Vernon’s Leo Louis will be chasing down big bucks when he competes in the $4.4 million World Series of Team Roping this week in Las Vegas.
A member of the Okanagan Indian Band, Louis is a No. 6 handicap team roper, and estimates the purse in his division alone will be around $250,000.
“I used to be a higher number, but with my age (48) they lowered me to a six now. I used to be in the top five per cent in the world,” said Louis, who will be teaming up with relatives Cecil and Bobby Louis for the event at the Equestrian Event Centre at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa.
A team roper since he was 14, Louis has been a member of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association for 30 years. He won the 1981 Canadian team roping title with Vern Elliott, former owner of Cowboy’s Choice.