Hats off to Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Member Ty Romo, who returned as a world champion from the 37th annual Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), held November 6-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Romo competed in the Team Roping event with partner, Ed Hawley from Hays, Montana. “They had an average time of 24.26 on four to win the World Champion Indian Team Roping Title,” said Romo’s mother, Joy Brown.
The second-place team was George Cummins and Casey Cummins of Lodge Grass, Montana, with a time of 30.06 on four.
Romo has been roping with Hawley all season, and the team has been placing in rodeos all year long. Their placement in the Year End Team Roping event of the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association qualified them for the INFR.
Romo dedicated his appearance in this year’s finals to his grandfather Steven Lupe, Sr., who passed away on May 20 this year. Romo’s grandfather was the one who taught him how to rope, and he was a great influence with Romo’s rodeo career.
“At one time his grandpa told him, ‘Stick with grandpa and I’ll make a champion out of you,’” said Brown.
Romo’s parents are Joy Lupe Brown and the late Alfred Romo. His grandmother is Community member Verna Osif Espinoza, and his maternal grandparents are Norma and the late Steven Lupe, Sr. of Whiteriver.
Romo, 25, is married to his wife Aleeshiya Romo, and they reside in Cedar Creek, Arizona. They have two children, daughter Kelsey, 5, and son Ryan Steven, 9 months. When Romo is not competing in rodeos, he is working on a ranch.