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Pennsylvanian Ropes Lead at RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

J.R. Myers of Felton took the lead in tie-down roping at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, with this 7.7-second run. Photo by Ric Anderson.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 6, 2017) – J.R. Myers from Felton, Pennsylvania, has been the most successful tie-down roper at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo so far. Myers, who qualified for the First Frontier Circuit, was riding his 17-year-old mare that he calls Belle. Working together, they got the job done in 7.7 seconds. That is currently leading the first round with 13 more competitors left to go here on Friday.

“It gives you a lot of confidence to come in here and do well,” Myers said. “When you see the other guys in the field and know what great ropers they are, then to do well, it’s rewarding for sure.”

Myers is now in good position to get a paycheck in the round. He will compete in the second round on Saturday night. There are 26 tie-down ropers that have qualified for the RNCFR. All of their times will be added together and the eight with the fastest total will advance to Sunday’s semifinals.

At stake are national championships and $1 million in cash and prizes. For the first time, the money that is earned at the RNCFR counts in the world standings for the sanctioning organizations, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.