Ropers raise 26K for wounded soldiers


BFI raises $26,000 for Warriors And Rodeo

RENO, Nev., June 20, 2017) – Every year in the middle of June, recreational and professional team ropers and fans flock to The Biggest Little City in the World for the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) and affiliated events during the Reno Rodeo. Traditionally on the eve of the BFI, organizers hold a cowboy auction and dinner for contestants and fans alike. This year on June 18, because of the generosity of Heel-O-Matic Training Systems, team ropers in town for Wrangler BFI Week raised $26,000 for Warriors And Rodeo – a non-profit organization designed to give back to those who are willing to put their life on the line for our country’s freedoms and safety.

Heel-O-Matic donated two “Bones” roping dummies, as well as a Ground Driven Trainer. All three were custom-painted with a patriotic American flag. As the auction got underway, the Ground Driven Trainer was sold to Bill and Sandy Mytty of Lolo, Mont., for $7,000. Next up, the first of the Bones dummies spurred some fast-paced bidding until the gavel dropped on a whopping $9,000, thanks to Heavy Sursa of Bluebell, Utah. The Last and final Bones dummy surpassed the previous two items, going to Shane Johnson of Newtown, N.D., for a final bid of $10,000.

The amount raised came to a grand total of $26,000, completely surpassing the expectations of those involved. BFI organizers Ullman-Peterson Events were honored to present Warriors And Rodeo with the proceeds, which will be used to give back to those who have served, are currently serving, and also have a mutual interest in rodeo and the Western way of life.

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