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Joan Wells, Women's World Champion Trick Roper and inductee to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, will present “Trick and Fancy Roping” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Wells describes her mastery of Mexican and American styles of roping as “an exotically beautiful art.” Her routine is choreographed to western music. She spins the rope smoothly as she goes from one trick to the next.

Wells’ style is traditional and her tricks are those that were seen in the early years of Wild West shows and rodeos. She performs: intricate butterfly combinations; multiple rope spins; double tricks; the Big Loop; Ocean Wave; and Texas Skip.  Her routine requires dexterity, agility, precision and skill reflecting the roping style during the Wild West era.

Wells wanted to be a cowgirl at an early age after learning about horses and trick roping from her cousin, Almon Bates, a rodeo cowboy and trick roper. She started roping at the age of 4 and took further instruction from Jim Eskew Jr., World Champion Trick Roper of Ardmore, Okla.

In 1979 Joan won the Women's World Champion Trick Roper title by winning the Women's Free Lance and Texas Skip competition at the Will Rogers Trick Roping Contest in Claremore, Okla. In 2006 and 2007 she returned to Claremore to win first place at the Will Rogers Trick Roping Exposition.

Wells has appeared at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; Kansas and Texas Cowboy Symposium; Will Rogers Follies; Pawnee Bill and Buffalo Bill Wild West shows;, western art museums; numerous western events; stage shows; rodeos; fairs; and conventions.