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Who we are

ACTRA (American Cowboys Team Roping Association) is the largest non profit team roping organization in the United States. It was founded in 1983 and has chapters in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Canada (British Columbia), Wyoming, Arizona, Utah and Montana. ACTRA is owned by its members and run by its members.

ACTRA uses a half-number system to handicap ropers. When issuing a number we take in to consideration a combination of age, skill, ability and other criteria administered by an elected board of peers to handicap ropers. There are ropings designed for professional team ropers, as well as families, and individuals who pursue the sport as a hobby. Our goal is to provide our members quality, professionally run team ropings with low, as well as high dollar, entry fees that allow anyone to participate in the price range and ability level they are comfortable with.

ACTRA Chapters top off each year with their own Chapter promoted Finals. This allows members who participate in each of the individual Chapters to qualify for the ACTRA National Finals team roping. While the National Finals is the crowning glory for our ACTRA members, both the Chapter and National finals are designed to celebrate the activities of the roping season with exciting prize lines and added monies.

ACTRA has a catastrophe fund, supported by donations, designed to help members that have suffered an injury or accident. With the rising cost of medical care, many people can’t afford health insurance so we try to help members in need. This fund has been used to help recipients that have suffered stroke, been in car accidents or have been hurt while roping. While we don’t have the funds to cover actual medical expenses, we realize that every little bit counts when tragedy strikes, so we do what we can to help.

ACTRA also has a scholarship program that is available to our younger members to help fund the college of their choice. We do require our applicants, or one of their immediate family, to be an ACTRA member. We firmly believe in rewarding academic excellence in our youth and do our best to support them. Youth are the future, of not only our sport, but our way of life.

ACTRA, being a non-profit organization, ensures our members that their roping dollars are coming back to them in the form of added money, prizes and/or services. ACTRA believes in taking care of our members to the best of our ability not only in our individual chapters but on the national level as well. It is our goal to provide an organization that families, as well as professional ropers, can be proud to be a member of. As our motto so eloquently states, “ACTRA, Where Families Come to Rope!”

One of the best experiences you will enjoy in your life is being a part of a great family of team ropers.


ACTRA is dedicated to the family and the experience of roping!


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