THREE TEXAS ROP­ERS HEAD TO ITALY FOR WORLD SE­RIES OF TEAM ROP­ING QUAL­I­FIER

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Lara Lee Hogg, Jose “Pepe” Briseño, and his brother, Al­fonso, wrapped up the month of April at the World Se­ries of Team Rop­ing Qual­i­fier event pro­duced by Mike Crouch’s Euro­pean Team Rop­ing Cham­pi­onship in Voghera, Italy.

Hogg, an Ar­gyle, Texas, header, had roped with Crouch af­ter read­ing about his rop­ings and de­cid­ing to gift her daugh­ter—a then high-school grad­u­ate and fel­low roper—a cow­boy trip to Italy.

“It’s re­ally so­cial,” Hogg said of the ETRC rop­ings. “I mean, it’s so­cial in the States, too, but there, they usu­ally serve some kind of meal at the jack­pots, and it’s re­ally a gath­er­ing of peo­ple. Don’t get me wrong—they’re still very com­pet­i­tive and it’s a re­ally good rop­ing; re­ally well pro­duced. And, just like here in the States, if

you need some­thing, the peo­ple there will let you use it. Peo­ple were very gen­er­ous.”

For Briseño, who runs a Dublin, Texas, cat­tle-leas­ing busi­ness, learn­ing of Hogg’s plans pre­sented a great op­por­tu­nity for him and his brother to get to that rop­ing he’d seen so many fly­ers for over the years.

“I loved it,” Briseño said. “We stayed in Europe for 15 days, so we had a whole week af­ter the rop­ing to visit. There was a roper from France, so we vis­ited him at his ranch, and we went to Switzer­land on our way to meet some Ger­man rop­ers.”

As a cat­tle­man, Briseño ex­pressed a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the steers used, too.

“We roped Marem­mana at the Qual­i­fier,” said Briseño, who has roped in Mex­ico, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Panama, and was at a rop­ing school in Puerto Rico for this in­ter­view, “and they were fresh, 600-pound steers, ev­ery day. Then, at a dif­fer­ent rop­ing, we roped French Ca­mar­gue cat­tle, and they’re like 300 pounds and pretty wild.”

“A rop­ing is a rop­ing,” Hogg con­cluded, as she ad­mit­ted to al­ready buy­ing tick­ets for her and her two daugh­ters to rope in the Ger­man WSTR Qual­i­fier this month. “No mat­ter if you’re in Texas or in Italy, the rop­ing lan­guage is the same.”

BRISEÑO, WHO HEADED TO WIN THE #9, TAKES A HEEL SHOT IN THE #10, WHICH PUT HIM IN SEC­OND FOR THE DI­VI­SION.

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