Two events of the six-day 2021 Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Reno Championships will serve as qualifiers for RFD-TV’s The American – which in 2022 promises to offer a staggering $2 million sidepot to any qualifiers who beat the invited pros. The innovative rodeo, nearing its ninth year in AT&T Stadium, is expected to be the first $3 million one-day rodeo in the history of the sport.
The premise of The American has always been to showcase the best in the world, whether they’re tried-and-true veterans or complete unknowns who don’t compete in rodeo for a living. BFI Week, too, has long attracted excellent ropers from many more walks of life than full-time rodeo.
On Monday, June 21, the Reno Open presented by Wild Rag Vodka will qualify a full ten teams into the American Semi-Finals scheduled for Fort Worth, Texas, this winter. What’s more, the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Breakaway on Thursday, June 24 will serve as an American qualifier, as it did the very first year the event was added to the American’s roster.
Entry fees to enter the American sidepots within the Reno Open and All-Girl Breakaway are $375 per roper, after which a full ten teams and ten gals will be awarded berths into February’s American Semi-Finals. Female ropers in Reno will also be glad to see that any points earned in the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl will also count toward the WPRA World Finals, because both the All-Girl Team Roping and All-Girl Breakaway are WPRA-approved.
Last time these events were held in Reno, 2019 BFI champs Jr Dees and Lane Siggins earned $120,000 cash. On the girls’ side of things, Navajo all-around hand Danielle Lowman rode out of Reno with $17,450, while breakaway champ Jackie Crawford pocketed $8,000 cash after a one-of-a-kind battle with Lari Dee Guy during a performance of the 100th Reno Rodeo.
Entries for the BFI Reno Open close June 1 and the roster will be posted June 2. For all other ropings – Saturday’s Hooey Jr. Open and Jr. 10.5, Tuesday’s 12.5 Desert Showdown and 10.5 Reno Invitational, Wednesday’s 9.5 Over 40 and 8.5 Over 50, and Thursday’s Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Ropings – entries are taken on site (with no added fees) or pre-entries must be post-marked no later than May 28. Reserve stalls by that date, too, with forms at www.BFIReno.com.
Roper discounts for accommodations are available at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino via code “BFI21” (call 800-687-8733), and don’t miss the annual Cowboy Auction and Dinner at the Silver Legacy on Sunday, June 20. While at the resort, take in the Wild Rag Vodka Lounge at Ruth’s Chris on the main level of the Silver Legacy. Ropers can also enter several WSTR and NTR jackpots in Fallon that week. For all the details, visit www.BFIReno.com.
By: Julie Mankin