January might be over now, but as we’re recapping the first month of the year, we can easily say we kicked off 2020 with a bang. And, by “a BANG” we are most definitely talking about the West Texas Open Roping. We would be lying if we said it wasn’t one of our favorite ropings. Not only does it pay out really well, it’s one of the first big open ropings of the year, allowing you to see some of the new teams that are just coming together, check out the guys to watch out for in 2020, get to rope for a solid paycheck, and so on.
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If you haven’t gotten around it yet, it is definitely a team roping to put on your calendar. And, just to make sure we convince you, here are 5 things we really love about this roping:
- It pays well
To give a quick overview of the West Texas Open, it takes place in Andrews, Texas the same week as the Odessa PRCA rodeo. The total payout is 80% payback plus added money. With 127 teams entered this year, there was over $40,000 up for grabs with first place in the roping paying $12,000. As far as the format, each roper enters three times with a five steer average.
- It’s challenging
For a five head average, this roping gets fast. In order to win something, headers and heelers have to rope aggressive and nearly mistake-free. Especially when you get to the short round - we can honestly say it’s one of the tougher short rounds you will watch. Sharp consistency is key in this roping.
- It’s good watchin’
Not only is the West Texas Open fun the rope in, it’s fun getting to see new teams start their 2020 rodeo and jackpot season, like Luke Brown and Patrick Smith for instance. Brown and Smith have practiced together and entered jackpots together for years, but they’ve never been rodeo partners for the entire season. Each of them are one to look out for on their own, but we are excited to see what they will do together as a team this year.
- You get to check out the competition
This fourth point might sound a bit vague, because let’s be real, if you’re entering a team roping, the goal is to beat the competition. And, BE the competition for that matter. But, we are talking about the people to pay attention to throughout the year. Those who are going to be fun to watch and continue to step up their game. The people you can learn from. For us, our eyes are on Dustin Egusquiza. He has taken the next step, not only as one of the fastest rodeo headers in the game, but as a great jackpot roper as well. (Maybe we’ll have to talk to him about consistency at some point this year👀). Another header to keep an eye on is Tanner Tomlinson, and when it comes to heelers, we’re excited to see what Douglas Rich, Brye Crites, and Ross Ashford do throughout this year.
- You can watch it ALL on XFactorRoping.com
Not only did we compete in the roping, and see the action up close and personal, we captured everything, so you can see it too. All four rounds, PLUS the short round. And, we weren’t lying when we said it’s one of the tougher short rounds you will watch, but you don’t have to take our word for it; you can check it out yourself.
If you like what you see, be sure to keep an eye out for other ropings we’ll be covering throughout the year!
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