Tracking rope horse earnings is something The Team Roping Journal cares deeply about, which is why we’re not just letting our story, Why The Numbers Matter, exist only in written form.
As we do from time to time, this is an audio article on ‘The Score’ podcast, detailing the new rope-horse-earnings-tracking system and why rope horse earnings matter in the vein of building the industry and adding value to rope horses globally.
Before the last 12 months, databases like the American Quarter Horse Association’s QData could only track rope horse earnings at judged shows, where pedigrees were verified by judges to ensure rampant cheating wasn’t fudging the numbers. But in 2022, the AQHA teamed up with the Riata Buckle Stallion Incentive Program to infuse some $2 million into the recorded earnings of rope horses.
And, for the first time, the AQHA relied on this magazine’s indexing of the horses the Top 15rode at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to funnel another $1.1 million from rodeo’s big show into QData, shifting the all-time earnings list dramatically for team roping horses.
But who cares? Why should ropers care if this type of money is tracked on their horses? After all, they’re roping for millions in Las Vegas and Fort Worth, and you can’t ride papers…can you?
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