The National All-Amateurs Team Roping Tour was held in Rapid City, SD, July 3-4. Can it get any better than winning $8,640 for entry fees of just $50 a man? That's what Joe Miller and Clay Odaniel did on July 3 by topping more than 500 teams in the #10 Roping. That roping paid 15 places in the average.
More than 1,400 teams celebrated America's birthday over the two-day Fourth of July weekend by roping in the backdrop of Mount Rushmore - a monument to our country's greatest leaders.
Rapid City also kicked off the tour's three-week run in as many states. Ropers are getting involved in events because of low fees, big payouts and Mexican cattle.
Besting 223 teams in the #9 Roping in Rapid were Kirk Kooiker and Mark Woods with a time of 25.67 seconds on three. On Sunday the Century Roping championship - along with Gist trophy buckles - went to Tom Christinick and Louis Brown, with a 28.28 on three.
The event wrapped up with fireworks and a phenomenal #8 Roping, in which there were payouts to 20 places in the average and 10 trophy saddles awarded through fifth place. Kudos to Kevin Kosel and Dick Wilkerson, who won the roping with a 23.68 on three. With $14,000 added to the payoff, the #8 ropers played for more than $35,000 in total cash and prizes.
The All-Amateurs Team Roping Tour continues July 10-11 in Billings, MT and on July 17-18 in Loveland, CO. For a complete list of results, or to learn more about the tour, visit: http://championshipteamroping.com/.