Happy Tears: Ward & Hawkins Win Resistol Reno Open 2022


Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins sent decades of regal roping tradition out with a bang at today’s Resistol Reno Open presented by the Silver Legacy. For six runs done in 40.66 seconds, the happy champs banked $50,000 a man and squeaked by Reno Open reservists Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp by a scant .05 of a second. This was The Final Showdown since the prestigious Bob Feist Team Roping Classic moved to Reno in 1984. Today’s Reno Open kicked off Reno Championship Week, which will resume here at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center on Tuesday. 


“This is a dream come true,” said Ward of Edmond, Oklahoma. “I’ve watched BFI tapes my whole life. To get to win the last one they’re going to have in Reno, that’s amazing. This is such a big, prestigious event, and $50,000 is what some people make in a year. We got to do it on six steers. What a blessing. The big guy was looking out for us today. I’ve never drawn that many good cows in this arena. We’re just thankful and appreciative of everybody who works hard to make this roping happen. What an honor to get the win here today.”


Hawkins has shed salty tears here before when things did not go according to plan, and he desperately needed to win to keep going. Today’s tears were super sweet. 


“Since I was a kid, this building and this roping have always been a big deal,” said an emotional Hawkins, who lives with his wife, Tori—who’s the sister of Ward’s wife, Hayli—and their baby girl, Anne, in Stephenville, Texas. “Bob (Feist) built something big here that’s lasted forever, and winning this means so much to me. I sat out here at my first Feist and cried for different reasons in the stall barn, because I missed one, I needed the money and I didn’t get it. I was so broke I had to go home. It’s very special to get confirmation from The Father that we’re on the right track and doing what we’re supposed to be doing in this season of our lives. It’s a privilege to win this roping. There aren’t many people in this world who’ve been able to tap into something that brings them this much peace and this much joy. It’s perfectly possible we’ll have a great summer, and not win as much money driving 50,000 miles as we won here today.”


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