WORLD CHAMPS EAGER TO COMPETE AT WILD WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
GROESBECK, Texas – Scott Snedecor arrived in Groesbeck a year ago with one mission in mind: Help raise money for those who need it.
He left town with a plan to return. He will for the Invitational Steer Roping set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 26. It’s all part of the Wild West Championships, a four-day Western sports event that concludes with the greatest steer ropers in the world competing on Memorial Day.
“I thought it was just a good deal and a way to raise money for a great cause,” said Snedecor, a two-time world champion steer roper from Fredericksburg, Texas. “It turned out to be a great roping. I’d say it’s one of the best jackpots there is all year.”
The Wild West Championships will begin Friday, May 23, at the Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck. The event will go toward raising scholarship money for area youth, which is another key reason the biggest names in steer roping are planning to show up.
“Everything just turned out great last year, and everybody wanted to be part of it again this year,” said Bobby Joe Hill, who is organizing the event with Cody Gantt. “We limited the Invitational Steer Roping to 35 ropers, which I think is attractive to these guys. We also run it in a timely manner, which is good for the ropers and for the fans.”
In addition to a large purse, the contestants will rope for a championship buckle and a three-horse trailer.
“Our goal this year was just to make it even better for everyone involved,” Hill said.
The contestants have taken notice.
“You like to go to a good roping any time, plus this is for a good cause,” said Rocky Patterson, a three-time world champion from Pratt, Kan. “It’s a good arena to rope in, and you get a chance to rope for good money.”
Hill, who owns Hill Rodeo Cattle Co., provides roping cattle for numerous events each year, including the National Finals Steer Roping and other marquee events. The contestants understand the type of work that goes in to producing an event of this magnitude.
“I think Bobby Joe and the others who helped put this thing on did an outstanding job putting it all together,” Snedecor said. “It turned into a big deal. It went from being an event that was for a good cause to being a really good roping.”