The Legacy

Jim Riley's Dynamite Arena began hosting twice-weekly jackpots in the 1970s when it was one of just two such facilities in the Phoenix area (the other was Elmer's Roping Arena in Laveen). It was where many of today's WNFR qualifiers from Arizona cut their teeth as kids and today, it's the only remaining local arena with that legacy. Remarkably, after three decades, it's still Jackpotters' favorite place to gather each week to reunite and enjoy sunshine and friendly competition.

When Riley passed away in 1992, his nephew, Ron Treat, took over and furthered the arena's reputation with always-efficient production and good cattle. Levi Schofield purchased Dynamite from Treat and continued the Dynamite legacy for six years.

In 2014 Bryan Beaver together with long-time roping producers, Daren and Kami Peterson took the reins. Under its new ownership, Dynamite got a facelift for the first time in years. Updates included the new Wrangler Warm-Up Arena, the BEX Zone heeler area, larger boxes and revamped lead-up chutes. That same year, Dynamite Arena held its season opener on Nov. 1-2 and hosted a staggering 815 teams that played for a payout of more than $80,000.

As the popularity of team roping continues to rise the legacy lives on!

The Future

In 2018 Yost Events, Inc., purchased the iconic Dynamite Arena and went straight to work preparing it for a new season. One of the Nation’s leading team roping producers, Yost Events hosted over 45,000 teams in 2017. The company also produces team ropings at Rancho Rio, “The Team Roping Capital of the World,” in Wickenburg, Arizona, and over 40 additional events throughout the United States. The Arizona and Montana-based company also produces the National Team Roping (NTR) Finals each year in Wickenburg.

“Bryan, Daren, Kami and their team have more than carried on a tradition, they fostered a business operation that has played a key role in building the modern-day Arizona team roping industry,” said Ty Yost, President of Yost Events. “They worked around the clock to give team ropers incredible events and great productions. I am thrilled to be part of this legendary arena!”

What Ropers are Saying!

"When it first started in the 1970s it was called Dynamite Road Arena. They would have 50-cent per run practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights, followed by a $1 draw and would get 60-100 teams. Clay O'Brien, Brett Beach, Rick Stock, Ben Reardon, Tom Cox and several others would be there. When you showed up to rope you had to rope up to compete with those guys, but it taught us at a young age how to compete and win at all levels from the junior rodeos to the PRCA."
- John MacKenzie

"We first roped at Dynamite Arena in 1999. What we've always enjoyed most about Dynamite is how professional it was run and we knew what the cattle were going to be like. It's the same today. It's just a class act! And, Carl used to be able to win there! Just kidding!"
- Nancy Peterson

"I've always loved going to Dynamite. We used to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights for two hours and then have a draw pot. Everyone who was anyone roped there. You'd see guys like Speedy, Clay O, Jake, Al Bach, Bobby Harris, Mike Beers. It was by far the best place around."
- Brad McRoberts