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2009 Worlds Greatest Roper
6/20/2009 - 6/20/2009
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World's Greatest Roper
Reno, Nevada    -   June 20-21, 2009
Reno Livestock Events Center

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PRESTON WILLIAMS IS THE NEW WORLD’S GREATEST ROPER!

Former Indian NFR Champion Wins $25,000

The World’s Greatest Roper came to a climatic close on Sunday afternoon when multiple Indian National Finals Rodeo Champion Preston Williams, from Casa Grande, Arizona roped his way into history by claiming $25,000 and the 2009 title of “World’s Greatest Roper”.

In front of a great crowd at the Reno Livestock Events Center, Williams bested a field of PRCA World Champions, former World’s Greatest Roper Champions, multiple Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famers, and the overall best ropers on the planet to win the prestigious $88,000 World’s Greatest Roper event presented by Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Williams had to qualifier for his chance to compete on Sunday in the WGR Qualifier Event that was held on Saturday. For his work of 78.1 seconds on 9-head of cattle (3 Rounds of Heading, Tie-Down Roping, and Heeling), Williams’ name is now etched along side other WGR Champions K.C. Jones, Burlington, Wyoming from 2008 and 2-time WGR Champion Daniel Green of Oakdale, California. Williams was consistent from the start of the Qualifier on Saturday to the last Heeling run on Sunday. Although Williams came into the 2009 WGR as a relative long-shot – Williams is no stranger to titles having won the INFR a total of 5 times and he is also a former National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals Champion.

2008 PRCA World Champion Randon Adams of Logandale, Nevada finished the event in the reserve spot after a 9-head total of 80.1 seconds followed by Jake Cooper of Monument, New Mexico – 87.7, Marty Becker of Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 87.7, and rounding out fifth was PRCA World Champion Chad Masters from Clarksville, Tennessee – 100.3.

Other top money paid out was to Pat Boyle from Simi Valley, California who claimed the “Fastest Round” of the competition – a 20.9 worth $7,000.00. A complete breakdown of money won at this year’s WGR follows this release.

New for 2009, Lazy E Productions changed the event format from previous years. For the first time ever, the WGR was “OPEN TO THE WORLD”. Meaning, any contestant could enter this year’s event – thus making the WGR a true WORLD COMPETITION. Qualifying rounds were held at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 20th to determine who advanced to the Sunday show and where the 2009 Champion was crowned. Another interesting fact for 2009 was the exemption of former PRCA World Champions and former Lazy E Event Champions. Contestants with those credentials automatically qualified for the competition at 12:00PM on Sunday, June 21st. All totaled, the WGR action was fast and furious boasting 330 runs in two days that showcased the best Timed Event cowboys on earth competing for the title of the World’s Greatest Roper!

The event was again held in conjunction with two of the greatest western events in the world “The Reno Rodeo” and “The Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping”. Organizers from all three major forces in the rodeo industry are committed to making the first weekend of the Reno Rodeo one spectacular show by combining the Reno Rodeo, the  World’s Greatest Roper, and the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping - all within 3 action-packed days.

The World’s Greatest Roper is one of pro rodeo’s most unique events and is patterned after the highly successful Wrangler Timed Event Championship – which is a true all-around test of roping skills. At the WGR, each contestant is required to compete in all three roping disciplines: team roping heading, tie-down roping, and team roping heeling.

The World’s Greatest Roper was developed by Lazy E Productions in 2006 to determine the best roper in the world - the man who could stand out in more than his specialty roping event, but the man who could be consistent over multiple rounds of over-all competition. This event attracted the biggest names in the rodeo industry in addition to fans from across the country! Some of the top named cowboys that competed for the mega-jackpot purse were highlighted by 6-time PRCA All Around World Champion Trevor Brazile; two-time World’s Greatest Roper Daniel Green; 2008 WGR Champion K.C. Jones; PRCA World Champions Matt Sherwood, Chad Masters, and Randon Adams; multiple NFR qualifiers Kyle Lockett, Marty Becker, and Kory Koontz; and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jimmie Cooper.

Each round of competition featured excitement with leaders changing after every run, with only seconds separating them. The champion wasn’t determined until the last rope was thrown, the flag dropped and the clock had stopped.

The World’s Greatest Roper was sponsored by Reno-Tahoe, Wrangler, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Boot Barn, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, Ariat Boots, Gist Silversmiths, CSI Saddlepads, Rodeo Video, the Reno Rodeo, the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic and Cactus Saddlery.

The World’s Greatest Roper is a Lazy E Production.  For more information contact the Lazy E Arena at (800) 595-RIDE or log on to www.lazye.com.

 

2009 World's Greatest Roper Champion - PRESTON WILLIAMS

 

2009 WORLD’S GREATEST ROPER FINAL RESULTS

$88,000 Pay-Out:

WGR Average *

3 Rounds Totaling 9 Head (Heading / Tie-Down Roping / Heeling)

     1. Preston Williams, Casa Grande, AZ           78.1 seconds - $25,000.00

2. Randon Adams, Logandale, NV                80.1 seconds - $12,000.00

¾. Jake Cooper, Monument, NM                 87.7 seconds - $6,000.00

¾. Marty Becker, Calgary, Alberta, Canada   87.7 seconds - $6,000.00

5.  Chad Masters, Clarksville, TN                 100.3 seconds - $3,000.00

 

Fastest Go-Round *

1. Pat Boyle, Simi Valley, CA                       20.9 seconds - $7,000.00

2. Chad Masters, Clarksville, TN                  22.7 seconds - $4,000.00

3. Marty Becker, Calgary, Alberta, Canada    23.7 seconds - $3,000.00

4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX                    23.9 seconds - $2,000.00

 

Fastest Run Bonus *

Heading –                JoJo LeMond, Andrews, TX          4.8 - $3,000.00

Tie-Down Roping –   Chad Masters, Clarksville, TN       9.0 - $1,500.00

                              Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX           9.0 - $1,500.00

Heeling –                 Mike George, Oakdale, CA          5.1 - $3,000.00

 

Qualifier Pay-Out (Saturday 6/20/09):

Qualifier Average *

2 Rounds Totaling 6 Head (Heading / Tie-Down Roping / Heeling)

1.  Austin Adams, Logandale, NV                  52.3 seconds - $3,000.00

2.  Jay Adams, Logandale, NV                      58.5 seconds - $2,000.00

3.  Brett Fleming, Worden, MT                     60.9 seconds - $1,000.00

 

Fastest Go-Round *

 1. Austin Adams, Logandale, NV                            26.1 seconds - $2,000.00

 

Fastest Run Bonus *

          Heading –                Adam Rose, Willard, MO                 6.3 - $1,000.00

          Tie-Down Roping –   Austin Adams, Logandale, NV          9.5 - $1,000.00

          Heeling –                 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, UT            5.0 - $1,000.00

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The following are the results from the Saturday qualifier.

 

Qualified for Sunday Competition

1. AUSTIN ADAMS           52.3                10. JAKE COOPER               80.1

2. JAY ADAMS                  58.5               11. KORY KOONTZ              83.7

3. BRETT FLEMING           60.9                12. JOJO LeMOND              84.4

4. LANCE HARVEY            66.1               13. PRESTON WILLIAMS     84.7

5. BEAU FRANZEN            70.8               14. CALEB TWISSELMAN     85.3

6. RUSSELL CARDOZA     71.1                15. BOOGIE RAY                  90.2

7. PAT BOYLE                  72.6               16. RHETT KENNEDY            97.4

8. SHANE SPROUL           73.6               17. MIKE GEORGE              100.5

9. MARTY BECKER           78.1

 

Failed to Qualify for Sunday Competition

18. GARRETT TONOZZI               102.1

19. JADE CORKILL                      116.6

20. ADAM ROSE                          118.2

21. CHRIS GREEN                       140.9

22. COLEMAN PROCTOR            164.3

23. JIM ROSS COOPER               178.9

24. BLAINE KETSCHER               185.2

25. RHEN RICHARD                     185.3

        26. JUSTIN DAVIS                       222.1

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Reno, Nevada    -   June 20-21, 2009

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ADAMS BROTHERS FINISH FIRST and SECOND!

WGR Qualifier is in the Books

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Reno, Nevada /  June 20, 2009 – The fist ever World’s Greatest Roper Qualifier is in the books. TwoNevada brothers – Austin Adams and Jay Adams finished the two-round qualifier first and second respectfully to advance to Sunday’s competition. Austin Adams swept most of the pay-out for a $6,000.00 payday with more on the line tomorrow!

New for 2009, Lazy E Productions changed the event format from previous years. For the first time ever, the WGR was “OPEN TO THE WORLD”. Meaning, any roper could enter this year’s event – thus making the WGR a true WORLD COMPETITION. Qualifying rounds were held today at the Reno Livestock EventsCenter to determine who advanced to the Sunday show where the 2009 Champion will be crowned. A total of twenty-six (26) qualifiers were competing for seventeen (17) spots to rope on Sunday. Those seventeen qualifiers will be joining an elite fraternity of eight (8) World Champions that were exempt from having to qualify that include; K.C. Jones, Chad Masters, Trevor Brazile, Daniel Green, Randon Adams,Matt Sherwood, Kyle Lockett, and Jimmie Cooper.

The Adams brothers that qualified first and second will be joining other brother and World Champion Randon Adams in the competition on Sunday. Some of the biggest names in ProRodeo will be competing for the title and over $88,000.00 in prize money.


 

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RENO IS HOME TO THE 4th ANNUAL WORLD’S GREATEST ROPER!

WGR Unveils New Format for 2009

Reno, Nevada /  June 18, 2009 – 

The World’s Greatest Roper is making Reno, Nevada again home to this one-of-a-kind world championship event. The top timed event cowboys in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will compete for the prestigious title of The World’s Greatest Roper and a purse of $88,000.

New in 2009, Lazy E Productions proudly announces a change in the event format from previous years. For the first time ever, the WGR is “OPEN TO THE WORLD”. Meaning, any contestant can enter this year’s event – thus making the WGR a true WORLD COMPETITION. Qualifying rounds will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, June 20th to determine who advances to the Sunday show and where the 2009 Champ will be crowned. Another interesting fact for 2009 will be the exemption of former PRCA World Champions and former Lazy E Event Champions. Contestants with those credentials will automatically qualify for the competition at 12:00PM Sunday, June 21st. All totaled, the WGR action should be fast and furious boasting over 330 runs in two days that showcases the best Timed Event cowboys on the planet competing for the title of the World’s Greatest Roper!

The event is again being held in conjunction with two of the greatest western events in the world “The Reno Rodeo” and “The Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping”. Organizers from all three major forces in the rodeo industry are committed to making the first weekend of the Reno Rodeo one spectacular show by again combining the Reno Rodeo, the  World’s Greatest Roper, and the Bob FeistInvitational Team Roping - all within 3 action-packed days. "The Reno Rodeo is really pleased to see the return of the World's Greatest Roping for year two in Reno. This is a world-class event having all the earmarks of gaining popularity in short order to the size of the fan base experienced by the BFI. The BFI and WGR are spectacular back-to-back events that have turned the Reno Rodeo into a roping Mecca and the place to be at the beginning of summer," said Reno Rodeo President Gordie Cowan.

The World’s Greatest Roper is one of pro rodeo’s most unique events and is patterned after the highly successful Wrangler Timed Event Championship – which is a true all-around test of roping skills. At the WGR, each contestant is required to compete in all three roping disciplines: team roping heading, tie-down roping, and team roping heeling.

The World’s Greatest Roper was developed by Lazy E Productions in 2006 to determine the best roper in the world - the man who could stand out in more than his specialty roping event, the man who could be consistent over multiple rounds of over-all competition. This event attracts the biggest names in the rodeo industry in addition to thousands of fans from across the country! Some of the cowboys scheduled to compete for the mega-jackpot purse are highlighted by 6-time PRCA All Around World Champion Trevor Brazile; two-time World’s Greatest Roper Daniel Green; 2008 WGR Champion K.C. Jones; PRCA World Champions Matt Sherwood, Chad Masters, and Randon Adams; multiple NFR qualifiers Kyle Lockett, Marty Becker, and Kory Koontz; and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jimmie Cooper.

Each round of competition features excitement with leaders changing after every run, with only seconds separating them. The champion isn’t determined until the last rope is thrown, the flag is dropped and the clock has stopped.  Last year in Reno, four-time WTEC Champion K.C. Jones ofBurlington, Wyoming bested a field of 40 World Champion titles earning him a payday of $25,000 and the title of World’s Greatest Roper.

In addition to this tremendous event, the Reno Rodeo Committee, Lazy E Productions and the Bob Feist Invitational has put together a three-event bonus called the “Reno Triple Crown” which would pay an extra $100,000 check to a roper who would win the World’s Greatest Roper, win the BFI on June 22nd, and then win either the tie-down roping or the team roping average at the Reno Rodeo. All together, officials from the three organizations anticipate that if attained, one roper could walk away from Reno with a staggering $225,000 in earnings.

The World’s Greatest Roper is sponsored by Reno-Tahoe, Wrangler, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, Ariat Boots, Gist Silversmiths, CSI Saddlepads, Boot Barn, Western Horseman, The Roping Show on RFD-TV, Rodeo Video, the Reno Rodeo, the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic and Cactus Saddlery.

The World’s Greatest Roper is a Lazy E Production.  For more information and/or ticket sales for the World’s Greatest Roper, contact the Lazy E Arena at (800) 595-RIDE.


Press Contact:           Robert Simpson

Phone:                      (405) 282-RIDE / (800) 595-RIDE

E-Mail:                     robert@lazye.com

When:                       June 20th – 10:00AM  /  Qualifier Rounds

                                      June 21st – 12:00PM  /  Rounds 1, 2, and Short Round

Where:                     Reno Livestock Events Center
                                     Reno, Nevada

 

About Lazy E Productions and the World’s Greatest Roper:

Since 1984, Lazy E Productions has been promoting the sport of professional rodeo and professional bull riding with its famed events. Some of the marquee events include the Wrangler Timed Event Championship; PBR-Bullnanza events inLexington, KY and Guthrie, OK; PBR-Built Ford Tough Series events in Oklahoma City, OK, Nashville, TN and Tulsa, OK; the World’s Greatest Roper in Reno, NV, and the Lazy E Dressage Classic. Past events include the Gold & Silver Cutting; the Bud Light Rough Stock Rodeo; the Xtreme Bulls National Finals in Reno, NV; PBR-Bullnanza events in Salt Lake City, UT, Wichita, KS, Birmingham, AL and Reno, NV; the Lazy E Ranch Rodeo; the Reba McEntire Pro Celebrity Rodeo; the Ben Johnson Pro Celebrity Rodeo; the 89er Days PRCA Rodeo; the OCA Range Round-Up; the Lazy E Spring Barrel Futurity; the National Finals Steer Roping; 14 major act concerts; the Lazy E Spring Team Roping and the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

For additional information on Lazy E Productions, please visit http://www.lazye.com/ or call 800.595.RIDE.

About Reno Rodeo:

Reno Rodeo is a 9-day event in its 90th 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, the Lazy E Arena’s 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.

For additional information on the Reno Rodeo Association, please visit http://www.RenoRodeo.com.

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 its 32nd 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 22, 2009 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 26th 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 its 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 andAmerica's Horse.

For additional information on the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI), please visit http://www.bobfeistinvitational.com or call 209.369.3626.

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