Bob Feist Reno Million Roping, Biggest team roping

11.5 Wrangler National Patriot

June 22. 2020


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.

11.5 Wrangler National Patriot FAQ


Yes! Your entry, along with all others received for the 11.5, is sorted diligently to ensure that only legitimate 11.5 teams are allowed to compete. Data is delivered to our committee from Global Handicaps (the upgraded version of TRIAD) on each participating roper via the fact that all ropers must have competed in a USTRC or WSTR event over the prior 12 months.


Last year, the average age of contestants in this roping was 52 years old. The youngest was 30 and the oldest was 81 years old. It was truly an international field in 2019, with teams from Canada battling contestants from at least 24 states including Hawaii.


This year, 85% of your entry fees are paid back. In 2019, we top-loaded the first-place average payoff, and your checks reflected that. We heard from you, so in 2020 we’re guaranteeing $100,000 to the average winners (based on 100 teams with the 85% payback, see sample payout for the main average).

A minimum of 50 different paychecks will be written to ropers in this event, including the go-rounds and the three-steer consolation. What’s more, this roping features the legendary BFI prize line including fully-tooled Cactus Trophy Saddles, Gist Buckles, YETI Coolers, Heel-O-Matics, Resistol Black Gold Hats, Cactus Trophy Ropebags, Justin Boots and much more.


We love continuing the tradition of giving back, and one recipient in 2020 is Ranch Life for Legends & Heroes. The California-based organization uses traditional cowboy ranch life and horse companionship to offer healing to distressed veterans, active military and first responders. The other Reno charity we support is Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run, which helps pay living expenses and offset medical expenses for northern Nevada’s female cancer patients. We’re so grateful to partner with Priefert and Heel-O-Matic in auctioning off some great items to support these worthy causes.


Yes! The 43rd Annual BFI will take place on Sunday June 21, at 9:00 am, a free dinner and the cowboy auction for THE FEIST will take place at the night before at the Hilton Garden Inn.

As a roper, you’ll receive a great swag bag before getting horseback to enjoy an even set of cattle, WSTR barrier, and epic cash and prizes. Your family will enjoy the trade show inside the roping arena, as well as the Silver Legacy’s popular Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, don’t forget Roxy’s Steakhouse in the adjoining El Dorado! Circus Circus also has a great midway for the kids to enjoy.

11.5 Wrangler National Patriot

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— along with the big move to the legendary Lazy E Arena, 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 their heelers at a #7, we’re changing our cap to #6.5 on the heeling side.

Let’s talk payout. Where can you rope against 150 teams for the payout of 85%, PLUS the huge prize line worth another bucket load, which includes Cactus Saddles, Gist Silversmith Buckles, YETI Coolers, Cactus Saddle Pads, Cactus Breast Collars, Heel-O-Matics Bones & Hox, Total Feed, Bio Mane, Wranglers, Cactus Ropes, and Resistol Black Gold Hats just to name a few.

The schedule for BFI Week will change with Monday morning kicking off with the 12.5 High Desert Showdown at 9:00 am and the Wrangler Patriot 11.5 starting shortly there-after.

BFI Week will see an addition of a 10.5 Over 40 Roping which means Tuesday will be an all Over 40 day for the ropers! The 10.5 roping will start at 9:00 am and the Cactus 9.5 will immediately follow. These are also 85% payback.

Wednesday will still be the All-Ladies day, with the Team Roping starting at 9:00 am and the increasingly popular Breakaway roping starting at 1:00 pm.

Saturday, June 20, will see some of the best youth participating in the Hooey Jr BFI Championship, starting at 9:00 am with the 10.5 followed by the Open at 1:30 pm.

Entry Forms

To compete in this event is by invitation only. If you have any questions regarding invitations and how to receive an invite, please email or call 602.721.5027

Stall Reservations

Stalls are ordered based on your reservation. All stalls must be paid for in advance by check, money order or credit card. Contestants are responsible and liable for any damage to the stalls during your occupancy. Maintenance work orders will be billed back accordingly. There will be no money refunds for unused stalls. All stalls are assigned on a first-paid-first-served basis. Make and send payments to the address above. There will be no on-site trailer parking.

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Make sure and reserve your stalls early by sending in this form.

Hotel Release Forms

Rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. All room blocks are subject to a thirty (30) day cut-off. Reservations received after May 20th, 2020 will only be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. Checks are not accepted and all reservations must be held with a valid credit card. Room rates may vary on time of year and time of the week. Special BFI WEEK room rates will be available to competitors of Ullman-Peterson Events contestants only. Filling out this form does not guarantee a room reservation. Please check with the property to make sure your room reservation is completed prior to arrival. Use rate code BFI20 when calling in.

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Make sure to book hotels early. For websites and phone numbers, check the Hotels/Travel tab on the top of the page.


We offer this as a convenience to our ropers.

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