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STEPHENVILLE (February 9, 2016) — It’s become one of the biggest unsanctioned team roping events in the country and the 2016 edition was especially kind to a handful of local cowboys and cowgirls.
The 2016 Wildfire Arena Open to the World team roping was last week at Wildfire Ranch in Salado, where Lipan header Chad Masters and Stephenville heeler Kory Koontz roped six head in 39.76 seconds for the championship and $100,000. They split the cash between them, and each winning cowboy was awarded Montana Silversmiths Bucks, briefcases by Cactus Saddlery and Resistol Black Gold Hats.
First place wasn’t the only lucrative payout. Header Kaleb Driggers and heeler Kollin VonAhn, both of Huckabay, roped six head in 40.34 seconds and split up $25,600. Lipan heeler Patrick Smith and his usual partner, Trevor Brazile, were sixth in 42.45 and split $8,600, while reigning PRCA world runner-up header Luke Brown and heeler Jake Long, of Stephenville, needed 45.52 seconds to finish seventh and earn a combined $6,200.
Two local women’s competitors who have combined for 30 world championships also journeyed to Wildfire Ranch and finished in the top 10. Huckabay header Jackie Crawford and heeler Jessy Remsburg were fifth, roping four head in 38.32 seconds for a combined $4,800.
Stephenville champion JJ Hampton headed with heeler Martha Lynn Walters and placed ninth in 43.96 seconds for a combined payout of $2,200.