Local cowboys compete in Wrangler Team Roping competition
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Saturday, local and regional cowboys took part in the Wrangler Jackpot Team Roping competition at the Kjerstad Event Center.
Roughly 500 teams competed with all levels and ages of ropers entering with different teammates. It’s the second of three events, with the first taking place on New Year’s. The last event will be held in November.
The team roping competition helps those just getting started in the sport and gives them a chance to compete in an arena.
Organizers say that those that have been participating in competitions like these can actually come away with a good chunk of change, which also adds pressure to the experience.
“There’s a lot of money to be won. You get the nerve, you understand what it’s like to rope for a lot of money,” said Team Roping Event Organizer Travis Tryan. “As you grow and get better and rope against better competition, then you get to test yourself. ‘Hey when you go out there, am I good enough?’ Then if you’re not quite yet, you go back, work on it, go back out there and try it again.”
But the experience for the ropers doesn’t stop there. Tryan says the ropers that go on to compete in the PRCA National Finals Rodeo often get their start at events like this one.
That makes it even more special as the organizers watch them succeed.
“You’ll see these people that start and they start off roping,” said Tryan. “They come to jackpots like these and then you see him grow. Then we’ve seen guys that have made the NFR that we’ve watched them all the way from the time they’ve started, so it’s cool to watch.”
The event is free to spectators and you can catch the rest of the competition on Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m.
Before that, you can also catch an Easter service at the Kjerstad Event Center at 8 a.m., which will also feature an Easter egg hunt for kids.