National All-Amateurs Team Roping Tour stopped in Rapid City |

National All-Amateurs Team Roping Tour stopped in Rapid City

Photo by Doug HoganLucas Stolhammer with son Connor and wife Melinda and daughter Carli of New Castle, WY. Lucas placed fourth in average payout for Class 9 with heeler Tim Nutter, scoring 30.50.

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:

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