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She’s In!

She’s In!

Whitney DeSalvo is first female heeler in decades invited to BFI In the same arena last year as the BFI and just a couple of days after it, Whitney DeSalvo of Wilmar, Arkansas, hammered 11 of 12 steers on the second hop in the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl in Guthrie, Oklahoma – and if her mare, Becky, hadn’t bucked on the first one, she’d surely have batted a thousand. That’s why, this year on the day of the roping, she’s liable to get up at 6 a.m. and start loping that mare, she said. “Heck, I might be up all ...Read More
Record-Holder and Former Heading Champ Brazile to Heel at 2021 BFI

Record-Holder and Former Heading Champ Brazile to Heel at 2021 BFI

As if this man doesn’t hold enough records – which include the 2010 PRCA gold heading buckle, the 2013 BFI championship, and seven Timed Event Championships of the World – check out the fact that no team has ever roped six BFI steers faster than he and Patrick Smith eight years ago. But that was on the heading end of things. Brazile and Smith 2018 BFIOlie's Images, LLC. This March, Brazile will heel at the BFI for the first time since his rookie years in rodeo. He’s teaming with fellow horse trainer Miles Baker, with whom he partners on several ...Read More
Wards Hoping for Another Six-Figure Nail-Biter in Guthrie

Wards Hoping for Another Six-Figure Nail-Biter in Guthrie

Everything went right for the Wards at BFI 2020 during likely the closest finish in BFI history – seven-hundredths of a second over six steers decided the difference between $150,000 and $100,000. Andrew and Reagan Ward drew arguably the best two steers in the pen during the short round with their respective partners, Buddy Hawkins and Kal Fuller. And made them count. Andrew and Buddy, from eighth callback, placed fourth while Kal and Reagan from fourth callback won the round to squeeze into first in the average and hold on. The Ward brothers, who grew up just 20 miles from ...Read More
He’s back! “Big Money” looks to win big bucks in Guthrie

He’s back! “Big Money” looks to win big bucks in Guthrie

“Big Money” Bob Harris has earned nearly $90,000 over the years at the BFI – in fact, he’s one of our top-35 all-time money winners. It’s safe to say the roping has been very good to him! Now, thirty years after Harris both nailed one of his second-place finishes at the BFI (with Dee Pickett) and clinched the Timed Event Championship of the World – then also won the 1991 PRCA world championship – he’s entered in the 2021 BFI with Blake Hughes.  Dee Pickett and Bobby Harris 1990 BFI Brenda Allen photo “It was a good move to bring ...Read More
March of the Titans

March of the Titans

44th Wrangler BFI to join 37th Cinch Timed Event Championships On the heels of pandemic-prompted civic uncertainty in Nevada that forced the last-minute cancellation in Las Vegas of the World Series of Team Roping Finale, organizers of Wrangler Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Week have good news. The $700,000 Wrangler BFI, held for 35 years in Reno, will in March 2021 partner with the other titan of the roping industry – the $200,000 Cinch Timed Event Championships (CTEC) – as they converge the same week in Oklahoma’s Lazy E Arena. With no prospect of last-minute changes, Wrangler BFI Week will happen ...Read More
The Trophies Are Ready

The Trophies Are Ready

Adding a longer scoreline this year with the BFI in the 300-foot Lazy E Arena made for possibly the best showcase of head horses since the Chowchilla days of “the Feist.” The two awards are customized and finished now – the most prestigious awards of the annual BFI – and ready to be sent to the Francis and Yates families who owned the best BFI horses this year. This Montana Silversmiths 2020 Head Horse of the BFI award is claimed by Francis for his horse Ima Monte Leo. Francis won the 2018 BFI on “Dude” and placed seventh at the ...Read More
DeSalvo gets raised to a No. 8, makes history

DeSalvo gets raised to a No. 8, makes history

Two weeks after winning her second Charlie 1 Horse All Girls Challenge Team Roping at BFI Week (and almost $30,000) Whitney DeSalvo of Monticello, Arkansas, was informed her new handicap would be an 8 – something no female roper has ever achieved. We sat down with the defending and three-time WPRA world champion heeler to get her thoughts on what it took to get here.  BFI Week:  We are so proud to be the platform on which you became the first female in history to be classified as a No. 8heeler! But we hope you’re not irritated by that. How did it feel to get that ...Read More
BFI Week Rookie Wins $10K, Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway

BFI Week Rookie Wins $10K, Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway

GUTHRIE, Okla. (June 25, 2020) – Last year, Florida surfer Amanda Coleman moved on her own to Stephenville, Texas, to spend her final year of high school online, living and practicing with female calf ropers renting a home from Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) world champion Jackie Crawford. “My goal is to make a living breakaway roping,” said Coleman, 19. She’s well on her way. At the fourth annual Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway in Guthrie, Oklahoma, the rookie beat the world champs to win the first-place prize of $10,000 cash plus a trophy saddle, buckle and more. The event drew ...Read More
DeSalvo Wins $29K as Charlie 1 Horse Champ

DeSalvo Wins $29K as Charlie 1 Horse Champ

Thompson tops headers for $21K GUTHRIE, Okla. (June 24, 2020) – At the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Challenge Team Roping on June 24, Whitney DeSalvo of Springfield, Arkansas, left no doubt about her status as the world’s best female heeler. DeSalvo, just 25, took the top three placings with three different partners to haul a staggering $28,875 in cash back to Arkansas plus a truckload of prizes. The three-time WPRA world champion won the roping with Hope Thompson of Abilene, Texas, who raked in $20,750 total. “I just tried to rope every steer,” said DeSalvo, whose mare bucked on the ...Read More
Cook and Oliver Win Cactus 9.5 For $50,000

Cook and Oliver Win Cactus 9.5 For $50,000

GUTHRIE, Okla. (June 23, 2020) – Because Wrangler BFI Week presented by Yeti had to be abruptly moved from Nevada to Oklahoma in order to happen in 2020, organizers decided to let the books stay open. A pair of Texans took full advantage. Ricky Oliver didn’t know Russ Cook was in Guthrie until he happened to bump into him in the Lazy E Arena about an hour before the 9.5 Over 40 roping. They decided to enter the event, now in its second year as part of the BFI Week roster. They were already in Guthrie to rope in the ...Read More
PRIVATE PARTY AFTER THE FEIST!You are invited to The Feist Party with Randall King

If you are a Wrangler BFI or Cinch Timed Event Championship ticket holder or contestant, this event is for you.

Sunday, March 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

Hotel information and details about the party will be emailed.