornaments just in time for Christmas gifts. See ya at the Finals or visit us online www.kckountry.com.
Revolution Ropes - This holiday season, here’s a tip - give Revolution Ropes. Introducing the Blackjack, just in time for Christmas and the NFR. This is our lightest 4strand ever. Built with a slick skinny black rope body, this poly blend has a white Tip Xcelerator for more action and visibility than any of those conventional ropes. While the others can only talk about tip, we deliver it. So this year, give the gift that will help ropers deliver their tip and improve their roping. Visit www.RevRopes.com or call 866-427-3876 (866-4ARevRope). SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 81
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Smith Brothers/Dover Saddlery - Smith Brothers Deluxe Flat Top Rope Bag Give a gift that will remind them of you every time they pull out their rope. The Smith Brothers Deluxe Flat Top Rope Bag features five pockets that extend from the top to bottom of the bag to keep ropes separate and not in a cluster. Padded sides hold the bag upright. Carry handles, adjustable shoulder strap, and an outside pocket make this a perfect gift for any roper on your list. Available in hunter/tan, black/red, blue/black, burgundy/tan, $34.95. To order, call 800-433-5558 or visit www.SmithBrothers.com.
Antique Offset Roping Motif Spurs. Add some bling to that special roper’s ensemble with the Antique Offset Roping Motif Spurs. The 1" band with full trim motif, diamonds and dots features a roping motif that is sure to impress. These spurs have an oval flared out cup for a comfortable fit. 1-1/2" offset shank with 8-point rowel makes these spurs the perfect gift at $42.95. To order, call 800-433-5558 or visit www.SmithBrothers.com.
Martin Saddlery - Oak Leaf Spur Straps 4 Martin Saddlery offers a full line of spur
straps. Whether you are looking for the latest in fashion or the most durable for work, Martin Saddlery crafts a variety of spur straps to meet your needs. Ask your local Martin dealer for details, or call 800-654-7864 to locate a store near you.
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sign of this size usually runs around $215. You can take an additional 10% discount off by using coupon code suploopxmas. Discount is valid through Dec. 15. Champion’s Choice Buckles is your source for custom trophy buckles, custom Western jewelry, custom Western signs and other custom awards and custom gifts. Please see us at www.ccbuckles.com or call us at 888-779-0823.
This custom buckle is 3 by 4-1/2". A buckle with the custom designer tricolored letters like the example with sterling silver beads will run around $255. You can take an additional 10% discount off by using coupon code suploopxmas. Discount is valid through Dec. 15. Champion’s Choice Buckles is your source for custom trophy buckles, custom Western jewelry, custom Western signs and other custom awards and custom gifts. Please see us at www.ccbuckles.com or call us at 888-779-0823. Horse Craft Products is proud to introduce 3 our new natural red rubber Dally Wraps. Made from the same natural rubber as our bell boots. The Dally Wraps won’t impregnate your rope with rubber, or mark your pants. Your ropes will last longer as well. Dealer inquiry call: 800-207-0057. 82 / NOVEMBER 2009
Hi Plains All-Around Saddle, new from Martin Saddlery. Whether you rope, run barrels, trail ride or gather cattle, the new Hi Plains All Around is designed to be your go-to saddle. It is ideal if you compete or ride in multiple events. It features the AXIS true fit saddle tree, built by Martin which helps eliminate pressure points and provides full even contact against the horse. For the rider, the Hi Plains All Around’s seat is designed to give just the right amount of security and support for tackling any event in any discipline. Visit www.martinsaddlery.com to locate a Martin saddle dealer nearest you.
for youth competitors, yet large enough for adult head ropes. This new bag is a refined version of the popular Deluxe Rope Bag for people who prefer a smaller bag. Neatly holds up to four ropes in a padded compartment and features two outside pockets with a large water bottle holder. Available in three color combinations: zebra, navy/gray and digital camo. Ask for the new Junior Rope Bag at your local Classic Rope dealer this Christmas. Visit www.classicrope.com The Heat™ by Classic Rope Introducing the Heat, the next generation and latest addition in 4strand technology from Classic Rope. Made from a blend of custom fibers and intricate twists, The Heat is setting a new standard in rope feel and performance. Designed for today’s aggressive roping styles, The Heat provides a loop that is packed with body. Even in forced situations the tip remains ahead of the swing for a more controlled and confident delivery. Light weight and built for performance, the Heat is built to take punishment. Run after run, it maintains its original, snappy feel. Ask for the Heat at your local Classic Rope dealer, or visit www.classicrope.com to find a dealer near you.
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Cowboy Classic Saddlery - Rope Bag You name it and they can do it when it comes to leather. Personalize a rope bag or make one for an event. Designed with exotic hides, custom tooling, conchos, and more. If you have an idea they will put it on your rope bag. www.cowboyclassicsaddlery.com
Saddles made for the athlete. This is the goal of Cowboy Classic Saddlery to make sure that the horse is able to perform at their best. Custom saddles made to order and if you are in their area they will custom fit your horse at no extra charge. So give the greatest gift this Christmas, a custom made saddle. www.cowboyclassicsaddlery.com.
beverages cold and readily accessible, and keep your buddies from taking off with it by personalizing it with your initials on a handtooled leather plaque. Includes hand, and shoulder strap. Available in 12 or 24 can capacity in a variety of colors. Take a look at our website at www.doublejsaddlery.com and give us a call at 800-669-2535 for more info.
Fast Back Ropes - Fast Back’s Signature 2 burlap-lined, padded deluxe Roper’s Rope Bag is the bag that the pros use. Ideal for ropers who are serious about caring for ropes and making ropes last longer. Tough and functional, this bag is easy to use and will work hard for you. Fast Back focuses on the highest level of quality and consistency possible for your ropes. This bag will help your ropes continue to perform at this high level. Re-coil ropes and put them in this bag after every roping session for maximum life out of your rope. Holds at least 7 ropes. Navy blue with black trim and Fast Back Rocket logo on the front. Large zipper pockets on front and back, adjustable shoulder strap detaches on one side to hang bag easily. $79.99. For a dealer nearest you call 800-479-1851 or log on to www.FastBackRopes.com.
Double J Saddlery - Double J Saddlery’s 4 Cowboy cooler bag. Keep your favorite
Double J Saddlery’s All leather overnight Bag. Travel in style in our all leather overnight bag. You don’t worry about searching for your bag at the airport, this one will stand out in the crowded luggage carousel. Shown with hand tooled natural leather ends and shoulder strap, the options are unlimited when it comes to customizing it. Take a look at our website at www.doublejsaddlery.com for more ideas, and give us a call at 800-669-2535, we’ll be glad to build one just for you.
5 babysitter. The most addictive roping Fast Lane dummy, a team roper’s
dummy manufactured! Constructed of longlasting plastic and pipe, featuring real horns fiberglass reinforced head makes for years of roping fun. Fast Lane will “trade-in” your old dummy (Fast Lane dummy only) towards a new, Fast Lane dummy. Remember, “When it comes to dummies, we know dummies!” Also try our exclusive private label “Righteous Ropes” featuring High Call (polyblend) and Faithful (100% nylon). When you gotta go left, use Righteous Ropes from Fast Lane. George and Debbie 918/914-0343 www.fastlanerodeo.com
Fast Back’s Signature line of caps is perfect for any roper. With an assortment of styles from Flex Fit and New Era styles to adjustable back more traditional caps, there is sure to be one to fit that special person on your shopping list. Made from high quality, cutting edge fabrics with over 10 styles to choose from. $19.99 each. For a dealer nearest you call 800-479-1851 or log on to www.FastBackRopes.com.
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Purina - OMOLENE #500 - Competition 3 horses demand a hard-working feed. New ®
Get your HOOey - Tipsy - another new style of HOOey hat. This premium fitted cap is two-tone with color combinations sure to pop. The 3-D HOOey logo is tilted on the right front, with the Full HOOey logo stitched vertically down the back-center seam. Probaseball on field shape with flat visor, stretchable fabric sweatband, hard buckram, moisture absorbent pro headband, bottom stitched for strength and finished athletic design. For more choices and a list of places you can get your HOOey, check out www.getyourhooey.com.
OMOLENE #400® - Feed can make a big difference in the performance of your competition horse. See for yourself with new Purina® Omolene #400® horse feed by participating in a free feeding trial. Omolene #400® horse feed – with the patented Amplify® Nugget – is packed with beet pulp, balanced vitamins and minerals, protein and fat. Register for a free feeding trial at Purina difference dot com. See your local Purina® dealer for Omolene #400® horse feed.
The new HOOey T’s have arrived and are moving quickly. The “Spinning HOOey” T (shown) is made of perfect-fit 100% cotton and is also available in red or grey. As with all HOOey apparel for guys and girls, you can expect this style to be high quality and comfortably hip. For more choices and a list of places you can get your HOOey, check out www.getyourhooey.com. Red Bluff Buckles - Custom buckles, 2 money clips, key chains, bracelets, Spyderco knives and watch bands. Call us for all your award and Christmas needs, 800-279-7042.
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Purina® Omolene #500® horse feed is made specifically for these equine athletes. Omolene #500® horse feed contains the patented Amplify® Nugget that has a proprietary blend of fat, fermentable fiber and soluble carbohydrates to deliver long-lasting energy over an entire event. For a difference you can see, Purinadifference.com and sign up for a feeding trial today or visit your Purina® dealer for Omolene #500® horse feed.
Rickey Green - Give your roper monthly 4 lessons online with a subscription at Rickey Green's PowerTeamRoping.com. Your roper can also reach Rickey on his blog and receive the personal information they need to get to the winners circle. This is a gift your roper will remember all year long. Check it out at www.PowerTeamRoping.com. Is your roper having horse problems? Find out what thousands of ropers have realized, that the correct equipment will communicate the correct commands to your horse with Rickey Green’s bit line. $60 each - call 866-RickeyG to order.
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USTRC Jr. Looper Event Locator-November 2009
Match the number on the map with the location of:
___ Maui Classic ___ Mississippi Classic ___ Colorado Fall Championships ___ Laughlin Team Roping Finals
Roper Math A winning team finished with a four head total of 38.27 seconds. They posted an 8.42 second run in the first round, a 9.98 second run in the second round and a 10.77 second run in the third round. How fast did they rope their final steer in order to win the roping? Answers on page 168
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Junior Looper CHAMPIONS
The Southern Colorado Classic played host to a great Jr. Looper competition. The big winners of the event that collected Gist buckles included Dallas Kiker in the 10 to 12 division, Tate Lewis in the 8 to 9 division, Nicholaus Navarette in the 6 to 7 division and Sam Buckhanan in the 5 & under division.
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Jr. Loopers got into the action at the Texas Plains Classic held in Abilene, Texas. The winners celebrated their victories with Gist buckles in hand. Winners were Dax Stokes in the 10 to 12 division, Braden Johnson in the 8 to 9 division, Colton Blair in the 6 to 7 division and Jake Byers 5 & under division.
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Tips and Tricks Ride Your Horse Team ropers know that horsemanship plays a huge role in their ability to win, but many times they become so involved in roping, they tend to forget the need to ride their horse for the purpose of teaching or training. One way to overcome this is to take a few runs without a rope. By doing this, headers can concentrate on the score, and then ride their horse to position and hold it to the end of the arena. This will help pattern your horse to get into the correct position. Heelers should help by riding down the arena keeping the steer in the correct position. This will help free up the heel horse throughout the run as well. Once a header feels their horse is more patterned and ready for a run, help the heeler out by putting the rope on in the chute a few times, giving the heeler a solid corner to ride through without his rope. This will help the heeler ride the horse through the corner and into the correct position to rope quicker. This also allows the header to concentrate on setting up a good shot for his or her heeler without having to concentrate on roping. Riding your horse correctly throughout a run can greatly increase your team roping skills. By helping pattern your horse to get into the correct positions and knowing what it takes to ride into these positions can give you an edge at the next event.
Saddle and Leather Care
Sudden rain storms are plentiful this time of year and team ropers who get caught out in the rain may need to re-condition their saddle. If your saddle becomes wet or damp, allow it to air-dry naturally away from any source of heat. This will help prevent the leather from cracking. Once it is nearly dried, apply leather conditioner to help replenish strength and durability. Avoid using waxes, silicone or other leather products that impair the ability of the leather to â€œbreathe.â€? Greases are bad as well as they seal the pores of the leather and create a greasy film that can pick up additional dirt and dust, as well as slow down drying time. Household chemicals should never be used to clean leather. It is advised to avoid leather products that contain alcohol, turpentine, or mineral spirits. Do not use mink oil or other animal fats as saddle conditioners either. They will darken leather and animal fats can become rancid, causing the stitching and leather to rot. Do not store saddles in or under plastic or other non-porous covers.
Keep the Cold Out
Autumn is the time of year for many horse owners to begin to blanket their horses. Although horses are equipped to grow hair to fight off the coldest of temperatures, many ropers want to keep a shorter, slicker winter coat and blanketing horses allows us to trick the horses internal regulation to believing they live in warmer climates. Horse owners do this by beginning to blanket horses with a light blanket when temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees and increase the weight of the blanket as the weather becomes colder. This is a great way to accomplish a slicker horse throughout the winter and a quicker shedding period in the spring, but caution should also be used to avoid overheating. Sweating under the blanket is the most obvious sign that a horse is beginning to overheat. This usually begins under the blanket and then along the neck and behind the ears. Fall and Spring are the worst times of year for overheating and it typically occurs when horses are turned out during warming daytime weather in the same heavy blankets needed for cold nights. When temperatures rise from teens to midday highs of 50 degrees or more, blanketed horses are likely to sweat. If you live in an area that has large temperature swings, it is always best to error on the side of less blanketing then more. Horses are much more adapted to warm themselves when they become cold then to cool themselves under a blanket.
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USTRC and College Rodeo Join Forces
he National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) have joined forces in typical team roping â€œpartnershipâ€? fashion. The partnership will involve supporting the memberships of both organizations. USTRC will award Regional Finals Shoot-Out positions/$1,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings to the top three headers and heelers in the final season l standings in all eleven NIRA Regions. They will also award a National Finals Shoot-Out position/$3000 in USTRC Flex Earnings to the top three teams in the team roping event at the College National Finals Rodeo. The only stipulation for the awards will be that the roper will need to be a member of the USTRC prior to the conclusion of their respective regional rodeo season and the CNFR. â€œThis is a great opportunity for college rodeoâ€™s top team ropers. Team roping is an event that can be enjoyed for years. Itâ€™s like golf for cowboys; and I thank the USTRC for offering their support to college rodeo,â€? said NIRA Commissioner, Roger Walters. The USTRC was formed in 1990 to promote team roping as a sport and to develop a national team roping championship. Since that date the organization has experienced exponential growth and now plays host to over 35,000 members, and pays out over $30 million a year in cash and prizes. Kirk Bray, USTRC President said, â€œWe are very pleased to be affiliated with the NIRA. We like nothing better than supporting the collegiate roper and an association as solid as the NIRA. USTRC is looking forward to this being a long and productive relationship.â€? Marketing Director, John Findlay, added, â€œItâ€™s about time we hooked up with the NIRA. Itâ€™s a natural affiliation and should have been put together
years ago. Not only does the NIRA have lots of ropers we can offer Shoot-Out positions to; but we all know what rough stock riders do after they hang up their rigginâ€™s.â€? To become a member please contact the USTRC office at (254) 968-0002, and
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Total Cash Payout $1,775,000
Total Participants Approx. 3,000 teams
Divisions Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #8 Preliminary #8 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary
Chad Master at 16 comes in 12th in the Average of #11 Shoot-Out heading for Randy Moore. Russel Cardoza, right on his 11th birthday takes 2nd in the Average of the #5 Shoot-Out heeling for his mom, Lynn. Brady Minor at only 12 years old takes 10th in the Average of the #5 Shoot-Out heeling for the late Doc Ickes when he was 77 years old. Travis Graves at age 13 earns 4th in the Average of the #9 Shoot-Out heeling for Cole Mott, 3rd in the Average of the #7 Shoot-Out heading for Ben McCloy, 2nd in the Average of the #6 Shoot-Out heeling for Blake Larmon and 4th in the #11 Preliminary heeling for Jake Barnes.
Total Participants Approx. 4,000 teams
Divisions Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #8 Preliminary #8 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary
#7 Shoot-Out #6 Preliminary #6 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out Century Preliminary Century Shoot-Out #8 Gold Plus #7 All-Girl
Total Cash Payout $2,575,986
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Open Payoff $20,000
Reuniting to on e location mad e life for ropers and staff members alike much sweeter. $100,000 Ad ded Open Pro Series Champions we re Steve North cott and Steve Purc ella.
Open Winners Chance Kelton & Brent Lockett
Open Payoff $50,000
Jake Cooper takes 4th and 6th in the Average of #7 Shoot-Out at 14-years of age.
“After nine years, it seems as though the NFTR has taken on a magic of its own, the atmosphere of which is unlike any other in team roping.”
Total Participants 8,212 teams
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Three other familiar names placed in the very same roping . . . Kinney Dale Harrel at 16 won 5th with his sister Keli and the brothers, Jay (14) and Randon Adams (16) were 12th.
Divisions Open Preliminary Open Shoot-Out #11 Preliminary #11 Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary #9 Shoot-Out #8 Preliminary #8 Shoot-Out #7 Preliminary #7 Shoot-Out
Open Winners Chance Kelton & Brandon Wallace
#7 Shoot-Out #6 Preliminary #6 Shoot-Out #5 Preliminary #5 Shoot-Out Century Preliminary Century Shoot-Out #8 VIP #7 All-Girl
Total Cash Payout $2,025,034
Number of Days 8
Matt Sherwood earned the biggest paycheck of his career, so far, by winning $20,000 finishing first in the Average of the #11 Shoot-Out with 15-year-old Derrick Davis, a Florida kid he had only met face-toface three days before the Shoot-Out.
Number of Days 8
Noted Roper s Jimmy Cooper , just 15, finish es 7th in the #7 Shoot-Out heeling for An n Kilbreath. Jake Cooper wa s 2nd in #11 Preliminary heading for Sh ane Powell. Rhen Richard, just 10-years-o ld at the time, takes 4t h heeling for Ro n Swafford in the #4 Shoo t-Out and 3rd heeling for Trenton Clemen t in the #3 Sh oot-Out. Thirteen-year-o ld Arky Rogers places 3rd in the #7 Shoo t-Out heading for John Hudson. Arky also earns a 19 th spot in the #5 ShootOut heading fo r Glynn Box.
Open Winners Charles Pogue & Britt Bockius
Open Payoff $50,000
Roping Notes “The acquisition of USTRC by Equibrand in late 1998 and the insider knowledge that 1999 would be the final year for USTRC founder and president, Denny Gentry, set the stage for things to come. Add to that the hype associated with the USTRC’s tenth anniversary, and the final USTRC season of this millennium, and it comes as no surprise that this year’s National Finals of Team Roping was such a blowout.” “This year’s Finals was much bigger than anyone thought it would be. Both the facility and the staff were overwhelmed by the number of horses and the number of teams (8,212).” “We couldn’t count all the horses. After we ran out of stall space on Wednesday, horses were being tied to trucks, trailers, in alley ways, in warm-up arenas, driving the Fairgrounds security crazy!” The first Jr. Looper Championships were held.
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Thoughts from a Team Roping Spouse
Just Looking for Excuses
t first it was the glove, the one with the little hole in it that lets you have a good feel for the rope, then it was the breast collar. I think the tie down or the flank cinch was next. Then along came the wrong colored shirt and the V’d tail gate. I’m pretty sure the noisy kids and the
chicken livers figured next. Then it might have been the green ink on the check instead of blue or black and something or other it had to do with a screw lost out of the roping dummy we hauled in the back of the pickup. Come to think of it there was a certain book I was reading one time that was a major
factor and player into what happened. In fact, if I look back and search discreetly I am pretty sure I can find a real and legitimate excuse as to why Boss didn’t place at all the ropings through all the years we have been going. Boss and his partners, Tim and Donald, never ever blame each other when things fall apart. They always have a “real reason” it didn’t work out for them and they were not able to bring home all the money. My goodness, they rope all the time, you would think they would have it figured out by now. Some great cosmic force is in place and it rears its ugly head and casts doom over the team ropers and invariably they can’t rope at all. I know for a fact one weekend it was all mine and June Bug’s fault. She didn’t feel good that weekend and was whiny and crying all the way to the roping. Naturally, that set the mood and who
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could possibly rope after listening to near getting too old to rope.â€? If Boss that for a hundred miles. Then there was lives as long as his octogenarian friend the book! It was a philosophical tale of he has thirty more years to go. some sorts about the wisdom of the ages You have to admire and love the older and the meaning of truth. My gosh, how ropers who get up and go have a good can you think about roping and do well time and never expect anything more after your wife has grilled you on the than a little fun and fellowship. If meaning of life and why the sun sets in winning fits in the picture they are the west versus the east and why grapes excited, overwhelmed and absolutely become prunes and M & Mâ€™s have delighted just because they were still colors. No one in their right mind could able to get on their horse. So they didnâ€™t win a team roping after that kind of win it all but did they ever have a great mental grind. time and it just wasnâ€™t meant to be and it No one ever dared to escape, not had nothing to do with books, gloves, even Buzzy from the â€œDooms Dayer kids or shirts; much less red cans or Roper Excuses Hobbitâ€? (whatever that green ink. means!) It just fits in with those alien I know that sometimes you have on forces that set out to sabotage roping. your game plan face and you have Buzzy and his buddies were, indeed, at spent a lot of time in the practice pen. fault on one particular weekend. Instead Lord knows, you would think I could do of two kids going to it just from watching the roping we had it so much! Anyway, five including our Why canâ€™t a team roper it is true something two and it was a might happen to constant banter of just ante up and say, â€œI interfere with your kids playing and winning. Iâ€™ve just missed. It wasnâ€™t my discovered on our fussing and all the usual stuff that kids end of the spectrum weekend to place.â€? do. How you possible that we are, indeed, concentrate with kids our own worst raising all kinds of enemies. ruckus the whole way to the roping? You I need to take a lesson from the team realize you have a lot to think about and ropers Iâ€™m around. Let me see, it could so much has to come together for this easily go something like this: I canâ€™t turn winning thing to work out right. out steers today because I have on my Oh yeah, and I will never forget the sandals and not my tennis shoes and my time I went to Samâ€™s Club and loaded nail polish is gold instead of ivory. Of up on some red burst of flame soda course, there is the mascara I picked up that was supposed to be the energy of at Wally World and it is not the brand I all energies. Only one problem; yours needed so I canâ€™t see the latch on the truly got the wrong one and no offense gate to pull it when you nod. Oh yeah, but the 7up version is not as good and and I canâ€™t see you nod because my you probably wonâ€™t win the roping if sunglasses are the ones with the screw you canâ€™t keep the red cans straight. out of the ear piece and they wonâ€™t set Two blowouts and a thermostat was straight on my head or cover my eyes. I another reason for the lack of winning think it is because the sunlight creates a times. I mean good grief you can only prism and then it makes my eyes water. change so many tires and wait for a new Then, of course, the steer shakes the thermostat and suddenly your team panels and the chute causes my hands roping is shot to, oh well, you get my to tremble and I canâ€™t open the gate picture here. because I have a cramp. Iâ€™m beginning the think the older Any of this sound familiar? Why canâ€™t ropers get the more excuses they need. a team roper just ante up and say, â€œI just Once â€œOld Arthurâ€? moves into the knees, missed. It wasnâ€™t my weekend to place. shoulders and hands it is really hard to But wasnâ€™t it fun and letâ€™s stop for Pizza focus on the roping. I find that so hard on the way.â€? Ahhh! Team ropers! They to handle especially when I listened to drive me crazy. Boss telling an eighty-seven-year-old Love ya and Keep Roping, Gracie friend of his, â€œPoor me, Iâ€™m just dang
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since the beginning. The ability to recognize data patterns allows the USTRC to be more exact in its grouping of competitors. â€œClassifications are more about how you compete than how you rope,â€? added Poythress. â€œTaking this approach removes the guess work from classifications. It is finally down to the nuts of bolts of things. We now know what happens when ropers compete. We have actually put a scientific spin on classifications and now recognize competitive patterns.â€? â€œRopers have wanted to be classified by their performance and not by the opinion of others,â€? continued Bray. â€œTRIAD was the first step in being able to accomplish that goal. Elite TRIAD is the next step. We now have new tools to make classifications even more fair for everyone.â€? Through the years the problem with determining classifications has been the method not the messenger. â€œUSTRC readily admits thereâ€™s no such thing a perfect classification system. The subjective â€œcoffee shopâ€? method of determining classifications works fairly well with a small group of personal acquaintances,â€? said Bray. â€œAs the group becomes larger the mistakes mount and ropers become disenfranchised. Five years ago the USTRC addressed this issue by incorporating an objective performance based analysis into the decision process. The implementation of TRIAD was the first step toward changing the decision method from opinion to performance. The Elite TRIAD System is even more refined.â€? A large concern of any classification system seems to be the younger generation of ropers or the kids to put it bluntly. â€œThe trend today is for everyone to avoid the kids and not let them to enter,â€? said Bray. â€œWe have found a way to include, not exclude those ropers. They are the future of the sport and should be shown the same consideration as everyone else.â€?
The Elite TRIAD system will be a benefit for everyone and will work in favor of all ropers. â€œWe are here to help everyone,â€? added Poythress. â€œNot just working for our own benefit. It is a service to the sport and to the betterment of competition.â€? The Elite TRIAD system is also designed not to take ropers out of a division. â€œWe are not trying to take ropers out of a division or out of competition,â€? said Bray. â€œWe are just keeping them from being a dominating factor. We are also not taking away their chance to win. We are making everyone as comfortable and competitive as possible. This way itâ€™s more fair for everyone.â€? â€œThis is exactly right,â€? Poythress agreed. â€œThis system gives the roper options. Today if they receive a classification adjustment they have to switch divisions. With the new Elite TRIAD system ropers can stay in the division and switch partners or they can stay with their partner and move up a division, all the while staying competitive.â€? As you can see the new Elite TRIAD system is making classifications more interactive and transparent. Ropers will soon be able to see all the information that the USTRC Classification Department considers when determining their classification. In addition, they will be able to see where they rank within their respective classification group. Your personal record will be available for you to view after December 15, 2009 on the member services page of the USTRC website at www.ustrc.com. The USTRC is serious about improving the sport and making things better for everyone. the USTRC is the official home of Americaâ€™s Cowboy Sport and we invite you to be part of the growth and excitement. Put yourself in a position to take part in the greatest team roping organization in the world, the United States Team Roping Championships. n
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ust like that moose in Vermont who fell in love with a Hereford cow named Jessica, other species go bonkers over me. I hasten to add that there is nothing sexual about my attraction. Itâ€™s just that I get along better with animals than I do people. Cats are always rubbing up against my leg and purring, deer congregate on my front lawn awaiting my appearance, and if thereâ€™s a dog around Iâ€™m petting it. Some people whoâ€™ve made note of my special prowess have suggested that I am a â€œdog whispererâ€? and that I seem to be able to communicate with animals in ways that other people simply cannot. In public I attribute my special talents to my animal science degree and a lifetime love of animals, and I take great pride in seeming to possess a skill that other people do not. I love the fact that animals appear to like me better. The key word being â€œappear,â€? for, although it pains me to admit this, I
donâ€™t really possess any special kind of animal attraction. Itâ€™s all done with smoke, mirrors, treats and a trick. Around our neighborhood I am like the Pied Piper. The minute I walk out the door seemingly every dog within three miles is following me. And itâ€™s not just dogs. An entire menagerie, sheep, cats, cows and even my horse, Gentleman, get in line. This may surprise longtime readers because Iâ€™ve often written of how hard my horse was to catch, but that was only when I had a halter or a rope in my hand. The rest of the time he wouldnâ€™t leave me alone. I constantly had to shoo him away. Thatâ€™s because I nearly always had a carrot for him. I carried the tasty tubers in my back pockets and easily taught Gentleman how to help himself. This was fine as long as I was showing off for folks, but the trick almost resulted in my premature demise. One day I was in the horse pasture trimming a tree with my chainsaw. I know
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ver the years I have been asked what I thought was every sports medicine question imaginable, that was until this morning. By this morning I mean early this morning. And by early this morning I mean it was really more like the middle of the night. It was exactly 5:17 a.m. according to my bedside clock when the phone rang and I began the process of awakening from my selfinduced coma that some refer to as sleep. Those who know me will attest that I am a morning person, but not in your traditional way. I usually get going sometime around 11 p.m. and hit my prime somewhere around 2 a.m. That is why my mower has a sophisticated state-of-the-art lighting system. It is also why my horses always appear so sleepy, they also are subjected to a sophisticated not quite so state-of-theart lighting system. Anyway thatâ€™s another topic for another time. So I answered the phone expecting to hear the most tragic news of my life all the while trying to get myself dressed for the impending doom that was inevitably going to follow. I was doing a quick inventory of my living relatives and close friends while also trying to deduce how my horses must have gotten out on the highway and how many cars were involved. You know the sick feeling of the early morning summonsâ€Ś â€œIs this Mark Duncanâ€Ś the Mark Duncan who writes the crazy articles every monthâ€Ś for the roping magazineâ€?â€Ś
I hesitantly replied, â€œYes,â€? and waited for the bomb to drop. Surely I thought this is not the USTRC protocol for informing you that your number has been raised or that you have been banned from any further USTRC events. Maybe I had been using illegal practice equipment, but how did they know I had used my nephew as a virtual â€œBufordâ€? just a few days beforeâ€Ś â€œHow may I help you?â€? I replied. I swear this is what I heard. â€œWhat about the old farts?â€? I said, â€œExcuse me, sir,â€? and I promptly heard again, â€œWhat about us old farts?â€? That should have been my first clue to hang up but I gotta admit Iâ€™m a sucker for a good story and I needed this monthâ€™s material. Little did I know though how really good it was going to be. For the next hour and a half this old fella took me down more crazy paths than I could have covered in a lifetime and he made me feel emotions ranging from true sorrow and sadness to utter hysteria and disbelief as he described to me in detail his unbelievable life. It was awesome!!! Well, enough of the phone call and back to the real message for the month. I have tried diligently to cover topics that pertain to all of you who choose to read this column and for the most part I have been fairly successful. There is, however, one group that I have failed to give enough credit to. Maybe credit isnâ€™t the right word but I can assure you it is not out of lack of respect but more out of lack of thought. It never really
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occurred to me how many older folks still love to rope. It also never occurred to me how really important they are to our sport and how important our sport is to them. Yeah, over the years I have talked about everything from total joints to heart attacks but I never have addressed the unique sports medicine needs of the older/more experienced roper. Now I know what some of you younger bucks are thinking, “Forget the old farts”… and I would tell you this… Our goal every day should be to one day become an “old fart” and better yet an “old fart” who ropes. They are in some respects the silent partners in our game, but if you stop for a moment and listen they speak volumes to those who will merely take the time to listen. When was the last time you saw an old guy miss a steer in the short go? Why are senior citizens always so wellmounted? Why do you see an AARP sticker on the bumper of the guy driving the Rope for the Trucks truck? Bet it never crossed your mind… I am proud to say that our organization has not only been a partner for the “elder roper” but more importantly a pioneer for the “elder athlete.” Heck, the whole USTRC system is designed to let diversity and ability congregate, recreate and hopefully celebrate. I, for one, am glad to be a part of it all. To all you folks both male and female who find yourselves more comfortable with George Jones than Boy George… rope up… rope often… rope like you were dying!!! Until next month… Good Luck… Good Health… Good Roping … & God Bless!!!
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decided not long ago to put a little rodeo run together. I got me a partner, practiced roping fast for a couple of weeks, and entered up. It was only a week-long run, but it was something to look forward to and I enjoyed being back out there roping against tough guys. The week ended in Amarillo, Texas on the last full weekend of the rodeo season. The twelve best teams in the world weren’t there because they were in Omaha, Nebraska at what is called the Tour Finale, competing for over $200,000 in added money. They qualified through the year-long qualification system that goes on all year at rodeos across the country. The guys that were in Amarillo were guys like me, weekend warriors, and the bottom group that were still battling it out for the last few spots to see who was going to get to compete at the National Finals Rodeo. This group of guys had been out there competing since January and most of them were coming from Pendleton, Oregon, the last big rodeo of the year. It’s a long drive from Pendleton to Amarillo and most of the guys looked tired and worn from the long season. Some had already been mathematically eliminated from the NFR contention, meaning that no matter how much they won, it wasn’t going to be enough to put them in one of the 15 spots. A few still had a shot, but after they missed, or their partner missed in the first go round, they too were eliminated. I watched each guy and I could relate to what they were feeling and what each man was going through because I’ve been there. I’ve been one of those guys that went all year and came up short and failed to reach a goal that I felt I was surely capable of reaching, and I had to ask myself, why? Not only why, but how did I get myself and my team in this position? The first thing that most guys always say is that my partner held me back. That’s never true. If you would have
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Hello roped every steer that was turned for you, or headed every steer that you had, or not broke the barrier, you would have made it. It’s your fault and no one else’s. To know that you’re going home and several of your fellow competitors are going to Las Vegas to compete at what everyone calls The Big Show is sickening! The mood in Amarillo was not good. With all of that said I think defeat is a natural part of life. None of us succeed all the time. Failing to achieve something we want to accomplish and then learning from our mistakes is how a person improves. In defeat, you have to make a simple decision: do I let this destroy me or do I review my year and learn from it? Not all things a person does in a failed task are bad. Some were good, so keep those things in place. But there comes a time when you have to be truthful with yourself and make some serious changes. Don’t kid yourself, change is tough. But we all have to ask ourselves a few simple questions: am I capable of more, and am I doing everything I can to achieve the results I want? Like Lou Holtz, the legendary football coach and motivational speaker said, “Are you committed to excellence?” Most of the time, the answers we seek are right in front of us if we just open our eyes and look around. People are successful for a reason, so why not try to get closer to winners and learn form them? I know a guy who went to Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien-Cooper and ran the chute for them just to watch them practice. He ran the steers up and raked the boxes, just to try to learn from these guys. The guy I’m talking about was already a great young roper before he went there, but he wasn’t satisfied with the results he was getting. How many people could put their pride aside long enough to learn something from two guys who are living a lifestyle that they want? Oh, did I mention that the chute help went on
a few years later and became a World Champion? Well, he did! I told my father one time that I wanted to become a better horseman. He said, “That’s easy. Pick out guys who you admire and who are getting the results that you want, and study them. Watch them from the time they unload their horses until they put them back into the trailer. Watch every move they make and get close to them. Ask them questions, because most people like to talk about themselves, and pay attention to what they say.” He went to walk away then he turned around and he said, “One more thing. Don’t tell them what you know. When they look at you and your horse, they will already know what you know, so skip that. Keep your mouth closed and your eyes and mind wide open. You never know what you might learn.” This world doesn’t care who succeeds and who fails, it doesn’t play favorites. It’s up to us as individuals to make that choice, but we have to be willing to learn and make changes. Sometimes you have to put your pride aside and roll your sleeves up and get dirty to get to where you want to go. The guy who said it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, never lost. If he never lost then he never played the game, because if he ever lost he would know what its like to lay there at night and stare at the ceiling and not be able to sleep. If you perform up to your capability and lose, that’s acceptable. You can feel at peace because you know that’s all you got, but most of the time we have more and we can do more. In horse racing there are certain horses that are content during the race to be in the middle of the pack. They don’t like being last and they don’t like being in front. They’re happy running in the middle of the pack even though they’re capable of running faster then they do. A horse like that is referred to as a herd dweller. He is just content being somewhere in the middle. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to accept that out of myself. Walt Woodard, herd dweller! Not in this life time. Until Next Month, Thanks for your time
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#10 with #8 Inc. Big Cash Roping Pick one, draw three or draw all four for $150/roper Enter 3 times for 12 runs All ropings are 3 Steer Average
Classic Challenge Payback 5 times your money 6 times if using Classic ropes Entry fee $10-$50 “It pays to use a Classic”
USTRC National Shoot-Outs will be awarded with any pot exceeding $20,000, or to any roper with $6,000 in earnings. USTRC Regional Shoot-Outs will be awarded to any roper with $2,000 in earnings. Info: Current USTRC cards for team roping payoff. 2010 USTRC cards can be purchased at all Load 'Em ropings and are good for 2009 & 2010. TRIAD numbers only. Produced by: Load 'Em In The Dark Cattle Co. For more info: Loadem.net. Chris Freed 208.251.3170 Stalls: Plenty of stalls Directions to Arena: 10800 S. 2200 W, South Jordan, UT 84095 I-15 to Exit 10600 S. Go west to Redwood Road, turn left (south), go to 11400 S. Turn right (west), arena will be on the right.
Thanks to our sponsors
Special Sponsors and Silent Auction Tod Slone Saddles Luan’s Leathers Burn’s Saddlery Wrangler Fast Back Ropes AA Callisters Dodge Trucks IFA Fast Lane Rodeo Resistol Hats
Purina Cactus Saddlery South Valley Animal Hospital S & S Barn and Buildings
For interested parties please call Laurie Stewart 801.641.1596
GUARANTEED PAYOFFS #4 & Under Roping
1st Running P Saddles & Wrangler Jeans 2nd Mesquite Truck Roping Entry Fees & $500 3rd Northwest Finals Entry Fees & $300 4th Load 'Em Coats & $200 5th Load 'Em Gift Certificates & $300 6th Wrangler Jeans & $200 Load 'Em Buckles to Highest Placing Youth, Woman & Senior Who Does Not Win 1st
#10 with #8 Inc. Big Cash Roping $5,000 to High Point Roper
1st Running P Saddles & Wrangler Jeans 2nd Mesquite Truck Roping Entry Fees & Wrangler Jeans 3rd Northwest Finals Entry Fees & Wrangler Jeans 4th Classic Rope Bags & Wrangler Jeans 5th Classic Rope Bags & Wrangler Jean 6th - 8th Load 'Em Sweatshirts & Wrangler Jeans
#8 Incentive Winners
1st Running P Saddles & Wrangler Jeans 2nd Load 'Em Coats 3rd Load 'Em Sweatshirts Cash Payout Will Be Determined By Team Count. Load 'Em Guaranteed Payouts Average Over 70%
Hotel Best Western 801.523.8484 LOAD 'EM TEAM ROPING SCHEDULE Nov. 13 & 14, Nov. 21 & 22, Nov. 27 & 28, Dec. 5 & 6, Dec. 30 – Jan. 2,
09 09 09 09 10
Salmon River Motors
hampion’s hoice Buckles
Mesquite, NV Queen Creek, AZ South Jordan, UT Queen Creek, AZ Mesquite, NV
4 Saddles $10,000 Top Roper, #8-#10, #10-#13 Roping for Wishes 80% Payback 15th Annual New Year’s Roping
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INVITATIONAL TEAM ROPERS ASSOC. NM, TX, OK
Payback Roping NOVEMBER 14-15, 2009 • (Saturday & Sunday) ANDREWS, TEXAS • ANDREWS COUNTY EXPO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
BOOKS OPEN 9:00 A.M. • ROPE 10:00 A.M.
BOOKS OPEN 9:00 A.M. • ROPE 10:00 A.M.
#12 $150/roper Bring 1 / draw 2 or draw all 3 Top 5 to Payback with fees paid
ALL R WEL OPERS COM E
$5,000 ADDED Bonus Money to be split 1st Saddles & $2,500 ADDED Money 2nd Jackets & $1,500 ADDED Money 3rd Breastcollars & $1,000 ADDED Money
#11 Money Maker
00 $5,0 US BON EY MON
Must have current USTRC card to collect winnings. 2009 membership cards may be purchased at roping. TRIAD numbers only.
USTRC Handicap Bring 1 / draw 2 Top 5 to Payback with fees paid
#13 Handicap Payback Roping
$150/roper Bring 1 / draw 2 or draw all 3 Top 5 to Payback with fees paids
Bring 1 / Draw 1 for $150/roper 4-steer Average with 3-steer consolation
ITRA NM, TX, OK Membership $100/year Non-members may rope for $20/day
CLOVIS, NM 800-658-6378
#15 & #14 teams +3 sec. #13 teams straight time #12 teams -1 sec. #11 teams -3 sec. #10 & below teams -5 sec. $60/roper • Pick or Draw • Limit 5 times First entry must be a draw, others pick or draw or combo. Top 5 teams from #12, #10 & #15 advance to PAYBACK with fees paid. Others must enter. #15 & #14 teams must qualify. #8 and above heelers limited to 2 picks.
Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply
OFFICIAL ROPE OF THE PRCA
For more information call: Jane or Gerry Tully 575/937-2298 or 575/378-4840 INVITATIONAL TEAM ROPERS ASSOCIATION • NM, TX, OK 118 / NOVEMBER 2009
Sierra Blanca Motors 1-800-626-6867 Ruidoso, NM
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$ $ $$ $
Believe It! K C 85% PAYBAt any e g It doesn’t n that! better tha
ROPE FOR THE MONEY December 19-20, 2009 Albuquerque, NM Horseman’s Arena
$ $ $$ $
$ WEATHER A PROBL NOT INDOOR EM ARENA
ENTER AT 8:00 A.M. • ROPE AT 9:00 A.M. EACH DAY Open #15 #13 #12
SATURDAYS 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x
SUNDAYS #11 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x #10 4-head for $150/roper • Enter 3x #9 4-head • Pick 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $200/roper Enter 2 times • Capped at #5
TRIAD numbers only
Thank you for your support We look forward to seeing you and know you will be pleased to enter where you have a chance to rope good cattle for a great return on your money!
$ $ $$ $
For more information and future dates visit us at: www.bigdaddyteamroping.com Or call Oren Mathews • mobile 505/617-0627 Chris Francis • mobile 505/429-0164 Eddy Lynn • office 505/425-6051, mobile 575/760-2871 Ron Gonzales • mobile 505/429-0412
$ $ $$ $
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Saturday, November 21
Bernalillo County Sheriffs Posse Arena • Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saturday, November 28 Curry County Event Center • Clovis, New Mexico
Open • #15 • #13 • #12
(Nov. 21 & 28 ONLY)
$150/roper • Enter 3x
(Nov. 21 & 28 ONLY)
ENTER AT 9:00 A.M • ROPE AT 10:00 A.M.
Sunday, November 22
THANKSGIVING TRAILER ROPING Albuquerque, NM
Sunday, November 29
TRAILER ROPING Clovis, NM
CASH & GUAR PRIZES ANTEE D
Curry County Event Center
Bernalillo County Sheriffs Posse Arena
ENTER AT 9:00 A.M • ROPE AT 10:00 A.M.
ENTER AT 9:00 A.M • ROPE AT 10:00 A.M.
Handicapped Warm-Up Roping Capped at #5
Handicapped Warm-Up Roping Capped at #5 Pick 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/roper Enter 2x Fancy Running P Saddles to High Point Header and Heeler Plus Cash Payback
#11 TRAILER ROPING Bring 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/Roper Enter 5X for 15 Partners
Average 1st $3,000 + Buckles 2nd $2,000 + Buckles 3rd $1,000 + Buckles 4th $750 + Vests 5th $500 + Vests
TRIAD s r numbe y onl
Pick 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/roper Enter 2x Fancy Running P Saddles to High Point Header and Heeler Plus Cash Payback
#11 TRAILER ROPING Bring 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/Roper Enter 5X for 15 Partners
Joe Hughes 3-Horse Slant Gooseneck Trailer Titan 2-Horse Slant Gooseneck Trailer to High Point Roper to High Point Roper in Clovis in Albuquerque For more information visit us at:
www.bigdaddyteamroping.com Or call: Oren Mathews • mobile 505/617-0627 or Chris Francis • mobile 505/429-0164
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JW Productions presents
Trailer Roping November 14, 2009 Cottonwood Indoor Arena â€˘ Flower Mound, TX #9 Pick & Draw
#10 Pick or Draw
#11 / #13
Books open 9:00 a.m.
Books open 11:00 a.m.
Books open 3:00 p.m.
Rope 10:00 a.m.
Rope immediately after #9
Rope immediately after #10
Pick 1, Draw 2
Draw 3 for $90/roper
or Draw all 3
Pick partners for $30/roper Ropings run together with
separate short rounds
Any combination of draw or
#11 capped at #7
4x entry limit (12 runs)
pick partners for 12 runs total 12x entry limit in each roping
Handicap - 1.5 seconds for
Handicap - 1.5 seconds for
Handicap - #13 only
every # under #9 team
every # under #10 team
1.5 seconds for #12 team
CASH ONLY u
TRIAD numbers only. USTRC membership required.
All ropings progressive after one
No TRIAD number, we will classify you
Negative Coggins required
3101 Justin Road,
TITAN 2 SLANT -HORSE to High TRAILER Point
wi of any 2 ropinnner gs
Flower Mound, Texas (FM 407 off of I-35) u
FMI: James & Brandi Watson 903/816-0169 903/814-7310
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Thanks to our sponsor: SPORT CITY TOYOTA 866/207-6555 www.sportcitytoyota.com
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Austin Arena Canton, Texas November 14-15, 2009
Cowboy Trailer Sales & Cowboy Conversions Crockett, TX (936) 546-2467
Saturday - November 14
$155,063 cash paid out at 2009 Finals
Books Open at 8:00 a.m. - Rope 9:30 a.m.
#6/3 Cap Enter one/Draw two or Draw all three
$100 per roper - Enter 3 times - Buckles 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Average (6 buckles) (30 to short go)
#8/4 Cap Enter one/Draw one or Draw two $100 per roper - Enter 4 times Buckles to Average Winners (30 to short go)
#9/5 Cap Enter one/Draw one or Draw two $100 per roper - Enter 4 times Buckles to Average winners All books close at short go of previous roping
Dummy Roping Noon Saturday
If you make the Short-Round at any On Fire roping you receive a Finals S/O. All On Fire Finals S/O ropings are 100% payback. Top 20 to Short Go & On Fire Shoot-Outs Awarded
Sunday - November 15
Books Open at 8:00 a.m. - Rope 9:30 a.m.
#10 $50 per roper - Enter 5 times - Pick or Draw #12 40 years and older (Women any age) - #6 cap On Fire Dates: Sept-April at Austin Arena Canton, TX
Jan 30-31 Feb 20-21 Mar 13-14 Apr 17-18 Finals May 21-23 Athens, TX
$50 per roper - Enter 5 times #11 $50 per roper - Enter 5 times #12 $50 per roper - Enter 5 times #15 $50 per roper - Enter 5 times Handicap Pick or Draw
70% Payback on #8 - #15 Ropings
5 cap on draw on bottom only
Open $50 per roper - Enter 5 times Current USTRC Membership Required
Kevin Blackwell (903) 721-0303 Curtis McKnight (936) 674-6007 www.onfireproduction.com
TRIAD Numbers Only
Stalls Available $20
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2009 WORLD SERIES FINALE WARM-UP 2010 WORLD SERIES SEASON OPENER Saturday
November 14, 2009 H#15 Warm-Up 4 for $50/roper • May enter 4 times H#15 H#13 H#11 H#10
All World Series Qualifier New for Ropings are enter twice 2010 Sea for $150/roper #15 Divisson ion No age limit • No cap in the #15 Wrangler Jeans Certificates To All Average Winners Are you going to the World Series Finale? Need to buy or sell rodeo tickets? Go to www.nfrlv.com or call 505/425-3850
Upcoming Events THANKSGIVING TRAILER & SADDLE ROPING EXPO NM NOVEMBER 29, 2009
plus RACE FOR CHARITY
NOVEMBER 27 & 28, 2009 126 / NOVEMBER 2009
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse Covered Arena North 2nd Street
Albuquerque, New Mexico Books open 8 a.m., close at 9 a.m., rope at 9:30 a.m.
run Roping will be using the stem No Barrier Sy just like the sFinale in Vega y! Come get read TRIAD numbers only For more info call Kenny or Marsha Zamora
505-425-3850 or visit www.zamoraroping.com Day of roping: 505-469-4388
Host Hotel Ramada Limited 5601 Alameda NE Albuquerque, NM Ask for $59 roper rate
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presents the 12th Annual
One Day Only
November 29, 2009
THANKSGIVING TRAILER & SADDLE TEAM ROPING
H #5 & Under Saddle Roping • Draw 3 for $120/roper • May enter twice
Albuquerque, New Mexico Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds Indoor Horse Arena Books open 8 a.m., close at 9 a.m., rope at 9:30 a.m.
Clint Mortenson buckles to Average winners Running P saddle to High Point roper H Church Service H #10 Handicapped • • • • • • •
TEED GUARAN & Payoff Prizes
Trailer Roping Pick 1, draw 2 or draw all 3 for $150/roper May enter 5 times for a total of 15 partners Trailer Roping will not start before 12 noon Books close at 11:30 a.m. 18 second cutoff in first-go One buyback allowed in first-go Capped at a #5
TRIAD numbers only Must be current USTRC member For more info call Kenny or Marsha Zamora 505-425-3850
or visit www.zamoraroping.com Day of roping: 505-469-4388
H Two Horse Slant
Trailer to High Point Roper H H H H
1st - $2,000 + Running P saddles 2nd - $1,500 + Clint Mortenson buckles 3rd - $1,000 + Jackets 4th - $500 + Wrangler 20X vests
Barcelona Suites 900 Louisiana Blvd. NE 505/255-5566
RACE FOR CHARITY NOVEMBER 27 & 28, 2009
$2,00 0 Added Plus 8 Buc kles
Books open at 9:00 a.m. each day Exhibitions at 10:00 a.m. Race at 1:00 p.m. • Must be entered for race by 12:30 p.m. • $50/racer NBHA - BBR - WPRA sanctioned For more information please call Jamie 505/897-1000
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Memphis Agricenter Show Place Arena Memphis, Tennessee
Southeast REGIONAL Northeast REGIONAL Jackson County Ag Center Marianna, Florida
McPherson Arena Bristol, Tennessee
Books open at 8:30 a.m. The roping starts at 9:30 a.m. SHARP November 14 & 15, 2009 HOpen 4-HD $100/roper, Pick 1 Draw 1 Enter 2 times H#15 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#13 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#12 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#11 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X HFarm Credit of North Florida VIP Roping $50/roper, Enter 2X 75% Payback at Regional
November 21 & 22, 2009 HOpen 4-HD $100/roper, Pick 1 Draw 1 Enter 2 times H#15 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#13 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#12 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#11 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X HFarm Credit of North Florida VIP Roping $50/roper, Enter 2X 75% Payback at Regional
Sunday, November 15, 2009 H#10 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#9 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#8 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X
Sunday, November 22, 2009 H#10 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#9 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X H#8 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X
November 28 & 29, 2009 HOpen 4-HD $100/roper, Pick 1 Draw 1 Enter 2 times $1,000 Guaranteed to Average winners H#15 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $1,000 Guaranteed to Average winners H#13 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $1,500 Guaranteed to Average winners H#12 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $2,000 Guaranteed to Average winners H#11 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $2,000 Guaranteed to Average winners HFarm Credit of North Florida VIP Roping $50/roper, Enter 2X 75% Payback at Regional
H Priefert Manaul Chute to High Point Roper of the weekend (winner cannot win saddle) H Reinsman Saddle to Saturday High Point Roper H Reinsman Saddle to Sunday High Point Roper (Can only win one saddle) H USTRC 2010 Regional Shoot-Outs to Average winners H Priefert Rain Jackets by Carroll Original Wear to Average Winners of all ropings
H Priefert Manaul Chute to High Point Roper of the weekend (winner cannot win saddle) H Reinsman Saddle to Saturday High Point Roper H Reinsman Saddle to Sunday High Point Roper (Can only win one saddle) H USTRC 2010 Regional Shoot-Outs to Average winners H Priefert Rain Jackets by Carroll Original Wear to Average Winners of all ropings
Sunday, November 29, 2009 H#10 4-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $2,500 Guaranteed to Average winners H#9 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $2,500 Guaranteed to Average winners H#8 3-HD $50/roper, Enter 5X $1,500 Guaranteed to Average winners
NTRL National Shoot-Outs to 1st - 10th in Average of all ropings.
For Mariana info: Franklin Thomas 706/473-0476 or Scott Elliott 386/867-1299
USTRC Regional Flex Earnings to All Average Winners
All USTRC Members Eligible to Rope No additional NTRL Membership Required
Roping Format Open Pick/Draw Pick one partner, draw one more for $100/roper. You may enter 2 times for a total of 4 runs. Top twenty teams to short go. #15, #13, #12, #11, #10 Four head, progressive after one. You may enter each roping five times, any combination of pick or draw. Entry fees are $50/roper. Twenty teams to the short go.
#9, #8 Three head, progressive after one. You may enter each roping five times, any combination of pick or draw. Entry fees are $50/roper. The #9 is capped at #5 and the #8 is capped at #4. Twenty teams to the short go. Farm Credit of North Florida VIP Roping 4-head on highest number roping, 3-head on lowest number roping - progressive on one. Entry fees are $50/roper. This is not an Incentive roping. The ropings are run together. May enter each roping two times. 75% Payback!
H Priefert Manaul Chute to High Point Roper of the weekend H Priefert Regional Champion Buckles awarded to High Point #4 & Below, #5 or #6, #7 & Above of the weekend
Draw-pot Option In Every Roping Roping Information Draw-Pot option in every roping. All ropings are on-site entry and cash only. Books will open a minimum of 1 hour prior to the start of each roping and will close thirty minutes before the start of each roping. Rotations will be used after 150 teams. The books will close for a roping at the second round of the roping prior.
TRIAD Numbers Only
Must have 2009 or 2010 USTRC cards to rope. Memberships may be purchased at this event. Ropings produced by NTRL Staff. USTRC Dress Code required. (Collared button down shirts, boots, jeans NO BALL CAPS) For more information call NTRL Office 970/897-3111, John Johnson 423/340-0640
NATIONAL FINALS JANUARY 28 - 31
Jacksonville Equestrain Center • Jacksonville, Florida
i n ca s h & priz es paid o ut in la st year ’s Finals !!
$10,000 GUARANTEED in the #13, #12, #11, #10 #9 and #8 Shoot-Outs 90% Payback in the Open and #15 TROPHY SADDLES Great Cowhide Leather Furniture from Carroll Original Wear Maynard Buckles
Costa Del Mar
USTRC National Shoot-Outs awarded to NTRL Shoot-Out Average winners GUARANTEED Shoot-Out Money! Must have current USTRC 2010 card to rope. TRIAD numbers only.
FMI: NTRL Office 970/897-3111
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The Ozark’s Richest Ropings November 21 & 22, 2009 Mt. Vernon, Missouri Flying M Arena
A CK GU er PAY BA at t e r n u m b no m ms a e t f o
Saturday, November 21
Books open 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • Rope at 9:30 a.m.
#15 #13 #12 #11
Open $50/roper with #13 Incentive $40/roper with #12 Incentive $40/roper with #11 Incentive $40/roper with #10 Incentive $40/roper
P Fancy Running $$ Saddle to High rday Winner on Satu
s, Saddles, Saddle Saddles!
All money won counts toward USTRC National and Regional Shoot-Outs
Sunday, November 22
PAYBA CK G no ma UARANTEED tter nu of tea mber ms
#10 Pick/Draw capped at #6 with #8 Incentive Pick 1/draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/roper • Enter 5 times 4 Header Progressive on 1 Books open 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. 4 Buckles & 4 Fancy Halters to be given away
General information: Cash only entries. USTRC TRIAD numbers only. USTRC dress code. Must have current USTRC card to enter. 2010 cards will be available for purchase at roping. Stalls are limited, first-come, first served.
om Awesome Cust rage and Saddles to Ave ers. Incentive winn
Host Hotel: Comfort Inn • 417-466-4511 (exit 46) Super 8 • 417-461-0230 (exit 46) Ask for the Rope the Ozarks rate
Directions: 8802 Hwy. M, Mt. Vernon, MO I-44 to Chesapeake, Exit 49. West 1/8 mi. to M Hwy. North on M Hwy. 2 mi. to Flying M Arena.
Produced By: Rope The Ozarks • For more information call Kevin Hall: 417-547-3406 132 / NOVEMBER 2009
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Missouri Championships December 12 & 13, 2009 Carthage, Missouri Lucky J Arena 70 %RANTEED
A CK GU er PAY BA at t e r n u m b no m ms a e t f o
Saturday, December 12
Open Books open 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • Rope at 9:30 a.m.
Pick 1, Draw 1 $75/roper All money won counts toward USTRC National and Regional Shoot-Outs
#15 • #13 • #12 • #11 Books open 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. • Rope at 10:30 a.m.
$50/roper Enter Up 4-steer progressive on 1
Saddle to High Point Roper on Saturday
“THE OZARKS RICHEST ROPING” 70%
PAYBA CK G no ma UARANTEED tter nu of tea mber ms
Sunday, December 13 Books open 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. • Rope at 9:30 a.m.
Lower Fees Higher Cash Payback
#10 Pick/Draw with #8 Incentive (capped at #6) Pick 1/draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/roper Enter 5 times 4-steer, Progressive on 1
Saddles to Average Winners Buckles to 1st and 2nd in the Incentive Breast Collars to 2nd - 5th in the Average.
General information: Cash only entries. USTRC TRIAD numbers only. USTRC dress code. Must have current USTRC card to enter. 2010 cards will be available for purchase at roping. 200 stalls, first-come, first served.
Directions: From I-44 to N. US 71, exit US 71 at HH (Fir Road.) Go approximately 3.5 miles east on Fir Road to arena.
Host Hotel: Super 8 • 417-359-9000 Ask for the Rope the Ozarks rate
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Books open 9am Monday, November 16 and , November 21 at 10am 9am Sunday
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
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2009 WORLD JUNIOR Team Roping Championship NOVEMBER 26-29, 2009 HARDY MURPHY COLISEUM ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA
Climate Controlled Coliseum
THURSDAY, NOV. 26
FRIDAY, NOV. 27
ENTER 1:00 P.M. • ROPE 1:30 P.M. CASH ONLY, NO CHECKS
ENTER 8:00 A.M. • ROPE 9:00 A.M CASH ONLY, NO CHECKS
14 & UNDER
4 head for $100 - Progressive on 1 - 15 second cut-off
3 head for $50 a team. Both partners must be 14 yrs. or younger or girl. SADDLES TO AVERAGE HEADER & HEELER.
MIXED - JR./SR.
3 head for $50 - Progressive on 1 Junior - High School and Under - Senior 18 and over Girl any age with Senior partner Notice Open Ropers - Custom made to High Money header & heeler over 2 days (Junior cannot win) Must rope in Jr./Sr. roping both days to be eligible for the saddle!
4 head for $50 - Progressive on 1 - 15 second cut-off JR./SR.
3 head for $50 - Progressive on 1 - 15 second cut-off One partner must be Jr. and the other partner over 18 years.
500 Horse Stalls
Junior Qualification High School and Under. If any question of school attendance, school will be called and verified that you are eligible to participate in high school rodeo before payoff. High school girls can rope as a 14 & Under Junior.
WORLD JUNIOR TEAM ROPING CHAMPIONSHIP • ROPE ALL 5 STEERS • $150 A TEAM • All entries must be received by November 10, 2009 • Late entries $25 charge per team • Rope all 5-head of steers • Junior Only • Enter 5 times (unless roping with 12 & under or a girl) • 60% in Average. 40% in Go’s. • Copy of birth certificate must accompany entry (unless on file).
SATURDAY - NOV. 28 3 Go’s first steer turned out at 10:00 a.m.
Scholarship auction after 2nd go-round. Scholarship to be given to Seniors - (Must Apply) Must rope in 5-Steer to be eligible for scholarship
SUNDAY - NOV. 29 2 Go’s first steer turned out at 9:00 a.m. MUST BE IN DRESS CODE
TO AVERAGE CHAMPION TO 14 & UNDER TEAM WITH FASTEST TIME IN THE AVERAGE
RED BLUFF BUCKLES TO WORLD CHAMPION HEADER & HEELER RED BLUFF BUCKLES TO RESERVE CHAMPION HEADER & HEELER BUCKLES TO YOUNGEST TEAM IN 5-HEADER • PLUS MANY OTHER PRIZES TO HIGH POINT 15 & OLDER JUNIOR (over 3 days) TO HIGH POINT 14 & YOUNGER JUNIOR OR JUNIOR GIRL
(over 3 days)
(Junior Girl classified as 14 & Under)
TO HIGH MONEY OPEN ROPER
(Header &Heler, over 2 days)
(MUST ROPE IN 5-STEER) 14 YEARS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2009 • Can only win one saddle!
Early Entries close 1. ______________________ and ________________________ 2. ________________________ and ________________________ midnight Nov. 10, 2009. $25 late fee/team 3. ________________________and __________________________ 4. __________________________and ________________________ Pre-enter for Open-Hole 5. ________________________and____________________________ 12 & under partner _______________________________________ to avoid late fees No personal checks Girls Partner ________________________________________________________ Cashiers Check or Money Order to: Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ W.J.T.R Championship P.O. Box 53 Address ____________________________________________________________________________Phone ________________________ Ivanhoe, TX 75447 City ______________________________State ____________Zip ________________Birthday ____________________ Age __________ World Junior Championship For more information call Paula or Elton Cain 903/583-5108 or 903/583-7973 5-head for $150 ($75 each) ®
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THE ALL-NEW 2009 DODGE RAM.
“A BREAKTHROUGH TRUCK” –CARANDDRIVER.COM
“2009 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK OF THE YEAR” – ICOTYAWARDS.COM
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“TRUCK OF– THE YEAR” TRUCKIN’ MAGAZINE
“A 2009 EDITORS’ MOST WANTED VEHICLE” – EDMUNDS’ INSIDE LINE
2009 MyRide/Autobytel Editors’ Choice Awards
“TRUCK OF THE YEAR” – AUTOBYTEL.COM
“A CONSUMERS DIGEST BEST BUY” – CONSUMERS DIGEST
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ZD Cattle Company, Inc Farmington,NM
Pre sen ts KKKKKKKK Dummy Roping for the kids KKKKKKKK or, Indo a ! aren
the 6th Annual
N o v e m b e r 27 & 28, 2009 McGee Park
Friday, Nov. 27 Sign up 9:00 a.m. O Rope at 10:00 a.m. #11 Capped at a #7 Pick 1, Draw 2 or draw all 3 for $100 Enter 4x for total of 12 partners 1st - Master Saddles + $2,000 2nd - Fancy Buckles + $1,000 3rd - Jackets + $800 $10,000 4th - Jackets + $600 5th-10th - Sweatshirts + $200 Beautiful leather briefcase loaded with $10,000 cash to High Point Roper
Saturday, Nov. 28 Sign up at 9:00 a.m. O Rope at 10:00 a.m. Open warm-up drawpot 3-steers for $30/roper #4 and Under • Enter by 11:00 a.m. Pick 1, Draw 2 or draw all 3 for $100 Enter 4x for total of 12 partners 3-steer. 1st - Master Saddles + $2,000 2nd - Fancy Buckles + $1,000 3rd - Jackets + $800 4th - Jackets + $600 5th-10th - Sweatshirts + $200 Beautiful leather briefcase loaded with $10,000 cash to High Point roper
#11 - Straight, #10 - 1, #9 - 2.5, #8 & Under - 4
#8 - 0, #7 - 2, #6 - 4
$40,00 0 CASH & AWAR DS!
C A S H O R C R E D I T C A R D O N LY
Kid’s Dummy Roping M M M M At t e n t i o n O p e n R o p e r s M M M M 20% stock charge for Friday Night Roping
Must have USTRC # prior to event
GENERAL INFORMATION O O O O
Ropings are cash or credit card. Current TRIAD numbers used Excellent cattle with short barrier visit www.zdroping.com or call 801.599.1238.
Friday Night, November 27, 2009
$10,000 Guaranteed Average Payoff based on 400 teams but will be increased accordingly
Host Hotel: LaQuinta 505-327-4706 Farmington Friday night sign up 6:00 p.m. O Rope at 7:00 p.m. $2,000 cash bonus to High Point roper Pick 1, Draw 2 for $150 or draw all 3 O Enter 4x for 12 partners 4-steer Average O Average payout based on number of teams For info. call Zane Dansie 20% stock, 80% cash/prize payback. No roper lower than #5 can enter.
#16 & over - straight • #15 - 0.5 • #14 - 1.0 • #13 - 2.0 • #12 - 3.0 4-steer Average
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November 28, 2009 Grove, Oklahoma
FAMILY THANKSGIVING ROPING THREE ROPINGS:
80% Payback! After each roping the top 5 in the Average will rope for a fancy custom-made steer head. Winner will be fastest time on 1 head! $125/roper • Enter maximum 4 times in each roping Books open at 9:00 a.m. • Rope at 10:00 a.m. Books close for the #11 & #9 ropings at the beginning of short round of previous roping. TRIAD numbers only
We’ Gon re n Hav a e Fun !
Directions Off I-44 (between Tulsa & Joplin) Exit 302. Approx. 3 miles on Hwy 59 towards Grove, OK. For more information contact:
Tony Small 918.521.1591 1 / NOVEMBER 2009
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November 27-29, 2009 Caldwell, Texas
Big Loop Big Money Team Roping Tour
Friday, November 27 Open Roping 4 for $150/roper • PA 1 • Enter twice Books open 6:00 p.m. • Rope at 7:00 p.m. No Prizes in the Open Roping
Saturday, November 28 #15 • #13 • #12 • #11 All ropings 4 for $150/roper PA1 • Enter twice
Sunday, November 29 #10 • #9 • #8 Drawpot #10 & #9 4 for $50/roper • Enter 5 times #8 Drawpot Enter 1, Draw 2 or Draw all 3 for $150/roper
Saturday and Sunday Books open at 8:00 a.m. for the first roping each day and close at 8:45 a.m. All other ropings: Books will open when the previous roping begins and close a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of that roping. TRIAD numbers only USTRC affiliate roping • Must be current 2010 USTRC member Cards may be purchased at roping Win USTRC Flex Earnings! Buckles t First to enter, last to rope 80% o k c t h a e Great Corriente roping cattle A b v era ay
UPCOMING EVENTS: January 9-10, 2010 • Edna, TX February 27-28, 2010 • Halletsville, TX Must attend 3 of 6 ropings to qualify for the Tour Finals
FOR MORE INFORMATION John 713/806-6012 Carlos 979/221-7583 Johnnie 936/878-2833 or visit our website: www.philippranch.com SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 147
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Mojave Crossing Event Center
Triad #'s Only. Must Have Current USTRC Card To Get Paid!
Bullhead City, Arizona
FRIDAY, DECEMBER ECEMBER 4 9:00am Arizona Time
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 DECEMBER 6 9:00am Arizona Time
9:00am Arizona Time
$500 Per Roper. Enter Twice,
$500 Per Roper. Capped At A #6. Enter Twice. Limited To The First 250 Teams.
Limited To The First 250 Teams.
Fililled Roping p g Wiill Pay
Filled FFi illed ill i dR Roping pi g W Wiiill Pa PPay aayy
$250 Per Roper
Enter Twice, Capped At A #6 Limited To The First 200 Teams. The Combined Ages Of The Teeam Members Mus Must Equal At Least 100 Years eears. One Roper Must Be 40 Years e Of O Age. Payofff For o The #11 Century Based On 200 Teeams. ea If Less, Payofff Will Change Accordingly.
FA F AST TIME SHOR ORT ROUND: $500/Roper
Filled i Roping Wiill Pay
Every Roper Will Get All Three Rounds. Top o 20 2 To The Short Round. Ro FA F AST TIME ME SHORT ROUND
$500/Roper GIST BUCKLES TO FIRST IN THE H AVER RA AGE; SPURS TO SECOND
ACCOMMOD CCOMMODATIONS: Foor Roper Room Rates Call
(800) 284-2946 Group Code GLUCKY9
ENTRIESS CLOSE CL NOV OV. 24,, 20099 Mail ail Checcks k To: o
J & S Enter prises 1750 E. Madison El Cajon, CA 92019 Questions?
Linda Davis (619) 442-1295
Due to the specific nature of these 3 roping formats, USTRCâ€ˆNational and Regional Shoot-Outs/Flex Earnings will USTRC Shoot Out spots will be designated based on be awarded in all ropings based on actual payout. Due to the roping being filled and may change according to the specific nature of this event personal earnings will not apply number of entries. Personal earnings will not apply apply..
ENTR RY FORM: Header: ___________________________________________________ USTRC ID: _______ Rating: __________ ____________________________________________________ USTRC ID: _______ Rating: __________ Heeler:____________________________________________________
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CHISHOLM TRAIL PAVILION “SUPER #10” WITH #9 & #8 Incentives
SADDLE PICK/DRAW ENID F OKLAHOMA SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2009 •11:00 a.m. EVERYONE WHO CATCHES 4 HEAD WILL GO TO THE SUPER SHORT-GO
$100/roper • Enter up to 4 times (for a total of 12 runs) 5-head, progressive on 1 (Inc. paid on 4-hd) • USTRC TRIAD numbers only! Enter with 1 partner, we draw you 2 more Enter with 3 partners, we draw you 6 more Enter with 2 partners, we draw you 4 more Enter with 4 partners, we draw you 8 more If you do not have a partner we can draw all your runs #10 Pick/Draw Roping with #9 & #8 Incentives (capped at USTRC #6)
#10 AVERAGE 1st - 2 Saddles + $1,000 2nd - 2 Breast Collars + $800 3rd - 2 Breast Collars + $600 4th - 2 Breast Collars + $500 5th - 2 Trophy Halters + $400 6th - 2 Trophy Halters + $300 7th - 2 Trophy Halters + $300 8th - 2 Trophy Halters + $300
#9 INCENTIVE 1st - 2 Saddles + $600 2nd - 2 Breast Collars + $500 3rd - 2 Trophy Halters + $400 4th - 2 Trophy Halters + $300
#8 INCENTIVE 1st - 2 Saddles + $600 2nd - 2 Breast Collars + $500 3rd - 2 Trophy Halters + $400 4th - 2 Trophy Halters + $300 152 / NOVEMBER 2009
CASH & PRIZES AWARDED!
6 TROPHY SADDLES 10 TROPHY BREAST COLLARS 16 TROPHY HALTERS $8,000 CASH! (If over 150 teams enter, extra money will be added to the payout!)
Books open at 8:00 a.m. & close at 10:00 a.m. Roping will start at 11:00 a.m. (no late entries) You must be entered by 10:00 a.m.
Current USTRC membership required. This is a USTRC Affiliate - All money won counts toward 2010 Regional & National Shoot-Outs
Chisholm Trail Pavilion is located at the Garfield County Fairgrounds 111 W. Purdue
Enid, Oklahoma For more information: S & S ROPINGS JEFF & CINDY SMITH 620-422-3632
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80% ck a b y a P
On-Sit Entrie e s
Lazy E Arena • Guthrie, Oklahoma January 1-3, 2010 BOOKS CLOSE 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF EACH ROPING
Excellent Steers & Short Scores!
3 Ways To Enter!
Friday, January 1 • 9 a.m.
Enter 1, Draw 4 for $750/roper Computer Draw all 5 for $750/roper u Enter up to 5 times at $150/roper u
Average Payout on 750 teams 3 Ways To Enter!
Saturday, January 2 • 9 a.m.
#11 Century Superbowl Both ends must be 50 years old. followed by
Enter 1, Draw 4 for $500/roper Computer Draw all 5 for $500/roper u Enter up to 5 times at $100/roper u u
3 Ways To Enter!
Enter 1, Draw 4 for $750/roper Computer Draw all 5 for $750/roper u Enter up to 5 times at $150/roper u
Capped at TRIAD #6
#10 All Girl Superbowl
Enter 1, Draw 4 for $500/roper u Computer Draw all 5 for $500/roper u Enter up to 5 times at $100/roper
1) $2,500 2) $2,000 3) $1,500 4) $1,000 5) $500
$50,000 NAT. S/O $40,000 REG. S/O $30,000 REG. S/O $20,000 REG. S/O $10,000 REG. S/O $5,000 REG. S/O $4,000 Top 50 $3,000 teams back $2,000 to the Super $1,000 Short-Go
3 Ways To Enter! u
Sunday, January 3 • 9 a.m.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
3 Ways To Enter! Enter 1, Draw 4 for $750/roper Computer Draw all 5 for $750/roper u Enter up to 5 times at $150/roper u
Super Short-Go 1) $2,500 2) $2,000 3) $1,500 4) $1,000 5) $500
All ropings are on-site entries. USTRC TRIAD #s and rules will be in effect. 2010 memberships required and may be purchased at this roping. For more information S&S Ropings - Jeff & Cindy Smith 620.422.3632
New Thurs Year’s Ev eR da More y, Decembe oping detail r 31, 2 s Every in future i 009 one W s elcom sues e!
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MEMORIAL TEAM ROPING
ACE Arena • Andrews, Texas
December 5-6, 2009
GREAT PAYOU T
To make a donation or for more information call 432/413-0976
All Proc eed Go To T s he Chris Ir wi Scholar n ship Fund
Saturday, December 5, 2009 Books open at 7:30 a.m. Close at 8:30 a.m. Rope at 9:00 a.m. SHARP
Cash Added to the OPEN
$150/roper • Enter 4 times 4-head • Progressive after 1
#15 • #13 • #12 All ropings 4-head for $50/roper Enter 4 times • Progressive after 1
Sunday, December 6, 2009 Books open at 7:30 a.m. Close at 8:30 a.m. Rope at 9:00 a.m. SHARP
#11 • #10 • #9 All ropings 4-head for $50/roper Enter 4 times Plenty o Progressive after 1 stalls & f R hook-up V s
4 Coats Saddles Nice Climate-Controlled Arena to High Point header & heeler each day Cowboy Church Sunday at 8:00 a.m. 14 Champions Choice Buckles CASH ONLY Except for USTRC to Average Champions of each roping Gold Plus Members 4 Classic Equine Saddle Pads Great Cattle by Dennis Townsend to 2nd place High Point header & heeler each day Must Have 2009 or 2010 USTRC Card 14 Classic Equine Bits 2010 USTRC memberships to 2nd place in the Average of each roping may be purchased at this event USTRC rules and TRIAD #s only Event Photos by Ace Arena is located at 1441 East State Hwy. 176, Andrews, Texas Lone Wolf Photography FMI call 432/413-0976
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S&W Productions, LLC presents the
January 8-10, 2010 • Mojave Crossing Event Center • Fort Mohave, AZ PAYOUT
Guaranteed at 400 Teams Average 1st $1,000,000 Nat. S/O Reg. S/O 2nd $300,000 Reg. S/O 3rd $100,000 Reg. S/O 4th $60,000 Reg. S/O 5th $40,000 Reg. S/O 6th $40,000 Reg. S/O 7th $40,000 Reg. S/O 8th $40,000 Reg. S/O 9th $40,000 Reg. S/O 10th $40,000 Reg. S/O 11th $20,000 Reg. S/O 12th $20,000 Reg. S/O 13th $20,000 Reg. S/O 14th $20,000 Reg. S/O 15th $20,000 Reg. S/O 16th $20,000 Reg. S/O 17th $20,000 Reg. S/O 18th $20,000 Reg. S/O 19th $20,000 Reg. S/O 20th $20,000 3 Steer Consolation Reg. S/O 1st $30,000 Reg. S/O 2nd $20,000 Reg. S/O 3rd $10,000 4th $7,000 5th $4,000 6th $4,000 1 Steer Consolation 1st $20,000 1st and 2nd Rounds 1st $20,000 2nd $10,000 3rd $7,000 3rd and Short Round 1st $13,000 #10 Incentive Reg. S/O 1st $40,000 Reg. S/O 2nd $30,000 Reg. S/O 3rd $20,000 Century Bonus Reg. S/O 1st $25,000 2nd $15,000 3rd $10,000 4th $5,000 USTRC Shoot-Outs/Flex Earnings are based on estimated payout and may be adjusted if roping does not fill.
9:00 a.m. (Arizona Time) fastba
#11 with #6 cap #10 Incentive
Guaranteed 3 full rounds! 1 and 3 steer consolation rounds...and a Century bonus! TRIAD numbers only. 2010 USTRC membership required.
Anyone can enter! $3,500/roper Enter once • 400 team limit First to enter, last to rope All team sponsors will be recognized and announced!
200 Team Payout will be exactly half. Saddles to First in Average.
will be on site for the Short Round.
Free dummy roping for the kids!
Match Roping Friday Afternoon January 8 Details coming soon...
S&W Productions is proud to announce: Reed Flake and Arkie Kiehne will announce and run the roping, and cattle will be provided by Reed Flake.
Saddles to winners in each age group!
1-800-284-2946 Group Name: S&W Team Roping Group Code: GSWROPE
“World Class Ropings for World Class Ropers” See website for complete details! www.ropersbailout.com
Roping Chute will be auctioned off Sunday after roping.
For more details: Logan Wengert (505) 592-2665, (505) 592-2106 or Joseph Savedra (505) 409-1645
Please see website, previous ad, or call for entry form.
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-ORE ,OOT in LAUGHLIN
PRIZES 10 Trophy Martin Saddles s !VERAGE WINNERS OF THE AND
25 Trophy Gist Buckles
First Class Climate Controlled Arena- Mojave Crossing Event Center
LAUGHLIN FINALS SPECIAL BONUS
s )NCENTIVE !VERAGE WINNERS OF THE 'OLD 0LUS s ST THROUGH TH PLACE !VERAGE WINNERS OF THE 0ICK$RAW s ND PLACE !VERAGE WINNERS OF THE AND s 7INNERS OF THE *R ,OOPER DIVISIONS
10 Trophy Saddle Pads
7INNERS OF THE ,AUGHLIN SERIES WILL have an entry fee paid
17 National Shoot Outs
$10,000 Minimum Guarantee to 1st place Average winners of the Open, AND
10 Gold Plus National Shoot Outs
$5000 Mimimum Gurarantee to the !VERAGE WINNERS OF THE
Ultimate Partner &INDER $RAW IN /PTION in Effect(for more details see the format section in the