Vin Fisher of Andrews, Texas finished third in the PRCA steer roping world standings a year ago ... and is second in the 2009 standings. When asked if he was coming to the Roughrider Rodeo in Dickinson, he said, "I want to win a world title and this Tri State Series enhances my chances." Fisher will be joined by several more of the top 15 plus other notables at the Sunday, June 28, single steer roping at the DSU/Roughrider Arena.
The son of two-time world champion Jim Davis will be there. Bryce Davis of Abilene, Texas is currently 12th in the world. Neal Wood of Guy, TX is tenth, while JP Wickett, the PRCA director in this event is 13th. Another Texan, Cody Lee of Gainesville is sixth, Cody Scheck of Alva, OK is 14th, Rocky Patterson, Pratt, KS is fifth. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, OK stands ninth currently and is a three-time Prairie Circuit champion as well. Shane Suggs of Granbury, TX is just outside the top 15, two spots out to be exact, and could use this weekend as a catapult to get into that magic circle.
Several others from the area will draw attention; Four-time world champion bronc rider, and recent ND Hall of Fame inductee, Brad Gjermundson of Marshall, is entered, also Mike Lohoff of Baker, Mt, who is currently 2nd in the Mountain States Circuit. The season leader in the Columbia River Circuit is also coming to Dickinson. Howdy McGinn of North Powder, Oregon will bring several from the northwest along with him. Gib Bell of Gillette, Wyoming is one of the ranch cowboys in this country who finds steer roping to be a natural extension of his ranch work. He has won the Hyde Merritt Memorial in Laramie and the last two years has won the Don King Days honors in Big Horn, Wyoming. He'll be one to watch.
To get maximum enjoyment from this event, remember that it isn't like team roping. The single roper must make a horn catch only, drop the slack from his rope over the steers' hip, and then, for right-handed ropers, turn his horse left and "trip" the steer to the ground. The horse plays a big part in this event, keeping the steer down by keeping the rope taut. The roper must then, like the calf roping, tie up three legs and throw his hands in the air to signal for time from the mounted field flag judge. Guy Allen set the existing world record of 7.9 seconds in 2000. Expect there to be some times in the nine-second range in the Dickinson arena. But with these "young guns" gunnin' for a world title, who knows?
The action starts at 9am Sunday June 28.
Dickinson is the second stop in the Tri State Steer Roping Series. Thermopolis, Wyoming kicks it off on Friday and Saturday June 26-27. And after Dickinson, the ropers head to Belle Fourche for a meet and greet and cowboy auction on Monday night the 29 and the Black Hills Round Up roping is at 9 am on Tuesday June 30.