Match Ropers Announced for 64th Annual Cinch Roping Fiesta.

Caleb Smidt to Challenge Ryan Jarrett in October.

San Angelo, TX - The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Fiesta Roping Committee is pleased to announce the Cinch Roping Fiesta Match Ropers for 2017. Two-time Fiesta Champion, 10 time NFR qualifier, and 2005 NFR Tie-Down Champion Ryan Jarrett will square off against three-time NFR qualifier and 2015 World Champion Tie-Down roping champion Caleb Smidt.

Jarrett comes back to San Angelo as the reigning champion with two consecutive wins in 2015 and 2016. The San Angelo Roping Committee has conveyed the invite and it has been accepted by Smidt to showcase his talent in the World’s Richest Match Roping for a winner takes all prize of $20,000. Smidt was the 2015 Invitational winner and has multiple top placings at San Angelo in both the Roping Fiesta and Rodeo.

“The matchup this year is outstanding”, says roping Chairman Tony Churchill. “Jarrett and Smidt are two of the best tie-down ropers in the world, and they will be showcased right here in San Angelo, TX this October.” SASSRA Executive Director Justin Jonas says, “The Association strives to provide the very best ropers for the match. It is the main attraction on Saturday and the battle between two of the most consistent and talented ropers in the world should be one of the best.”

This is the first time in 20 years roping legend Cody Ohl is not included as a Match Roping competitor. The committee wants to acknowledge that his record of 15 wins and 5 losses speaks for itself. Ohl is currently managing a shoulder injury but has been extended an honorary invitation to compete in the invitational calf roping, also held on Saturday, October 28, should he choose to attend.

Tickets go on sale September 5th at the SASSRA office located at 200 west 43rd at 8:00 AM. Phone orders will be taken at 325-653-7785. Saturday tickets for the Invitational and Match Roping will be sold for $12 each and Sunday’s Steer Roping and Double Mugging tickets will be $10 each.

Information courtesy of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo

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