Pete Fox, left, of Odessa, Texas, readies to rope the hind legs of a calf during Sunday’s team roping event at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena after Jay Goza, who splits time in Routt County, roped the calf’s head. The roping series is scheduled to run every Sunday through Aug. 22 except July 4.

Photo by Jack Weinstein

Pete Fox, left, of Odessa, Texas, readies to rope the hind legs of a calf during Sunday’s team roping event at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena after Jay Goza, who splits time in Routt County, roped the calf’s head. The roping series is scheduled to run every Sunday through Aug. 22 except July 4.

Steamboat's Sunday roping series returns

Event provides different formats for all ages

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The Steamboat Springs Team Roping Series is scheduled for every Sunday through Aug. 22, with the exception of July 4, at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. Registration is at 9 a.m., and roping starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call Joan Ryan at 846-5416 or e-mail teamroping@romick.com.

— The Steamboat Springs Team Roping Series is back.

The event, which includes different formats for ropers of all ages and skill levels, kicked off its season Sunday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.

The team roping series is scheduled every Sunday through Aug. 22, with the exception of July 4.

Brent Romick said he created the weekly team roping series in 1986, but it hasn’t been held in Steamboat for four years. He said it was created to give locals a place to compete and was brought back for the same reason.

“It keeps roping strong in rodeos and the sport alive in Steamboat,” he said.

Romick said the team roping series allows professionals and amateurs the opportunity to compete together in different formats.

Registration for the team roping series is held at 9 a.m. Sundays. Roping begins at 10 a.m. There are different fees depending on the format, which could change week to week. But the roping series is free to spectators.

Joan Ryan, who is helping organize the weekly team roping series, said in addition to creating a competition for ropers of all skill levels, it’s a cheap activity for spectators.

“With the economy the way it is lately, many people haven’t been going out and having fun,” she said. “We want people to come out and have fun.”

The team roping series Sunday included ropers from throughout Routt County and some holdovers from this past weekend’s Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

As she watched from the stands, Jodene Johnson, of Casper, Wyo., said her husband, Justin, and oldest son, 14-year-old Jayden, competed in the Pro Rodeo Series. Both also competed in Sunday’s team roping series. Johnson added that the team roping series also gave her youngest son, 11-year-old Jerren, a chance to compete.

“They practice, practice, practice,” Johnson said about her sons. “This is their reward.”

Steamboat Springs residents Scott and Cindy MacGray were riding their bikes Sunday on the Yampa River Core Trail when they heard the announ­cer’s voice on the loudspeaker at the rodeo arena. Scott said they needed to take a break and decided to see what was going on.

Scott said they were surprised to see a rodeo event taking place.

“For anybody who would like to come to this event, it’s great,” he said.

“And it’s free,” Cindy added.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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