Ropers Shine at Western Horseman Event

The Western Horseman Sunshine Classic awards big prizes to team ropers.

By Ross Hecox

160211 sunshine classic 067 2Team ropers compete in the Western Horseman Sunshine Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tammy Ellerman and Phil Luman captured the inaugural Western Horseman Sunshine Classic, held February 11 at Dynamite Arena in Cave Creek, Arizona. The team ropers won $20,000 ($10,000 each), plus trophy saddles made by Martin Saddlery.

Once they secured the championship, Ellerman and Luman competed against each other to determine who won a Bloomer two-horse trailer. Luman edged Ellerman in the rope-off.

“I’ve been wanting to come to Arizona [to rope] for the past few winters, and this is the first trip I got to make,” says Luman, a heeler and retired school teacher from Montana. “My partner, Tammy Ellerman, is a heck of a header.”

160211 sunshine classic 220Phil Luman shows off his new trailer. He is flanked by Randy Bloomer (left) of Bloomer Trailers and Butch Morgan, Western Horseman Ambassador at Large.

The Western Horseman Sunshine Classic, organized by Dynamite Arena and magazine staff, drew more than 100 entries. It awarded prizes for a variety of accomplishments, including fastest go-round times, top heel horse and head horse, and top 10 placings. Awards included Gist belt buckles, Yeti coolers, Professionals Choice saddle pads and Western Horseman prints.

160211 sunshine classic 194Tammy Ellerman (left) and Phil Luman won the Western Horseman Sunshine Classic.

160211 sunshine classic 118Jett Sharp and Joyce Sewell work in the announcer’s booth.

160211 sunshine classic 002California horseman Les Vogt visits with friends before the event begins.

160211 sunshine classic 101Dynamite Arena staff member Hemi Cast helps pen a roper’s steer.

160211 sunshine classic 127 Owners of the top heel horse and top head horse received a Gist buckle.

Tags: ArizonaTeam RopingWestern HorsemanYETISunshine ClassicDynamite ArenaMartin SaddleryProfessionals ChoiceGistLes Vogt