Roping winnings in the millions

Las Vegas and Big Gamble ropings are going to highlight “Ty Yost’s Viva Las Vegas in Wickenburg” from Dec. 2-10 at Rancho Rio Arena. The event paid out $1.5 million in cash in 2018. Two National Team Roping qualifiers are scheduled during the eight days of roping (no roping on Sunday, Dec. 8). The first qualifier is for #9.5 on Dec. 4, and the second qualifier is #8.5 on Dec. 10. Ropers must be at least 21. Average winners can opt in to enter the 2020 NTR National Finals or keep the cash.

Entries close at 9 a.m. and roping begins at 9:30 each day. The Top 20 teams advance to the short round at a minimum. Spectators are welcome to watch the roping action for free. Rancho Rio is located at the N. Tegner roundabout.

Heeler Stade Riggs of Tuba City (photo at right) prepares to throw his rope after header Julius Keyonnie of Winslow during the 43-team 10.5 Megabucks event at Rancho Rio in October.

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