News - Bob feist Invitational Team Roping

How to get Rich in Reno

The only heeler to have won the Bob Feist Invitational three times has also banked more than $200,000 cash over the roping’s four decades. It’s safe to say he’s mastered the most challenging roping in America. Just why is it so tricky to win the BFI? Why is it that so many world champs who can rope five smooth all day long at home have so much trouble inside the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in late June? Skelton’s new partner and old friend, David Key, can tell us from the perspective of both ends. Key, a nine-time NFR header, has ...Read More

Walt’s 2019 BFI Strategy

“Something makes me crazy about the BFI!” says Walt Woodard, who’s roped there 41 of 42 years and won the roping in 2008 with Clay Tryan. “They do one of the coolest things that’s ever been done at any roping – if you catch five steers at the BFI, they will give you your money back. They will give you your money back!! Because if you catch five, you’ll make the top 15 and get paid $2,500. “If you came to my house and said, ‘I’ll bet you $2,500 you can’t catch five in a row,’ you would go broke,” ...Read More

Deja Vu

When the infamous “Jake n’ Clay” won the BFI, it was still held outdoors in Reno, Nevada. Want to see a repeat after exactly 20 years? That’s right, the sport’s icons are teaming up again to try to win BFI 2019. “Jake is one of the best there’s ever been,” said Cooper. “You know he’s going to score good and get a hold and show me something there that I can catch, and that gives me confidence. He’s been doing that for a long time.” These two are also offering joint clinics together in 2019. Plus, while the late Rickey ...Read More

Camarillo talks BFI origins

Leo Camarillo, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame before the BFI was even three years old, remembers how team ropers of the 1970s even landed on the idea for such a roping. Leo “the Lion” won gold buckles heeling in 1972-73, won the all-around and team roping in 1975, and got another heeling championship in 1983. Here’s how he recalls the foundation for Bob Feist’s legendary roping, in his own words: In the mid-1970s, a producer like David Gill was also rodeoing and liked to rope, so he’d have five-for-$25 jackpots at his little feedlot. The top ...Read More

Junior BFI to offer byes into Jr. World Finals

For the second straight year in Reno, Nevada, on June 22, team ropers under 18 years old will compete during Wrangler BFI Week presented by Yeti, in the same arena as the pros. The kids’ version of the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) happens just two days prior to the world’s richest professional team roping. But at this year’s Hooey Jr. BFI Championships, a top-five finish guarantees a berth at the 2019 Jr. World Finals Rodeo (formerly Jr. NFR) in Las Vegas in December. Instead of hauling around the country chasing points toward qualifications to Las Vegas, youth ropers can now ...Read More

Wrangler BFI Week announces 2019 changes

Organizers revamp #11 with lower fees, add #9 Over-40 and change All-Girl format. When Perry Di Loretto founded the world’s first million-dollar #11 roping in Reno, Nevada, in 1996, it kicked off a legacy of giving back to the host community. Corky Ullman and Daren Peterson, who bought the roping in 2015, are keeping to tradition. Over the past few years, organizers have auctioned valuable items to raise more than $30,000 for Warriors and Rodeo and $15,000 for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. A local charity will benefit in 2019 – Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run. The Reno non-profit provides ...Read More

Unfamiliar sight in Reno

“I figured, I’ve watched the best guys in the world throw it in the dirt here, so if I go throw it in the dirt I won’t be much different,” chuckled Daniel Green, recalling how nervous he was to heel for the first time at the BFI, which he considers “the daddy of ’em all” in terms of team roping. The guy is only 46 but earned a million dollars with his head rope and turned steers at 10 straight NFRs before hanging it up 14 years ago. Still, he has always known how to heel. “I come from a ...Read More

Guy wins $25,500 at Charlie 1 Horse Roping

  RENO, Nev. (June 21, 2018) – Lari Dee Guy left no doubt about why she’s the winningest female roper of all time on Thursday during BFI Week in Reno. The horse trainer and roping clinician from Abilene, Texas, won first and second in the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Challenge Team Roping. She took home a total of $25,500, along with multiple saddles, buckles, spurs and the custom Montana Silversmiths bronze awarding her mare, Sabrina, as the best head horse of the roping. “This is the one all-girl team roping I have never won,” said the seven-time WPRA world champion. “I’ve won the ...Read More

Smith and Johnson win $16K, first-ever Hooey Junior BFI

Smith and Johnson win $16K, first-ever Hooey Junior BFI Stewart and Schmidt take #10 championship, $15K RENO, Nev. (June 22, 2018) – The youngest brother of world No. 1 header Clay Smith joined forces with the middle son of world champion heeler Jhett Johnson on June 20 to win the first-ever Open Hooey Junior BFI Championships in Reno by three full seconds. The inaugural youth event was patterned after the 41st Bob Feist Invitational, held just two days earlier in conjunction with the $500,000 Reno Rodeo, and was formatted to also be a Junior NFR Qualifier with extra points. To ...Read More

Northwest ropers win $60K in High Desert Showdown

RENO, Nev. (June 20, 2018) – A high school history teacher and truck driver came tight on the biggest win of their long competitive careers Wednesday during the second annual #12 High Desert Showdown. With a purse of almost a quarter-million dollars, the high-stakes amateur roping is part of Wrangler BFI Week in Reno, held in conjunction with the $500,000 Reno Rodeo. Oregon native Molly Hepper, classified as a #5, and Nevada native Marlow Eldridge, a 7-Elite, have been friends since their high-school rodeo days. The third-high team back in the finals of the roping, they posted a smooth 9.42-second run and ...Read More