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The Short Score: Memorial Day Weekend Roundup
Hear from the 2024 Danny Dietz Memorial Classic champs and learn who won what ropings Memorial Day weekend.
Winners of the Windy Ryon Memorial and Danny Dietz Memorial Classic. | Joe Duty photo; TRJ file photo

Memorial Day weekend is a time for us to honor and remember those who selflessly sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, and it’s also a major jackpotting weekend in the team roping world.

The best of the best enter across multiple Open ropings in the South, such as the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, Cody NesSmith Memorial and the Danny Dietz Memorial Classic, before they head out for the summer run. On this episode of The Short Score, we go over who won what big ropings over Memorial Day weekend 2024.

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The weekend kicked off with Luke Brown and Travis Graves taking home the 50th Annual Windy Ryon Memorial Roping. Brown and Graves won the historic roping with a 41.22 on five steers for $9,904 May 24, 2024.

In Decatur, Texas, Clint Summers and Jake Long took home the Danny Dietz Memorial Classic Open win May 25. With a 33.03, they pocketed a combined $21,560 for the aggregate title. For Summers, the day marks his first Dietz championship, but Long celebrated No. 5 at the benefit event in memory of the late Navy SEAL, Danny Dietz. This also adds another major Open win in Long’s already large 2024 resume. (PS: You can watch the Dietz on Roping.com!)

The action continued with the Cody NesSmith Memorial Team Roping in Buffalo. The Cody NesSmith Memorial Team Roping remembers and honors the life of Cody NesSmith, who passed in 2020 to Ewing’s Sarcoma. Kollin VonAhn and Andrew Ward won the Cody Johnson Resistol Open 7 Header with a 57.13 on seven to split $40,000. The seven-header was followed the next morning by the Bill Fick Ford Open 5 Header, where Tyler Wade and Paul Eaves took home the win with a 30.34 on five.

Lastly, the Priefert Ranch Pro Roping kicked off today, May 28, and runs through June 2, and you can watch the action live all week long over at Roping.com.


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