Ropers “Melt” Their Winter Chills

Athabasca, AB: The Iceberg Arena in Athabasca helps ropers “melt away” their winter roping chills every spring with their Meltdown Team Roping.

The roping took place on May 5th and 6th with over 500 teams competing throughout the weekend for saddles, buckles and horse blankets.

The Junior/Senior Mixed roping was on Saturday with the championship buckles going to the team of Ryan Smith and Travis Speer with a time of 28.48 on three head. The second place horse blankets went to cousins Tyler and Kagen Schmidt with a time of 30.8 on three.

In the main event of the weekend, the Number 9 and 13 Meltdown Roping, teams competed for Tod Slone Saddles, Troy Fischer buckles and over $35,000.

Mike Duncan and Tyrel Flewelling bested their competition of over 400 teams with a time of 28.93 on four head taking home the saddle and $2600 a man. With a very close time of 28.97, Luke Van Dyke and partner Kody Potts took second place, winning a buckle and $2150 a man.

The Number 9 saddle winners were Dawson Graham and Trent Kapfhamer with a 38.94 on four and receiving the second place buckle was Ken Wilson and Larry Adams with a 45.24 on four.

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