For the first time, earnings received by ropers at the Cinch Roping Fiesta will go toward their overall standings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rankings. That’s attracting more competitors, and increasing prize money.
“So for the first time in its 65 year history, the earnings here at the Cinch Roping Fiesta are sanctioned by the PRCA,” said Tom Thompson, marketing director for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. “Traditionally the haven’t; but what that means is the winners here will have almost a 15% head start in money earnings for the 2019 season. This is a game changer.”
Good news for competitors like Charlie Gibson, who’s been calf roping since he was three. Speaking in an interview with KLST and KSAN News, Gibson said, “I love the competition, the friendly environment, and everybody that supports you and tries to help you no matter what. I thrive to do this for a living and I want this to happen until i can’t go no more. This is my dream.”
This year’s total purse is more than $100,000. That could help ropers qualify for larger rodeos in Austin and San Antonio. The top 40 ropers from Fridays’ Cinch Roping Fiesta will advance to the weekend.
Tom Thompson explained further, saying, “what we’re working for is we’re at the preliminary event for the qualifier Saturday over at the outdoor fiesta arena. Preliminaries is one of those things that’s open to the world, and nearly any contestant in the world can come out here and rope. And if they qualify they’re invited over to the invitational that’ll take place which is the top forty calf ropers in the world tomorrow afternoon in the arena.”
Country music artist Jody Nix will perform Saturday night for the annual roping dance in the Spur Arena. For tickets and information visit sanangelorodeo.com.