Ropers at Quarter Horse Congress Win $48,780
More than $48,780 in prize money was won during the first two days of the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which began October 5 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. One arena was dedicated solely to the event of Roping, and included a variety of Open, Amateur and Youth AQHA Roping classes, as well as two premier events: Congress Tie-Down Roping Classic and Cinch Team Roping Challenge.
Congress Tie-Down Roping Classic
The Congress Tie-Down Roping Classic paid out a total of $19,280, including $10,000 added money, over two go-rounds and a short go on Friday evening. With a total of 41 entries, it was Ryan Jarrett, with a time of 7.43, that stood at the top of the pack after the first go, followed by Blake Deckard with 7.73 and CR Bradley with 8.16.
The second go shook things up, with Timber Moore’s top time of 7.47 followed closely by Caddo Lewallen and Tim Naylor.
In the end, Caddo Lewallen took home top honors with the lowest composite time of 25.01 over two go-rounds and a final, which earned him a total of $3,663.20. Tyler Prcin, of Justin, Texas, was second with 25.84 and CR Bradley was third, with a total composite of 26.28.
Cinch Team Roping Challenge
Saturday, October 6 featured the Cinch Team Roping Challenge with a $20,000 purse up for grabs. To qualify, exhibitors had to be in the top 30 fastest times in the Open AQHA Heading or Heeling, or have one of the top 20 fastest times in the Amateur AQHA Heading or Heeling. Ropers began with a clean slate in the go-round, and only the 10 fastest times in each the Open and Amateur advanced to the final. Money is paid on a two-run average from one go-round and a final.
The Cinch Team Roping Challenge began at 5 pm, and after the go-round CR Bradley aboard Im A Tuff Bueno were in first with a sizzling time of 4.84, followed by Jody Ramer and Halle 007 with a 5.33.
In the finals, Ramer remained in second place with a time of 5.62, but their consistency pulled them through to win the average with a total of 10.95, taking home a paycheck of $3,640.
CR Bradley and Im A Tuff Bueno, who qualified for the finals twice, ended up second with an average of 11.07 and winning $2,800.
In the Amateur division, Jim Bound reigned supreme and took both first and second aboard Bound To Be Dun and Bound to Whiz, respectively. Bound to Be Dun led all the way, with a time of 6.25 in the go-round, and 6.77 in the finals for an average of 13.02. Bound’s combined paycheck for both performances totaled $2,760.
Justin Talip and Oh Cay Doc Quixote hung on for third after posting a time of 6.48 in the go-round and finishing up with a time of 7.15 in the finals.
The Cinch Team Roping Challenge is in its third year at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and has been growing in popularity ever since.
“This has grown into a great event and the crowd really enjoys it,” said Clark Bradley, Ohio Quarter Horse Association Past President and Roping committee chair. “This is probably the best roping east of the Mississippi, so it’s a great opportunity to see some excellent roping.”
In addition to class awards, three Congress Roping All-Around awards were given to the top roper in each AQHA division: Open, Amateur and Youth. Each winner received a western saddle, donated by JR Wenger.
- Open Roping All-Around: CR Bradley of Collinsville, Texas
- Amateur Roping All-Around: Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson, WI
- Youth Roping All-Around: John Ryon Foster of Weikert, PA
Quarter Horse Congress
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show. It has more than 17,000 entries annually during its three-week duration each October. Held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, the show attracts 650,000 people to the area, and generates $180 million for the Central Ohio economy. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, a state affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association. Our mission is to promote the registered American Quarter Horse within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit www.OQHA.com/AAQHC or become a fan on Facebook!