- The World Series of Team Roping (WSTR) is well under way at the South Point Equestrian and Events Center.
The first division of preliminary competition ended Wednesday with the first checks being written. The teams were split into three groups and had the opportunity to rope three steers within that rotation. The five fastest times in each rotation got a check.
Winning the first rotation in the Cactus Ropes #13 roping was the California team of Travis Perseley from Lancaster and Shawn Parrott from Acton. With Perseley doing the heading and Parrott heeling, they stopped the clock in 7 seconds flat to win a total of $7,000.
The second rotation saw Greg Miller from Las Cruces, N.M., and Jason Morris from Fair Acres, N.M., with the fastest time of 7.36 for $7,000. Another New Mexico header won the third rotation. Ray Siggins, from Ruidoso Downs did the heading for Darrel Sewell from Baker City, Ore. The duo stopped the clock in 7.25 and also won $7,000.
Each team that catches three steers at the WSTR has the opportunity to rope a fourth steer. Total times will be calculated to pay four and three-head overall winners. The big winners in each division will be the team with the fastest total time on four runs. Contestants that did not qualify for a fourth steer compete in a three-head consolation round where a check is awarded for the fast time. The Cactus Ropes #13 winner of that was Troy and Trevor Helmig from Alberta, Canada. They won $5,000.
The Grand Finale will feature the 15 teams that had the fastest total times on three head in the preliminary competition in each division. The contestants that advance to the Grand Finale from the Priefert #11 roping will be determined Thursday afternoon. The Bloomer Trailers #10 roping begins at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Nearly $3 million will be paid to contestants during the Thunder EquiGames Grand Finale on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Along with the best of the team ropers, the fastest times from the Charmayne James Invitational Barrel Race, the World Series of Mounted Shooting and the Rob Smets Bullfight will be featured. Legendary rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be calling the action.
Cactus Ropes #13 preliminary results -
Rotation one: 1, Travis Perseley, Lancaster, Calif./Shawn Parrott, Acton, Calif., 7 seconds, $7,000. 2, Miles Kobold, Big Horn, Wyo./Kyle DeSaveur, Joliet, Mont., 7.19, $6,000. 3, Steve Smith, Childress, Texas/Clint Buhler, Decatur, Texas, 7.22, $5,000. 4, Dick Yates, Pueblo, Colo./Allyn Jordan, Pueblo, Colo., 7.32, $4,000. 5, Jacob Mayfield, Buckeye, Ariz./Gary Mayfield, Buckeye, Ariz., 7.33, $3,000.
Rotation two: 1, Greg Miller, Las Cruces, N.M./Jason Morris, Fair Acres, N.M., 7.36 seconds, $7,000. 2, Jerroll Campbell, Fort Klamath, Ore./Casey Ladner, Klamath Falls, Ore., 7.39, $6,000. 3, Joe Getzwiller, Scottsdale, Ariz./Warren Spradlin, Stanfield, Ariz., 7.68 seconds, $5,000. 4, Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas/Richard Fry, Stanfield, Ariz., 7.69, $4,000. 5, Marcos Bustamonte, Andrews, Texas/Coy Irwin, Andrews, Texas, 7.75, $3,000.
Rotation three: 1, Ray Siggins, Ruidoso Downs, N.M./Darrel Sewell, Baker City, Ore., 7.25 seconds, $7,000. 2, Clay Tyree, Yucca, Ariz./Ken Matheson, Mesa, Ariz., 7.28 seconds, $6,000. 3, Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif./Rowly Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif., 7.35, $5,000. 4, Keith Jacobs, Benson, Ariz./Clyde Gasser, Wickenburg, Ariz., 7.44, $4,000. 5, Mark Adams, Dimmitt, Texas/Trinity Joe Jacobs, Marana, Ariz., 7.67, $3,000.
Top 15 - Grand Finale qualifiers (total on three): 1, Steve Smith, Childress, Texas/Clint Buhler, Decatur, Texas, 23.96 seconds. 2, Jared Udy, Newton, Utah/Ky Oberg, Ephraim, Utah, 25.47. 3, Rob Black, Meridian, Idaho/Lowell Black, Fallon, Nev., 26.01. 4, Wane Workman, Roosevelt, Utah/Rodney Melton, Wilburton, Okla., 26.07. 5, Brent Lewis, Eloy, Ariz./Mark Smith, Coolidge, Ariz., 26.53. 6, Anthony Williams, Thorndale, Texas/Cole Hall, Holland, Texas, 26.76. 7, Lacy Hook, Red Bluff, Calif./Casey Awbrey, Klamath Falls, Ore., 26.86. 8, Lou Stewart, Woodruff, Utah/Jade Willis, Randolph, Utah, 26.87. 9, Stetson Vest, Lubbock, Texas/Sterling Via, Canyon, Texas, 27.11. 10, Charlie Quinn, Anza, Calif./Bennet Beard, McFarland, Calif., 27.22. 11, Billy Hamilton, Beggs, Okla./Rocky Ross, Warner, Okla., 27.33. 12 (tie), David Wuertz, Chandler, Ariz./Kyle Conway, Payson, Ariz., 27.36 and Matt Baker, Rigby, Idaho/Rick Steed, Stone, Idaho. 14, Ben Tibbetts, Blackfoot, Idaho/Paul Freed, Morgan, Utah, 27.40. 15, (tie) Wes Tews, Fallon, Nev./Clint Felton, Fallon, Nev., and David James, Purcell, Okla./Gary Hughes, Sulphur, Okla., 27.45.