Trailers at the Finals (2017 in Midland):
This year we will be giving 4 trailers in addition to the top 25 trailer, for a total of 5 trailers!
A trailer will be given in the #12, the #11, the #10, and 1 Trailer between the #9 and the #8 (winners of the 9 and 8 will rope off in championship style tournament) . These additional 4 Trailers will be given in the Average of the Finals Roping to the highest placing Roper that has been to 12 Ropings throughout the year
The Top 25:
The Top 25 will be an elimination style tournament, giving an advantage to the ropers that finish higher in the year end standings. To start the tournament, the ropers that finish 16-25 will have a 1 head elimination match in which we will drop the 5 slowest ropers, the top 5 finishers from that match and ropers 11-15 from the standings will have a 1 head elimination match dropping the 5 slowest ropers. Again, pick up 6-10 and have a 1 head match dropping 5 and finally picking up 1-5, and eliminating 5. At this point, there will have been 4 matches. We will take a break, and then match those 5 dropping 2, then drop 1, and then drop 1 for the champ. A saddle will be given to the winner, and the champ will rope for a Trailer in a Championship Style Elimination Match in which we will take the fastest time of the entire tournament in that division and let the champ rope the calf of his choice against that time. The best margin of the 4 divisions will win the trailer (#15 thru #9 will be eligible for trailer / #8 tournament winner will win that saddle but not be eligible for trailer). Good luck and its time to start jockeying for position. Here is how the Top 25 will payout.
25 Ropers x $100 = $2,500 $150 in Rounds x 4 Rnds
$20/run x 50 runs = $1000 $550 1st in Tournament
$5/Entry from Prelim = $250 $350 2nd in Tournament
$1750 $250 3rd in Tournament
Saddles at the Finals:
#12 - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
#12 - Saddle to Top 25 Championship Elimination Winner
#11 - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
#11 - Saddle to Top 25 Championship Elimination Winner
#10 - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
#10 - Saddle to Top 25 Championship Elimination Winner
#9 - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
#9 - Saddle to Top 25 Championship Elimination Winner
#8 - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
#8 - Saddle to Top 25 Championship Elimination Winner (not eligible for trailer)
#BreakAway - Saddle to Ultimate Finals Winner
Buckles at the Finals:
All Ropings (Except Amateur) - Buckle to World Champion
Buckle to Preliminary Roping Winner (Except Amateur)
Buckle to Reserve Place in Finals Roping
Amateur Finals - Buckle to Champion
The Ultimate Finals:
The Ultimate Finals Ropings are very similar to the Showdown Ropings, and the qualifications are listed below. The Added Money from the Memberships is added to this roping and based upon the # of members in each division. (If there are 200 members in the #10, then there will be $10,000 added to this roping and a Saddle will be given to the Average Winner of this roping.)
***The Added Money at the Finals will be placed in a SidePot that everyone attending at least 10 Ropings throughout the year will be eligible for (Each Roping Entered will count as 1). A big portion of the added money comes from the $5 added to each Roping along with half of the membership of those ropers in that division. Ropers that have only gone to a couple have not paid in and therefore will not be eligible for that SidePot. They will, however, be eligible for the main pot and the prizes that go along with the Finals Roping. The Saddle given away in the Finals Roping will also be held for the Eligible Ropers.***
Ways to get a Finals Position
Win a roping – no limit to the number of ropers entered
Win Second at a roping with 25 or more entered.
Win Third at a roping with 50 or more entered. (3 is the max number in a roping)
Finish the Season in the top 25 to win your first position. (Will drop down)
Attend 7 ropings - Each day counts separately (Sat and Sun would be 2 days). Also, at ropings when there are 3 headers and 2 headers in one Saturday each roping will count separately (enter the 3 header and 2 header and it would count as 2 days).
Win a position, possibly a second position, by being in the top 15 of the preliminary roping. (Places 1 thru 15 will have a position but will be required to pay entry fee).
A roper must only attend 1 roping to rope at the finals, but ropers can be moved at the finals, (even if they have a finals position) unless they have attended at least 3 different events (weekends).
The Stock Charge at all ropings (including the finals) will be $22/run. So on all 3 head ropings, the stock charge will be $66. If the fee's are $195 in that roping, the payback % would be 71%. If the fee's were $200. the payback would be about 75%. We are open to any suggestions on how to structure the payout, but our philosophy is the simpler the better. We'd love to do it for less, but due to the cost of cattle, building, travel, labor, insurance, and the many other expenses associated with these ropings, that is the best we can do. We will pay 1 money for every 10 ropers in the Rounds and in the Average (except the #15, #12, #11 and BA which will pay 1 for every 7 ropers). Again, comment below if you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear em.
Abuse of Livestock
Abuse of Livestock will not be tolerated. In order for our sport to thrive, we must manage the abuse of livestock. First offense will be punishable by a $50 fine and an automatic no time. Second offense, a $100 fine and dismissal from the roping. Third offense, $500 fine and dismissal from the organization. (I know, good luck collecting that one..) The fines and decisions will be regulated by the directors, and the fines collected will be given to the owner of the stock. Unless of course it is the abusers horse, and in that case, added money to that roping.
Explanation of Membership
***Membership Dues are $100, half of which will be added money at the finals.
***Membership can be paid out $25 per weekend, and must be paid by the finals to attend.
***At this time, no publication subscription will be sent out, but ads will be in several magazines.
***Feel free to make any suggestions on which magazines which would be most informative.
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