Hoffman column: Smidt cashes in during San Angelo’s Cinch Roping Fiesta

Every year, the Cinch Roping Fiesta in San Angelo features the sport’s elite and pays them well for their fast times.

 

At the 64th annual competition on Oct. 26, Caleb Smidt, the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down roping world champion from Bellville, pocketed $31,300 as the result of finishing in the money in the Match Roping and Invitational Tie-down Roping title races.

Smidt earned a $20,000 check for clinching the coveted Match Roping title. He edged 2005 world all-around champion Ryan Jarrett, 172.49 seconds to 204.70 seconds, after both men had made 12 runs.

Smidt also lassoed an $11,300 check after finishing second in the Invitational Tie-down Roping title race.

Smidt is scheduled to compete in the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping. He has earned four trips to the Las Vegas championships (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

Two-time National Finals qualifier Reese Riemer of Stinnett clinched the Invitational Tie-Down Roping title and earned $16,000. Riemer finished fourth in the second round, second in the third round and second in the final (short) round on his way to clinching the average/aggregate title.

J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw, Okla., finished No. 1 in the Invitational Steer Roping title race on Oct. 29 and pocketed $9,600. Wickett has earned 16 trips to the National Finals Steer Roping.

Tom Thompson, the Roping Fiesta’s spokesman who serves as marketing director for the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo, said the Roping Fiesta provides an opportunity for competitors to earn good money as they prepare for the National Finals. San Angelo’s Roping Fiesta is scheduled between the end of the PRCA’s regular season and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the National Finals Steer Roping.

The PRCA’s regular season concluded Sept. 30. The National Finals Steer Roping is scheduled for Nov. 10-11 in Mulvane, Kan.The Wrangler National Finals is Dec. 7-16 in Las Vegas.

With that in mind, PRCA National Finals tie-down and steer roping qualifiers can saddle up in San Angelo in late October and earn a paycheck that can make a difference.

“This is an avenue of money that helps keep them going during that time period as they prepare for the NFR,” Thompson said of the Roping Fiesta. “It’s good money and it makes it worth pushing hard.”

NFSR scheduled

John Bland of Turkey has qualified for PRCA’s National Finals Steer Roping, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, in Mulvane, Kan., which is in the Wichita area.

Bland has a strong rodeo family heritage. His father, whose first name also is John, qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in bull riding in 1976 and 1977. His uncle Steve qualified for the NFR in tie-down roping in 1980 and his uncle Rex qualified for the NFR in steer wrestling in 1971-73.

According to prorodeo.com, John, Rex and Steve Bland are the only three brother set to qualify for the NFR in three different events.

This year, the younger John Bland will enter the 2017 National Finals Steer Roping ranked No. 10 in the world title race after earning $48,184 during the regular season.

Tuf Cooper, a native of Childress who lives in Weatherford, also has qualified. He’s ranked No. 13 with $44,217.

Twenty-three time world champion Trevor Brazile, an Amarillo native who lives in Decatur, has earned a NFSR back number. He’s ranked No. 5 with $64,266.

Jason Evans of Glen Rose is ranked No. 1 with $84,156. Vin Fisher of Andrews is ranked No. 2 with $78,934 and Chet Herrin is No. 3 of Pawhuska is No. 3 with $72,976.

In the money

Kellie Collier of Hereford finished second in the barrel racing title race at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo last weekend in Heber City, Utah. She earned $7,051.

Collier has qualified for the 2017 National Finals. Her $7,051 paycheck in Heber will help her in her attempt to earn a trip to the 2018 National Finals.

Cutting horse update

The 2017 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity is scheduled for Nov. 15-Dec. 10 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. The Futurity, which is the sport’s most prestigious show, is the first jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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