For more than four decades, the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping has been one of the most prestigious competitions in western sports. The event began in 1973 to honor the memory “Windy” Ryon, founder of Ryon's Saddle Shop in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
The roping has become a showcase to the world's top professional rodeo competitors like Roy Cooper, Joe Beaver, Cody Ohl, Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, and even Walt Garrison.
For the first time in the 40 year history, the Steer Roping will be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and winnings will count toward National Finals qualification. Current and former world champions will be among the competitors. In addition to PRCA Steer Roping, there is Team Roping, Women’s Team Roping and Breakaway Calf Roping, Tie Down Roping, and an exciting Roping Match featuring 2-time world champion Caleb Smidt vs 6-time NFR qualifier Timber Moore.
The Windy Ryon Memorial Roping has contributed more than $1 million dollars to various organizations that benefit young men and women involved in Agriculture including: FFA, 4-H, Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show, North Texas High School Rodeo, and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.
An air-conditioned beer garden has also been added for fan’s comfort. This all-American event on Memorial weekend also features shopping at a unique western trade show and fun for all ages. The Windy Ryon Arena is located just north of the Fort Worth Stockyards in Saginaw.