Remember that guy that jumped into the Reno Sparks Livestock Arena back in 2018 when Chris Francis and Cade Passig won the Feist? Well hang onto your Resistols folks, he’s coming back but this time he’s competing for the $100K guaranteed payout to first place!
We caught up with Cactus Ropes cowboy, Cord Crowell, and asked how he felt about competing at the 2021 Reno Open Championship presented by Wild Rag Vodka and find out how he’s preparing for the 5-steer (hopefully 6) marathon that will take place Monday, June 21st. “To say I’m excited would be an understatement! Roping at the BFI is something I have dreamed of and wanted to do for a long time. Anybody that ropes wants to be able to compete against the best in the world and I am getting the chance to do that”, replied Crowell.
The BFI Rookie will be teaming up with Seth Smithson who competed at the 2020 BFI after a last minute move to Lazy E Arena amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The duo started rodeoing together after Crowell moved back to Texas from New Mexico after working for Mathews Land & Cattle, a family owned company who’s been in the cattle industry for over 120 years. “We roped together last year and Seth’s a great friend of mine. I think the world of his roping and horsemanship. Two things that I feel will be very important to be successful in the Reno Open Championship”.
In preparation for the big event, Crowell has been taking advice from best friend and fellow competitor Chris Francis. Not only has Francis won the Feist but he’s also taken home two Montana Silversmiths Head Horse of the Year titles. “I usually talk to Chris a couple times a week. We’ve talked about the start and the setup. I know both of these guys (Chris Francis and Cade Passig) will be in my corner the whole way through and I’ll be in theirs also”. The setup for the Open will include the infamous 18’ score that the cowboys have become accustomed to in Reno. Crowell has full faith that his trusty steed, Lamb Chop, will be able to handle the steers with ease. However, Crowell is no stranger to the high-end Open ropings and has had his share of success in them such as the WSTR Title Fights and George Strait Team Roping Classic.
The BFI rookie will be ready to go with his Future in hand for an epic Monday of roping in Reno! “At the end of the day though it’s just another roping and I have to do my job in order to be successful no matter where I’m at.”
Tickets for the BFI Reno Open Championship will be available for purchase on-site at Reno Sparks Livestock Event Center or watch the action live with Wrangler Network. We also invite you to join us at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino for the Cowboy Auction and Dinner. Doors open at 5:00 PM, free of charge. Proceeds from the auction will benefit W.A.R. (Warriors and Rodeo), a non-profit organization that supports all branches of the Military, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, EMS, & others (past or present).
By: Abby Barnes