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Lovins and McGuire win Hooey Junior BFI and $20K

Arizona team wins Jr. 10.5 for $16K GUTHRIE, Okla. (June 20, 2020) – Jordan Lovins of Canadian, Texas, had never been to the Bob Feist Invitational. But when he heard that Wrangler BFI Week, presented by Yeti, moved to his neighboring Oklahoma from Reno, Nevada, he “was all over it.” Lovins, 17, hauled his steers to his local fairgrounds to practice under BFI-like dimensions and found someone with fresh steers so he could practice on a herd similar to the hard-running set of BFI Week. He capitalized by winning first and second – switching ends – for $15,900 in the ...Read More

Smith Family Hoping For Big Father’s Day

You’ve no doubt heard of the Smith family – Clay has won the past two world heading championships in the PRCA. But his two brothers Jake and Britt, and his dad Mark all rope, too, and well.  Last year at Wrangler BFI Week, Britt won the Hooey Jr. BFI for the second straight year and Mark won the Wrangler Patriot 11.5, with their respective partners. Britt earned $10,000, while his dad took a cool $100,000 paycheck home to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  In Guthrie, they’re ready to get in on that legendary BFI week prizeline all over again. Plus, as one ...Read More

Largest field in recent memory to compete at 43rd BFI

Retired King of the Cowboys headlines roster gunning for more than $700K at the only BFI held in Lazy E Arena PHOENIX, Arizona, June 17, 2019 – Due to the 2020 scramble to find a new location after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled its venue in Reno, Nevada, the 43rd Annual Bob Feist Invitational opened more slots than usual and will showcase 140 teams on June 21st at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. That pushes the purse well past $700,000 in cash and prizes – which is just fine with rodeo’s only $7 million cowboy. “Because of the location switch, ...Read More

The official spirit of the 2020 BFI!

Ropers from across the country will gather in Oklahoma this month for the 43rd annual Bob Feist Invitational – the world’s richest team roping competition, for pros and amateurs. With a new venue, new safety protocols and a new schedule, this event is happening against all odds, because of the hard-working, determined organizers and competitors. As a first-time sponsor of this year’s event, Wild Rag Vodka applauds that will power and determination. We are proud to be aligned with people who found the sport of team roping, and the act of coming together so vital, they moved such a storied ...Read More

2020 BFI Entered Teams

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Fresh thoughts from 2019 champ Lane Siggins

Winning the BFI last year and getting Montana Silversmiths Heel Horse of the BFI helped my confidence a lot. It proved I’m where I belong, as far as my talent, and eliminated the question of whether my horse is good enough. Rodeoing is so up and down, it can be hard on a guy from time to time. To this day, winning that roping has kept my thinking positive. I have earned the most coveted title in jackpotting history; the daddy of all jackpots. That win will go down with Shooter and me until the day we die. Lane Siggins, ...Read More

Catching up with 2004 BFI champ Turtle Powell

Of all the headers in the world, only six ever won at least three of the Big Four jackpots (the Wildfire Open to the World, George Strait Team Roping Classic, US Open and BFI) during the 20-year span they all existed. Speed Williams and Clay Tryan won all four. Aaron Tsinigine and Turtle Powell notched three each. And Chad Masters, incidentally, won every roping but the BFI – six times. For Powell, who collected Strait and Feist wins in back-to-back years (2003-2004), it’s indescribable.  “Face it, for most of us who enter, our living is made at rodeos,” said Turtle, ...Read More

Wade and Saebens gunning for another BFI fastest-time award

At last year’s BFI, Tyler Wade had his third steer ready to heel in 1.89 seconds. Folks, that’s behind an 18-foot score.  Billie Jack Saebens didn’t miss his chance to capitalize. Their 4.57 won the first-ever Rickey Green Award for Fastest Overall Time in 2019.  “Anytime you’re roping with T. Wade, if you catch, you’re going to be fast,” said Saebens. “Then again, the BFI is a hard place to win the day money.” Saebens added that it might have been the only steer they caught that day. What makes the day money so tough, he said, is that even ...Read More

Host Hotel for 2020 BFI Banquet

Every year, friends come together to eat, drink, and out bid each other at the most entertaining dinner of the roping year. The annual BFI banquet and cowboy auction is where ropers and fans of roping from all over the country get to come, shake hands (or wave at each other from six feet away…we will leave that up to you!) and share old “high-call” stories with one another. The BFI staff is excited to keep this long standing tradition alive. The festivities will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edmond on Saturday night, the 20th. Doors will ...Read More


When the BFI first started, Bob Feist strapped the score out there about a mile and a half, ran in some steers that out weighted my former mother in law, and told the best team ropers in the world to “Go and get ‘em!” When you think of big setups, there are a few that come to mind immediately. Salinas, where you both come out of the same box behind the long line and you can barely see because of the tears in your eyes when you finally catch up. And of course “The Daddy”, with the hand pull start ...Read More