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The United States Team Roping Championships, USTRC, will converge for their National Finals Team Roping (NFTR) event at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Sunday, October 21st; on through Saturday, October 27th.
The USTRC, which has been promoting fairness in competitive Team Roping since 1990, currently boasts over 85 yearly, sanctioned events; and 300 affiliate events – nationwide.
There’s an anticipated total payout within the $5 Million dollar range; with 4 – 5,000 teams competing. The #10 Division, as in most cases and areas of the country, will have the most entries.
2018 has been a “rebuilding year”, states Karl Stressman, President of the USTRC. He continued, “We’ve done some things that have put us in a good position…we’re going to continue to escalate the [USTRC] brand”.
And indeed, they have made some additions and changes to their format that should do just that:
- Sunday, October 21: Kicking off the 2018 NFTR, will be the #16 Case IH Tractor Roping. This will be an enter one-time event, with $1,000 entry fees. The winners of the average will each receive a Case IH Tractor
- The 2018 NFTR will be the first year to feature “RAM Exclusives” (age-capped at 25 yrs and over) roping for the #12, #11, #10, #9, and #8 Divisions. Stressman believes that this will “level the playing field” for the bulk of their members. These age-capped divisions will be awarding a whopping $10,000 RAM Truck certificate to the winning headers and heelers in each division
In addition, Bob’s Custom Saddles and Gist Buckles will be awarded to the top ten headers and heelers in each division.
- NEW to 2018 for The Cinch Ladies Championships – Thursday, October 25: They will feature a #10 Division, with a #8 Incentive, and capped at a 6 Elite – both ends. The 2018 awards will include Bob’s Custom saddles, a full Cinch Ladies’ wardrobe, and a $1,000 cash bonus – all in addition to the prize money. (Over $55,000 was awarded in 2017; $18,040 of which Rylea Rae Fabrizio and Lorraine Moreno ended up winning.)
- NEW to the Junior Looper Open (Monday, October 22) and #10 (Wednesday, October 24) Divisions: They are now a part of the Jr. NFR Program; with $50,000 up for grabs in both divisions. There will be five positions up for grabs at the NFTR in Oklahoma City, to be added to the 10 Year-End Qualifiers going to the Jr. NFR in Las Vegas – December 6-15.
Click here for a full schedule of USTRC Divisions – roping starts daily at 8 AM
Admission: FREE – and unique shopping available at 100’s of booths.
Click here for a full list of host hotels (when making your reservations, mention the USTRC for your discount)
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