March 16, 2017
35th ANNUAL GEORGE STRAIT TEAM ROPING CLASSIC AWARDS 2017 CHAMPIONS
Aaron Tsinigine and Clay Cooper crowned winners out of 516 competing teams; $567,000 Payout Awarded

SAN ANTONIO, Texas –The George Strait Team Roping Classic (GSTRC) is the largest open Team Roping event in America and, now in its 35th year, the two-day event held at the San Antonio Rose Palace Arena has awarded over $5 million in prize money to date and seen winners from across the nation crowned. This year’s event drew 516 teams of the greatest Team Ropers alive with $567,000 awarded in cash prizes. 
 
Steeped in family tradition not just for the Strait’s but also for many of its competitors, the Team Roping Classic crowned competitors Aaron Tsinigine of Tuba City, Arizona and Clay Cooper of Gardnerville, Nevada roped 3-head in TIME seconds; the pair split $203,200 in prize money (full breakdown of rankings below). In addition, the pair also won 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Dually pickups from Cavender Chevrolet in Boerne, Texas and Bruton Strait Xtreme Trailers. 
 
Friday’s festivities drew 1,032 ropers from all over the country, but eventually dwindled competitors down to the Top 50 teams after 13 hours of qualifying runs ¬¬¬¬leading into Saturday’s competition. 

Following Saturday’s 3rd Go, the scores were tallied and Tsinigine and Cooper were determined champions. Strait was on hand for the event, and congratulated the winners and presented their awards. 
 
George Strait Team Roping Classic Final Results 
1st        14.47   Aaron Tsinigine and Clay Cooper
2nd       14.50   Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith 
3rd        15.86   Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens
4th        16.08   Riley Minor and Brady Minor 
5th        16.37   Jaguar Terrill and Cole Wilson
6th        17.08   Pace Freed and Cody Pearson 
7th        17.27   Andrew Ward and Jace Crabb
8th        17.33   Blake Hughes and Brady Norman

Go Rounds
1st Go    4.28    Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz 
2nd Go   3.47    John Alley and Brady Norman 
3rd Go    3.33    Luke Brown and Jake Long

Friday Fast Time Overall (Red Bluff Buckle recipients) 
4.21     Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes 

Friday Fast Time on 2 (Montana Silversmith Buckle recipients)
8.91     Dustin Egusquiz and Kory Koontz

The event was originally conceived as a small family roping gathering by George Strait and his brother Buddy in 1982, is now one of the most prestigious open team roping competitions in the country and consistently attracts the biggest names in the sport.

About George Strait
George Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.”  He has amassed 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre, and boasts 33 platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait has sold more than 68 million albums and has earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards. Strait, whose name has become synonymous with “real country” since his 1981 debut, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.  He has since released five more albums, including the GRAMMY Award-winning Troubadour.  In 2013, Strait set out on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, selling over 1,000,000 tickets to the record-breaking, two-year, cross-country final concert tour. Strait shattered the North American indoor concert attendance record by drawing 104,793 concert-goers to his June 7, 2014 tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. 
 
In 2015, Strait revealed he would perform a series of exclusive worldwide engagements at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that commenced last April and continue through 2017, including his most recent sold-out dates with Kacey Musgraves. The two Texans closed the Strait To Vegas shows by playing for a capacity crowd of more than 33,000 people between Feb. 17 and 18. Strait has announced that he will shake things up with an unprecedented two nights of No. 1’s beginning with his April 7-8 shows. With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts during the span of his career and more than 283,000 fans streaming Strait's "60 #1 Hits" playlist on Spotify every month, the King of Country wanted to share these radio hits plus several fan-favorites such as “Amarillo By Morning” and “Troubadour” that, surprisingly to many, never reached No. 1. During Strait’s upcoming 2 Nights of Number 1’s, he will play 30 No. 1 hits Friday, April 7 and 30 No. 1 hits Saturday, April 8, in addition to those “can’t miss” classics.
 
His latest offering, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, is available now. The impressive three-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles - including 26 No. 1’s - plus two new songs co-written by Strait, along with 18 choice album cuts. Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 spans 20 years of Strait’s career from 1996 to 2016 and follows the highly successful, 8x Platinum-selling 1995 release, Strait Out of the Box.
 
Strait continues to record new music for longtime label home, MCA Records Nashville. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.