Sports & Recreation

Romo and his partner are the 2010 championship Team Ropers at Ft. Hall Shoshone Bannock festival INFR Tour Rodeo.

Romo to Compete in Indian National Finals Rodeo

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Ty Romo, 25, will make his fourth trip to the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) November 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the team roping competition. He is again proud to represent the Community in the finals. He finished in third place this year on the INFR tour as the No. 3 heeler in the team roping event.

Romo’s roping partner for the 2010 INFR finals will be A.J. Ben of San Carlos, Arizona. They have been roping together for the past two years.

All summer, Romo stayed busy traveling to local and out-of-state rodeos. He has traveled to Montana, Canada, Idaho and New Mexico so far this year. He won the team roping event in Fort Hall, Idaho in August at the annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival with his other partner, Rawley Ben. When he was in Montana, he won two open rodeos and placed in various jackpots. Since he started competing, Romo has won many buckles and saddles.

He currently resides in Cedar Creek, Arizona with his wife Leash and 3-year-old daughter Kelsey. Romo’s parents are the late Alfred Romo and Joy Lupe Brown.

His grandmother is Community member Verna Osif Espinoza. His other grandparents are Norma and Steve Lupe, Sr. of Whiteriver.

When Romo was younger, his grandpa Steve Lupe told him, “Just stick with your grandpa and I’ll make a champion out of you.” To this day Romo is still hanging out with his grandpa. When he is not competing in rodeos, Romo helps his grandfather take care of his ranch, located in Cibecue. Lupe said, “Ty is my pride and joy.” He is proud that Romo is not only a rodeo cowboy, but he is also a ranch cowboy. All his family and friends are very proud of him and wish him the best of luck.

Romo said he is very fortunate to have awesome grandparents. He is proud that his grandfather Lupe is still competing in team roping events at age 78 and won a jackpot this summer in Show Low. Lupe and wife Norma celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in July.

Romo would also like to thank and acknowledge his grandma Espinoza, who is a big rodeo fan and enjoys watching her sons and grandkids competing in rodeos.

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