Western Colorado Roping Championship

Rope The Rockies hosts it's annual Western Colorado Championship

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Rope The Rockies hosted it's annual Western Colorado Championships right here in Grand Junction.

"This is a team roping event which is actually one of the fastest growing equine sports in the United States today." said Loren Telleen, Assistant for Rope the Rockies.

The event consists of a compilation of each of the riders total time after four runs.

"All these ropers here today are competing for cash prizes as well as some trinkets, coolers, some buckles what have you." said Telleen.

As the Championship fell on Fathers Day this year, Moms, husbands, wives and children all made an appearance.

"It's truly a family event, the western way of life so to speak. people who enjoy their horses and gives them a sense of competition." said Telleen.

"My oldest son brad will often rope with my husband as a team. it's pretty neat to watch a father son team." said Maryann Hagedorn, Attendee at Rope the Rockies.

The winning prize of 75,000 - 90,000 dollars is then split up between numerous different winners.

The Western Colorado Championships has been held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds for the last 15 years, and for a pretty good reason.

"The ropers know when it's going to be, they plan it on it. We try to remain consistent." said Telleen.

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