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The Team Roping Journal

The Team Roping Journal

April 2020

The Team Roping Journal magazine educates and entertains readers who actively participate in the sport. We help you to obtain the best results with step-by-step instruction in how to perform at a higher level and win more often. After all, we all know that while the heart is in the land and on the ranch, the ego is alive and well when it comes to besting your friends in the arena.

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dear roper

Dear Roper, The countdown is on here in The Team Roping Journal offi ce. We’re all ready to spend a week in Fort Worth this April 21 to 26 for the Cinch USTRC National Finals. This event, with its new city, new formats, horse sale and US Open has a whole new feel and gives us a major event to plan around in April, a month that we used to consider down-time. I’m looking forward to kicking back and watching the Open, seeing all of my friends rope in the Shootouts throughout the week, interviewing the ropers who walk out of the John Justin with new tractors in the Legends #9.5, and so much more. I love nothing more than a good horse sale, so I can’t wait to see Steve Friskup…

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buckle up

It’s been 30 years since the USTRC hosted its first National Finals of Team Roping with a star-studded Open roping that 15-time NFR header Charles Pogue won along with heeler Steve Northcott. The Open disappeared in 2018 but is returning to the format next month when the NFTR will kick off for the first time in Fort Worth, Texas, so here’s a look at its beginnings. “Anytime you were earning quite a bit of money and all the top guys were there, it always meant something,” Pogue said of the chance to compete at the 1990 event. “Of course, the Open, anybody can go, but with them starting the number system, it was all new and nobody knew then where it was headed. It was definitely a change in the times.” Pogue…

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ntrl finals pays out $436k in jacksonville, florida

JX2 Production’s 15th National Team Roping League Finals paid out $436,850 plus $100,000 in prizes in Jacksonville, Florida, Jan. 22 to 26, 2020. “The NTRL is the culmination of a year-long process involving a lot of producers,” producer John Johnson said. “It’s the largest payout east of the Mississippi, and it was our largest payout yet.” The event hosted ropers from 23 states, with Florida roper Trey Mills taking home the most money—more than $14,330—on the weekend. “A bunch of our corporate sponsors came and that made it really special,” Johnson said. “We had a freaking blast. Fifteen years ago, if someone had told me I’d be paying out over half a million in cash and prizes, I’d have said they were kidding. The ropers truly know that we’re going to do everything…

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total feeds joins ustrc & ariat world series of team roping sponsorship roster

Total Feeds is now the official animal feed of the United States Team Roping Championships and the Ariat World Series of Team Roping, giving both associations the support of a feed company that understands the nutritional needs of the equine athlete. “We are proud to introduce Total Feeds as our official animal feed of the USTRC and WSTR,” said Lory Merritt, sponsorship coordinator for both associations. “Total Feeds is a family-owned animal feed company that focuses on specific nutrition for competitive-level horses, as well as other animals. They understand our team ropers and how important it is for them to supplement their horses for the best nutritional results.” Total Feeds Dr. R. Harry Anderson brings 50 years of experience formulating animal rations, and his search for ingredients has gone into every formula…

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bird and tyan blast san antonio arena record with 3.5-second run

Dustin Bird and Levi Tyan set the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo arena record with a 3.5-second run in Round 2 of their bracket, worth $2,500 each. “We knew we had a pretty good steer from the night before, when Clay Smith and Jade Corkill had him,” Tyan said. “He kind of popped his head up when Clay had him and he waved it off of him. He’s straight and honest and just a good steer. I knew Dustin had owned that horse and, with the set up, it’s real fast this year. He said he’d get on the gray because he’s real easy to be fast on, so I knew his game plan. We were up earlier, so I knew we’d be going at them.” Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack…

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durham trailer ranch is official trailer dealer of ustrc

Weatherford, Texas-based Durham Trailer Ranch is now the exclusive trailer dealer for the United States Team Roping Championships, a partnership bolstered by the move of Cinch’s USTRC National Finals to Fort Worth. “Durham Trailer Ranch has been providing the highest quality trailers to the team roper and all equine enthusiasts for years, and our move of the USTRC National Finals to Fort Worth was a key component of this new partnership,” said Lory Merritt, sponsorship coordinator for the USTRC. “Durham Trailer Ranch will have several trailers on the grounds during the National Finals and their large store is just 30 minutes away in Weatherford, Texas.” In business for 20 years, Durham Trailer Ranch offers custom-built Bloomer/Outlaw trailers, GR Steel Trailers, and all brands of used trailers. “Durham Trailer Ranch is proud to be…