RAPID CITY, SD – The New Year marks the start of a lot of things, not just a new calendar you put on your fridge.
For athletes competing in rodeo events, it is also the dawn of a new season.
On Saturday, a Team Roping event kicked off the year for competitors in Rapid City at the Kjerstad Event Center.
The event allowed rope access technicians to compete in a professional setting and everything that goes with it.
âThe people who run the shoots, the people who advertise the steers, the cattle, just to get the production done right,â said Travis Tryan, Team Roping promoter. âSo when the rope access technicians show up, they get the best possible experience. “
The Team Roping event has become a tradition.
“I’ve been here probably about ten years, or as long as they put it,” said Paul Griemsman, a participant from Team Roping.
But this rodeo has a bigger result.
It’s a jackpot, literally. This means that rope access technicians are looking for higher amounts of money.
âThe fees are higher, they add money, they give a lot of nice prizes, so there’s just that rope, just a bigger rope,â Griemsman said.
And these rope access technicians are no strangers to this rodeo because it’s something they plan to tie up for a while.
âYou see kids starting out as newbies and you just see them start, and then now they’re out there, rodeo and doing good, and on the pro circuit, and it’s really cool to watch. And it’s just that you get all the family members and everything, âTryan said. âIt’s a family sport, people can come here. So he tries to keep this tradition alive.