The 1017 Project Repurposes Roped-Out Steers to Feed the Hungry.
Two-time Finale money-winner Lowell Neshem’s mental grit results in a helicopter pilot’s dream job and roping that gets better year after year.
Being able to trust every aspect in team roping.
The team roping industry is one of the few in the equine world that relies so heavily on geldings. But over the years, a few exceptional mares have stood out from the pack to win world titles, major jackpots and millions upon millions in cash. We searched the records and mined the memories of ropings’ legends to come up with 13 iconic horses who happen to have the XX chromosome.
Darwin McGowan, who works as an oil and gas pipeline inspector, finds time to rope on his days off.
Braxten Nielsen turns to community, mental toughness and team roping to overcome paralysis.
"Little Michael" Calmelat, 10 years old, wins the Open Junior NFR
Fred Davis has lived in Tombstone, Arizona, all his life. His great grandfathers arrived in Cochise County in 1867 and 1880, which makes 67-year-old team roper Davis the fourth generation to ranch there. Davis, who roped at the 1980 National Finals Rodeo, is the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association 60 and over world champion heeler. At press time the first week in December, Davis was about to rope with Charlie Robbins in the #11 at the World Series Finale in Vegas. Davis and his wife, Peggy, raised their children, Marlo and Jared, on the ranch, and the family now also includes Marlo’s husband, Beau Compton, and their sixth-generation roping rancher kids, Zane and Macy.
Dick Yates talks about his PRCA Presidential Rodeo buckle.
Bill Spratt is a Wyoming native who’s spent a lifetime in the saddle with a rope in his hand. The 78-year-old Bill and his wife, Pat, raised their two cowboy sons, T.J. and Ace, in the wide open spaces of the sprawling family ranch in Lysite, Wyoming. These days, Bill and Pat Spratt spend the winter months in Wittmann, Arizona, where they’re neighbors to the likes of brothers Brady and Riley Minor, and share their home with cousin Jake Minor.
During his 35 years as the Timed Event Championship gateman, Delmar Smith has acquired a lifetime—and then some—of cowboy wisdom.
How and why Arizona became the winter hot spot for the sport of team roping.
Douglas, Arizona’s Reeves family has found purpose helping others find their own.
Behind the Relentless Ariat Innovation.
Dick Yates is the patriarch of the Pueblo, Colorado-based rodeo family that also includes son J.D., daughter Kelly, grandson Trey, and matriarch Jan, who’s the glue that holds them all together. Dick, who’s 81 now, roped with J.D. at 13 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos starting in 1975, when J.D. became the youngest NFR cowboy of all time at 15 years, 4 months. In 1984, Dick, Kelly, and J.D. became the only father-daughter-son trio ever to compete at the Finals the same year.
Balancing the team roping lifestyle with having a family, running a business, or working full time is a monumental task. From early-morning practice sessions to all-night drives from junior rodeos to school the next morning, these work-life balance superheroes are pulling out all the stops when it comes to having it all.
Will and Kathie Osburn carry the team roping torch in the heart of the Empire State at their Osburn Arena in Campbell, New York. Their mom-and-pop team roping shop hosts NTRL/USTRC-affiliate ropings that draw ropers from hundreds of miles and allow them to accumulate earnings toward the USTRC’s Cinch National Finals of Team Roping, as well as NTRL qualifications. Will’s passion for team roping, paired with Kathie’s superior secretarying skills, keeps the sport thriving in their unlikely spot.