New Series Features 3 Generations of Yates NFR Ropers 

The Yates family has built a lasting legacy in the sport of team roping, and they’re giving a look into the program that has produced three generations of Wrangler National Finals Rodeos ropers.

Dick Yates qualified for 13 NFRs with his son J.D. in the 1970s and 1980s and, since then, he’s won hundreds of thousands of dollars competing at every level of team roping competition. Alongside J.D. and grandson Trey, the Yates family patriarch has helped make some of the best rope horses in the industry.

J.D. Yates made his first NFR in 1975 when he 15 years old, making him the youngest to ever compete at the NFR. He has since competed at 21 NFRs, won nearly 50 AQHA World Championships, as well as numerous American Rope Horse Futurity Association world titles and a Royal Crown championship.

Trey Yates, J.D.’s son, won his first AQHA world title in 2021 and is a three-time NFR heeler. In 2018, he finished third in the PRCA world standings after winning the average title with fellow three-time qualifier Aaron Tsinigine.

In the new, exclusive series, members can watch Grandpa Dick, J.D. and Trey work through horses young and old, as well as preparing up-and-coming futurity mounts. They also give tips for creating the correct swing, scoring and facing. Every roper at every level can benefit from this inside look at the Yates’ program.

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