WTRC NUMBER SYSTEM CHANGE It was announced this past weekend, that the WTRC will be adjusting their numbering system this May. Starting May 14, 2018, WTRC roper classification numbers will increase by 2 numbers. Accordingly, all WTRC Ropings will increase by 4 numbers. We feel this is a great way to better classify the wide range of ropers that get lumped into the #1 and #2 classifications, and offer more opportunities for them to compete against ropers of similar abilities and skill levels. The goal is to utilize the 3 numbers below the #4 Roper for the beginners and novice ropers. Here is the basic info regarding this change:
1). On May 14th, 2018, all current WTRC members will be issued new cards with their roping classification numbers increased by a value of two. For example – John Smith is a #3 header in the current WTRC system. On May 14th, he will become a #5 header. Jack Brown is a #2 heeler in the current system and he will become a #4 heeler.
2). After May 14th, 2018, all WTRC Ropings will increase by a number value of 4. For example, what is currently the WTRC #5 Roping will become a WTRC #9 Roping. John and Jack competed in the current system’s #5 roping as a #3 header and a #2 heeler. After May 14th, they will compete in the #9 roping as a #5 header and a #4 heeler.
3). The WTRC producers and staff will be monitoring ropers throughout the remainder of 2018, and as always, ropers will be raised and lowered as needed.
With any kind of change, there are always questions and concerns. We hope this addresses most of the basic concerns our ropers might have with this change. Please feel free to contact us at any time for further clarification!
WTRC Office 406-348-2460
In response to concerns regarding EHV (Equine Herpes Virus):
We've had a few inquiries about health certificate requirements for the roping in Gillette this weekend. Because we take the health and safety of our ropers and their equine athletes very seriously, we've been in contact with CamPlex officials who assure us that they've been very proactive by sterilizing and cleaning the arena after every event. We've also discussed our (and your) concerns with several veterinarians. Although there have been no confirmed EHV cases from the CamPlex recently that we are aware of, the vets we spoke with reminded us that this virus is always "out there" and your horse is potentially exposed at any sizable event. The best steps you can take to keep your horses healthy are keeping them current on vaccinations and using common sense precautions when tying, watering, and stabling your animals in any setting. If you have further concerns or questions regarding EHV specifically, we encourage you to contact your personal veterinarian. You need to follow the Wyoming state guidelines which is health and coggins are required for all out of state horses. We look forward to seeing you there.
Gold Buckle Tour Revision 3/15/18 Ropers – thank you for your interest in the Gold Buckle Tour. We’ve taken your input and decided to revise the new program a little. Here’s the added feature for the 3 divisions for 2018. Any #9, #8, #7 that has an entry fee of $100 per roper or more will be a Gold Buckle Tour Roping. This means the winners will be acquiring points towards the Year End Gist Gold Buckles.
GOLD BUCKLE CLARIFICATION 3/13/18 There’s been some confusion on the Gold Buckle program the WTRC implemented for 2018. We know we’ve talked about this on Facebook Live and our website so we apologize if we are repeating ourselves but some ropers still had questions.
The difference between a Gold Buckle Tour & a Gold Buckle Roping is the TOUR is a combined race for the upper level ropers that rope in the #9, #8, and #7. Ropers accumulate points by placing in the average at these events. There will be an equal number of 9-8-7 ropings throughout the season. The Gold Buckle Tour ropings will have $200 fees per roper at 85% payback so payouts will be phenomenal. Also, with 10 or less teams entered in Tour Ropings it is 100% payback. The top header and heeler in the #9, #8, and #7 Combined in the Tour Standings will be awarded a beautiful Gist Gold Buckle at the end of the season.
The Gold Buckle Ropings in the #6, #5, #4 & #3 are for lesser fees with the buckles being awarded to the average winners the day of the roping.
These are special custom designed Gist Buckles that are rarely given and we know you’ll be proud to win!
We hope this clears up any confusion and good luck to everyone!