2015 was one for the books for Rattler Rope. Our professionals and products proved they were among the elite in the business once again, and it was a very successful year. We wanted to highlight and give credit where due to a few of our superstars.
Westyn Hughes may be an up and comer young gun, but his name will be one to remember for days to come. 2016 will be his rookie year and he is looking to strike and make a run for the NFR. His growing resume has accomplishments such as the youngest roper to qualify for the CPRA finals, the youngest to ever win the CPRA Tie Down Roping, and the first roper to ever win three consecutive CPRA titles as well as three consecutive qualifications to RFD-TV’s The American Semi Finals, winning the qualifier in Stephenville, TX. He is mounted on some of the best horses in the business and there is no need for introduction on what Westyn can achieve.
Kollin VonAhn proved once again he has what it takes to become a world champ. He had an outstanding 2015 season and National Finals winning the average with partner Luke Brown and a GT4 Rattler heel rope and won the world title with Aaron Tsinigine. The added money at the finals really amped up the excitement and one has to argue the team roping world title race was one of the most exciting to date.
In 2016 Kollin will be partnered up with Colby Lovell and they are already off to a strong start. They will be a fun team to watch!
The Dark Horse of the whole NFR was Caleb Smidt. He had a fairytale finals coming off of a serious leg injury from the previous year. He proved to everyone that he was the comeback kid and with his good bay horse, Pockets. He left Las Vegas with his first gold buckle and NFR average win. Caleb Smidt is a multi event cowboy and just qualified for RFD-TV’s The American Qualifier with Paul Eaves on the heel side. Looking to see big things from this guy in 2016!
All in all it was a great year and we are looking forward to document more milestone moments in 2016. #NothingComesClose