Marcus Theriot breaks records at 2016 College National Finals Rodeo

June 27th, 2016

18-66 Marcus Theriot_webCasper, WY – On June 18th, college freshman, Marcus Theriot, added two new titles, CNFR All-Around Champion and Tie-Down Champion to an already impressive resume. The week long 2016 National College Finals, held in Casper, Wyoming, ran from June 12th through the 18th.

Theriot racked up a total of 510 points in the All Around race by earning points in three events: Tie-Down, Team Roping, and Steer Wrestling. Marcus captured the Tie Down title winning the average with an aggregate time of 38.1-seconds on four head. In Team Roping Marcus and partner, Lane Mitchell, placed in the third round with a 5.7-second run earning the team a spot in Saturday’s finals. A rapid 3.9-second run in the Steer Wrestling was fast enough for Theriot to win the second round.

Theriot is no stranger to winning titles, including a 2014 NHSFR All Around title and 2015 Mississippi High School Rodeo Association All Around championship. In May of this year Marcus won the Tie Down, Team Roping, & Boys All-Around Championship, & Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler in the NIRA Ozark Region.

Theriot broke two records at the 2016 CNFR by being the only cowboy ever to win two titles in the same year and the first freshman to win the coveted All Around championship.

Fast Back Ropes introduces a new four-strand, the Centerfire

November 17th, 2015

centerfire_rope_logoGranbury, TX – Fast Back Ropes, Inc. is excited to announce the release of their newest four-strand, the Centerfire. The Centerfire is a vibrant orange nylon-poly blend with no bounce.

“We’ve had many requests to build a ‘dead’ rope,” says Al Benson, General Manager. “Fast Back is known for building ropes with a lot of body. This rope is a different feel that will have no bounce, but still hold up.”

The Centerfire head rope will be slightly smaller than the heel rope. This rope has great tip feel and will stay put when delivered.

The Centerfire will be available at Fast Back dealers this December.

Fast Back introduces the Hot Shot

May 22nd, 2015

tyler_hotshot_mchimpGranbury, TX – Fast Back Ropes is pleased to announce the highly anticipated four-strand kid rope, the Hot Shot, will be available June 1, 2015. This poly rope is smooth, durable, has great tip feel, and makes a great dummy rope.

“We’ve received many requests to build a four-strand kid rope,” explains Al Benson, General Manager. “We took our time and built one that feels better than most kid ropes I’ve swung. This little four-strand should last kids a long time.”

The Hot Shot is a four-strand poly rope that is 8mm in diameter and 29 feet long. To find your closest Fast Back dealer, visit or call 800-479-1851.

Clay Tryan crowned GSTRC champion for second time

April 1st, 2015

clay_travis_gstrcxThe George Strait Team Roping Classic is arguably the best payday for any professional roper. Clay Tryan and partner, Travis Graves, bested 685 teams to each win $136,320 in addition to a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado dually pickup and Bruton Strait Xtreme trailer.

Entry fees are $500 per man with a three-time entry limit. On Friday, March 13th, the fastest five teams in each of the ten rotations comprise the top fifty teams. Those teams advance to a new three-head roping on Saturday where they compete for the prizes and money.

On Saturday, Tryan and Graves were second high-call with 9.76-seconds on two-head. A rapid run of 4.19 in the short round, and a miss by the high team, secured the win for the pair with 13.95-seconds on three-head. Tryan previously won the GSTRC in 2012 with Patrick Smith.

Full average results: 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 13.95, $272,640/team; 2. Cord Crowell/Camish Jennings, 14.38, $109,060; 3. Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 15.16, $74,980; 4. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 15.35, $68,160; 5. Arky Rogers/Kyle Lawrence, 15.52, $54,520; 6. Clayton Hass/Jory Levy, 16.12, $40,900; 7. Adam Rose/Byron Wilkerson, 16.25, $34,080; 8. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 16.33, $27,260.

Fast Back Ropers Shine at 2014 USTRC Finals

November 5th, 2014
Photo courtesy of Rodeo News

Photo courtesy of Rodeo News

Oklahoma City, OK – Everyone who ropes at the USTRC finals dreams of winning first. That dream came true for more than a few Fast Back ropers, during the 2014 USTRC National Finals in Oklahoma City, OK.

Clay Tryan, reigning PRCA world champion header, has been riding high leading the world standings most of this year. That talent and momentum earned Tryan a total of  $62,490 for his efforts last week. He started by winning the Open Shoot-Out at the Lazy E, followed by a second place win in the Open Preliminary at Oklahoma City. Tryan’s biggest win came when he and partner, Jade Corkill, won the Priefert Open Shoot-Out and split $81,840. Winning the short round with a quick 5.65-second run was a bonus. Clay finished up the Priefert US Open Tour with 106 points and emerged as the champion header, earning the $10,000 payout.

Up and coming talent, Chase Graves, Poplarville, MS, started a successful week by winning second in the #15 Shoot-Out heeling for his dad, Frank Graves. The pair roped five head in 37.32-seconds to split $46,000. Chase went on to win the #12 Preliminary and earn another $10,300.

Arguably one of the toughest female ropers going, Fast Back cowgirl, Barrie Smith, Stephenville, TX, won the #12 Gold Plus Shoot-Out heading for George McQuain. For her part Barrie won $28,900 and a Case Tractor. Barrie also won the Cruel Girl Standings for the year with total earnings of $43,291.

Texas roper, James Tettenhorst, Jacksonville, TX, had one of the best weeks overall with total earnings of approximately $70,000. James accomplished this by winning the #12 Invitational and the #11 Preliminary. He also placed in the top ten of the #13 Shoot-Out and #10 Shoot-Out.

Arkansas Fast Back cowgirl, Lori Thone, won first place heading in the #10 Invitational and split $53,200 with her partner, Andrew Kelly.

Overall, Fast Back cowboys and cowgirls won $299,120 at the 2014 USTRC Finals. Congratulations to all the winners this year.

Fast Back youths shine at year-end finals

August 4th, 2014
Marcus Theriot AA Champ

Photo: Marcus Theriot, 2014 NHSFR All-Around Champion, with his parents, Renee and Herbert Theriot, and sister MeLayna.

Few things teach a youngster about competition and sportsmanship like rodeo. In most states there are rodeos available for kids of all ages, from Little Britches to Junior High Rodeos, followed by High School rodeos. Qualifying for state finals requires many miles of travel and more than a little dedication by both kids and parents. We would like to recognize the Fast Back kids who realized their dreams this summer at both the state and national level.

Marcus Theriot gave a stellar performance at the Mississippi High School finals and ultimately won the Calf Roping, Team Roping Heading and the Boys All-Around. Marcus then went on to claim the Tie Down championship at the International Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The following week he attended the National High Schools Finals in Rocky Springs, Wyoming, where he won the 2014 All-Around Championship. Good job Marcus!

Chase Graves, pictured with his parents, Frank and Lisa Graves, captured the title of 2014 Mississippi High School Champion Heeler.

Chase Graves, pictured with his parents, Frank and Lisa Graves, captured the title of 2014 Mississippi High School Champion Heeler.

Tanner Brown, Florence, MS, is the 2014 Boys Breakaway Champion of the National Little Britches Association. Tanner placed in every round and won the average! Awesome job Tanner!

Tanner Brown, Florence, MS, is the 2014 Boys Breakaway Champion of the National Little Britches Association. Tanner placed in every round and won the average! Awesome job Tanner!

Congratulations to Scott Martell, the 2014 Champion Heeler of the Florida Junior High School Rodeo Association.

Congratulations to Scott Martell, the 2014 Champion Heeler of the Florida Junior High School Rodeo Association.

Garrett McDonald, won two titles in the Alabama High School Rodeo Association: He is the 2014 AHSRA All-Around Champion, as well as the 2014 Tie-Down Champion. Congratulations Garrett!

Garrett McDonald, won two titles in the Alabama High School Rodeo Association: He is the 2014 AHSRA All-Around Champion, as well as the 2014 Tie-Down Champion. Congratulations Garrett!

Fast Back ropers win big at Windy Ryon Memorial team roping

May 29th, 2014

Fast Back team ropers win lion’s share at 41st Annual Windy Ryon Memorial team roping


Clay Tryan

Saginaw, TX – Seldom do you hear of someone dominating a roping with over 200 teams, especially a world-class open roping. However, that’s exactly what reigning world champion header, Clay Tryan, did at the Windy Ryon on Friday, May 23rd.

The Windy Ryon is held each year during Memorial Day weekend and is one of the few ropings that offer professional ropers a significant payout. Roping in the large outdoor arena can be challenging and often ropers must overcome strong winds or muddy conditions. The Windy Ryan open team roping draws some of the best ropers in the world. This year, 210 teams entered the five-head progressive roping for $500 per team, with entries limited to three times.

Clay Tryan, gave an unprecedented performance by winning the top three spots in the average. Tryan and Travis Graves, won first by roping five steers in 34.09 seconds, splitting $20,500. Tryan’s second place win was with two-time world champion, Jade Corkill, with an average of 35.14. Clay’s third place win was with world champion Patrick Smith with a time of 35.49 in the average. Tryan also won money in the first round and short go, bringing his total earnings for the day to $22,950.

Barrie Smith

Barrie Smith

“Everything went great all day. I was able to score, be in time with my horse and my partners all roped well,” says Clay. “I’ve roped well at other jackpots, but today nothing went wrong and we were able to overcome any obstacles.”

Earlier that morning Fast Back cowgirl, Barrie Smith, won the All Girl #11 with partner, Jackie Crawford, earning the team $9,990. Kelly Hicks won second, heeling for Jayme Marcrum pocketing $2,165 for her part.

In total Fast Back ropers won over $40,000 in prize money at the 2014 Windy Ryon Memorial on Friday by winning a total of seven average checks and six go-ground checks.

Fast Back introduces the Vortex

January 30th, 2014

vortex_rope_logoGRANBURY, TX – After nearly a year of testing, Fast Back Ropes is proud to introduce their new three-strand rope, the Vortex. The Vortex is a small, light, nylon rope that is natural in color. With great body and feel, this rope is forgiving and consistent. The head rope is 33′ in length while the heel rope is 35.’

“The benefits of three-strand ropes are mostly overlooked,” says Al Benson, General Manager of Production. “Most of our pro’s use and win with three-strands. We felt it was time to provide new options in this category.”

Three-strand ropes allow you to feel and control your rope through your swing and delivery. Another advantage of using a three-strand rope is when slack is pulled, the loop tends to snap shut and stay tight. The higher crowns stop the rope fully when dallying, shaving seconds off the run.

Benson has worked closely with NFR Qualifier, Dakota Kirchenschlager, during development of the Vortex. As one of the top heelers in the country, Kirchenschlager has provided invaluable feedback that has helped fine tune the Vortex, especially the heel rope.

“The Vortex is light and easy to swing,” explains Dakota. “I use a softer heel rope like a Medium or Medium Soft because it’s much easier to control and place. This rope feels great and the body keeps my loop open when I place it on the ground.”

Fast Back opted to avoid using colored string in the Vortex to help eliminate excessive fuzzing, adding to the durability. In an industry where ropers are always looking for the “next best thing,” Al Benson chose to go back to the basics and focus on quality.

“There are many young ropers who have never swung a three-strand rope, and couldn’t tell you what they feel like,” says Al. “Our goal is always to build the best rope possible and offer a product ropers can win with.”

Using the Vortex, Kirchenschlager did just that by winning the first round and average at Odessa, TX, one of the first PRCA rodeos of the year.

The Vortex will be available at Fast Back dealers April 1, 2014. For dealer locations visit or call 800-479-1851.

Fast Back introduces the Bottlerocket

January 16th, 2014

bottlerocket_webPerfect dummy rope for small hands
Fast Back Ropes is excited to introduce a new dummy rope for young cowboys and cowgirls. The Bottlerocket is ¼” in diameter with a length of 31 feet, perfect for those long throws needed to win a Dummy Roping.

The Bottlerocket is long enough to reach, yet small and light enough to allow smaller kids to develop a correct swing. Many kids use a rope that is too big and heavy because they need the length to reach. This can create bad habits with their swing because the rope is too heavy for them to handle correctly.

The Bottlerocket is the ideal combination of length, and small size. Unlike other kid ropes, the Bottlerocket is built with enough body to add durability and keep loops open for reaching.

Fast Back kid ropes are designed for ropers of all ages. They are made just like adult ropes; individually spun, waxed, tied, hand sewn burner, and hand rolled. The Bottlerocket is available in assorted colors.

Ask your Fast Back dealer to order yours today. For dealer locations visit or call 800-479-1851.


Pictured: Tyler Tryan, 2013 US Finals Dummy Roping Champion, and son of World Champion, Clay Tryan.

Tyler and Clay Sieber dominate IFYR Team Roping

July 16th, 2013

Tyler & Clay SieberShawnee, OK – The leader board for the team roping at this year’s International Finals Youth Rodeo, held July 7th through July 12th looked more like a PRCA rodeo than a youth rodeo.

Texas cousins, Tyler Sieber, 18, and Clay Sieber, 17, demonstrated the value of consistency. The duo split the first round with a 5.6, then won third in the second round with a 5.5, and as high team back, won the short go with another 5.6 for a total 16.7-seconds on three head. This stellar roping earned the pair $4,334 for the week.

“I didn’t have a great state finals,” explained Tyler. “So I was feeling pretty determined. It was great to be able to win with my cousin.”

Trevor Kirchenschlager, Yuma, CO, also made an outstanding Calf Roping run during the short go with a time of 8.9 for an aggregate time of 31.0 on three head, also earning him fourth place in the average.

In the All Around race Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, IA, finished fourth for his Calf Roping and Team Roping earnings. Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, MS, ended up fifth in the All Around with earnings in Calf Roping, Team Roping, and Steer Wrestling.