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Rodeo Insider: Windy Ryon competition draws world’s top ropers to Fort Worth

The world’s top ropers are coming to Cowtown.

The 42nd Windy Ryon Memorial Roping is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Windy Ryon Arena in north Fort Worth.

Team roping competitions are scheduled for Friday, and the shows are expected to offer ropers great prizes. Last year’s team roping competition offered competitors more than $44,000.

The All-Girl Team Roping is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The Open Team Roping, which will feature many of the sport’s elite from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, begins at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the Invitational Breakaway Roping is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and the Invitational Tie-Down Roping begins at 1 p.m.

The traditional Ryon Match Roping also is scheduled for Saturday in conjunction with the Invitational Tie-Down Roping. The match will be between 2014 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Marty Yates of Stephenville and eight-time NFR qualifier Justin Maass of Giddings.

On Sunday, fans can watch more team roping in addition to the traditional steer roping competition. A No. 11 Team Roping competition begins at 8 a.m. at the Ryon Arena and a No. 9 team roping starts at 1 p.m. at the neighboring North Texas High School Rodeo Association Arena.

The Invitational Steer Roping is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Ryon Arena. The show will feature 40 credentialed competitors.

For more information, visit windyryon.org.

Death of a champion

Greg Rumohr of Rio Vista, the 1990 world champion freestyle bullfighter, died May 11 when a piece of heavy equipment he was delivering to a ranch in Cranfills Gap fell on him. He was 53.

His athleticism allowed him to excel in freestyle bullfighting. Rumohr qualified for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finals — which was held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas — 11 times from 1989-2000, according to the PRCA. He won the world championship in 1990 by 21.5 points over Donny Sparks and was runner-up in 1995, 1997 and 1999.

Rumohr’s funeral was Saturday in Glen Rose. Memorial gifts may be made to a college fund for his daughters, Railey and Ruby, at the Grandview Bank, 105 E. Criner St., Grandview, Texas, 76050.

Skelton injured

Eight-time PRCA team roping heeling world champion Rich Skelton, a native of Fort Worth who currently resides in Llano, was seriously injured in a road accident on Friday near Llano.

According the Llano County Journal, a truck pulling a livestock trailer was unable to slow down and rear-ended a passenger vehicle, slamming it into the rear of the tractor that Skelton was driving. He was ejected through the top of the canopy on the tractor, which was knocked on its side.

Skelton was found about 25 feet from the tractor and was airlifted to an Austin-area hospital for treatment, along with the driver of the passenger vehicle. Skelton’s family reported on Facebook that he is awake, the ventilator has been removed and he is breathing on his own in the intensive care unit.

According to the PRCA, Skelton is ranked eighth in the 2015 team roping world title race with $26,090 in regular season earnings.

PBR update

The Professional Bull Riders’ organizers have persuaded some of the association’s Ring of Honor members to come out of retirement and ride for a $160,000 winner-take-all prize.

The competition is called “Unfinished Business” and is scheduled for May 30 in Decatur. J.W. Hart, Chris Shivers and Michael Gaffney are among the field of riders. The competition will be held in conjunction with the traditional PBR BlueDEF Velocity Tour show, which features current world title contenders.

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