The little things don’t get a lot of attention, but fundamentally they have been the backbone of major operations for years.
The corner stone of any good roping is cattle. We will give you our very best effort to acquire and sort these cattle, and where possible give reruns when the ability to compete is in question. Reruns at any major roping need attention, especially a roping that is awarding several million dollars. There will be a major effort this year to put multiple eyes on questionable runs.
The debate over barrier systems ended a few years back. Ropings that have the Priefert WS barrier simply get more teams, end of debate. Open ropers will not have to use the system, but the WS system will be in use in the other divisions as it stabilizes the turn zone and evens cattle.
Crossfire is over. There will be no crossfires at that US NFTR. The USTRC was the only entity allowing it. In general, it does not help the majority of ropers, but tends to benefit only a small percentage who do not need the extra advantage.
The cap in the #8 roping will be an Elite 4. Plus, Three arenas will be used where possible.
The US Invitationals will become Super WSTR qualifiers, fees at $1500/roper; qualification is optional for Las Vegas WSTR 2017 or 2018 Finale.
These are just a few of the little things that will change the experience at the 2017 NFTR. We hope you see something here that you like. We sincerely hope you will choose to attend one of the most outstanding events of each roping season.