Welcome to the United States Team Roping Championships, the world’s leading team roping member organization and one of the largest single discipline equine groups in the nation.
Based in Stephenville, Texas, USTRC represents more than 35,000 members worldwide who enjoy the sport of team roping. Whether they engage in the sport professionally or recreationally these team ropers look to the USTRC to provide quality production and classification to ensure the best and most fair competition possible.
Currently, the USTRC offers more than 85 sanctioned events and 300 affiliate events nationwide to help you get started on the road to exciting team roping action.
Each year, the highlight of the team roping season are USTRC’s seven regional finals and its National Finals of Team Roping, which combined offer more than $6 million in prize money and over a $1 million in prizes to its member ropers, one of the richest prize packages in equine and rodeo-related competition.
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The USTRC was founded in 1989 after it became clear that the growing sport had a need for a classification or ratings system that would provide ropers with competition that was comparable to their level of ability. This classification system, which first began with individual assessment and voting by other ropers and producers, soon became the industry standard and remains so in team roping, being utilized by USTRC and other team roping producer groups. Ratings are now determined by individual performance records throughout team roping competition and are formulated through the USTRC’s exclusive and objective TRIAD classification system.
Originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the USTRC relocated to Stephenville in 2000. A for-profit group, it was purchased from its founder and developer Denny Gentry in 1999 by Equibrand Corporation, a company that services the equine industry in a number of capacities and with a vested interest in the growth and improvement of the sport of team roping.
USTRC is currently under the direction of President Kirk Bray and he, along with a staff of 16 dedicated employees, oversee the production of more than 25 USTRC sanctioned events each year, as well as the scheduling and coordination of all other USTRC sanctioned or affiliated events, along with maintenance of member information, performance records and the production of the monthly membership magazine, SuperLooperMagazine.
To date, the USTRC has awarded more than $350 million in prize money through its many competitions.
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