With the Meredith Roping and several other similar events coming up, those not familiar with the rodeo sport are asking, “What is a No. 9 roper? How is a No. 8 roper different from a No. 4?” And, in team roping, “What does pick or draw mean?”
The number classifications of almost 127,000 team ropers from across North America are doled out and maintained by the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC).
The number system handicaps member ropers on a TRIAD system. In it, USTRC officials assign all ropers a competition number based on rodeo performance profiles and online balloting in which ropers have the opportunity to rate their fellow competitors from within their own area.
Factors the USTRC takes in assigning numbers are money won, how often a roper competes, consistency, who a roper ropes with, how fast they rope and what others think.
Then through a complex system of weights and standards, those factors are analyzed and the roper’s ability is assigned a number classification.
In entering an event, the roper competes in an assigned division against others with his or her same ability.
USTRC officials say the TRIAD system provides everyone, regardless of age or ability, the fair and equal opportunity to compete.
As for “draw or pick,” it simply means in some ropings competitors can either draw their partner from a pool of contestants or pick a personal choice.
For the Seventh Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping, Saturday events will include:
No. 8, Pick 1, Draw 2
No. 10, Pick 1, Draw 2
No. 12, Pick 1, Draw 2
No. 14, Pick 1, draw 2
On Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. a No. 11 Over and Under Roping will be held as will the Marsha Marcanti all-girls event and the open draw.