Youth Face Fierce Competition in the USTRC Junior Looper Championships
The US Finals Junior Looper Championships Dummy Roping was held on Saturday, September 12, in the Heel-O-Matic Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The USTRC Junior Looper consists of three age divisions including; 6 & Under, 7-9 and 10-12. Each division saw around 40 entries and competition was fierce. Ladies brought home first and second place in the 10-12 division and prizes were awarded through four places in each division.
Kayden Tsosie, 11, switched to a 60-foot ranch rope in the final rounds of the 10-12 Division to take home the first-place Yeti Cooler. Tsosie, of Gallup, New Mexico, has been competing in dummy ropings since she was 2. She is most proud of winning the All-Girl dummy roping in Las Vegas.
"I practice two hours a day on the dummy as far as I can," said Tsosie, who thinks 28-feet is the farthest distance she's ever reached.
Koilyn Tsnnie, of Sanders, Arizona, bested an extremely tough group in the 7-9 Division.
Tyson Williams, 6, traveled all the way from Kirkland, New Mexico, just to compete in the Junior Looper Championships. The trip paid off when he topped the 6 & Under Division to take home the Yeti Cooler.
"I practiced all day," Williams said. "I'm the only one roping here. My dad helped me."
Junior Looper Results
6 & Under
1st Place: Tyson Williams, Kirkland, NM - Yeti Cooler
2nd Place: Tee Paul - Heel-O-Matic Bones Roping Dummy
3rd Place: Rance Williams - Classic Rope Bag
4th Place: Colter Yazzie - Classic Rope Organizer
1st Place: Koilyn Tsinnie, Sanders, AZ - Yeti Cooler
2nd Place: Gabe Dubois - Heel-O-Matic Bones Roping Dummy
3rd Place: Ryan Spencer - Classic Rope Bag
4th Place: Boogie Hahn - Classic Rope Organizer
1st Place: Kayden Tsosie, Gallup, NM - Yeti Cooler
2nd Place: Maya Francisco - Heel-O-Matic Bones Roping Dummy
3rd Place: Leevy Williams - Classic Rope Bag
4th Place: Saul Porras - Classic Rope Organizer
Complete results from the USTRC National Finals XXXI presented by Cinch.