Team Roping event kicks of 2022 rodeo action

The event put ropers in a spot to compete in a professional setting and all that comes with it.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The new year brings the beginning of many things, not just a new calendar you put on your fridge.

For athletes that compete in rodeo events, it’s also the dawn of a new season.

On Saturday, a Team Roping event kicked off the year for competitors in Rapid City at the Kjerstad Event Center.

The event put ropers in a spot to compete in a professional setting and all that comes with it.

“People running the shoots, people announcing steers, cattle, just to get the production done right,” said Travis Tryan, the Team Roping Promoter. “So when the ropers show up they get the best experience they can have.”

The Team Roping event has become a tradition.

“I’ve probably been here the last 10 years or so, or as long as they’ve been putting it on,” said Paul Griemsman, a Team Roping participant.

But this rodeo has a larger bottom line.

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It’s a jackpot, literally. Meaning that the ropers are chasing higher sums of prize money.

“The fees are higher, they add money, they give a lot of nice prizes away, so there’s there’s just this roping, just a bigger roping,” Griemsman said.

And these ropers aren’t a stranger to this rodeo because it’s something they plan on tying down for a while.

“You see some kids that start off as beginners and you see them just starting, and then now they’re out there, rodeoing and doing good, and on the professional circuit, and that’s really cool to watch. And it’s just you get all the family members and stuff,” Tryan said. “It’s a family sport, people can come in here. So, it’s trying to keep that tradition alive.”

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