This includes four-time world champion team roper Alan Bach, who is joined in this year’s rodeo by his eldest son, Joel Bach, and younger son, Tyler, who both call Rhome home.
Alan Bach celebrated his 57th birthday April 30 and has competed in an event-record 30 National Final Rodeos, the last one in 2008. He is working his way back into competition after under going shoulder surgery last year.
In 2013, he with son, Joel, won the Wild, Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M.; was co-champion at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo in Castle Rock, Colo., and the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo in Bridgeport; and won the 75th Annual Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo in Okeechobee, Fla., with Arky Rogers.
It will be a competitive team roping field. Five-time WNFR team roping qualifier Michael Jones, of Hico, has ended a two-year hiatus from PRCA competition to join forces once again with Travis Tryan, of Billings, Mont. They have qualified for the WNFR together three times. A week ago they won rodeos in Corpus Christi and Lufkin, ending a 50-month title drought for Jones. They will going against a field that includes reigning world champions Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill, plus other past world champions like Alan Bach, Walt Woodard and Turtle Powell.
Apart from Bach, team roping qualifier Ryan Motes, bull rider Luke Haught and steer wrestler Glen Clark will also be making the short trip from Weatherford to Mineral Wells to compete.
Nineteen-time World Champion Trevor Brazile isn’t on the list of contestants but that doesn’t mean the Brazile houshold won’t be represented. His wife, Shada Brazile, of Decatur, is considered one of the favorites in the barrel racing field. She qualified for her first WNFR last December.