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World Series Team Roping Finale XI – December 5-11, 2016

We can’t wait for this year’s World Series Team Roping Finals taking place at the ever welcoming South Point Arena. See you there!

The Sleeping GIANT of Vegas

Hold on, Folks. If you think that Vegas in December is all about bull riding and rodeo – think again!


It’s World Series Team Roping in Vegas Baby!

The world of team roping has been quietly growing a giant. Yes, Team Roping. World Series Team Roping (WSTR), to be exact. The WSTR had its beginnings in 2006 and is the brainchild of Denny Gentry, who also created and then sold, a numbered team roping system, the USTRC. When Denny thinks, he thinks big. And when Denny plans, he plans to be bigger. In the last ten years, WSTR events has awarded a whopping $54 million dollars to their Finale contestants. In the span of the 2015 season, the World Series Team Roping events awarded $34 million dollars in purses to contestants vying to attend the Vegas Finale. The WSTR Finale is now considered to be the second largest paying equestrian event in the world ($10.5 million)behind the Breeder’s Cup World Championships. In fact, the WSTR Finale has surpassed the payoff of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the last three years; awarding $10,535,000 in cold, hard CASH and another $250,000 in prizes – and it all has happened right in plain sight. In December. In Vegas. At the South Point Arena, since 2006.

WSTR Finale X - South Point Arena

WSTR Finale X – South Point Arena

The 2016 season is a culmination of over 100,000 team members competing at over 100 WSTR Qualifiers nationwide, to get to 3,000 teams that will rope for over a $10 Million Dollar Payout. There are going to be 4 divisions that will pay over $7 Million each and one division that should pay over $2 Million.

In 2015, the #10 Ariat Finale once again broke the single division pay-off record, with $2,040,00

In 2015, the #10 Ariat Finale once again broke the single division pay-off record, with $2,040,00

Each season welcomes firsts, and new records. 2015 introduced the first back-to-back champion in the same division – Eric Randle, of Moody, Texas; who won the 2014 #10 Division as a Heeler, and then returned in 2015 to win the same division as a Header. Also in 2015: Ralph Carter, of Calera, Oklahoma, split $259,000 in the #9 Finale, setting the record as the oldest WSTR Champion, at 80 years young!
world-series-of-team-roping-logoThe Cowboy Lifestyle Network will be there in Vegas, watching for what’s to come in 2016 at the World Series Team Roping Finale XI. It’ll be exciting to see the next “first”, the next record, and the next contestants to walk away with over ten and a half million dollars in prize money!

Division Total Purse Champions Division Prize Money
#15 $920,000 Jacob Dagenhart, Statesville, NC – Header/Zack Mabry, Piedmont, AL – Heeler $132,000
#13 $1,560,000 Michael Goodman, Canton, TX – Header/Scott Adrian, Kaufman, TX – Heeler $248,000
#12 $1,864,000 Will O’Quinn, San Antonio, TX – Header/Latigo Petersen, Lipan, TX – Heeler $320,000
#11 $1,886,000 Wallace Greer, Pollack, LA – Header/Rance Gantt, Athens, LA – Heeler $325,000
#10 $2,040,000 Eric Randle, Moody, TX – Header/Zane Edmondson, Cimarron, KS – Heeler $350,000
#9 $1,604,000 Ralph Carter, Calera, OK – Header/Shawn Lyday, Calera, OK – Heeler $259,000
#8 $395,000 Michael Nash, Marshall, TX – Header/Bobby Leflett, Bossier City, LA $70,600


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Born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwest Montana, Eileen graduated from University of Montana - Western with a Business Degree. She is the mother of two grown children - Sydnee, and Billy Quade; and grandmother of two, Lillian and Rocky Rex. Eileen draws from personal, life experiences; as she has held many positions over the years including heavy equipment operator, member of a survey crew for Independence Mining, veterinary technician, Bud Girl for Anheuser-Busch, PR Director for the Idaho Cowboys Association, feed manager for Midland Bull Test Station in Columbus, Montana, National Event Coordinator for Montana Silversmiths, security guard for the Muskogee Creek Nation One Fire Casino, Marketing Director for the Tulsa RV Ranch, and freelance writer for various publications - including a weekly column for three years in the "Elko Daily Free Press" in Elko, Nevada. She enjoys training barrel horses and singing - and has sung the National Anthem for rodeos such as the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nevada, the College National Finals, and the New Year's Eve Bull Bash in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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