First $4 Million Cowboy Adds New Rope to Arsenal

PLEASANTON, TEXAS—Trevor Brazile, the only $4 million athlete in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) history, and Barry Berg, of Cactus Ropes, have developed a new team rope together—the Freedom 3-strand. The Freedom will be officially launched on July 4.

“The first time I used it, I placed at the Mike Cervi Memorial Roping during Tucson,” said Brazile.

Freedom is a three-strand, nylon poly blend with a small diameter, making it suitable for every level of team roper. It is available in both a head rope (small diameter) and heel rope (medium diameter) and each is offered in Cactus Ropes’ four standard lays.

Freedom is the first three-strand rope in Brazile’s Relentless™ collection. It follows the Xplosion and C4 team ropes, Weapon calf rope and Li’l Pistol youth rope.

“I really wanted my line to have a three-strand rope,” states Brazile. “The pure swing and feel is popular with world-champion-caliber ropers, but at the same time, it’s adaptable enough to be a perfect rope for all levels of ropers.”

In addition to ropes, Brazile’s Relentless collection includes products manufactured by Cactus Ropes’ affiliates: saddles, strap goods and pads from Cactus Saddlery and protective leg gear and blankets from Pro Equine Products.

Join the excitement on Facebook as Cactus Ropes gives away two Freedom ropes each week during June. A unique Trevor Brazile Grand Prize will be awarded on July 4th. Watch the Cactus Ropes Facebook page and www.cactusropes.com for more details.

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Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, Texas, produces top-quality ropes used by amateur and professional ropers around the world, whether in rodeo competition, in roping arenas, with practice dummies or on the ranch. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in national rodeo events and enjoyed by all who use them, young and old alike.

The Cactus Ropes brand signifies quality roping products that combine traditional rope-making artistry with exclusive innovations that deliver consistency, feel and swingability. All of their products are chosen and scrutinized for quality to provide consumers with only the best ropes, clothing, tack and accessories. With a full line of ropes, including team ropes, calf ropes, ranch ropes and kid ropes, Cactus Ropes has something to offer anyone who enjoys throwing a loop.

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Cactus Ropes Launches the Freedom

Pleasanton, TX  (May 13, 2011)—Freedom rings on July 4, 2011 when Cactus Ropes launches another great team rope in the Relentless® line.  Freedom is a three-strand nylon poly blend with a small diameter making it a perfect choice for every level of roper.  Freedom is the first three-strand in Trevor Brazile’s Relentless rope collection.  It is available in both a head rope (medium diameter) and heel rope (true diameter) and each is offered in Cactus Rope’s four standard lays.

Trevor Brazile worked relentlessly with rope creator, Barry Berg, to develop the Freedom.  “I really wanted my line to have a three-strand rope,” states Brazile.  “The pure swing and feel is popular with world-champion caliber ropers, but at the same time, it’s adaptable enough to be a perfect rope for all levels of ropers.  Freedom is the ultimate three-strand.  The first time I used it, I placed at the Mike Cervi Memorial Roping in Tuscon.”

Freedom is the fifth rope in the Relentless rope line.  It follows the Xplosion and C4 team ropes, the Weapon calf rope, and the Li’l Pistol youth rope.

Cactus Ropes will give away two Freedom ropes each week during June along with awarding a contest grand prize.  Watch the Cactus Ropes Facebook page for details on the contest or check the website at www.cactusropes.com.

Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, Texas produces top-quality ropes used by amateur and professional ropers around the world, whether in rodeo competition, in roping arenas, with practice dummies, or on the ranch. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in national rodeo events, and enjoyed by all who use them, young and old alike. The Cactus Ropes brand signifies quality roping products that combine traditional rope making artistry with exclusive innovations that deliver consistency, feel, and swingability. All of their products are chosen and scrutinized for quality to provide you with only the best ropes, clothing, tack, and accessories. With a full line of ropes, including team ropes, calf ropes, ranch ropes, and kid ropes, Cactus Ropes has something to offer anyone who enjoys throwing a loop.

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Cactus Ropes’ Cowboys Collect Almost 3/4-Million Dollars at WNFR

Pleasanton, TX (December 20, 2010)—Trevor Brazile undoubtedly secured himself as a rodeo legend at the 2010 WNFR. On his way to beating Ty Murray’s record for All-Around titles and the season earnings record for team roping, Trevor Brazile collected 39 titles throughout the year, and this while also becoming the third person in history to win multiple triple crowns. He earned over a half-a-million dollars in the arena; over $200,000 at the Wrangler National Finals alone. Trevor now boasts 14 World Championship buckles. He joined the PRCA in 1996 when he was just 20-years-old and now has enough gold buckles to mark each year of his professional career.

Aside from rodeo competition, Trevor is the architect of the Relentless™ products line. Cactus Ropes manufactures all of his team, calf, and youth ropes. In 2008, Trevor introduced the Weapon calf rope and the Xplosion team rope which helped him to win the WNFR Average and the Reserve World Champion Team Roping title. In 2010, he added the C4 team rope and the Li’l Pistol youth rope to his line. Cactus Ropes plans to release the third Relentless team rope in the summer of 2011. Cactus Saddlery and Pro Equine Products help to round out his Relentless product line with leather goods and leg protection.

In a joint effort, Cactus Ropes’ cowboys collected over $700,000 at this year’s WNFR. Using the four-strand Amigo and its Cactus Grip, Jake Long experienced his first appearance and earned almost $100,000, which positioned him and his partner as the second highest money winners in team roping in Las Vegas. Bobby Mote, Cactus’ only bareback rider, brought home a $115,000 paycheck and placed second in the average en route to his fourth World Championship. Other Cactus Ropes’ cowboys included in this prominent group of professionals are: Chad Masters, Nick Sartain, Charly Crawford, Ty Blasingame, Britt Williams, Stran Smith, Ryan Jarrett, and Luke Branquinho. Collectively, these WNFR qualifiers earned over $2,000,000 in the 2010 rodeo season.

Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, Texas produces top-quality ropes used by amateur and professional ropers around the world, whether in rodeo competition, in roping arenas, with practice dummies, or on the ranch. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in national rodeo events, and enjoyed by all who use them, young and old alike. The Cactus Ropes brand signifies quality roping products that combine traditional rope making artistry with exclusive innovations that deliver consistency, feel, and swingability. All of their products are chosen and scrutinized for quality to provide you with only the best ropes, clothing, tack, and accessories. With a full line of ropes, including team ropes, calf ropes, ranch ropes, and kid ropes, Cactus Ropes has something to offer anyone who enjoys throwing a loop.

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Cactus Ropes Launching Shock-N-Awe

Pleasanton, TX  (November 16, 2010)—On December 1, Cactus Ropes is launching another great team rope, the Shock-N-Awe.  The Shock-N-Awe will be offered in a head rope only.  It is a four-strand, nylon/poly blend that comes in four lays:  super soft, extra soft, soft, and medium soft.

Ty Blasingame provided his own valuable input into the original design of this 34’ rope. Ty asked for a head rope that was longer than average to use in arenas when he really needed to reach. Following his request, he was able to make a scorching run of 3.4 seconds at the Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah in July! “I took one swing on that run and it had to be perfect. When it all came tight, we had won the round and the average.”

Ty utilized the benefits of the Shock-N-Awe throughout the year to help him qualify for his very first WNFR. Currently, this rope is the longest head rope in the industry.

The Shock-N-Awe is small, light, and fast, and is also available in a 31’ length for all levels of jackpot ropers. It is smaller in diameter than the Whistler, but has slightly more poly, giving it the ideal weight with plenty of body. Look for this rope to make its debut at the 2010 WNFR.

Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, Texas produces top-quality ropes used by amateur and professional ropers around the world, whether in rodeo competition, in roping arenas, with practice dummies, or on the ranch. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in national rodeo events, and enjoyed by all who use them, young and old alike. The Cactus Ropes brand signifies quality roping products that combine traditional rope making artistry with exclusive innovations that deliver consistency, feel, and swingability. All of their products are chosen and scrutinized for quality to provide you with only the best ropes, clothing, tack, and accessories. With a full line of ropes, including team ropes, calf ropes, ranch ropes, and kid ropes, Cactus Ropes has something to offer anyone who enjoys throwing a loop.

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Cactus Ropes Announces Management Change

Pleasanton, TX  (November 11, 2010)— We are pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Anderson to General Manager, Vice President of Finance for Cactus Ropes, Inc.  Ken joined Cactus Ropes in April of this year as Director of Finance, and brings strong leadership skills to the job.  Ken joins Barry Berg, General Manager, Vice President of Operations as a co-leader of the company.

Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, TX produces top-quality ropes used by amateur and professional ropers around the world, whether in rodeo competition, in roping arenas, with practice dummies, or on the ranch. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in national rodeo events and enjoyed by all, young and old, who use them.

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Cactus Ropes Announces Organizational Change

Pleasanton, TX  (April 19, 2010)— We are pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Piland to Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning and Industry Relations for Cactus Ropes, Inc.  Mike, an important industry leader with deep longevity at Cactus Ropes, will focus his experience and leadership skills to direct Cactus Ropes’ sponsorships as well as cultivating distribution channels worldwide.

In addition, Barry Berg has accepted the position of General Manager / Vice President of Operations and will continue to lead the very successful manufacturing operations at Cactus Ropes.

We are pleased, as well, to announce the arrival of Ken Anderson as Director of Finance for Cactus Ropes.  Ken brings to us a strong background in accounting and consumer products.  In his prior position, Ken was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a leading manufacturer in the food processing industry.

Cactus Ropes of Pleasanton, TX produces top-quality ropes used by cowboys and cowgirls in both rodeo competition and practice arenas. These ropes are endorsed by the top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association athletes participating in national rodeo events.

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New Relentless Rope: C4

PLEASANTON, TEXAS (March 22, 2010) – Team Ropers everywhere, get ready to be rocked once again by the next explosive release in Trevor Brazile’s Relentless line from Cactus Ropes!

Hitting the rope racks May 1st, 2010, the C4 head and heel ropes are the next addition to the Relentless arsenal.

Constructed of four strands of 100% pure nylon, the C4 was built to complement the poly/nylon blended Xplosion and provide ropers with an ultra-consistent, snappy, full-bodied rope with tons of snap-back* in hot weather. The C4 is slightly smaller in diameter than the Xplosion, yet allows the roper to find tip weight with ease.

Trevor needed a rope to fit in his rope bag alongside the Xplosion. Having a C4 and an Xplosion with you at all times guarantees you a perfect-feeling rope no matter the weather conditions.

Although it is still in its testing stage, the C4 has already earned a few prestigious accolades in what will certainly be a long list of achievements. Coleman Proctor and Brady Minor both racked up strong finishes at the George Strait Team Roping Championship in Boerne, Texas recently with the new C4. Coleman won the event with his partner and fellow Cactus Ropes endorsee, Jake Long. Using the extra soft C4 head rope, he collected $79,815 cash, a new truck, trailer, saddle, and buckle.

Brady Minor, using the hard medium C4 heel rope, placed second to win $31,926. Brady’s partner and brother, Riley Minor, used an extra soft Xplosion. Brady and Riley were edged out of first place by a mere one-tenth of a second.

To find out more about the C4 and the entire Relentless line by Cactus, check out www.cactusropes.com.

*Snap-Back: the physical trait of nylon string allows it to stretch and then return back to a natural resting state.

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A “Minor” Adjustment Converts World Champion

PLEASANTON, TEXAS (February 9, 2009) – After Riley Minor gave Chad Masters a used XS Xplosion at this past WNFR, Chad Masters has officially been converted to a four-strand user.

When Cactus Ropes began working with six-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile, the first thing he said about the new Xplosion was, “This is the rope that will convert die-hard three-strand users.”

He couldn’t have been more correct.

The three-strand Magnet has been the rope of choice for 2007 World Champion header Chad Masters since 1996. He has swore up and down that if his Magnets can win him a world title, “… what reason would I have to switch now?”

That reason came this past December when WNFR rookie header, Riley Minor, offered Chad a used, extra soft Xplosion. Reluctant at first, Chad tried the new purple, four-strand and the conversion began. Needless to say, Riley roped all ten steers at the ’08 WNFR with an Xplosion bank rolling $41,466 at his first trip to “The Dance”.

Making one “Minor” adjustment to his 2009 game plan, Chad has kicked off, rather Xploded, out of the gates with a huge bang! His new four-strand has taken him to the number one spot in the PRCA standings with $20,731 won in the first six weeks of play. Chad and the extra soft Xplosion were batting a thousand by winning the first two major rodeos of the year, Odessa and Denver. Considering Trevor’s WNFR average win, the Xplosion is currently undefeated!

The constant demand from headers and heelers of all levels, coupled with the durability of Cactus’ new Xplosion, proves that this rope is the new wave of four-strands. Ask Chad and he’ll agree that the Xplosion is the rope to convert even the most faithful three-strand users.

*****Chad Masters/ Michael Jones 1st in Average. Odessa, TX. 11.3 on 2, Chad Masters/ Michael Jones 1st in Average. Denver, CO 15.5 on 3, Trevor Brazile/ Patrick Smith 1st in Average 2008 WNFR 60.1 on 10*****

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Cactus Ropes’ Endorsees’ WNFR Results

PLEASANTON, TEXAS (December 22, 2008) – Cactus Ropes was well represented at the WNFR this month in Las Vegas.  Thirteen WNFR finalists were Cactus Ropes endorsees. This year, four of those 13 collected gold buckles.

Taking home 2008 World Championship titles were Matt Sherwood-World Champion Header, Stran Smith-World Champion Tie-Down Roper, Luke Branquinho-World Champion Steer Wrestler and Trevor Brazile-PRCA All Around Cowboy.  Other Cactus WNFR finalists were Garrett Tonozzi, Riley Minor, Chad Masters, Jake Stanley, Allen Bach, Brady Minor, Clay O’Brien Cooper and Clint Robinson.

Matt Sherwood won the World Champion Header title. This was Matt’s second World Championship. He won his first in 2006.

Luke Branquinho was a double champion. He won both the World Championship and the WNFR Championship in Steer Wrestling. This was Luke’s second world title having also won the same honor in 2004.

Stran Smith was another twofold champion. He won the WNFR top award and the 2008 World Championship in tie-down roping.  This was Stran’s tenth (consecutive) year to qualify for the WNFR, but his first World Championship. Stran’s wife, Jennifer, was on-hand as an ESPN commentator to see Stran’s win. She conducted the post-event interview with her husband, and did a good job of maintaining her composure until her last question. At that point, she finally succumbed to her exhilaration. Instead of finishing the interview with that last question, she closed it by giving her husband an emotional hug.

Last, but certainly not least, Trevor Brazile happened to win another award. Befitting of the name given to his line of products – “Relentless” – Trevor was exactly that. For the sixth time in the last seven years, he was the PRCA All-Around Cowboy. He did this by winning the WNFR Team Roping Championship, placing 2nd in the year-end steer roping standings, and 3rd in the year’s tie-down roping standings. Trevor’s 2008 winnings were $419,868, surpassing his nearest competitor by a whopping $204,000. In 2007, Trevor obliterated the previous PRCA All-Around winnings record and in the process smashed his own 2006 previous best of $329,924 in the prize money. He fell just short of his 2007 record by only $5,247.

Cactus Ropes could not be more proud of the 2008 accomplishments of our Cactus Cowboys. Together, they won a total of almost two million dollars. The road to Vegas is a long and grueling trip. It extracts a high price on families, finances, horses, and cowboys, but the rewards that come with achieving the goal and the self-esteem gained in the process last a lifetime. Cactus Ropes is proud to extend our sincerest congratulations to all of our WNFR qualifiers.

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Cactus Ropes To Release New Ropes Soon

PLEASANTON, TEXAS (November 20, 2008) – Cactus Ropes has had a four-strand calf rope in the development phase for the past six months. It is already exceeding expectations without even being released to the general public.

Cactus has worked hand-in-hand with Trevor Brazile, PRCA 2008 All-Around Cowboy, for the past six months to develop a four-strand calf rope – the Weapon. This is the latest endeavor for Cactus and it is proving to be very encouraging. Trevor has competed two times with the Weapon and has won over $50,000 to date. On October 28, Brazile competed in the steer roping at the Wrangler Cowboy Roping Fiesta in San Angelo, Texas and won the average on four head with a time of 56.33 and a total of $11,352.50. On November 14, he competed in the National Finals Steer Roping in Hobbs, New Mexico and won an incredible $40,195, placing second in the average with a time of 104.9 on nine head. He won the first and eighth rounds, placed second in the third and seventh rounds and took home money in three of the remaining six rounds.

Brazile’s all-around total is now at $270,770. His closest competitor, Josh Peek, is over $104,000 behind going into the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Brazile is one of 13 Cactus Cowboys who have qualified, and Brazile has qualified in both the team roping and tie-down roping.

Cactus expects this rope to do very well and is very excited about its upcoming release. In addition, there is a new four-strand team rope – the Xplosion – that will also be in Brazile’s “Relentless” line. Trevor is working with Cactus Ropes, Cactus Saddlery and Pro Equine Products and will release a complete line of Relentless products. Look for this new four-strand calf rope and team rope at your local feed store on December 1.

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