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all kinds. He learned early to have a strong work ethic, whether helping to check cattle from a backpack worn by his father or in a playpen by the side of   the   hay   field.   Since   they   had   cattle, dogs and cats and the occasional squirrel or raccoon, Cimarron learned about loving and caring for animals. All of those early life lessons provided a great foundation for what would be his future life endeavor. As Cimarron grew sports became an integral part of his life. Among the endless farm activities, Cimarron participated in every sport he could; he was on the school basketball, football, soccer, and baseball team, as well as seasonal recreational league teams. To participate in any sports in the Boardman family, you had to have all homework completed and maintain high grades; have all daily chores completed; always do your best; do whatever the  coach  asked  and  finally  –  No  Quitting. It seemed like simple rules but as life continued, Cimarron learned that the rules were also applicable to everyday life. Cimarron didn’t begin to rope until very  late  in  life.  Cimarron  got  his  first   horse   when   he   was   10   years   old   and   with his father’s help, began to learn horsemanship and all of the responsibilities that go with it. A few months later, a family friend suggested that the boys learn to calf rope. Cimarron’s dad built a calf roping dummy and bought It was a cool, summer Missouri day with more ribbons than anyone. a rope for each of the boys. He gave morning. Kids of all ages were getting Who would have ever believed that them implicit instructions: Practice loosened   up   for   their   specific   swim   little guy would grow up to absolutely Every Day. They were not allowed team event. This whole swim team thrive  on  competition!  The  frightened   on a horse with a rope in hand, until thing was new to the Boardman fam- little swimmer described was Cimar- they  could  rope  the  dummy  100  times   ily  and  their  first  event,  the  8  &  under   ron Breck Boardman, Professional without missing. If there was a miss Freestyle,   was   about   to   begin!   Each   Calf Roper at the grand age of seven. they started over at one. Cimarron was little swimmer was at their appointed Cimarron’s parents loving raised about  13  at  that  time  &  suddenly  learnposition, waiting for the bang of the their sons to be responsible and inde- ing to handle a rope took priority over gun, except their son who declared pendent thinking young adults. They other sports. that he was not participating. After a wanted them to grow up to be happy, In  1994,  Cimarron’s  family  decided   few seconds of heated conversation be- successful men that could have a posi- to build a large indoor arena & their tween father and son and with the ap- tive effect on the world they lived in. western-style activities jumped up a proval of the meet coach, the child was They choose a cattle farm as the en- notch. They planned and implemented gently ‘helped’ into the pool. When the vironment to raise their family. The events every weekend – youth rodeos, race was over their son had handily farm allowed Cimarron to experience team ropings and barrel races. While won the event and he proudly left that a  life  filled  with  family  and  animals  of  

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Cimarron & his brother Kaden spent most of their free time practicing roping, the rest of their time was split between school & working at the arena. Cimarron’s  first  real  rodeo  came  during his freshman year in high school when he and his brother joined the Missouri High School Rodeo Association. They made it to NHSRA that summer in team roping. Though they did not win anything notable, it was the start to their ‘rodeo careers.’ During his sophomore year in high school Cimarron dropped all other sports for rodeo. His days were spent in school, doing homework,  working  at  the  arena  &  finally practicing. His skills continued to improve as all of his abilities were focused  into  one  area  -­  roping!   Competing for the Missouri High School Rodeo Cimarron won the State Calf Roping Championship title. He competed four times at the National HS Finals, at the IFYR Team Roping Championship, and Reserve AQHA Youth World Title. Cimarron realized that roping could be his future and that meant a lot of traveling. His family realized that for Cimarron to continue to improve & to catch up with other ropers his age, he needed every roping experience possible. Most weekends Cimarron & his mother were on the road, either going to a high school rodeo or a calf roping jackpot. As long as calf roping

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was involved, they went anywhere & everywhere. Soon Cimarron was offered a full-ride scholarship to West Texas College in Snyder, TX. Cimarron’s  first  and  second  response   to  the  scholarship  offer  was  a  definitive   “NO  Thanks.”  It  was  too  far  away  from   friends & family. His third response, on the other hand, was “I’ll think about it”   and   he   finally   agreed   to   meet   the   coach and visit the campus. When his mother picked him up from the airport, she knew he was Texas bound. Though his family was uncomfortable with him moving  15  hours  away,  Cimarron  realized that if he wanted to be a professional Calf Roper he had to be where the action was, and that meant relocating.  Cimarron  received  the  2nd  largest   college scholarship in his graduating class   of   375,   but   because   they   didn’t   consider ‘Rodeo’ a legitimate career, it was left out of the program. Cimarron turned Professional as soon as he could and has continued to

professionally rope ever since. He has won some of the nation’s largest rodeos and he still challenges himself to be better and faster. He loves the sport of rodeo and the friendships that have been forged along the way. Rodeo life has  been  good,  though  financially  tough   at times; it has allowed Cimarron to develop the gift that God gave him. There is an old saying about fear – “F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise’; the choice is yours. Through the years, friends and family of Cimarron thought that a successful rodeo career for a young Midwestern farm boy was just a dream. It was and as Cimarron knows, dreams can come true.  A  lot  has  happened  since  that  first   scary swim competition all those years ago. A lot of miles have been traveled and a lot of hard lessons learned, but, now, looking back, his family is thankful that Cimarron chose to ‘Face Everything  And  Rise’!


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