Tom Thompson, the Roping Fiesta’s spokesman who NFR 2017 serves as marketing director for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, said the Roping Fiesta provides an opportunity for competitors to earn good money as they prepare for the National Finals.
Tough Texans Reed and Collier have qualified for the first time. Costa has earned a third consecutive trip to the December Las Vegas championships.
In order to qualify, a competitor must finish the regular season ranked within the top 15 in a single event based on prize money earnings. The regular Throughout pro rodeo’s National Finals this year, Texas competitors will receive lots of attention. At least during the beginning of the championships.
Saddle bronc rider Audy Reed of Spearman, barrel racer Kellie Collier of Hereford and tie-down roper Marcos Costa of Childress each have qualified for the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.Every year, the Cinch Roping Fiesta in San Angelo features the sport’s elite and pays them well for their fast times.
Reed completed the normal season positioned No. 15 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding world standings subsequent to procuring $75,649 consistently. Collier is positioned thirteenth in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel dashing standings with $83,338. Costa will enter the NFR positioned No. 4 in the PRCA secure reserving world title race with $121,902.
At the 64th annual competition last weekend, Caleb Smidt, the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down roping world champion who is from Bellville, pocketed $31,300 as the result of finishing in the money in the Match Roping and Invitational Tie-down Roping title races.
Smidt earned a $20,000 check for clinching the coveted Match Roping title. He beat 2005 world all-around champion Ryan Jarrett, 172.49 seconds to 204.70 seconds, after both men had made 12 runs. Smidt also lassoed an $11,300 check after finishing second in the Invitational Tie-down Roping title race.
Smidt is scheduled to compete in the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping. He has earned four trips to the Las Vegas championships (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017).Two-time National Finals qualifier Reese Riemer of Stinnett clinched the Invitational Tie-Down Roping title and earned $16,000.
Tyson Durfey of Weatherford, the PRCA’s 2016 world champion tie-down roper, finished fourth overall in the Invitational Tie-down Roping race and pocketed $7,650.J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, finished No. 1 in the Invitational Steer Roping title race and pocketed $9,600. Wickett has earned 16 trips to the National Finals Steer Roping.
Reed finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding world standings after earning $75,649 throughout the year. Collier is ranked 13th in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing standings with $83,338. Costa will enter the NFR 2017 Live ranked No. 4 in the PRCA tie-down roping world title race with $121,902.