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Before the days of the WSTR, unless you were a professional team roper, you typically did not consider team roping a source of income.  It used to be that lower number ropers got together and practiced or jackpotted as a way to unwind or socially interact with others who shared their love of roping.  But, …

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We all have a win that stands out in our mind as truly special.  Maybe it was a roping that you won with a loved one or perhaps it was a win you had been chasing for a long time.  Either way, it is a win you will never forget!  These kinds of wins drive …

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Team roping is so much more than just a team between header and heeler.  You are also a team with your horse.  And, just like you, your horse needs practice too.  The amount of practice that your horse needs really depends on your horse itself.     Currently, I have two horses…my good horse that …

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You maintain your car.  You maintain your home.  You maintain yourself.  So, what do you do to maintain your horse?  Some people think it stops with shoeing and worming, but the truth is, there is a lot more that should be going into maintaining your horses to keep them performing at their top level.   …

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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!  Easier said than done sometimes, right? I came home last week from a video shoot in Arizona.  During my video shoot with 7-time World Champion team roper, Jake Barnes, I was questioned on why I am still a #4 header after 15 plus years of team roping.  He …

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I received a phone call early in the dawn hours from my neighbor.  It was a rainy day and I hadn’t yet been out to feed.  He told me that I had a horse down in my pasture and that it looked like something was really wrong.  I didn’t even have to look outside…I felt …

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“Look in the mirror…that is your competition!”  But, what happens when you stop competing with yourself?  We all become a little complacent, or comfortable, in life.  Be it with our relationships, our jobs, or our hobbies…from time to time we just stop trying to improve and are happy with settling for how things are currently. …

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A wise man once said, “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  That wise man was Winston Churchill.  Now, Winston (as far as I know) wasn’t a team roper…but that quote is one that we as team ropers should memorize and remind ourselves of every time we pick up a rope.  Nothing …

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It’s been said that you know you’re a team roper if a 3 hour drive is close to home.  Let’s face it, we will drive hundreds, if not thousands of miles to make an event.  Team ropers have no problem driving halfway across the nation just to throw their rope at a chance at big …

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After the first few roping lessons and clinics I ever took, I felt that I didn’t get much out of the experience. I remember it feeling like a circus: I showed up with ten to twelve other people for one to two days, thinking I was going to completely transform my roping. I realize now …

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