Producers of the world’s richest one-day Open roping – the annual Bob Feist Invitational – moved the 45-year-old BFI to Oklahoma after 37 years in Reno, but are excited to announce “the final showdown” in Reno this summer.
In the final year of its contract with the Reno Rodeo, Ullman Peterson Events’ BFI will produce the Resistol Reno Open Championship, presented by The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, on Saturday, June 18. The Open is guaranteed to pay at least $100,000 for first place and, like its predecessor the BFI, will showcase the best 100 teams in the world over five full go-rounds and a short round.
“The feedback has been so amazing in Oklahoma that we’ve kept the BFI there,” said Daren Peterson of Ullman Peterson Events. “Still, Open ropers have made Reno a destination every June since 1984, and we have loved our relationship with the Reno Rodeo and Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. The Open roping and handicapped amateur jackpots, along with the all-girl ropings, will serve the Western part of the U.S.”
Last year, Kolton Schmidt and Wyatt Cox roped six steers in 40.27 seconds to hit the $100,000 jackpot at the Reno Open.
“It doesn’t matter what they call it, it’s a part of BFI tradition – we’re in Reno and it paid fifty grand a man,” said Schmidt after the win. “We roped against the best guys in the world and beat ’em. That’s a big deal.”
Team ropers will get one final chance at that feeling on June 18. Per tradition, the Resistol Reno Open will be preceded by the annual Cowboy Auction and Dinner at the Silver Legacy on Friday night, June 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a ticket to the Reno Open will get you in free. This year, the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West will kick off its first performance on Thursday night, two days before the Resistol Reno Open.
“Resistol is excited to be the title sponsor for the Reno Open Championship, produced by the same folks that have the BFI,” said Mary Jane Carpenter, Director of Marketing for Resistol. “One hundred thousand bucks to the Open average winners will be a perfect start to the Fourth of July rodeo runs, and Resistol will be a part of it.”
This year, lucrative World Series and National Team Roping jackpots will again surround Championship Week to make Reno a great team roper’s destination this summer. Youth team ropers can expect their own events in nearby Fallon. Plus, the all-girl team roping and breakaway jackpots are qualifiers to the May 2023 WCRA Women’s Rodeo World Championships.
“We can hardly believe we paid out $2.88 million in cash this year at Wrangler BFI Week in Oklahoma,” said Peterson. “Championship Week in Reno is sure to be worth fat checks for team ropers who get hot, too. It’s the perfect start for Cowboy Christmas, and we look forward to seeing our friends compete in the numbered ropings, as well.”
Tickets for the Resistol Reno Open can be purchased on site at the Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center or during the Cowboy Auction held at the Silver Legacy. That’s also the host hotel, so call (800) 687-8733 or visit https://book.passkey.com/go/SRRITR2 and use code “SRRITR2” to obtain your roper discount. Entries for the Resistol Reno Open will open May 1 and need to be postmarked by May 31. Entries for all other ropings can be mailed by May 31 or can be taken on-site with no late fees.
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About Ullman-Peterson Events
The Phoenix-based production company helmed by Daren Peterson and Corky Ullman has owned and produced the Bob Feist Invitational since 2012 and purchased the Reno Rodeo Invitational team ropings in 2015. Founded by notable rodeo announcer and publisher Bob Feist in 1977, the BFI is the richest team roping event for professionals and one of the most prestigious, due to its limited roster and long head-start for steers. The high-stakes amateur, female and youth roping events surrounding the BFI comprise Wrangler BFI Week – the most lucrative one-day events of their kind.