The Godfather roped for many years, but his greatest gifts to the Western industry came after he hung up his ropes.

The Godfather roped for many years, but his greatest gifts to the Western industry came after he hung up his ropes.

Bob Feist is 81 years old today, and as one of the genuine good guys of our sport he is to be celebrated!! After graduating from Oklahoma State University and serving our country in the U.S. Army, he moved mountains for our open ropers and was a risk-taking pioneer for the team roping industry. He’s the name behind our beloved BFI—a little labor of love pet project he started in 1977 that continues to be the gold standard for prestige and popularity. He’s announced the National Finals Steer Roping, the National Finals Rodeo, the Professional Bull Riders World Finals and the Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena. On a personal note, he was the first person ever to cut me a check for a cowboy story, back when I cracked them off on a typewriter in college and mailed them in to his right-hand woman Stephanie Anderson. Here’s hoping he still thinks it was 50 bucks well spent. Happy Birthday, Boss Man!

Reed Flake and Bob Tallman flanking Feist for a little BFI color commentary.

Reed Flake and Bob Tallman flanking Feist for a little BFI color commentary.

Bob, shown here with good friend and ski mogul Billy Kidd, has been a permanent fixture on the Cowboy Downhill slopes in Steamboat Springs.

Bob, shown here with good friend and ski mogul Billy Kidd, has been a permanent fixture on the Cowboy Downhill slopes in Steamboat Springs.

Boss Bob lining out his girls, Kendra and Steph, at the 2021 BFI Reno Championship.

Boss Bob lining out his girls, Kendra and Steph, at the 2021 BFI Reno Championship.

History of the Bob Feist Invitational

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