If you think you can hang with the big boys on the big stage, then the Hooey Jr BFI Open roping is definitely the place to test your mettle.
“We set this roping up exactly like The Feist.” tells BFI Owner Daren Peterson. “The goal here is to let these talented kids feel the same pressures in the same exact setup as the BFI. This just prepares them for when they make the jump and enter on Monday.”
The Priefert boxes were set at 16ft 10 inches deep and Lee Legacy ran the rope barrier off of an electric eye that was set at the same length as the box. Thus making the setup “Same As.” Add strong cattle into the mix and the Hooey Jr BFI literally turns into the regular BFI just a couple of days early.
The Hooey Jr Open is a five header that is progressive after three. A total of 35 teams entered and by the time the short round rolled around, only a handful had captured the first four. Cash Duty showed up to the roping from Weimar, Texas and only had one partner up until game day. He ended up heading one and heeling one and his decision definitely paid off. Cash won the first round heading for Idaho’s Jalyn Eldridge. He then came back to win the second round, heeling for James Arviso.
Cash and Jaylyn’s day stayed solid as a rock after their first round win. The team ended up high-call and came into the short round with a commanding lead over the second high-back team. They had a fourteen second cushion but didn’t let that phase them as they put together another great run of 7.99. Their total on five head was an impressive 37.01 which averages out to 7.4 seconds on each steer. These guys are definitely prepared to compete at the big dance on Monday.
“It is so nice to be able to get some runs down before we rope on Monday.” said Duty. “Of course the win is great, but it also calms the nerves a little because we have already been behind the setup and scoring is so important at the BFI.”
The champions received $11,000 for their average win along with all the prizes from Hooey, Yeti, Gist, Heel-O-Matic, and Resistol. Cash will be heading for veteran heeler Boogie Ray (team 14) during the BFI Reno Championships on Monday while his partner Jalyn will be heeling for Jared Parke (team 33).