Cowboy Shop Classic
Todd Stevie flag judge in the back.
by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online!
August 27, 2007
The 19th Annual Cowboy Shop Classic roping was held on Sunday, August 26 at the Pinedale Rodeo grounds. The event is by invitation only and features local team ropers ranging from children to grandparents.
104 ropers participated in six rounds on Sunday. Partners were drawn randomly for each round. Prize money was paid for the fast time of each round. The best Header and Heeler were awarded a saddle for catching the most steers in the shortest combined time for six rounds. The next six fastest ropers were also paid cash awards and buckles.
Random bounty steers were selected and if the ropers caught the steer in less than 10 seconds, they were given other prizes such as boots, hats, saddle pads, and gift certificates.
Team roping is a traditional rodeo sport with practical roots in the cowboy heritage of the area. When cattle in the open range needed to be doctored or branded, one cowboy would rope the head and another would rope the two hind feet to bring the animal to the ground.
In the rodeo version, a steer is released from a chute and given a head start by a line that the header cannot cross until the steer reaches the end of the head start and releases the barrier. The header then ropes the steer around the horn or head, dallies the rope on their saddle horn, and uses their horse to slow down the steer and pull him away from the heeler. The heeler then follows and attemps to rope both hind feet of the steer and stops his horse to pull the rope tight.
Time starts when the steer is released from the chute and ends when both ropes are on the steer and tight, as indicated by a judge dropping a flag. A fast run will take 5 to 8 seconds and most runs don't last more than 15 seconds. However, if the header breaks the barrier, there is an additional 10-second penalty. If the heeler only catches one hind leg, there is a 5-second penalty. If either roper does not catch the steer, there is a no time for the round.
2007 Cowboy Shop Classic Results:
Header Saddle - Wade Tibbets with 47.44 on 5 head
Heeler Saddle - Boone Snidecor with 73.85 on 6 head
3rd - Wes Miller with 47.06 on 5 head - $1552, Buckle
4th - Brian Espenscheid with 48.20 on 5 head - $1284, Buckle
5th - Shane Call with 35.44 on 4 head - $1017, Buckle
6th - Larry Gunter with 35.55 on 4 head - $749, Buckle
7th - Todd Stevie with 36.59 on 4 head - $482
8th - Jim Rose with 37.88 on 4 head - $268
Go-Round Winners ($75 per roper):
1st - Larry Gunter, Dustin Redmond with 6.67
2nd - Bill Grensden, Ron Bohleen with 7.17
3rd - John Fear, Brian Espenscheid with 6.39
4th - Wade Tibbets, Will Miller with 6.29
5th - Jim Rose, Mike Miller with 7.64
6th - Dru Roberts, Chad Espenscheid with 5.52
Bounty Steers (Under 10 second catch):
Wrangler gift certificates - Lacey Hicks, Ryan Kelly
Wrangler gift certificates - Shane Thomson, Mike Stevie
Boots - Barney Holmes, Kevin Romero
Boots - Larry Gunter, Ty Miller
Hats - Barney Holmes, Brain Espenscheid
Reinsman Saddle Pads - Jade Hicks, Shane Call
Heading - Wendell Youngberg - $1431
Heeling - Dru/Justin Roberts - $1431
3rd - Dru/Justin Roberts - $954
4th - Tad Sims $954
Special Thank You to our Sponsors:
Saddle Sponsors: Bucky's Outdoors, Country Lane, Cowboy Shop, LK Repair, Sublette County Feed.
Buckle Donors: First Bank, High Mountain Real Estate, Cowboy Bar, Stockman's, Falers, Aspen Storage, 1st State Bank of Pinedale, Tegeler and Associates, A-Z Hardware, Green River Log Homes, Pinedale Chiropractic Center, Sublette Examiner.
Scott Putnum, Jamie Putnam, Chris McGhee, Sadee Wheeldon, Donnie Hollar, Tara Miller, Lacy Hicks, Jade Hicks, Pete Feuz, Ted Reinwald, Bruce Redmond, Cody Lunde, Taylor Holmes, Dwight Hill, Carl France, John Copeland, Jorgan Nelson, Kari Mickelson, Barney Holmes, Joey Parker, Shane Thomson, Travis Bing, Kip Alexander, Nick Kalivis, Shane Scott, Billy Gransden, Bob Bing, Shane Bonomo, Jim Rose, Wendall Youngberg, Wade Tibbets, Shawn Cater, Tad Sims, Kip Farnsworth, Kyle Choate, Rives White, Howard White, Larry Gunter, TJ Kraft, Tisa Miller, Dustin Child, Mark Jones, Wil Nichols, Gavin Winn, John Fear, Justin Roberts, Dru Roberts, CJ Anderson, Mack Bradley, Chuck Bonomo, Saul Bencomo, Todd Reinhart
Kevin Smith, Ron Bohleen, John Constance, John Hintz, Rich O'Connor, Stan Reinwald, Randy Wolf, Jim Anderson, Shawn Wheeldon, Mike Stevie, Boone Snidecor, Brian Bjornsen, Laura Child, Kent Profit, Charlie Putnum, Shane Call, Nick Nichols, Travis Danzie, Kevin Romero, Dustin Redmond, George McQuain, Jeremy Clay, Troy Jones, Tarrin Fackrell, Jacques White, Mike Miller, Rod Rasmussen, RJ Thompson, Cody Chrisman, Wade Oleson, Will Miller, Shawn Choate, Randy Miller, Dusty Hoffman, Bob Lozier, Brian Espencheid, Holli Redmond, Ty Miller, Lee Moore, Kevin Prather, Tawny Roberts, Bob Johnson, Wes Miller, Klint Choat, Daryl Sweat, Ryan Kelly, Travis Carlson, Jake Benson, Todd Stevie, Chad Espencheid, Warner Thompson, Jim Rafferty
Photos by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online!