The history of Fast Back

June 28, 2023

The history of Fast Back

Nearly thirty years ago two sisters-in-law, looking to form a business, were given the suggestion of starting a rope company. They knew nothing about ropes, roping, or the business and Fast Back Ropes got off to a rocky start with unqualified help building inferior ropes. Quickly they sought out a more experienced rope maker who rebuilt their machines and got the quality and production on track.

The original owners have long since retired, yet the family environment remains strong today. Fast Back employees enjoy a camaraderie with the common goal of building the best rope possible. Everyone has a voice, and their input and ideas are welcomed. Quality is top priority, and Fast Back ropes normally outlast the competition in durability.

“We understand the rising expenses team ropers face today,” says Coy Upchurch, General Manager, “So when we hear from customers who are able to rope many, many steers and their rope still feels good, we feel like we’ve done our job.”

That attention to quality has been crucial to 3-time world champion, Clay Tryan, throughout his career and twenty WNFR qualifications. Tryan has won more than any team roper in history with over $3 million in PRCA earnings and over $250,000 just in BFI earnings, not counting other prestigious open ropings like the George Strait Team Roping Classic.

 “Fast Back is just trying to make us better ropers. The rope is the most important thing I use and if it doesn’t stay on the horns, it doesn’t matter how good everything else is. Fast Back goes the extra mile for all of us.”

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