Ellensburg High School graduate Allen Bach is one of the greatest team ropers of all time, with 29 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) appearances and four NFR Team-Roping World Championship buckles during his stellar career.
Bach credits his parents, Courtney and Laura, for his work ethic and drive. Courtney and Laura Bach met, married, and worked together as welders in the Seattle shipyards before moving to eastern Washington and raising a family of six. “My dad worked really hard, from morning ‘til night drilling wells,” Bach recalled in a recent interview in ProRodeo Sports News. “My mom was a real go-getter and…the most inspiring person in my life.” Bach’s parents succumbed to cancer in 1972 and 1987, respectively.
Born in Soap Lake, Washington in 1957, Allen Bach learned cowboying skills from Columbia Plateau wranglers and rodeo competitors. Kittitas Valley roper Jerry Anderson remembers first seeing Bach at the King Ranch and other ropings around Coulee City. “Riding his good little horse ‘Boots,’ Allen was a contender from the start,” Anderson recalls. Bach continued to hone his expertise in high school rodeos, ropings, and on his family’s new Wilson Creek Road home. Anderson owned a rope business and arena on the Vantage Highway and observed the youth’s progress. “Allen was very dedicated to his roping from the start,” Anderson states. “No one has worked harder at it or been more competitive.”