Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Priefert World Series of Team Roping Officially Richest Rodeo/Roping Event Ever!
Las Vegas, NV – The World Series of Team Roping Grand Finale returns December 9th thru December 15th at South Point Equestrian and Events Center, in Las Vegas, NV. Twelve months ago the World Series of Team Roping made headlines when it became the fifth richest horse event in the world, and continues with that trend this year by breaking two more world records.
In its seventh year, the World Series of Team Roping Grand Finale’s overall payout has caught up to Las Vegas’ National Finals Rodeo record of $6 million dollars. The WSTR Finale jumped from 5th internationally to move into a tie for the 3rd richest horse event in the world. The richest horse related events of 2012 are the Breeders Cup at $20 Million, the Dubai World Cup at $10 Million, the World Series of Team Roping at $6 million, the National Finals Rodeo at $6 Million, and the Prix de L ‘Arc de Triomphe at $5.4 Million.
Recreational team roping has been outperforming all the cowboy disciplines, including pro-rodeo for years, but the National Finals Rodeo has pretty well been untouchable until now. This year the World Series Bloomer Trailers #10 Finale, which is essentially a low-amateur division, will set a new record at $1.77 million dollars. This breaks the $1.5 million dollar NFR team roping payoff as a single division, rodeo/roping event.
Las Vegas can proudly lay claim to two of these top five equine events. Individually they are both impressive, but together they distribute $12 Million in prize money into the cowboy industry within a 10-day period. Team Roping is the largest economical component of the recreational horse world producing over $60,000,000 in purses each year. The World Series of Team Roping Grand Finale is the richest and most prestigious showcase for the sport.
In addition to the daily roping competition, South Point’s “Cowboy Central” will be presenting a western Gift show, nightly entertainment, the WNFR buckle presentations, and the Benny Binion Bucking Horse Sale.
Action will start Sunday December 9th as more than 2,000 team ropers head to Las Vegas for their chance at a piece of the large purse. During the 2012 season, team ropers competed at 125 WSTR qualification events for the right to participate in this event. Ropers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Italy are expected to attend. The event will run December 9th through December 15th, with action starting each day at 8 am and ending at 6pm. A live webcast will run throughout the event and can be found at wstroping.com and priefert.com
For more information and a full schedule of events, go to www.WSTRoping.com or call 505.898.1755.Denny Gentry strikes again!