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The official spirit of the 2020 BFI!

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

2020 BFI Entered Teams

Fresh thoughts from 2019 champ Lane Siggins

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

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

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

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
LONGER SCORE AT 2020 BFI

LONGER SCORE AT 2020 BFI

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
NEW VENUE. NEW ARTIST.

NEW VENUE. NEW ARTIST.

Annually, the Bob Feist Invitational commissions a painting that is later auctioned for charity and from which prints are made and sold. This year, the commemorative painting was done by Steve Miller, who’s been with Montana Silversmiths for 27 years, most recently working as Brand Ambassador and Planning Consultant when he’s not making art. “A lot of people don’t know me as an artist, just as the Montana guy who gives out the buckles,” said Miller, who also sculpted the bronze trophies given to each year’s Head Horse and Heel Horse of the BFI and of the Wrangler Patriot 11.5. ...Read More
Big Moves Happening at the Lazy E for numbered ropers!

Big Moves Happening at the Lazy E for numbered ropers!

This is your invitation to enter the 2020 edition of the 11.5 started by Perry Di Loreto all those years ago. While there have been some modifications to the roping, we still value the principals that Perry started this roping on—produce a fair and good paying roping, while giving back to the community. Some exciting news for the 2020 roping—it is moving to an 85% payback! The roping format will remain the same being a four-steer, with a three-steer consolation round, progressive on three, and will be limited to 150 teams at $2,000 a roper. While many 11.5 ropings cap ...Read More
Lazy E, Here We Come!

Lazy E, Here We Come!

Wrangler BFI Week moves to Lazy E Arena The cluster of team ropings with a collective $1.7 million payout goes, for 2020, back to the birthplace of team roping’s first six-figure paycheck. PHOENIX, Arizona, May 20, 2020 – In just four weeks, Wrangler BFI Week will land temporarily in one of team roping’s most iconic arenas. “The coronavirus has closed a lot of doors and changed a lot of people’s lives forever,” said Dan Wall, general manager of the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma – the nation’s largest indoor venue devoted exclusively to Western events. “Sometimes a door closes on ...Read More