Complete Event Information
2008 Worlds Greatest Roper
6/28/2008 - 6/28/2008
K.C. JONES IS THE 2008 WRANGLER WORLD’S GREATEST ROPER!
Reno, Nevada / June 22, 2008 – The Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper (WWGR) presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino moved west from Oklahoma to Reno, Nevada this weekend where the top 20 timed event cowboys in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) competed for the prestigious title of the World’s Greatest Roper. K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyoming took home the lions share of the money and the Gold Buckle by winning his first WWGR title.
Jones, a four-time Wrangler Timed Event Champion, bested a field of ropers representing 40 world championship titles. Jones was solid and stayed consistent through the event that featured the most exciting WWGR since the events creation in 2006. Jones qualifed for the event short round along with a “who’s who” of rodeo lore that included eight-time PRCA World Champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, TX; Canadian Champion Tie-Down Roper Marty Becker of Empress, Alberta, Canada; the reigning PRCA World Champion Team Roper Chad Masters of Clarksville, TN; and the two-time, defending champion World’s Greatest Roper Daniel Green of Oakdale, CA.
After the dust settled on an intense two-day competition at the Reno Livestock Events Center, Jones’ total time of 138.7 earned him $25,000 along with a hand-crafted Cactus Trophy saddle and a gold Gist Silversmiths Championship buckle. Becker finished second with 144.4 worth $12,000 and Masters rounded out the top 3 with a 149.3 and $11,000. Besides the average, the event pays the event fastest rounds. Rookie and last minute replacement Russell Cardoza from Farmington, CA took home the first place check worth $7,000. Alll combined, the WWGR paid out over $80,000 in cash and prizes.
Organizers were extremely happy with the event. Fans from all over the United States made the trip to Reno to watch this unparrelled event that showcases the roping abilities of the top cowboys in rodeo. The WWGR is one of pro rodeo’s most unique events and is patterned after the highly successful Wrangler Timed Event Championship. Each contestant is required to compete in all three roping disciplines: tie-down roping, team roping heading, and team roping heeling. All totaled, each of the 20 invited contestants roped 12-head of stock over two days with the top five roping an additional 3-head to determine the event champion.
The WWGR is the first leg of an exciting and action-packed week in Reno that features the Reno Rodeo and the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping – in being a three event feature, the Reno Rodeo Committee, Lazy E Productions and the Bob Feist Invitational put together a three-event bonus called the “Reno Triple Crown” which would have paid an extra $100,000 check to the roper who would win the World’s Greatest Roper, win the BFI on June 23rd, and then win either the tie-down roping or the team roping average at the Reno Rodeo. All together, officials from the three organizations anticipated that if attained, one roper could have walked away from Reno with a staggering $225,000 in earnings. The World’s Greatest Roper is limited to just 20 invited entries and 14 of those 20 were entered in all three events. K.C. Jones was one of the ropers that was not entered in all three. However, with this being a new bonus, officials are already starting to plan for next year!
The Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper was sponsored by Wrangler, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Boyd Gaming, Ariat Boots, the Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, Gist Silversmiths, RFD-TV, The Roping Show, Rodeo Video, the Reno Rodeo, the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic and Cactus Saddlery.
The Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper, log on to lazye.com or call (800) 595-RIDE.
2008 Wrangler World’s Greatest Roper Results:
Average – $52,000.00
1st - K.C. Jones, Burlington, WY
Fastest Rounds – $16,000.00
1st - Russell Cardoza, Farmington, CA
2nd - Jake Cooper, Monument, NM
3rd - Casey Branquinho, Los Alamos, CA
4th - Kory Koontz, Sudan, TX
4th - Randon Adams, Logandale, NV
Fastest Runs Bonus – $12,000.00
Heading - Chad Masters, Clarksville, TN
Tie-Down Roping - Josh Peek, Pueblo, CO
Heeling - Randon Adams, Logandale, NV
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About Reno Rodeo: Reno Rodeo is a 9-day event in its 89th year and is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up over 350 volunteers. Over 120,000 fans will be in attendance for the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo. The event impacts the Reno/Sparks area economy with $40 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants and retail. Over $2 million in prize money is available to win during Reno Rodeo week. Events include: PRCA Dodge Xtreme Bulls, Wrangler/Lazy E Arena World's Greatest Roper, Bob Feist Invitational Pro Team Roping, Perry DiLoreto/Reno Rodeo Invitational Amateur Team Roping, Perry DiLoreto/Reno Rodeo Women's Only Invitational Team Roping, Drill Teams, Team Penning and the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," the Reno Rodeo - has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports, OLN, ESPN and ESPN2.
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About Bob Feist Invitational (BFI): The Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) is heralded as the "Richest One Day Open To The World Team Roping". Now in it's 31st year, the idea of the BFI evolved from an idea that producer, Bob Feist had, inviting the best ropers in the world, have them compete against their peers and with spectators paying to watch them in action. Chowchilla, Calif. was the place of the first roping, held in 1977. Other locations have included Denton, Tex. and Las Vegas Nev. Monday, June 23, 2008 is the date for this year's event that will once again be held in Reno, Nev. in conjunction with the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West". This will mark the 25th year that the BFI has been held in the town of Reno. The BFI will pay an estimated $700,000 in cash and awards all in one day, a new record for the event. Including this year, payoff in cash and prizes since it's inception will reach the $7 million mark. The BFI dvd, produced annually by Rodeo Video, remains one of the best selling dvds in the team roping world. The event has also been nationally televised on The Roping Show and America's Horse.
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