Murfreesboro To Host $300,000 Team Roping Finals

The nation's richest team roping series will make its way to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum July 7-10 when the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) brings its Eastern Regional Finals to Murfreesboro.The nation's richest team roping series will make its way to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum July 7-10 when the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) brings its Eastern Regional Finals to Murfreesboro.

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Stephenville, Texas — The nation’s richest team roping series will make its way to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum July 7-10 when the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) brings its Eastern Regional Finals to Murfreesboro.

Tennessee Miller Coliseum will be the site of one of seven Regional Finals to be produced by the United States Team Roping Championships this summer. The Regional Finals Series will award more than $2 million in cash and prizes, with the Eastern Regional Finals awarding an estimated $300,000 in cash and prizes in 2011.

The direct economic impact of the event to Murfreesboro is $1,003,800 with a total impact of $4,015,200. Last year the event hosted more than 1,744 teams from 27 states.

"The Eastern Regional Finals attracts ropers from across the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard," said USTRC President Kirk Bray. "Murfreesboro has been the site of dozens of equine events and the Eastern Regional is certainly one of, if not the, richest event held there. This will be a great event for ropers in the region."

Team ropers of all levels are expected to attend, with USTRC providing a partner finding service for those in need of a partner in the Preliminary divisions. The event begins Thursday, July 7 with the Open division at 10 a.m., with the remaining days beginning at 8a.m. Ropers must have qualified to participate in a Regional "Shoot Out division," however, anyone can enter a Preliminary division with a chance to qualify for the "Shoot Out."

Youngsters are also invited to be a part of the event in the Junior Looper "dummy" roping at noon Saturday, July 8. Youth age 12 and under who currently have a Junior Looper membership compete for prizes, as well, roping a plastic model steer from set distances. Junior Looper memberships (proof of age required) are free and can be obtained at the event office.

Pre-entry is required with all entries postmarked no later than June 24. Eligibility to enter a Shoot-Out division requires ropers to have participated in a 2011 season USTRC Sanctioned, Affiliate, Grass Roots or Regional Preliminary division. A USTRC membership is required before roping and can be obtained at the event office. For more information, visit www.ustrc.com or call 254.968.0002.

Team roping is a timed event that requires a team effort. A team is made up of a "header" and a "heeler". The header’s job is to catch the steer around the horns, and then set it up by turning it across the arena. The heeler then rides in and ropes the steer around both hind legs. The clock is stopped when the steer is secured between both ropers and their horses are facing each other.

Ropers participating in USTRC sanctioned events have as their ultimate goal the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR) that will take place October 22-30, in Oklahoma City,Okla. The NFTR paid more than $4.2 million in cash and prizes in 2010 and is preceded throughout the summer by a series of seven Regional Finals events that offer more than $2 million in total cash and prizes. Ropers qualify for "Shoot-Out" positions for Regional and National Finals by winning or placing at sanctioned events and through cumulative earnings.