Steve Theissen of Stettler tries to rope a calf at the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot held on Wednesday

Steve Theissen of Stettler tries to rope a calf at the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot held on Wednesday

Blair Smith averages 25.8 seconds to secure top spot at the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot

Averaging 25.8 seconds after the third round, Blair Smith of Wimborne secured top place at the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot.

Averaging 25.8 seconds after the third round, Blair Smith of Wimborne secured top place at the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the small arena overlooking the Ewing Lake in Fenn.

Riley Warren of Erskine came in second with 29.7 seconds after his third round, while Shane Smith came in a close third averaging at 29.8 seconds.

Organized and hosted by Brandon and Kim Van Straten, the Stettler Calf Roping Jackpot is an event for all calf ropers in central Alberta.

“This is a tie-down jackpot that we try and host every couple of weeks, and we also have breakaway roping for the little kids,” said Brandon Van Straten. “Calf roping is an event that isn’t as common as team roping or barrel racing because of the difficulty in having the right size of cattle.”

There were 17 participants at the jackpot.

Each rider had to rope the calf in the shortest time.

There are three rounds, with the result being calculated as an average of the three.

If a rider is unable to rope the calf in one round, he still participates in the remaining rounds, but his average is not calculated.

Only nine riders were able to successfully rope the calf in all three rounds.