Tony Reina is a roping instructor who conducts classes at his home.
He must be a pretty good student, too. Reina has earned his first qualification to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping this season, but he’s been around the sport much of his adult life.
The Texan first made a name for himself two decades ago, when he won the Southeastern Region tie-down roping title while competing in college rodeo. For years, he laid claim to being one of the top tie-down ropers in the country, finishing among the top 50 in the world standings several times.
When he turned his attention to steer roping, he quickly vaulted toward the top. This might be his first trip to the NFSR, but he’s been among the leaders for several seasons. Save an injury he suffered in 2011, when finished 70th on the money list, Reina has been around the top 50 since 2010.
Last year, he moved up to 28th in the final standings. This year, he’s guaranteed a stronger finish. We’ll have to wait until the dust settles this weekend to see just where.