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Celebrating Cowboys: Roping

31 July 2019  
Roping certainly isn’t for wimps!

Probably some of the most challenging events at a rodeo are the Roping events. Don’t believe it? Try swinging a rope around and making it land where you want it to! Jump on a horse and add in a moving target with a goal of not being roped, and you’ll see why it’s challenging!



There are three kinds of roping events: 

Steer Roping: The rope is thrown around the calf’s horns, and the cowboy runs over and wrestles it to the ground. If the calf is knocked down by the roping, the cowboy has to pick it up and then take it down again. This is a timed event.

Tie-down Roping: The goal of this timed event is for the rider to catch the calf by throwing a loop from a rope around its neck, dismount from the horse, run to the calf, and restrain it by tying three legs together, in as short a time as possible.



Team Roping: Team roping consists of two ropers; the header ropes the steer and turn the steer to allow the heeler to rope the back legs of the steer. This event requires close cooperation and timing between two skilled ropers. The team must perfect their timing, both as a team and with their respective horses for a qualified ride. The quickest time wins the round.

The results and payout at Prescott’s World’s Oldest Rodeo® are as follows:

Steer roping: First round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.0 seconds, $1,130; 2. Roger Branch, 12.4, $935; 3. Marty Jones, 12.6, $740; 4. Chance Kelton, 13.6, $545; 5. Dan Fisher, 13.9, $351; 6. Kelton McMillen, 14.1, $195. Second round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.3 seconds, $1,130; 2. J. Tom Fisher, 12.1, $935; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 12.2, $740; 4. J.P. Wickett, 12.4, $545; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.1, $351; 6. Scott Snedecor, 13.3, $195. Third round: 1. Brady Garten, 10.8 seconds, $1,130; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.2, $935; 3. (tie) J. Tom Fisher and Brodie Poppino, 11.3, $643 each; 5. Jess Tierney, 11.6, $351; 6. Chance Kelton, 11.8, $195. Average: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 38.8 seconds on three head, $1,695; 2. J.P. Wickett, 40.2, $1,402; 3. Chance Kelton, 40.7, $1,110; 4. Garrett Hale, 44.8, $818; 5. Kelton McMillen, 47.7, $526; 6. Tony Reina, 56.3, $292.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. J.D. Kibbe, 8.3 seconds, $2,211; 2. Treg Schaack, 8.4, $1,923; 3. Cade Swor, 9.6, $1,635; 4. Cooper Martin, 9.7, $1,346; 5. Cory Solomon, 10.1, $1,058; 6. (tie) Reid Zapalac and Colter Sellers, 10.2, $625 each; 8. (tie) Cimarron Boardman and Cody McCartney, 10.3, $96 each. Second round: 1. Shad Mayfield, 8.5 seconds, $2,211; 2. Richard Newton, 8.7, $1,923; 3. Marty Yates, 9.1, $1,635; 4. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Blake Ash, 9.3, $1,202 each; 6. Adam Gray, 9.6, $769; 7. Westyn Hughes, 9.7, $481; 8. King Pickett, 9.8, $192. Average: 1. J.D. Kibbe, 17.6 seconds on two head, $3,317; 2. Treg Schaack, 18.8, $2,884; 3. Blake Ash, 19.7, $2,452; 4. Adam Gray, 20.2, $2,019; 5. Cooper Martin, 20.3, $1,586; 6. Cimarron Boardman, 20.4, $1,154; 7. (tie) Tanner Green and Marty Yates, 20.8, $505 each.


Team roping: First round: 1. (tie) Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley and Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 6.4 seconds, $2,009 each; 3. (tie) David Key/Rich Skelton and Tanner Green/Jake Clay, 6.8, $1,449 each; 5. Kolton Schmidt/Jeremy Buhler, 6.9, $1,028; 6. Doyle Hoskins/Morgan McVay, 7.0, $748; 7. (tie) Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, Corey Whinnery/Robert Murphy and Lee Kiehne/Kirt Jones, 7.2, $218 each. Second round: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Patrick Smith, 4.8 seconds, $2,150 each; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.3, $1,869; 3. Luke Brown/Paul Eaves, 5.5, $1,589; 4. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.6, $1,308; 5. Trey Blackmore/Seth Hall, 5.7, $1,028; 6. (tie) Michael Calmelat/TJ Brown and Marcus Theriot/Coleby Payne, 5.8, $608 each; 8. (tie) Garett Chick/Ross Ashford and Ty Blasingame/Brandon Bates, 6.0, $93 each. Average: 1. Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 13.1 seconds on two head, $3,224 each; 2. Trey Blackmore/Seth Hall, 13.3, $2,804; 3. Marcus Theriot/Coleby Payne, 13.4, $2,383; 4. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 13.5, $1,963; 5. (tie) Garett Chick/Ross Ashford, Erich Rogers/Paden Bray and Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 13.6, $1,122 each; 8. Kolton Schmidt/Jeremy Buhler, 13.7, $280.

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.