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Posted on Jan 10, 2013
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Finale Info


The series finale will be a four head average with three full go-rounds, and a short round. The top 10% teams in each of the rotations will advance to the short round. In addition to those forty teams, the fastest FOUR teams who miss the cut will also advance. Every team who makes the short round will be guaranteed a check. The short round will determine which check each team receives.


               At the end of every rotation you and your partner will progress based on one of three scenarios. 1) You roped well enough to be one of the 44 teams who advance to the four steer short round, 2) You and your partner roped all three steers but missed the cut, 3) You have two steers down and will advance to the Consolation. The teams who miss two or more steers are the only teams who are out of  the roping at this point. Item #1 is pretty self explanatory, but item #2 and #3 will combine and rope in the consolation. In the consolation, we take the fastest 125 teams to the consolation, from item #2 and #3. We analyze all the teams who roped three steers but missed the cut in the four-steer average. The slowest time of their three steers is eliminated to isolate their two best times. Merging into this 125 team consolation cut will be all the teams who caught two but missed just one steer. These top 125 teams from the two groups will start the consolation round with two times, they will ALL rope a third steer, potentially progressing to a fourth short round steer. The top 40 teams who catch three in the consolation will progress to the short round. This one extra steer in the consolation shakes things up a bunch. This truly is a second roping within the main roping. In the short round of the four-steer consolation we will pay 20 average positions.


A fast time check is paid in each rotation. Only teams who are not advancing to the short round are eligible for fast time rotation checks. Because all 44 teams progressing to the average are guaranteed a check, there is no fast time paid in the short round. There will be 3 fast times paid in the third round of the consolation and a fast time in the short round of the Consolation. 


There are several ways to “ENTER” the World Series of Team Roping Finale. Ropers may qualify at a qualification roping, by winning $5,000 as a team and entering within 30 days of their win. Legacy ropers are the grandfathered-in ropers who directly entered the first year of World Series of Team Roping (2006). Legacy ropers have priority, these priority entries end on May 31.  If there are direct entry positions left they are awarded on a first come basis. Direct entries are members who directly mail in an entry to replace qualified and Legacy teams who fail to fully complete their entry, (TBA or one side unpaid) or to replace draw out teams. These entries are date stamped as they arrive, and replace teams based on the priority of that date stamp. WSTR Members, USTRC members, CTRA members entering with legacies or as a direct entry MUST HAVE COMPETED AT A QUALIFIER sometime during the roping season or at the prior Finale.

Accumulated Earnings ENTRIES– Are entries from earnings a roper acquires as a result of placing at qualification ropings. Earnings are tabulated by request only and ropers may be asked to provide proof of winnings in some instances.

  1. To be eligible for accumulated earnings the roper must be a World Series Member in good standing.
  2. Accumulated earnings are another way for a WSTR member to win a guaranteed spot to the Las Vegas Finale.  The Accumulated Earnings benefit is available to WSTR members only who attend qualification events, win money, but not enough to count toward a full qualification spot. Earnings are counted during the roping season anytime after a WSTR membership is purchased.

  3. The earnings can be accumulated and applied to a generic discounted entry if received by September 30th.  To take advantage of the discounted entry fee of $2000 an individual must accumulate winnings of $2500 individually or $5000 as a team to get the discount.   This can be done with both partners adding their winnings together or if a roper has enough on his/her own ($2500), they can invite another roper who would pay the standard entry fee (assuming the invited roper has attended at least one qualification event during the season).  New this year, Special Fees Event winnings that do not earn a roper a direct qualification spot also count.

  4. Here are a couple of ways qualification entries can be applied as accumulated entries: 1.) A roper is already entered in the Finale and qualifies in that same division again, the qualification goes to the roper who is not entered, however, the roper already entered can apply those earnings to accumulated earnings.  2.) A team is already entered in the Finale and the same team qualifies in the same division again.   If they don’t choose to move up and rope together in a higher division, each can use their winnings as accumulated earnings. (Please note if a roper’s misses his/her qualification entry deadline those winnings do not count toward accumulated earnings.)



Books open for Legacy teams immediately following the December Finale in Vegas and close on May 30th each year. Other direct entries are accepted following the December Finale and are date stamped.  Books open for general public on June 1st (FIRST COME BASIS) regardless of Legacy status. The roping is closed when allocations are full, or October 15th, whichever comes first. Allocation for Legacy entries and other direct entries is 150 teams per division. All scheduled qualifiers will be honored. All partial paid entries and incomplete entries must be completed by October 15th.


Ropings that fill to the maximum will be paid as follows: A minimum of 30 paid average positions will be paid in the four head aggregate. A minimum of 20 paid positions will be paid in the 4 head consolation. One fast time will be paid in each rotation for teams not advancing to the short round.

DRAW OUTS - There is NO draw out fee.

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