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Things you don’t want to miss at this year’s CINCH Na­tional Fi­nals of Team Rop­ing.

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Ok­la­homa City has been the home to the Cinch USTRC Na­tional Fi­nals of Team Rop­ing for the last 21 years out of its 29-year ex­is­tence. Ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ence with changes to this year’s Fi­nals. by Kaitlin Gus­tave

OK­LA­HOMA CITY has been the home to the USTRC’s Cinch Na­tional Fi­nals for the past 21 years out of its 29-year ex­is­tence. Watch his­tory be made with the USTRC’s new motto, Ex­pe­ri­ence the Dif­fer­ence. Changes to this year’s Fi­nals in­clude trucks and trac­tors, changes to the Ladies’ Cinch rop­ing, a #7 pick/ draw, and the Ju­nior NFR qual­i­fiers and Jr. Looper rop­ings. Come join the fun and Ex­pe­ri­ence the Dif­fer­ence, Oct. 21 through Oct. 27, and don’t for­get to stop by the Lazy E Arena on your way through for the Guthrie NFTR Cham­pi­onships from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26.

The Eats

Try­ing to find some­thing to help fuel yourself? Check out lo­cal restau­rants that have been ca­ter­ing to the rop­ers like Cat­tle­men’s Steak­house ( cat­tle­men­srestau­rant.com) and Trap­per’s Fish­camp & Grill ( pearl­sokc.com/ restau­rants/trap­pers-fish­camp-grill). As most know, Cat­tle­men’s and Trap­per’s are a great bang for your buck. Taste the de­li­cious steaks at Cat­tle­man’s, or head on over to Trap­per’s for some gator.

The Drinks

Speak­ing of Trap­per’s, there is a new ad­di­tion to the fa­mous restau­rant, The Bour­bon Bar. While you’re en­joy­ing the taste of the sea, have the bar­tender pour you a drink from a se­lec­tion of 150 dif­fer­ent bour­bons. Or, head on over to Chisholm’s Saloon (405-949-0423) to en­joy some live mu­sic and danc­ing.

The Shop­ping

Get­ting tired of sit­ting in the stands watch­ing the rop­ing all day? There’s boots, chaps, and cow­boy hats…. Okay, this isn’t a Garth Brooks song. Walk down the steps and en­joy shop­ping at the Teskey’s, Cinch, Gist, or Resistol Hats booths, and so much more.

Prize Line

The USTRC’s spon­sors are step­ping up in a BIG way in 2018, with a prize line that in­cludes Bob’s Cus­tom Sad­dles, Gist buck­les loaded with stones (See page 18 for more on those!), Yeti cool­ers, Resistol USTRC 30X felt hats, Ram Truck vouch­ers, Case Trac­tors, Tony Lama Boots, and, of course, gear from our NFTR ti­tle spon­sor, Cinch Jeans and Shirts. Af­ter you get your horses tucked away in their stalls, stroll the con­course to set your sites on the good­ies you’ll take home when you win big in the Jim Norick’s red dirt arena!

The Kids

The USTRC’s Cinch NFTR has al­ways been known for its kid- and adult-friendly goat rop­ing, but this year will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Watch some of the tough­est young guns in the busi­ness rope in the Ju­nior rop­ings. Oct. 22 will start off the first ju­nior event, which is the Open Ju­nior NFR; fol­lowed by Oct. 24 with the #10 Ju­nior NFR; and—let’s hear it for the lit­tle guys and gals—the Jr. Looper 6 & Un­der, and the 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 age groups, which will also rope on Oct. 27.

The Ladies

We’ve seen the best ladies in the busi­ness dom­i­nate in the Cinch Ladies Cham­pi­onships years and years in a row. This year, the Cinch Ladies Cham­pi­onships is a #10 rop­ing with a #8 in­cen­tive, and both ends are capped at a 6-Elite. The cham­pi­ons of this pres­ti­gious rop­ing will re­ceive tro­phy Bob’s Cus­tom Sad­dles and a com­plete Cinch Ladies wardrobe. But wait, there’s an ad­di­tional bonus. If the cham­pi­ons are wear­ing Cinch Jeans and Shirts ap­parel, they will also re­ceive $1,000 cash as a bonus prize. First through third in the av­er­age and first in the in­cen­tive av­er­age will also re­ceive one generic dis­counted en­try op­tion at the 2018 NFTR for the re­main­ing

Trucks and Trac­tors ga­lore

Who doesn’t love a new ride? Get en­tered in the Case Trac­tor IH #16 for a shot at a brand-new Case Trac­tor ( ca­seih.com) awarded to the cham­pi­ons. If you’re en­tered up in the #12 Ex­clu­sive on down to the #8 Ex­clu­sive, then you’ve put yourself right in the run­ning for a $10,000 Ram Truck voucher.

Guthrie NFTR Cham­pi­onships

Need a lit­tle warm-up? Head over to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie for the Guthrie NFTR Cham­pi­onships held in con­junc­tion with the USTRC’s Cinch NFTR. Start­ing on Satur­day, Oct. 20 to Fri­day, Oct. 26, you can rope all day long for $150 per roper in each rop­ing. There is also a prac­tice pen that will be open daily. Rop­ings start with the #16 all the way down to the #8. They will be giv­ing away, in to­tal, 34 tro­phy Yeti cool­ers to the av­er­age win­ners in each rop­ing and six tro­phy Bob’s Cus­tom Sad­dles to the av­er­age win­ners of the #10 on Oct. 25 and the #9 and #8 on Oct. 26. In each rop­ing, the top 10 places in the av­er­age will have a dis­counted en­try op­tion at the 2018 NFTR.

7 Pick/Draw

An­other new treat this year is the #7 pick/draw. This rop­ing will be held on Oct. 27. It is capped at a straight 4, and you must have your pick part­ner. Your sec­ond run will then be drawn. This rop­ing will be a three-steer av­er­age, pro­gres­sive af­ter the first round. Plus, it will of­fer a full prize line!

Ho­tel, mo­tel.

The week is long, and we all get rest­less, so the USTRC has 24 host ho­tels. When you call any of the host ho­tels, don’t for­get to ask for the USTRC rate be­fore you book—not af­ter. Th­ese ho­tels are here for the roper. Make sure to log on to ustrc.com and check out the list of ho­tels.

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