Our February Ranch Roping event is part of the annual Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, which brings some of the best traditional cowboy musicians, poets, and artists together along with a gear show and kid's activities to Historic Ellensburg.
Our event is held in the Bloom Pavilion, out of the wind and weather. Arena-side bleachers provide spectators an up-close view of all the action.
Day 1 features both the Novice and Intermediate ropers, who rope 3 head then return for roping with fresh cattle in the Finals. Day 2 features the Ranch Versatility Class in the morning, then Open roping in the afternoon, with the Open ropers competing in an exciting 2-man doctoring in their Finals.
New this year: Novice Ropers Judges clinic will be included in the Novice Ropers' team go. The team will rope 3 head, but only scored on 2 head. The first head will be treated as a clinic round, with our judge, Frank Dominguez, giving comments and coaching to the team. The next 2 head will be judged and scored for the actual roping event.
Member Ranch Roping Practice
DATE: JANUARY 6, 2018
TIME: 1:00 - 6:00 PM
PLACE: ELLENSBURG, WA BLOOM PAVILION
COST: $40 PER ROPER
Get ready for this year's Spirit of the West Ranch Roping with a fun practice at the Bloom!
- Practice will feature both dry work and roping on live cattle, simulating competition
- Dry work will feature circuits on swing and positioning practice on both a) roping dummies and b) 'hot heels'
- Youth ropers 12 and under practice FREE!
- Ropers may bring your own team to the practice, or be matched up that day with a team.
1:00 - 3:00 pm Dry Work
3:00 - 6:00 pm Live Cattle
Format & Judging
Our Judge this year for both events is veteran roping competitor and judge Frank Dominquez. Frank is an accomplished roper, as well as mentor, clinician, ranch manager, and judge.
FORMAT & RULES: You'll find a complete, downloadable set of our 2017-18 Rules on the Event Registration Page.
In a nutshell, there are three Divisions (Novice, Intermediate, and Open). To enter, you must choose between entering in either a) Open or b) Novice or Intermediate. Teams may enter twice in the Novice Division, multiple times in Open and Intermediate. Your second entry must include at least one different member on your team.
There will be a Judging Clinic for Novice ropers (one head, during the team go.)
Novice Roping (Slack) - You can either enter individually or enter as a two man team. Either way, your team will be paired up with an Open roper, to complete the three man team.
Intermediate Roping (Slack) - You will enter with a complete 3-man team.
Entries for CTRR members will be $105 per person ($120 for non-members) with a 25 team max. The roping will be a yearling doctoring.
Novice and Intermediate Finals (Performance) – The top teams will come back for the finals for a yearling doctoring (one head guaranteed, fresh cattle).
Open roping (Slack) - Entries will consist of a three man team, and there is a 20 team max. Entry fees for members are $105 per person ($120 for non-memebers). The roping will be a yearling doctoring.
Open Finals (Performance) – The top teams will come back for an exciting finals, with a two man doctoring.
The Ranch Horse Versatility Competition will commence on Saturday, $50 per person/per horse for members, ($70 for non members.) There is a 20-team maximum. The event features trail and ranch obstacles that might be found in a cowboy's workday.
There are many styles of roping when it comes to work out in the pasture. The same is true for roping events.
Key components of our events include not losing the rodear, not roughing the cattle, and no loping. Earn points for moving shots and smoothness in groundwork. Lose points for missed shots. Points are always given for fancy loops, but the emphasis is always going to be about practical roping.
If you desire a roping event that most closely resembles a cowboy's true workday, then CTRR events are for you.