By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun
Dozens of team ropers have been practicing for the Tucumcari Quay County Chamber of Commerce’s Route 66 Team Roping competition on Friday through Sunday.
One such team is husband and wife Larry and Jennifer Webb of Newkirk who say they enjoy spending their summers practicing and competing at roping events around the region.
Recently, they competed in Las Vegas, N.M., and came home with $3,900 in prize money, said Jennifer Webb.
“The most we’ve ever won is $7,000 in a weekend,” she said.
The costs of equipment, trailering the horses and gas, alone, means its not an inexpensive sport.
However, “It’s something that we enjoy as a family. We take our girls, and my mom and dad often come and so does Larry’s family.”
The Webbs children, Kippi, 9, and Karli, 5, are also learning roping.
Jennifer Webb works the events as the header and Larry Webb is the heeler.
“We work the horses here at the ranch. and we practice a lot, too,” said Larry Webb, who operates the Monsimer Ranch.
“We work hard. You have to be serious about it,” Jennifer Webb said. “And you have to learn to balance the fun and be serious. It’s very competitive.”
“We go out to win,” Larry Webb said.
The sport is handicapped, a lot like golf, he said
“It’s not how it used to be when I was growing up and competing. Now, everybody can compete and have a chance to win because of the handicap.”
In addition to local ropers, teams from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada are expected to compete.
Over 500 teams came to the Quay County Fairgrounds for last year’s event, according to information from the chamber.
Larry Webb said this really is a community event that helps out the town because of the number of visitors and the time they spend in Tucumcari.
The chamber sponsors the event which is produced by Zamora Roping Productions of Las Vegas, N.M.
The event also features Chris Perez cattle of Tucumcari.
Ropers compete for cash prizes, a three-horse gooseneck trailer, buckles, master saddle and other prizes.
Route 66 Team Roping is at the Quay County Fairgrounds and begins at:
7 p.m., Friday
9 a.m., Saturday
9 a.m., Sunday
There is no admission charge to the events.