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 few extra laps in the warm-up arena before they nodded their heads. At the conclusion of 107 teams in the first round, a few ropers hit the dirt, some great runs were made, and it was definitely apparent that the kids had come with both pistols cocked.
The first round was won by Aaron Champneys and Conor Ward with a time of 7.11 and from there it only got tougher. With two full rounds in the 10.5, everybody had a chance at two day-monies. The teams tightened it up significantly in round two. A 5.43 by Cael Stratton andand Paden Prior took home round two honors.
The team that came out on top were a 14 and 16 year old from Roosevelt, Utah. Daxtyn Feild and Howdy Jackson put four runs together in 34.71 seconds to seal the first Championship title of the week and claim $15,000, Gist Silversmiths buckles, Resistol Hats, Hooey backpacks, Heel-O-Matic Sliders, YETI lunch boxes, and bragging rights for the next year!
“We just had to do our job and go catch,” said Feild. “These ropings fall apart so we knew that if we just stayed consistent it would pay off.”
The team ropes together in Utah and has big time rodeo family ties such as 5-time World Champion bareback rider Kaycee Feild and NFR Team Roper and Tie-down roper, Rhen Richard.
“It definitely helps to be around guys that know how to win at the top level. The mental side of it is so important. Just like today, we knew all we had to do was stop the clock to get a good check. I told myself to ride good position and don’t take a bad throw.” said heeler Howdy Jackson.
The Hooey Jr BFI 10.5 kicked off the Wrangler BFI Week Reno Championships and had 107 teams. Each team got two full rounds and then it was progressive. The roping paid out over $46,000 to the youth competitors that came to rope from all over the country with Utah, Idaho, California, Oregon, and Nevada all getting represented in the winner’s circle.