2010 NRRRS Finals, Billings Montana
 
The Northern Range Ranch Roping Series had a great 2010 roping season and concluded with a very successful Finals on October 15 and 16 at the Buckaroo Businesses arena during the NILE stock show in Billings, Montana.

We had some of the largest numbers of qualifying teams in the history of the NRRRS with 41 in the Open Division (accomplished ropers) and 42 in the Intermediate Division (women, children 15 and under, and less experienced ropers). Teams qualify for the finals by placing first through third in either division at any of 2010’s 14 NRRRS sanctioned ropings; duplicate teams can only rope once at the Finals or there would have been many more teams!

Each team has the opportunity to rope up to three times in this progressive competition. It speaks to the quality of roping when, at this year’s finals, we had more teams finish all three rounds than ever before, along with some record-breaking scores.

A large crowd enjoyed watching some of the best ropers in the country compete. The pressure was intense as the NRRRS Finals offered one of the largest cash payouts and some of the best prizes of any ranch ropings in the country. None of this would have been possible without our generous sponsors. Each qualifier went home with a NRRRS 2010 Finals monogrammed shirt, sponsored in large part by Wyoming Traders of Afton, Wyoming.

To raise money for the organization, we had for the first time an auction, selling a Jeremiah Watt silver bit, a pair of custom boots by Buffalo Run Boot Company, and a Tom Balding snaffle bit. To add interest, the teams that finished the first round of the Open Division were sold to the highest bidder, with the $1,090 payout split 50/30/20 between the buyers of the top three teams.

Up for grabs in both divisions, along with placings and prizes for the Finals roping, were high-point honors for the entire season.

Youth Division

Winning the Youth Division was the indefatigable Sterling Grosskopf of Billings, Montana. To win, this 10-year-old roper had to head two critters break-away and then heel two solid, dally, and help his team member stretch the calf out. Sterling headed his critters with a scoop and a houlihan, and then he caught heels on both his critters with a backhand over the hip and a standard trap. For his efforts, Sterling took home a sterling silver concho by Todd Hansen of Flat Hat Silver, Molt, Montana, and a roping dummy made by Caleb Munns.

Intermediate Division

The Intermediate Division competed on the 15th, and as is obvious by the scores, the quality of roping was amazing. Note that first and second were only separated by a fraction of time and that only 2 points separated first place from third. Winning first place honors and money, Caleb Munns, Cody Hill, and Dwight Hill - with a score of 87 and a cumulative time of 6.32 seconds - took home B/B sterling silver-mounted trophy bits by Buckaroo Businesses of Billings, Montana, as well as monogrammed halters and leads by Double Diamond Halter Company of Bozeman, Montana. Second place winners — Lyman Clark, Caleb Munns, and Martie Heggie with 87 points and a cumulative time of 7.53 — left the arena with money and certificates for 50X felt hats by H Bar Hatworks of Billings. Third place winners — Staci Grosskopf, Caleb Munns, and Scott Grosskopf with 85 points — received headstalls by Buckaroo Businesses with hardware by JWP (Jeremiah Watt Products) of Coalinga, California. Caleb Munns with a turn-over loop won the Fancy Head and received a breast collar by Swanke Saddlery of Billings with JWP hardware. Caleb also won the Fancy Heel with a turn-over loop and went home with a pair of stirrups by Weber Stirrups of Nampa, Idaho. The top three ropers going into the finals for the season’s high-point roper were Staci Grosskopf of Huntley, MT; Cody Hill of Rexburg, ID; and Caleb Munns of Mackay, ID. Taking home the coveted custom saddle by Reid Flatten of Word of Mouth Leather in Livingston, MT, was Staci Grosskopf. Points were accumulated from the entire season including the finals. Staci had been in contention for the high-point award in 2009 … until she lost the end of her index finger in a dally and had to miss the next four ropings during that roping season.

Open Division

Held on the 16th, the seats were full as the ropers warmed up their horses. When the dust settled, winning first place honors and money, Scott Grosskopf of Huntley, MT, Dwight Hill of Rexburg, ID, and Luis Velasco of Lima , MT,  with a score of 96 points took home B/B sterling silver trophy buckles by Arne Esp of Hardin, Montana, as well as monogrammed halters and leads by Double Diamond Halter Company of Bozeman, Montana. Second place winners — Paul Erickson, Dwight Hill, and Sam Redding with 94 points — left the arena with money and 34 plait reins and romal donated by Buckaroo Businesses of Billings. Third place winners — Scott Grosskopf, Dwight Hill, and Sam Olsen of Greybull, WY with 87 points — received Olathe boots from Olathe Boot Co. and Bighorn Boots. Sam Olsen with a turn-over loop won the Fancy Head and received a breast collar by Swanke Saddlery of Billings with JWP hardware. Caleb Munns won the Fancy Heel with a backhand turn-over loop and went home with a pair of stirrups by Weber Stirrups of Nampa, ID. The top three ropers going into the finals for the season’s high-point roper were Dick Grosskopf of Huntley, MT; Marty He Does It of Fort Smith, MT; and Scott Grosskopf of Huntley, MT. Taking home the coveted custom saddle by Ross Brunk, owner of Northern Range Cowboy Gear in Billings, MT, was Dick Grosskopf. Points were accumulated from the entire season including the finals. An NRRRS member since its first year in 1999, 65-year-old Dick Grosskopf has faithfully and enthusiastically attended almost all of the ropings in the past 11 years, and it was only fitting that he finally had the honor of taking home a beautiful saddle!

The Northern Range Ranch Roping Series has proven to be a great experience for all ages and roping levels. We encourage everyone to join us for the next ranch roping series starting in the spring of 2011!

Grand Entry

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Open 1st 96 points Dwight Hill, Scott Grosskopf, Luis Velasco

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Open 2nd 94 points Dwight Hill, Paul Erickson, Sam Redding

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Open 3rd 87 points Sam Olsen, Dwight Hill, Scott Grosskopf

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Open High-point run of the day with 38 points Luis Velasco, Scott Grosskopf, Dwight Hill

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Open Fancy Head Winner Sam Olsen, Turnover

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Open Fancy Heel Winner Caleb Munns, Backhand Turnover

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2010 Finals Youth Winner Sterling Grosskopf

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2010 Intermediate Finals 1st 87 points 6.32 minutes Caleb Munns, Cody Hill, Dwight Hill

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2010 Intermediate Finals 2nd 87 points 7.53 minutes Lyman Clark, Marty Heggie, Caleb Munns

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2010 Intermediate Finals 3rd 85 points Caleb Munns, Scott Grosskopf, Staci Grosskop

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2010 Intermediate Finals High-point run of the day with 33 points Lyman Clark, Marty Heggie, Caleb Munnsl

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2010 Intermediate Finals Caleb Munns, winner of Fancy Head and Fancy Heel with turnover loops

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2010 Open High-point Winner Dick Grosskopf

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2010 Intermediate High-point Winner Staci Grosskopf

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