Wrangler BFI Week adds high-stakes team roping for kids 17 and under
PHOENIX, Arizona, March 22, 2018 – Kid cowboys can now rope upwards of $30,000 of the dough that has made Reno a cowboy mecca each June.
Wrangler BFI Week is made up of dozens of team roping competitions centered around the Reno Rodeo, which together with the purse of the rodeo, bring the collective cowboy jackpot in town to more than $3.6 million. It’s all anchored by this year’s 41st Annual Bob Feist Invitational — but now kids who’ve dreamed of roping in the BFI can actually compete in their own version on Wrangler BFI Week, in the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.
The inaugural Hooey BFI Junior Championships, with the same producer as the BFI, are scheduled for June 20, 2018, in Reno, Nevada – just two days after the 41st BFI. The ropings start Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. following the #12 High Desert Showdown at the Livestock Events Center.
The Hooey BFI Junior Championship Open is open to any classification and limited to 50 teams with entry fees of $500 per roper, enter twice. The roping is a four-steer average, progressive after three, and the pot is 80 percent payback. Contestants must be 17 or younger as of January 1, 2018, and must be pre-entered by June 1 or when all 50 teams have been entered, whichever comes first.
The same format will be used in the Hooey BFI Junior Championship #10, which is capped at a 6-Elite. With 50 teams in either roping, the winning team is expected to earn $15,000 cash, plus Cactus saddles, Gist buckles, YETI prizes, Resistol hats and Heel-O-Matic prizes, and more. Second place will pay $10,000, on down to sixth place, and each go-round will pay at least two places.
Both ropings will serve as qualifiers for the annual Junior NFR in Las Vegas in December, and will offer more than double the points of other qualifiers around the country. A couple of days later, on Friday, June 22, there will be more Junior NFR qualifiers in team, tie-down and breakaway roping at the Livestock Events Center.