The Ariat World Series of Team Roping will produce the 2020 Title Fights of the Heartland at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Texas, Oct. 23 through 25—bringing Texans a taste of the Title Fight-format proven wildly successful in Arizona each February.
“This is going to be a killer roping,” WSTR President Ty Yost said. “We’ve had a call for this format in Texas, but we’ve never had one until now. The $300-per-roper fees, with the two Heart-land Finales thrown in, will really make this a huge payday for ropers.”
Hamilton’s Circle T Arena hosts some of the association’s leading qualifiers throughout the year, and has two arenas, a restaurant, stalls and hotel amenities on-site to maximize convenience over the three-day weekend.
“With a Gold Buckle Beer Open qualifier at $300 a roper, enter twice, this should give those ropers a great jackpot to hit in the middle of the fall when they’re home from the rodeos,” Yost said.
The qualifier will offer a brand new, #9.5 Over 40 Heartland Finale with its $500-per-roper fee and Cactus Saddles and Gist Buckles to the winners. The format—extremely popular in other parts of the country—will give ropers 40 years and older a chance at a roping designed specifically for them, with its roper-friendly setup and cattle.
“We want to try that #9.5 Heartland in Texas,” Yost said. “The over-40 ropers are our association’s best supporters, who love to rope for good money in great arenas with even cattle. This is an extension of our dedication to them, as a thank you for their support throughout the sport’s history.”
Ropers must have a Key Card or Ariat World Series of Team Roping card to enter, and Global Handicaps numbers will be used.
For more information about the event, visit wstroping.com or call (505) 898-1755.