Team ropers share the stories of their lives, inside and out of the roping arena.
How team roping is healing Michelle Arbizo after the tragic loss of her son, 20-year-old Dominic Romero.
Last December, Hunter Koch attended his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as a spectator, thanks to a ticket given to him as a gift from his grandma. While standing in the shuttle line to leave the Thomas & Mack Center after the rodeo, Koch snapped a shot of the building. He set the goal right then and there to rope at the Finals, and has since used that picture as the screen saver on his phone as a daily reminder. Koch, who’s a 22-year-old native of Vernon, Texas, will heel at his first NFR next month.
Paden Bray officially takes top honors as the 2019 Resistol Rookie Heeler of the Year.
Whether it’s making a road across the frozen backcountry or being the inaugural Champion Heeler of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Ronald Schmidt is no stranger to going first.
Kelsey Barry maintains the lead, but three Oklahoman dark-horse ropers demand Top 5 placement heading into the Cinch All Girl Finals.
Research and reporting on what motivates ropers to save or amputate their fingers.
Cyle Denison talks about his 2016 CPRA Year End Team Roping Heading buckle.
Whether he’s home in his native Brazil or here in America, Lincoln Figueiredo ropes all day every day. Heeling is his favorite—he’s an 8.5 on the back side—but he’s packed all kinds of roping into a very full 46 years. Figueiredo lives in Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brazil, with his wife, Marina, and baby girl, also Marina.
Although header Zane Tisdale has a lot of pride in his leatherwork, it’s a passion that shares space with a full-time job, roping and, most importantly, his growing family.
Texas header Anna Gregory connects with her 6th-grade students over horses when language barriers exist.
Zanga Shutte is a roping rancher from the big island. Shutte, 60, runs a cow-calf operation in Kamuela, Hawaii, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, and three kids, Brooke, Trent and Kawohi.
The Boyle boys are keeping the family tradition alive at Salinas.
Shawn Grant’s unconventional training methods, paired with Dean Tuftin’s breeding program, are driving the rope horse industry forward.
Nearly 50 years after lifelong Montanan Jeff Gollehon spied his dream occupation, not only is he still crafting saddles like the saddlemakers who inspired him, he’s building roping dummies and keeping his eyes peeled for the chance to make good on one yet-to-be realized dream.
John Miller, 76, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 1979. He enjoyed that honor alongside his fellow World Champion Team Roper Uncle Ben Johnson (who heeled, and won the world in 1953; Johnson also earned an Academy Award acting in “The Last Picture Show” for best supporting actor in 1971). Miller, who won back-to-back world team roping titles in 1970-71, currently lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, with his National Finals Rodeo barrel racer wife of 46 years, Barbara.
Ropers like the Camarillo's were big names from team roping's very beginning, but two ropers that were overlooked were Don Beasley and Gary Mouw.
The era when jackpots were (not quite) open to the world
Charles Sampson has to be one of the most unlikely ProRodeo Hall of Famers of all time, growing up the 11th of 13 kids in the impoverished Watts neighborhood on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Though he’s best known at the roughstock end of the arena, team roping has played a part in the popular cowboy’s life and career since the start. The 1982 world champion bull rider, who competed at 10 National Finals Rodeos between 1981-93 and is 61 now, lives in Pennsylvania with his fiancée, Connie. He still loves to team rope.
If there’s one thing tax season does, it reminds us to plan better for the next year. WSTR Finale winner and financial advisor Hank Robins lays out some financial fundamentals for his fellow team ropers.