2013 Summary - Thanks everyone for a truly outstanding season. Great job from our contractors this year, and we hope that by being honest in the roping reports we certainly didn't give anyone the idea that the majority of ropers at these events were unhappy. But the WS contractors believe that by being very open, and addressing the negatives they can stay on their toes and give you a consistent production. Although some of these ropings individually might be smaller than last year, overall we had a healthy increase at the qualifiers. This is a good indication that our contractors are doing lots of things right. We had 110 qualifiers this year.......in our estimation only three that we were sub-par, we did not improve from 2012 to 2012 on the number rated middle of the road. Nevertheless, we will accept a 3 percent dissatisfaction rate each an every year. Thanks for your feedback.
Wickenburg, AZ - this was a good roping, with great turnout and very fitting final full qualifier for what has been a good roping season. Fuller productions got very positive feedback with the exception of the 9. The only negatives from this event came from quite a few #9 teams that felt that the cattle in the final division were not quite up to par with the other with the rest of the roping.
Levelland, TX - good roping here. Get the usual complaints about the boxes and the panels, but general consensus was positive at the last of the ITRA's for the year.
Stephenville, TX - closes out the Shelley productions events in Texas. This was another good one. Set up and cattle were a little on the soft side which set up some very fast ropings. Anytime it gets this fast, phones start lighting up.
Gill, CO - considering flooding in the area, the make up roping at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and a large Amarillo roping, this was a very nice roping. Everyone has been pleased with the calls and emails coming in on the outstanding cattle and sort. Congratulations and welcome to the Rappel's.
Norco, CA - reports are light but so far appears a good roping. This roping increased in size from last year. Only one complaint concerning the length of the heelers box.
Amarillo - very good roping here. Not quite into the 300's like a couple of them last year, but everyone was happy and ADVO raised a lot of money for the charity.
Santa Fe - Good cattle, smaller than in the past, disappointing to the contractor, but apparently a good roping.
Rustin, LA - Small but good roping. Natie has it down to a science and the loyal crew that ropes there seem to appreciate the opportunity.
Hugo, OK - not a huge roping, but lots of good reports. Phillip and his crew try hard and we love hearing the compliments.
Sanger, CA - good reports. Evidently the hoopla concerning lack of arena management made it way to the west coast. The secretary just stopped calling teams when the ropers started wandering into the playing field. The flagger assisted in the effort.
Andrews - Reports were good . One highly controversial call on a short round team. Unfortunate, but has been handled.
Tulsa - this was the first major roping for this new arena. As you would expect, the new arena was set to PRCA specs ( which means 1950 standards, small boxes, with panels, etc.etc) short very difficult facilites to handle cattle. The confines of the facility combined with the heat, number of cattle, length of day, score......generated more complaints that the last three Tri state ropings combined. We took a half dozen calls concerning the leniency and expectations for reruns at these ropings. Appears things have gotten a little out of control in this area of Oklahoma....ropers expecting reruns after a miss and evidently flaggers complying with it. Quite a few calls concerning the unconventional way the WS barrier was set up.
Pendleton - good roping, but a little lighter than the producers expected. Nevertheless, they sold a lot of next year memberships and the faces were new to WSTR. This bodes well to combine with the Larson ropings.
Cinconio, Italy - nice roping here, cattle were good and teams arrived a day early for a free roping school prior to competition. Winners included ropers from Germany, Czech Republic, France and Italy.
Prescott - nice turnout, very few complaints. A little rain the area scared away a few teams, but things dried out after the first day and weather was great. Had two or three calls bragging that the cattle were nice.
Las Cruces - relatively light turn out at this one. Pretty hot and had a few complaints that the team per hour ratio was pretty low, which meant that it took longer than normal. Otherwise hear the cattle were good.
Alvarado - Very Nice turn out with the largest leg of the "Texas Two Step" we have ever had. It was extremely hot and with the large turnout and congested situation with one arena, we here the fun factor drifted a little. The Texans have become pretty use to large Shelly ropings and two-arenas. This was the last of "single Arena" contracts that they have. Expect other venues next year for the January and Labor day ropings.
Salado - first half of the Texas Two Step, Resistol Roping - best roping turn out ever at this one, and as usual the staff did a great job with the production. There was a problem here, when you start a roping with this caliber of sub-par cattle, all the sorting in the world can't make it look better than it is. Something to be said for this age of technology, but on the other hand when mama can take the video on the IPad, type in "Denny", hit send, we get humped-up after awhile. Think we got the most phone and Ipad videos of "Daddies draw" ................we are thinking conspiracy.
Levelland - Nice new facility, horrible chutes and panels for boxes. Just don't understand why these new facilities always do that. Mathews brought in the Preifert chutes but had to make due with panel boxes. Cattle were good, they had quite a controversy first day. The motherboard on a new barrier system was faulty and was intermittently ringing the break out. The staff was trying to figure out what was wrong and didn't act quite quickly enough, or recognize the problem, or act decisively enough to alleviate the situation. Nevertheless, they did switch to an old system and did not have any further issues, but left quite a few customers in the one roping feeling fouled. Some, but not all that claimed foul were not in the back of the box. Observers were blaming the panel boxes for that.
Selesia - Good roping, good production. Nice size roping for Montana. Had a couple of complaints about heifers being mixed with steers, but hey with the cattle situation, we have seen it all year long, and as long as the blend well?. Looks like we are going to have to get use to it.
Morgan Hill - a repeat of Salinas and worse. Oh the cattle were fine, but there were ropers warming up in the arena, sitting in the back, in the front, talking to the flagger---just horrible. This one goes on probation. Not just the flagger and the contractor that should take heat, the ropers that should no better pulling this need to show some restraint. If they can't do better next year, this one goes away.
Athens - This was a good one. The contractor felt he might have had one of his divisions strapped a little long, but we received no negative comments on it.
Heber - Greg and his crew do a great job for us in a relatively small market. The attitude and enjoyment level normally is really good in this group. Nevertheless, this was the last roping on this set of cattle which we started using in April. These cattle gained probably 30-50 pounds since the July roping, which immediately brought out the boo-birds. Our thanks to those of you that recognize the efforts in putting on this size roping across at five month period. WSTR thanks to the Double Dollar crew for the 2013 season.
Guthrie - Very nice roping here. Team counts were up 15% over the previous year which is surprising. Oklahoma has ropings on every corner and growth is hard to come by, so congratulations.
Albuquerque - Good roping, cattle were good. This ropings all hovered around 125 which appears to be the new normal in New Mexico.
Pocatello - good roping, numbers were up. None of the problems we saw last year with poor arena control. Most of Ben's ropings have been up this year, Idaho is looking very good.
Show Low - good roping, cattle, production everything was fine. It was raining in the area and the turn out was very poor for Arizona. This is the second year here and questions are starting to surface over the ability to have bigger ropings up on the hill.
Medicine Hat - Good roping, got not complaints on the cattle as we did at Ponoka. This roping actually grew a little over last year.
Salinas - No complaints on cattle here. Pretty disappointed with the quality. We had a lot of complaints on arena control, seems they are slipping into the wednesday night jackpot mode. This roping has been placed on probation. If they can't control the arena here next year, this qualifer will be eliminated with this contractor.
Pasco - Another small but good roping for Harry and the gang. It is going to take a little while for these ropings to catch on in that region, if they do. But the growth we have seen in Idaho this year makes us hopeful.
Hamilton - this was a blow out, the richest qualifier since we began, paying out over $555,000. A for sure, wow, qualifier. Nuff said.
Amarillo - Good qualifier. Took quite a few good comments on cattle. This roping was a little smaller than usual. Usually central Texas qualifiers don't influence this, but general consensus is the the Heartland roping in Hamilton hurt this roping to the tune of about thirty teams per roping. Had complaints that the flagging was a little sloppy, in particular several thought a team placed in the 13 that should have been flagged out.
Cheyenne - This is the most popular roping in this region. John and his crew did an outstanding job with lots of compliments on this roping. Very little barrier in this little pen and the soft cattle made for a super soft and super fast set up. This set up has become a drawing point for this event, oh and that little rodeo down the street. Cattle in 13 were outstanding and with the exception of the 12 cattle were good in all the other divisions. The herd used in the 12 roping were extremely "well used", but it was pretty much the same for everyone, reruns were given as needed. This 12 herd was sent home immediately after that roping........only 12 steers were left in the herd when the short round arrived, they had to run the herd back around to have enough in this bunch for the short round, haha!
Ada - Good Roping. Ran off good both days. Cattle were good. Barrier might have ended up a little strong on Sat. for the #12. Looked good in the #13, but the cattle seemed to get a little stronger as the #12 went on. It was backed up on Sun. in the #11, then again in the #10 and all was good. The #9 WS surprised everyone with 118 teams. It did really kill of the #9 P/D though with 78 in the P/D. (By the way, that is what we hope will happen). Like to see these P/D's fall off in the ocean.
Heber - Good production, very efficient and no complaints. Several compliments. Heber really developing into a vacation destination for us each summer.
Livingston - WOW-outstanding new facility in Livingston. This is going to be a major vacation destination in years to come. Rob and crew did a great job on production, but the cattle used in two of the divisions were "too" good, we took a lot of complaints on the strength of those cattle. Rob will have to get super aggressive on the sort or super short on the barrier. The roping community is pretty particular these days that push them to the back. Also had barrier problems at the chute that will be fixed before Pascoe.
Claresholm - Started raining during this one and the roping had to move inside. That wasn't really a problem but the indoor can affect the cattle and they started slowing down around the 10. But from all reports the cattle were good, roping was good. Concerning complaints about the Canandian roping association running ropings in front of the WSTR, that will not be the case next year.
Tularosa - Good roping in Tularosa. The heat wave passed just in the nick of time and all the ropings were zoned in at roughly 170 per. The Shelley crew get few complaints on their production.
Mormon Lake, AZ - Another good qualifier, with mother nature not cooperating. Arena got pretty muddy but the Fuller crew cleaned it up as well as could be expected. The word is pretty well out, that from here on out Fuller and WSTR will run these events at Prescott and Williams.
Jackson, Wyoming - It was major - first time any of the ropings in the region crossed the 200 mark. People love Jackson Hole and this roping has grown every year. Scheduling has become an issue here in order for the facility to handle the crowd, with 4th of July out of the question. Fresh set of cattle for the top three ropings, older set for the bottom two. Everyone likes softer cattle, but new steers are getting so hard to come by, ropers seemed to appreciate the new herd.
Amarillo, TX - this was the MC3 version of Amarillo. Amarillo has turned into a pretty good spot for WSTR with two benefits, MC3, and Mathews all producing here. This roping drew a good crowd and had a nice production. Cattle were good, only a few complaints about the difference between the two flaggers.
Hugo, OK - Phillip and his family do an awful nice job putting these on. It was pretty hot, so the crowds were a little small. Still good cattle, good production, and a very nice qualifier.
Fernley, NV - last year we took a ton of complaints on this one. The ropings were large, the wind blew and everything went into the wee hours of the morning. A lot of ropers chose not to come back, but they were replaced by a bunch that came back. This one ran two arenas, was over by 5 every day and paid out $380,000. This is largest WSTR roping within the region. A lot of improvement from last year, congratuations.
Graham, TX prior to this roping had never ever really had a big team roping. The High School Finals moved to Abilene, WSTR moved to Graham and now they can't say they haven't had a "major" team roping. Two arenas and a Heartland division that was well over $100,000. Have to call this one a success.
Fort St John, BC - Isolated but booming area, as characterized by the comments and blogs on this website. This was a really good roping with good cattle and $36,000 in added money. That has never happened before at a WSTR roping.
Powell Butte, OR- first outing this area. Super nice facility, Dean Tuftin, Lyman family, Sewell family put on a good event. Some real excitement in the northwest with ropings growing.
Pueblo, CO- small but very nice roping. Cattle were good and the loyal northern NM and southern CO ropers expressed thanks for bringing a qualifier into the area.
Belle Fouche was rained out and the roping was moved north into North Dakota. We weren't expecting a large crowd, but the weather move didn't help much. Still a good roping and Travis made a real effort.
May roared in with a great turn out at Hamilton, TX. I appears that the plan to split the Heartland into various locations went over very well. The Heartland paid out $187,000 and ropers expressed support for the effort to soften the financial blow.
Twin Falls was a good one. We received several complaints about the lack of a tolerable sound system at the facility. Yes if the facility can't perform the contractor is responsible, but this one caught the contractor off guard.
Jacksonville, Fla was the first qualifier ever in the east. As would be expected this qualifier averaged just a little over 20 teams per division. Memphis was also pretty small, we took complaints on cattle and production quality for this one.
Livermore, CA had a very nice turnout. We took a few cattle complaints on this one, a few more than normal for Steve's cattle.
Torrington, WY grew a bit from last year. Lance was pretty surprised as he expected to get killed by the northern states roping in Billing. Took quite a few comments on the cattle.
Las Cruces, by all accounts this was an excellent roping. We had a lot of good comments which is unusual for any qualifier. Couple of comments on how the two flaggers matched.
Ponoka, AB was a good roping and up a little from last year. The brought in some very nice new steers and we took a lot of comments on the quality of this roping. Had two complaints against the cattle in the #9. Ray and the guys decided to go with an older, larger set of steers in the 9 to keep from getting anyone outrun. Some support for this decision, at least two didn't like it.
Riverside, CA was up a little over last year. Preliminarily sounds like a good roping, had a couple of complaints on the older steers in the lower number ropings.
Las Vegas, NM had a rather small turnout. Ropers were reporting a new set of outstanding steers for this qualifier. There was a large truck roping in the region that we understand was fairly successful. It certainly pulled roughly 20 to 30 teams a roping from this event. Give us a day or two to evaluate the comments.
Salina, UT came off without a hitch from what we can tell. A few good comments and no complaints at this time. The size of these Utah qualifiers is very stable, and there doesn't seem to be many surprises in any direction.
Guthrie, OK - This was a Shelley qualifier with the Heartland folded in. A lot of concern here that the Moore tragedy would put a damper on this qualifier and thus the Heartland 13. But nearly 170 teams entered the high dollar event and made it the largest paying roping/rodeo payout of the weekend. Likewise the qualifier was very decent for Oklahoma. Took monday morning complaints on the cattle in the 13 qualifier. Friday was the first time the Shelley crew got their hands on this herd and there was a small load of walking fresh cattle mixed in. The 15 on friday was not sufficient to get all those cattle out and the sort continued into the 13 qualifier. There were no secrets about what happened and a few ropers were sore about wanting reruns on steer they deemed too fresh and "uneven". However, the flaggers were in a no win. Cattle worked well from Saturday on.
Tularosa, NM - follwwing on the footsteps of a very successful qualifier, Tularosa had a nice qualifier and was actually a little larger than the ITRA in Albuquerque. No complaints at this time, good comments on the cattle.
Dillon, MT - Good comments on this roping. This was the final roping of the year on the larger Tibbetts cattle used in the bottom ropings. Ben made the announcement which we are sure is the reason that we did not get cattle complaints. The new steers will be in use at Jackson Hole.
Linden, AZ - The guys ran into some problems in Flagstaff and the Flag roping was moved to Linden. The result was that divisions each year are going to be lighter in Linden than on the freeway at Flag. Nevertheless, the production on this roping was good, wind blew both days, took quite a few calls concerning the cattle monday morning. Strange comments we were receiving, ropers seemed a little perplexed that these were good Flake cattle, but difficult to heel. Several comments about how they must have been broke in funny, and some that the barrier could have been a little shorter. In general, the comments were that the cattle were "tough", but no consensus why.
Salado had a very good roping, well supported.Mt. Pleasant, Utah was a first time event and introduction of roping cattle that will be used at the next four qualifiers. McAlester, OK was good. Fort Mohave, AZ was good, a few calls on the fresh cattle during the first round of the 11, but double that number of compliments on them. Homedale, Idaho was up by roughly 30 to 40%, reports that it was a good roping and good cattle, but lots of complaints about arena control. Ben and boys were trying there best but the combination of bad weather, increase in size, layout of arena, placement of doors, caught them with their pants down. This will not be the case next april in Idaho. The Selesia, MT roping was good, but their team counts were hurt by the snow storm and may need to be moved later in the year. Sanger, CA had good reports. Andrews, TX had good reports, a few complaints about lack of rotations, a couple on cattle.
Lake Charles, had a very good roping, good reports. This one grew over last year, and we heard reports that he had quite a few Texans, even though San Antonio was going on. Sterling, CO was very light, bad weather in Colorado continues to plague the spring ropings. He did have a large turnout in the 9, but it was pick and draw. Ogden, Utah had a nice qualifier, larger than the normal. Globe, AZ reports that the production quality was much better than the previous year, couple of complaints on the freshness of the cattle in two lower number ropings.
Llano, TX was a location change from Halletsville and their first ever qualifier was a good event. San Angelo had experienced problems the year before and had been removed from the schedule. There were a lot of good qualifiers in March, with a surprisingly strong #9 in Eaton, Colorado in excess of 400 teams. The Wiley Hicks roping in Amarillo was switched from regular qualifier to a special fees event and quickly filled, excellent event with a full prize line. The Big Texas 12 generated quite a few phone calls concerning cattle sort and flagging complaints. A lot of compliments on the Perfect 10 to counter balance questions raised about all the items at Vegas that DON'T match the WSTR program. You will probably see changes here next year, or it might just proceed as an independent event. Casa Grande had a series Finale 12 and 13 that received quite a few complaints concerning barrier and cattle. Tulare, CA had good reports.
The February ropings were very good, with strong support for several special fees including the Businessman's and the Title Fights. The Stephenville qualifier was by far the largest WS qualifier held in Texas during the last seven years. We received a little negative feedback on on the Simmons cattle at Grove, but promises from the cattle contractor that the new cattle would be placed into service by March. Buckeye, AZ was another one of the largest qualifiers of the year.
Early January ropings were very good.Queen Creek, AZ was huge huge probably in direct response to one of the very best Finales that we have put on to date. Texarkana, was very good and we are all happy the Natie had a good one. The Alvarado, TX ran into the early hours of Monday morning and sparked the WSTR Texas qualifiers to alter their schedules in facilities with only one arena. Troy Shelley moved the Yuma qualifier to Casa Grande and was well received by the snow birds. Chowchilla, CA had a good event.