Windy Ryon Memorial Roping

For 29 years, the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, in Saginaw, Texas, has been held for three days over the Memorial Day Weekend. It's consisted of a team roping day, a calf roping day and a steer roping day, with top ropers attending each year. In fact, most are PRCA world champions, National Finals Rodeo veterans or soon headed there.For 29 years, the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, in Saginaw, Texas, has been held for three days over the Memorial Day Weekend. It's consisted of a team roping day, a calf roping day and a steer roping day, with top ropers attending each year. In fact, most are PRCA world champions, National Finals Rodeo veterans or soon headed there.

Story originally posted by: John Brasseaux

For 29 years, the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, in Saginaw, Texas, has been held for three days over the Memorial Day Weekend. It’s consisted of a team roping day, a calf roping day and a steer roping day, with top ropers attending each year. In fact, most are PRCA world champions, National Finals Rodeo veterans or soon headed there.

Take for instance the winner of the calf roping portion of the show, Trevor Brazile, a 25-year-old roping sensation from Anson, Texas. He has qualified four times for the NFR in Las Vegas and is currently second in the all-around standings. Although he’s a top hand in all three roping event, he excels in calf roping and it showed. He not only won the 40-man invitational calf roping, but also the $10,000 winner take all 4-man match, beating out Stran Smith for the title. Combine that with his earnings in the regular roping and it was a $16,500 day for Brazile.

However, making it all the more difficult was the fact that he was roping with a torn right adductor tendon, commonly called a torn groin muscle, a particularly painful condition.

"It feels like I have an electric shock running through my leg," Brazile said afterward. "When I roped calves that really ran hard, I had a hard time staying on my feet."

Brazile said the injury made for a long day. That day consisted of roping 13 calves.

"I hate when I have to rope with this injury, because this is something that I enjoy doing," he said. "But today, it was pain."

In the team roping, the average winners were David Key and Kory Koontz, who took home a total of $14,572. The women’s team roping champions were Laura Coe and Kelly Fry. Their winnings were $3,538. The girls breakaway roping winner was Jennifer Driver, who won a total of $2,600.

In the invitational steer roping, the great Guy Allen won his fourth Windy Ryon title and a total of $7,776. The 16-time PRCA champion, tied with roughstock legend Jim Shoulders for most world titles, is on his way to winning a record 17 titles. Although winning Windy Ryon doesn’t count toward PRCA earnings, it was a strong mental boost toward his goal of breaking Shoulder’s record.

See a slide show of the Windy Ryon Memorial roping action.