Tie-Downing Roping has its roots all the way back to the 1800s when ranchers would have to try and tie down young calves because they had to be branded or receive medical attention. The 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from December 5th to the 16th will have 10 straight actions packed nights of rodeo events including tie-down roping which will occur every night. The best ropers will be competing at their chance for the world title and to cement their name in rodeo’s legacy.
The modern event still is very similar to the old days where the rancher had to tie up the calf as quickly as possible. In the modern event, the rider is in a three-sided box with the fourth side opening up to the arena and then the calf gets a head start that is determined by the size of the arena. The rider then must follow the calf and attempt to loop his rope around the calf’s neck.
Once he successfully gets his rope around the calf, he dismounts his horse and then flanks the calf and takes the calf to the ground. Once he successfully flanks the calf he must tie up at least three of the calf’s legs in a pigging knot. After he ties the calf up, the rider must remount his horse and then give the calf some slack in the rope. The rider then must wait six seconds to see if the calf can kick free, if the calf kicks free then the rider is disqualified.
Shane Hanchey is the narrow leader in this category-leading by less than $2,000 over Tuf Cooper. Hanchey is a world-class roper and has been in the PRCA since 2009 and has already accumulated more than $1.4 million in prize money. The 29-year-old has been to every single NFR since 2010 and he will make it nine straight this year.
Hanchey is in his best position to win the world title that he has ever been and he is hoping to make it official this December in Las Vegas. Hanchey can cement his legacy as one of the best ropers in the game if he can win a few world titles, but he will have to show up at the big moments and the WNFR should be a great test for him.
Tuf Cooper is one of the best cowboys in the world currently. Cooper won the all-round title last year in Las Vegas and he will be trying to defend his title there and try and win his fourth tie-down roping world championship. Cooper has incredible roots in rodeo as his father, Roy Cooper, is one of the greatest cowboys of all time. Cooper will have to continue to prove that he can keep up his father’s legacy as well as set new goals for himself that he can break. Cooper will be looking to take down Hanchey at the world championship and show that he can win yet another world championship.
Tie-Down Roping has had a lot of criticism from animal rights groups due to the fact that it incorporates animals who are just children. There have been a few studies to show that there are is no harm that comes to the animals that participate in the event.
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Make sure that you tune into the Las Vegas WNFR from December 6th to the 15th as there will be tie-down roping every single night. It should be interesting to see who is able to win the world championship as there are a lot of great competitors that can easily take home the championship.
The Top 15 Tie-Down Ropers in the 2018 National Finals Rodeo:
1 Shane Hanchey
2 Tuf Cooper
3 Tyson Durfey
4 Jake Pratt
5 Ryle Smith
6 Trevor Brazile
7 Cooper Martin
8 Caleb Smidt
9 Cory Solomon
10 Marty Yates
11 Reese Riemer
12 Matt Shiozawa
13 Rhen Richard
14 Sterling Smith
15 Ryan Jarrett