There’s good money to be earned in team ropings.
For evidence look no further than the fifth annual Ted Meredith Roping held July 18 and 19 in Young. There, the high money header and high money heeler combined to earn $4,056 along with some very valuable buckles, spurs and rifles.
Jess Mann led all money winners with $2,145, a .44 lever-action rifle and a buckle for his first-place finish among the No. 6 ropers.
Header Whip Lewis pocketed $1,911, a rifle and a buckle for being top dog among the No. 7 ropers.
Lewis and Mann also received Ted Meredith handmade spurs for winning the open draw roping.
Veteran Bill Jack Ewing had a stellar weekend, winning $1,873 among the senior ropers. He also hooked up with Michael Camelot to finish second among the 101 teams that entered the open draw.
High money individual winners in each of the United States Team Roping Championship rankings were Layton Cooper (No. 3; $665), C. J. Schaefer (No. 4; $1,065), Boyd Hicks (No. 6; $975), Mann and Lewis.
Among the No. 8 teams, Schaefer and Gordon McHardy were first. Garrett Haught and Cooper won among the No. 10 teams.
In the No. 12, division, Bill Jack Ewing and Mann were first.
Tab Casner and Brian Adams took the No. 14 title and Nick Penrod and Kevin England won the No. 11 crown.
Skeeto Lavin and Rachael Mendoz joined forces to take first place among the 108 teams that entered the all-girl ropings. Both received custom saddles.
In the scrambled egg, which drew 70 teams, Jamie Ewing and Anthony Camelot finished first.
The roping annually honors Meredith, who died in 2005. He was a longtime Gila County rancher, a homebuilder, former high school wrestling champion and well-known for fashioning custom spurs that are the envy of cowboys and cowgirls from around Arizona.
The all-girls events of the roping underwent a name change in 2008 and are now called the Marsha Marcanti Memorial Roping. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. Marcanti, a former Globe resident who succumbed to cancer two years ago at 48 years of age, was a longtime fixture on the Gila County rodeo and roping circuit. In addition to being an accomplished cowgirl, she was also a musician with three CD releases.