Canada’s Schmidt and California’s Cox Strike for $100,000 at 2021 Reno Open

Canada’s Schmidt and California’s Cox Strike for $100,000 at 2021 Reno Open

By Kendra Santos Roping for big money on a Monday has been part of the rich Reno Rodeo week tradition since the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic moved to the Silver State nearly four decades ago in 1984. When COVID-19 shut Reno down in 2020, the BFI moved to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. But back by popular demand in 2021, the producers of the BFI brought the BFI Reno Championship presented by Wild Rag Vodka to town. Canadian-born Kolton Schmidt and California-native Wyatt Cox roped six steers in 40.27 seconds to hit the $100,000 jackpot here ...Read More
BFI Reno Open Championship Results

BFI Reno Open Championship Results

Average Results Kolton Schmidt and Wyatt Cox, 40.27 on 6, $100,000; 2. Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan, 41.57 on 6, $55,000; 3. Colby Lovell and Paul Eaves, 42.16 on 6, $37,000; 4. John Henry Gaona and Trevor Nowlin, 42.35 on 6, $23,000; 5.Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, 43.01 on 6, $18,000; 6. Tyler Wade and Trey Yates, 43.64 on 6, $14,000; 7. Clint Summers and Ross Ashford, 44.95 on 6, $11,000; 8. Levi Simpson and Tyler Worley, 46.11 on 6, $10,000; 9. Dillon Holyfield and Breck S Ward, 46.46 on 6, $8,000; 10. Rhett Andeerson and Cullen Teller, 46.91 on ...Read More
Past BFI Champs Patrick Smith and Kory Koontz Are Here for the Money at Reno Open

Past BFI Champs Patrick Smith and Kory Koontz Are Here for the Money at Reno Open

By Kendra Santos Patrick Smith and Kory Koontz have celebrated some of the most memorable moments of their cowboy careers right here in the Reno Livestock Events Center. They’re both on the back side of 40, so have seen more of their rodeo careers in the rearview mirror than is yet in front of them in that windshield. So what brings this pair of past BFI champs to the BFI Reno Championship presented by Wild Rag Vodka? That’s easy—today’s winning team will skip town $100,000 richer. Patrick—who’s 41 and pulling pipes for 2020 Resistol Rookie Header of the Year Tanner ...Read More
About Junior Nogueira and Colter Todd Teaming up at the Reno Open: It’s a God Thing

About Junior Nogueira and Colter Todd Teaming up at the Reno Open: It’s a God Thing

By Kendra Santos On the ranch or in the arena, Colter Todd is as cowboy as they come. He shocked a lot of people when he rode quietly away from his rodeo career after roping at three straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeos from 2006-08. Those people don’t know Colter Todd. There’s a ton of buzz today in the Reno Livestock Events Center about how exactly Colter came to be heading for Junior Nogueira here at the BFI Reno Championship presented by Wild Rag Vodka. Their 6.37-second run, which was third in Round 1, kicked the roping rumor mill into high ...Read More
Duty and Eldridge Prepare For The Big Dance

Duty and Eldridge Prepare For The Big Dance

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 ...Read More
Utah Claims BFI Reno Hooey Jr 10.5

Utah Claims BFI Reno Hooey Jr 10.5

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and that definitely is the case when it comes to the 2021 BFI Reno Championships! It has been a long two years away from the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center and it was great to see the first steer run down the arena under the new lights and over the fresh sand.    The week kicked off with the Hooey Jr BFI 10.5 roping. The horses were a little fresh when they cracked the Priefert at 9 am and announcer Ferron Lucerro had some fun with the youth competitors, reminding them to maybe take a ...Read More
BFI Reno Hooey Jr Open Results

BFI Reno Hooey Jr Open Results

Average Results 1. Cash Duty and Jaylen Eldridge, 37.01 on 5, $11,000; 2. Cason Richey and Nicky Northcott, 43.16 on 5, $8,000; 3. Trent Lee Wood and Nicky Northcott, 45.97 on 5, $5,000; 4. Josey Ray Funk and Garrett K Jepson, 47.75 on 5, $2,400.   Fast Time Round 1 Cash Duty and Jaylen Eldridge, 6.80 seconds, $2,000   Fast Time Round 2 James Arviso and Cash Duty, 6.09 seconds, $2,000   Fast Time Round 3 Jace Thorstenson and John Hisel, 5.94 seconds, $2,000   Fast Time Short Go Eli Green and Chase Helton, 7.45 seconds, $1,200 
BFI Reno Hooey Jr 10.5 Results

BFI Reno Hooey Jr 10.5 Results

Average Results Daxtyn Feild and Howdy Jackson, 34.71 on four, $15,000; 2. Devon McDaniel and Birch Eiguren, 35.71 on four, $10,000; 3. Ryan Bettencourt and Trey White, 35.83 on four, $7,000; 4. Ally McDaniel and Noah Williams, 38.48 on four, $5,000; 5. Ally McDaniel and Birch Eiguren, 44.89 on four, $3,000; 6. Brayden Grashuis and Brody Grashuis, 56.38 on four, $1,200; 7. Sam Kofoed and Lucas Cruz, 24.83 on three, $1,100.   Fast Time Round 1 Aaron Champneys and Conor Ward, 7.11 seconds, $1,800; 2. Tayler Felton and Daunte Ceresola, 7.62 seconds, $450; 2. Kyndall Green and Eli Green, 7.62 ...Read More
Jaxson Tucker Sets Sights On Reno Redemption

Jaxson Tucker Sets Sights On Reno Redemption

Jaxson Tucker, a 19 year old North Carolina native, was living out his childhood dream as he headed into the short round of his first-ever Bob Feist Invitational this past March at Lazy E Arena. Along with partner Dustin Searcy, the duo was ready to battle it out on the 6th steer of the day in hopes of a Feist Championship. Unfortunately the dream turned into a nightmare when Tucker missed the final steer. “The 13th part was really a let down for me”, said Tucker, “I’m bad about being hard on myself but it does build a lot of ...Read More
Swapped… Almost

Swapped… Almost

A definite fan favorite in professional heeling is Missouri native Billie Jack Saebens, who’s best-known for his hocking talents aboard flashy Dixon Flowers horses. Thus, when fans noticed him switch to heading the past few months – and even enter next week’s BFI Reno Open that way – they went ahead and told him they were upset about it.  Lucky for them, as of a couple of days ago, Saebens changed his mind. After all, he’s placed at the BFI about four times in just the past seven or eight years – as a heeler. And oh, the horses. He’s ...Read More