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LOTRA News | Nov. 20, 2023

November 1st has come and gone and your LOTRA annual membership has expired if you have not yet paid it.  A 2023-2024 membership form is on our website at  Please mail your membership form and check to LOTRA, PO Box 632; Lander, Wy 82520, give it to a board member, put it in the locked box at the arena (on the side of the crow’s nest), or sign up at the many activities we are having at the arena. There are many events scheduled so far for the barn. Thanks to Nancy Williams who will be keeping up the barn schedule on the website at 

Roping practices begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the 7th of November.  There are some smaller steers for breakaway at 5:30 p.m. and then team roping at 6:30 p.m. If you DON’T join the barn with a membership, you have to pay $30 per person to rope AND you are required to follow all of the same rules as members.  Tara Peter will be collecting the money and she will also make sure people are following the rules. Of the scheduled Team Roping Jackpots, only 3 of them will be saddle ropings–Bates/Peter, Ruby, and Armajo. All otherJackpots will be cash ropings.


For more information, call Tara Peter 307-349-5844 or Colter Wise 307-851-5934

November 11, 2023 – Rasty Givens Memorial High Money Roping
November 25, 2023 – Dalynn Peter and Bill Bates Memorial Saddle Roping
December 30, 2023 – New Year’s Fun Day Roping
January 13, 2024 – Kim Fife High Money Roping
January 27, 2024 – Emerson Boden High Money Roping
February 10, 2024 – Jim Chavez High Money Roping
February 24, 2024 – Clarence Armajo Memorial Saddle Roping
March 9, 2024 – Mike Ruby Memorial Saddle Roping

Enter at 10 a.m. Rope at 11 a.m. There is a one-time per roping- office fee of $5.00.
Draw Pot – $25/ man may enter 6 times
Saddle Roping – $80/man may enter both ends.
Pick and Draw – $40/man may enter 6 times

Many other barn activities are heating up. Four LOTRA Jackpots have already been held and were very successful. Brenda Walker is putting on the LOTRA Jackpot Series again with barrels, goat tying/goat tail tying, breakaway roping, open events, men’s breakaway (won more than $5k in any roping event), youth events ages 9-12, peewee events 8 and under. Enter at 9 am, exhibitions 10-11:30, Warm-up 11;30-11:45, run at 12:00. Open fees $40, Men’s Breakaway $50, Youth fees $30, Peewee fees $20. Optional nominations for season end prizes are $35/event one time. There is an 80% payout. Prizes awarded are based on points earned. Every division has the opportunity to win the saddle. Participants must attend 4 of the 8 races to be eligible for prizes. Open barrels will be awarded a $3000 saddle certificate for a saddle of your choice, including shipping. Last year we gave away over $11,000 in prizes! Thanks to Brenda Walker for putting on these very popular events!


For more information, call Brenda Walker 307-851-1420

March 16 & 17, 2024
April 6 & 7, 2024 (Finals)
Exhibitions at 11-12:30. Enter by 12:30 Run at 1:00 p.m.
Barrel and Pole Exhibition Runs are $5 per run & 1-time office fee per day $5
Open $35, Youth $25, Pee Wee $15. Optional Nomination $35 for each event 1 time
Open 4-D Barrels, Youth 3-D Barrels, Pee Wee Barrels, Open 3-D Poles, Youth 3-D Poles, Pee Wee Poles, Open Breakaway (2 runs), Youth Breakaway (2 runs), Open Goats, Youth Goats

The Cowboy State Stock Horse Association (CSSHA) will be having many Sunday afternoon cattle practices if that’s your interest.  Take advantage of practicing with cattle and a CowTrac flag for herdwork/cutting and working cow horse experience from 1:00-4:00 Sunday afternoons on the Sundays listed below. (Sorry, but no roping.) If you are a member of LOTRA and CSSHA, the practice is free. If you are not a member of the LOTRA arena, it’s $30 per person. Contact Paula McCormick,, 307-851-1126 or Nancy Williams, 307-760-5101 for more information.

The 2nd Jackpot Saddle Series on October 28 & 29 had a Halloween theme. Looks like everyone had a great time! The next series event will be March 16 & 17, 2024.

Cowboy State Stock Horse Association (CSSHA) practice

November 12, 2023
December 10 & 31, 2023
January 14 & 21, 2024
February 11 & 25, 2024
March 10 & 24, 2024

The election of officers and board members were held at our Oct. 30 board/member meeting. John Gazso, Vice-President, and Julie Freese, Treasurer, and Tara Peter board member were all re-elected to another 2-year term.  New board members are Nick Comes, Emery Day, and Tyson Sims.  Congratulations and welcome aboard.  Other returning board members are Paula McCormick-President, Brenda Walker-Secretary, Directors Peggy Bartlett, Lee and Nancy Williams, and Corbin Nicholls.  We still have one vacancy on the board as Clint Brower goes off–we’ll discuss the other write-ins on the ballot and hopefully fill that spot.

The groundskeeper for this year is Peggy Bartlett and the Cattle Care person is Nick Scribner. Please welcome them and help out when you can to keep our cattle and our indoor barn in good shape. We have increased the number of times the indoor arena will be groomed to a minimum of 5 times per week! This will improve our riding experience with better footing and dust control. We have contracted with Dailen Jones/D & D Livestock for the roping cattle lease for 60 head. 

We have made many improvements to the barn this past year, thanks to volunteer John Gazso, who has worked on the watering system, the garage doors, security systems, grounds, cattle shelter, cattle pens, roping chute, and many more projects. We are actively working on grants to make more improvements this year.

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