Team roping championship set for Po‘ipu this weekend

The Kaua‘i Classic United States Team Roping Championship will start Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon at the CJM Country Stables in Po‘ipu.

Local team ropers will combine with headers and heelers from the Mainland and Neighbor Islands for a run at the championship starting at 1 p.m. Friday.

The competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at 9 a.m. on both days.

There is no admission for the event and the public is invited to enjoy the competition as well as mingle with the cowboys and cowgirls who will be competing from around the nation.

On Saturday at noon, a “Junior Looper Roping” contest for aspiring cowboys between ages 5 and 12 will be held.

Additionally, the Kaua‘i All Girls Rodeo Association will be on hand with a souvenir T-shirt booth, and Rosie’s Lunch Wagon will have a variety of local-style food and beverages.

The USTRC has led the nation in producing championship amateur events since 1989. Team roping started on a cattle ranch with two cowboys working together to tie down a calf for branding.

It has grown to become the fastest-growing rodeo sport in America with ropers participating from all across North America.

Winners from the Kaua‘i Classic will qualify to compete at the national level at the USTRC finals in Oklahoma City.

For more information, call Joyce Miranda at 742-6096.


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