Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle Vinyard, a construction engineering technician at Ft. Stewart in Georgia, won the Amateur Roping and Open Grand Champion Gelding. He also placed in the Amateur and Open Ranch Trail in Dublin, Georgia.

Within the last month, Vinyard also traveled to Oklahoma City and competed in the Red Bud Classic’s team roping event.

Following those events, Vinyard said he looks forward to switching gears for the rest of the year.  With a passion for working with and training horses, he will compete in roping with the American Ranch Horse Association.


Jason Hetland is a disabled veteran who served most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a professional rodeo announcer and operates the rodeo news site TheRodeoRoundup.com.