Local rodeo team brings home big win from Las Vegas competition

Winners of the World Series of Team Roping Perfect 10 competition in Las Vegas, Nev., in March were third place winners Kyle Davis and Scott Myers; first place winners Cody Edinger and Travis Anderson of Meeker; and reserve champions Lucy Bishop and Al Balloo. Edinger and Anderson credit the Meeker Summer Rodeo Series for helping them prepare and train for the competition. Courtesy Photo
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MEEKER | Six local cowboys traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., in March to participate in the World Series of Team Roping super qualifier, otherwise known as the Perfect 10, with a goal to reach the December finale.

Meeker’s Cody Edinger and Travis Anderson came in first out of 425 teams with a time of 35.42 seconds. They earned trophies, Cactus saddles, qualification for the December finale and $75,000.

It was the second year they’ve roped at this competition, and the second time they’ve qualified for the finale. In 2017 they placed 16th at the same roping, and 13th in the finale, out of 615 teams.

Anderson and Dusty Seely won $4,500 in another division, while Edinger and Joe Wood won second place in a different division that paid $18,000. Brett Watson also traveled with the group.

Edinger has been roping “on and off” for 20 years, Anderson longer than that.

“We have roped on and off together for several years, depending when and where we were able to,” Edinger said via email.

Edinger said last year’s Meeker Summer Rodeo Series helped them prepare for the Perfect 10.

“Anytime we are able to rope under pressure it is going to be helpful in preparing for bigger venues,” Edinger said.

Edinger and Watson were the year-end high money earners in the summer series, and Edinger and Anderson’s son, Lane, also won a round in the series.

“It’s a really good thing for the town and fellow competitors, as well as generating revenue for the town and contestants,” Edinger said. “With continued sponsorship and community participation we are on the way to making the summer series rodeo an annual event.”

This summer’s rodeo series will play a part in the team’s training and preparation for the World Series of Team Roping finale in December.