With the Ninth Annual Ted Meredith Roping set for July 19 to 21, rodeo newbies are probably 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 answers take a little time and study.
They begin with the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) and the classifications they award to almost 127,000 team ropers from across North America.
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 Ninth 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.