A roping extravaganza

The 28th running of the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, held May 25-27 in Saginaw, Texas, is to roping what The Masters is to golf: three days of the best roping on earth. This isn't just another Texas rodeo. There are no bulls or broncs, grand entry or clowns. It's only the sport's best ropers, all of whom are invited and most of whom hail from the Lone Star State.The 28th running of the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, held May 25-27 in Saginaw, Texas, is to roping what The Masters is to golf: three days of the best roping on earth. This isn't just another Texas rodeo. There are no bulls or broncs, grand entry or clowns. It's only the sport's best ropers, all of whom are invited and most of whom hail from the Lone Star State.

Story originally posted by: John Brasseaux

The 28th running of the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, held May 25-27 in Saginaw, Texas, is to roping what The Masters is to golf: three days of the best roping on earth. This isn’t just another Texas rodeo. There are no bulls or broncs, grand entry or clowns. It’s only the sport’s best ropers, all of whom are invited and most of whom hail from the Lone Star State.

Created in honor of the late Windy Ryon, a former roper and western clothing retailer, the first WRMR was held in 1974, a year after his death, and has continued ever since. Because of the money offered to the ropers and because a portion of the proceeds are donated to the North Texas High School Rodeo Association and a local FFA chapter, the fields are deep with top PRCA National Finals Rodeo veterans.

The format is simple. Friday is team roping, followed by calf roping Saturday and steer roping on Sunday, an event not seen much these days. The calf roping is the highlight of the weekend, drawing the biggest audience. In addition to the 40 invited calf ropers, there is a matched roping, featuring four of the current best. This year, the mix was former world champions Cody Ohl and Herbert Theriot, and many-time NFR qualifiers Brent Lewis and Blair Burk. In the end, Ohl won the grueling affair, which involves roping 10 calves over the course of one afternoon, by three seconds over Theriot. His take was $10,000; Theriot’s was $2,000.

The three-head roping was won by world champion calf roper and all-around champ Joe Beaver. He had the quickest aggregate time with a 28.2 seconds. His total take was $7,500.

The women’s breakaway calf roping title was taken by Lari Dee Guy with a final round time of 3.94. Unlike the men, the women simply rope their calf. No tying down is required.

In the team roping portion of the event, Jake Barnes and Cory Petska won the average with an aggregate time of 25.80 seconds. The two split $12,272. The team of Tami Noble and Michelle Owen won the women’s team roping with an aggregate time of 26.22. Their take was $3,480.

Team Roping
Average winners/Total Time/Money Won
1. Jake Barnes/Cory Petska, 25.80, $12,272
2. J.D. Yates/Cory Petska, 26.13, $10,165
3. Matt Tyler/Kory Koontz, 26.68, $8,040
4. Kevin Stewart/Martin Lucero, 27.68, $5,924
5. Tevor Brazile/Martin Lucero, 27.85, $3,808
6. Joel Maker/Mike Barber, 28.56, $2,116

Women’s Team Roping
Average winners/Total Time/Money Won
1. Tami Noble/Michelle Owen, 26.22, $3,480
2. Laura Coe/Kelly Fry, 29.91, $2,880
3. Lea Watson/Paula Sage, 42.84, $2,280
4. Shawn Wise/Kathleen Crook, 46.63, $1,680
5. Kelly Macy/Tracy Hedeman, 21.96 (on two head), $1,080
6. Jody Peterson/Kathleen Crook, 23.21 (on two head), $600

Calf Roping
Average winners/Total Time/Money Won
1. Joe Beaver, 28.2, $4,000
2. Klint Cooper, 28.6, $3,000
3. Shawn Franklin, 29.4, $2,000
4. Johnny Emmons, 29.7, $1,000

Steer Roping
Average winners/Total Time/Money Won
1. J. Paul Williams, 55.5, $4,032
2. Tee Wollman, 58.4, $3,024
3. Lawson Plemons, 65.4, $2,016
4. Mark Freeman, 71.2, $1,008