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USTRC Championship Results 66 Southwest Regionals 76 Northwest Regionals 86 High Plains Regionals 94 Southeast Regionals 104 Dally for Dinosaurs 110 114 120 124 130
Just the Way It Is
by Ben Clements
By the Numbers
by John Findlay
Gold Plus Report
by Ty Hillman
Mountaineer Classic The Island Championships Central States Showdown Chisholm Trail Classic Pine Country Classic
Jake Kropik & Wade Clayton
Top Tips with Rickey Green
Three More Cruel Girl Regional Champions Named Macy Fuller, Heidi Durant-Payne and Shelly Granzin
Horse Health — Managing Foundered Feet with Trimming by Heather Smith Thomas
Horsemanship — Equipment Options for the Roping Arena By Chris Cox with Cynthia McFarland
USTRC On Tap
US Open Tour Standings
FEATURE ON THE COVER: Jade Corkill of Lipan, Texas Photo Courtesy of Lone Wolf Photography.
Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Toping
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JUS T the Wa y IT IS OCTOBER 2010
hhh… It is October and a chill is in the air. Football is upon us and the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping is just around the corner. My time has flown by. Just yesterday, I had spring fever and was putting my coats and jackets in the closet, and now I am digging them back out again. Autumn is a season of change. It is kind of a cleansing period and prepares us for something new in the next year. I might not like the cold weather, but I am ready to move forward. I have something that has really been bothering me and I am not sure why. The other day, I had a guy ask me, “What are we doing this for? If we are not here to make money, then why do it? If we aren’t making money, then let’s not do it.” The question really set me to thinking. I am certain that I disagree with him. Don’t get me wrong, I like money too, but it is not the most important thing out there. It seems to be more of a necessary evil. To answer the man; the reason I am doing this is because I like it and I am having fun. It is not always about the money. I enjoy what I do and in my profession, if I am having fun, those around me tend to have fun as well. I recently announced a junior bull riding and mutton busting and it didn’t pay all that much, but it was fun. I had a great time and the kids had a blast, because it was cool to have a professional announcer at “their” event. They felt special and enjoyed themselves, and you know what – I enjoyed myself as well. It was not about the money at all. It was about having fun, enjoying the moment, and savoring the experience. I think we all could use a reality check and realize that although having money is nice, it is not always the most relevant issue. If you find no enjoyment in what you are doing, no matter how much you are making, it is not really worth it. Being miserable is not the answer. There are many things in life that money cannot buy. Money cannot buy your health; no matter how much we have. Money cannot buy time. It is a valuable commodity and we should spend it with others we love and care about. We should also spend it doing things we like and enjoy. Money cannot buy love. A relationship between people is a beautiful thing. If you are in it for the money, then you are in it to fail. Money cannot buy friends. If a friend is your friend because of money or what you can do for them, then they are not really your friend. Once you are out of money or cannot be of use to them, they will leave you standing alone. A true
friend will be there through the thick and the thin and no amount of money can buy that. A quote from James Miles says, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” True friends cannot be bought or sold. Money cannot buy brains or talent. We are all good at something and are not so good at other things. Having money will not fix that. Some are smart, some are athletic and some have both. We are all different and unique with special talents and gifts that are tailored to fit each of us. As I mentioned earlier, money cannot buy happiness. We should never go through life stuck doing something we absolutely hate. If you are not enjoying what you are doing then perhaps it is time to change. Happiness is a true gift and will mean so much more in the long run than money ever can. We all need to take a step back and realize that we have a lot going for us. If you are only in something for the money, you will soon burn out or thirst for something more. Don’t bury yourself in the sand. Life doesn’t have to be a rut. Open your eyes to the world around you and figure out what makes you happy. Go after it and move forward. Don’t sell yourself short, and reach for the stars in all that you do. The world is full of opportunity and we cannot cloud ourselves with preconceived notions of how things should be. I went to school to be an oral surgeon, but decided that no matter how much money I would make, I would not be happy doing that. I decided there was more to life than being stuck in a job I didn’t enjoy. I don’t make a lot of money today, but I am happy in what I am doing. I enjoy my job and I enjoy the people and acquaintances I have. I enjoy entertaining people and I enjoy the sport of rodeo and team roping. In essence, I have fun doing what I do. Believe me it means a lot. The gentleman that asked me the question that prompted my thinking is not happy doing what he is doing. He is a lost soul searching for happiness. He tends to think that money can bring that to him. I hate to disappoint, but it is only a temporary fix and will not quench his thirst for fulfillment and the true joy of all life has to offer. Don’t get caught in a downward spiral. Stay focused on what is important and move forward in life. The opportunities are out there. All you have to do is keep your chin up and go for it. There is no substitute for happiness and that my friends is just the way it is….. Ben
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DEPARTMENTS 144 On the Edge of Common Sense by Baxter Black
146 Riding Herd
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SHOOT-OUT FUND UPDATE The Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping is almost here and it is time to “Get Ready!” The Cinch USTRC NFTR will get underway Saturday, October 23, 2010 and will run through October 31. This year team ropers will have the opportunity to rope for lots of cash and prizes. Right now the USTRC National Finals Shoot-Out Fund is at $1,085,000. That is awesome and the Cinch NFTR is the place to be if you are a team roper. So get ready for some awesome payouts at this year’s Cinch National Finals of Team Roping. The USTRC is gearing up for a great Cinch NFTR and you should be, too. Be sure to get practiced up and get your horses ready. The Cinch USTRC National Finals experience will be one you will never forget. Be sure you have everything in order before you head to Oklahoma City, because it is easy to forget to tend to those last minute details. There will be so many things to see and do, plus one team roping event like no other, so make your plans and we will see you there!
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Cinch National Finals of Team Roping Cinch Joins the Jr. Looper Prizeline A year’s supply of jeans will be awarded to the SSG Jr. Looper Championship winners in each age division. They will also receive a Cinch or Cruel Girl bucket with their gift certificate.
USTRC Merchandise Ropers and roping fans! Be sure to visit the USTRC Store at the 2010 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping to stock up on some great USTRC merchandise!
Congratulations! Our hearty congratulations go out to the five winners in Cinch's Ride to the Finals Sweepstakes after
entries closed on August 31. Each one of these winners will receive from Cinch: • A year’s supply of Cinch Jeans and Shirts • Four-night’s lodging in Oklahoma City • Two VIP horse stalls for four nights • $500 to be applied toward the Finals entry fees of their choice • VIP parking on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds • A VIP Cinch “Goodie Box” Cinch invites you to join them at this year's Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping, October 23-31 in Oklahoma City, the world's largest and richest team roping. And the winners are . . . Jimmie Arrington, Comanche, OK Lee Percivill, China Spring, TX Leigh Carter, Ruidoso, NM Jason Burns, Steamboat Springs, CO James Clark, Greensburg, LA
2011 Season Benefits of Membership With your 2011 Gold Spur Membership, you will receive $1,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings for the 2011 season. Now, just by purchasing your USTRC membership you will be qualified to participate at a Regional event. Gold Plus members will receive $3,000 in Flex Earnings.
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BY JOHN FINDLAY
NUMBERS The Age Factor
ne of the great virtues of our great sport of team roping is the lack of any age threshold. By that I mean there isn’t an age cutoff that prevents anybody from participating in the sport, be it a policy rule or a factor inherent in one’s athletic ability. The ravages of time often preclude many a willing athlete from further participation in a given sport. You just can’t catch up to the fastball anymore or you’ve lost that half step that previously would have prevented that guy from driving right past you on his way to the bucket. As a result, in order to feed that passion you have for your sport, you may be reduced to playing softball or half-court basketball, or becoming sports couch
potatoes, solutions that are not entirely satisfying. This scenario is particularly true in most rodeo sports. You can only climb up on the back of a bull or a bronc and ride productively for just so many years before hanging up your bull rope, bareback rigging, or bucking saddle permanently. And as for calf ropers, the ground starts getting further and further down the longer you keep at it. Oh, and we don’t heal quite as quickly as we used to. Yes, there are senior rodeos that provide an avenue for the really hard-core elder statesmen but with age, the number of active participants just naturally dwindles. This is just not the case with team roping. Barring injury or bad health, ropers can compete almost as
long as they still have the desire. We all have seen guys in their eighties that can still compete. And even with diminished skills, the nature of our classification system still allows ropers our veterans the opportunity to stay in the game even longer. You may have dropped a number or two, but no one’s going to put you out to pasture. The same can be said for the generational flip-side. Youngsters don’t have to wade through T-ball, Little League, Babe Ruth and so on before they can step on to the big stage. Again, with our classification system, our youth can play the game from as young as 10 years of age. How many sports do you know where an 80-yearold can team up with a 10-year-old and still be competitive? For some reason, I got just that picture in my head a few days ago of a grandfather roping with his grandson. Then that image was followed by this question . . . what is the greatest age difference between ropers that we’ve seen at a roping? Ah, another By the Numbers was born. But as to the answer to the question . . . I found two different teams with an age difference of 73 years. The first occurred back in July of 2005 at the Alabama Championships #8 PickDraw. 82 year-old Clyde Black of Jasper, AL teamed up with 9
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ropers enter? Thank goodness, I’m the numbers man, I quickly pried open the old numbers vault to see what I could find out. The answer was quite remarkable. There is a definite correlation between team age difference in years and the devisions they enter. In fact, it is almost a perfect inverse relationship. But before I explain, let me tell you from where the numbers in all four of the accompanying charts came from. They are based on every team that entered every USTRC sanctioned roping (not including Finals or Regionals) between 2004 and 2009. That, by the way, was over 500,000 teams, so I had a lot of numbers to work with. Chart 1 deals with our age difference question. First I had to determine the age difference of each team. To do that, for each sanctioned roping division, I determined the age of each teammate in the year of each roping and subtracted the youngest age from the oldest. Then I broke them out into five different age difference brackets as indicated at the bottom of the chart teams that were over 30 years different in age, teams that were 21 to 30 years different, etc. The totals for the number of teams by age difference are in Table 1. The number of teams in each age difference
bracket are surprisingly equal with the 0-4, 5-10, and 11-20 brackets all within four percentage points of each other. And even those teams with an over 30 year age difference made up over 10% of the total number of teams. But back to Chart 1. At the left at the bottom of Chart 1 each division is listed. (In 2004 the #8 PickDraw was the #4 PickDraw, the #9 was the #5, the #10 was the #6, etc.) The table under the chart lists the percentages of teams in each division by their age difference in years. Take a look at the column “Over 30” starting at the bottom. Each percentage going up the table is higher than the one below. It ascends just like a ladder. The same is true for 21-30 and 11-20 while the opposite is true for 5-10 and 0-4. In these columns the percentages descend. The numbers are portrayed in the chart itself. The chart is a perfect picture of an “inverse correlation”. What does inverse correlation mean here? It means that the teams in the “Over 30” age difference bracket made up a greater percentage of the total teams entered in the #8 PickDraw than they did in the #9, and then the teams in the “Over 30” age difference bracket, made up a greater percentage of the total teams entered in the #9 than they did in the #10 and so on. The situation is reversed at
year-old Lukas Taylor of Kinston, AL. The two had never met before but Lukas was looking for a partner and he had roped with Mr. Black’s grandson Dillon. Mr. Black said he would be glad to rope with Lukas and the rest, as they say, is now history. Even at the time Clyde said to Lukas, “We may not be the best out here but there won’t be anybody younger than you or older than me!” And he was more than right. Lukas and Clyde still rope and as a matter of fact, Lukas has been Junior High Champion heeler of Alabama three years running. The second team with a 73 year spread entered up in the #8 PickDraw at the Kansas Championships back in May of 2007. Lawrence Cash of Douglas, KS, 83 at the time, drew 10 year-old Carter Gurrola of Ardmore, OK. They had never roped before together nor knew each other, but as Mr. Cash recalls, “They did pretty good.” Now at age 86, Lawrence Cash is still roping and would be glad to rope with Carter again should they ever get the chance. Well there you have the greatest difference in age but needless to say, we have just about every different age variation you can imagine among our teams. So that led me to another question. Did age difference impact the way in which
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the other end of the age difference bracket scale. The teams in the “0-4” age difference bracket made up a greater percentage of the total teams entered in the Open than they did in the #15, and then the teams in the “0-4” age difference bracket made up a greater percentage of the total teams entered in the #15 than they did in the #13 and so on. If that sounds confusing, let me put it this way. Teams with greater age differences between them lean more towards entering lower number ropings than they do higher number ropings, while teams with lesser age differences lean more towards entering higher than lower number ropings. While this fact is not necessarily surprising, I found it amazing how orderly the pattern was. Charts 2 and 3 look at age from a different vantage point. For these two charts, I took the age of each teammate entered in a sanctioned roping between 2004 and 2009 and determined the average age of the team at the time of the roping.
For average age I simply added up the two ages of the teammates and divided by two. Then each team was put into one of the corresponding age brackets listed at the bottom of each chart. I have also included TABLE 2 which shows what age bracket all our ropers in these charts fell into in 2009. Keep in mind that the TABLE 2’s time reference is 2009 while the charts cover six years in time. A seventeen-year-old in 2004 would be twenty-three in 2009. So just use the Table as a reference to the general age distribution of roper members. The number of 25-34, 35-44 and 45-54 year-olds are split pretty evenly (22.9%/21.2%/19.7%) followed by the 18-24 and 55-64 year-olds split evenly (12.9%/11.7%) followed by the oldsters and then the youngsters. Again, these figures represent the age of all the ropers that participated in a sanctioned roping between 2004 and 2009 THAT THEY WERE IN 2009. Chart 2 lists the percentage of participants in the #8 PickDraw through the #11 while Chart 3 lists the percentage of participants in the #12 through the Open. As you can see, the distribution by age brackets in lower numbered ropings (#8 #11) were very similar as opposed to Chart 3, the #12 - Open where there were greater discrepancies. There were little more than
three percentage points separating each age bracket in Chart 2 where as much as 20 percentage points differentiated age brackets in Chart 3. What becomes obvious from Chart 3 in particular is that the higher number ropings become dominated by the younger guys. In the Open, for instance, nearly 75% of the players are 18-34 years of age with nearly 50% 25-34 years old. In the #13, 64% are 25-44. Again, it’s not surprising that age is a factor. The closer you get to the professional ranks of the Open and #15. 2534 year olds are going to dominate the upper echelons just like they do in any other sport. They are old enough to have the experience but young enough to be quicker, stronger and faster. At the other end of the spectrum you see that very few of the 55 and over bunch take part in even the #12 and up. Chart #4 tries to throw a little light on the youth conquers all debate. By that I mean the perception among many ropers that the kids win it all. It seems that each time a pair of youngsters win a roping, the grumbling can be heard from the masses that kids are the dollar dominators in the roping arena. Chart 4 does show that there is a little truth to that impression but not to any grand extent. In Chart 4, each colored column CONTINUED ON PAGE 142
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USTRC Regional events. As a token of our appreciation for Gold Plus members, USTRC awards a beautiful Gist gold buckle to the High Point Gold Plus member of the weekend at each of our Regional Finals. I would like to congratulate the following winners:
GOLD PLUS Gold Plus Report!
by Ty Hillman
Danny Fleming West Coast Regional Finals Ran West Eastern Regional Finals Randy Lewis LoneStar Regional Finals Donnie Helmer Southwest Regional Finals Beau Hutchison Northwest Regional Finals Tammy Ellerman High Plains Regional Finals Kent White Southeast Regional Finals
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am excited to announce that there is time, it is impossible to know the exact going to be Added Money to each amount of added money that will be Gold Plus division at each Regional available next year because it depends Finals event in 2011. solely on the amount of 2011 Gold Plus I really appreciate all of you who members. That said, if the program had participated in the Gold Plus insurance been in place this year, $15,200 would We have offered several different survey that was emailed to you in July. have been added to each of the seven prizes for the High Point Gold Plus The result of the survey overwhelmingly Regional Gold Plus ropings. Once again, members in the past including, money, indicated that the insurance USTRC thank you for the valuable feedback and saddles, bronze sculptures, and offers to Gold Plus members is, by far, the may you all cash in at next year’s least desired benefit in the Gold Plus program. The majority of you expressed that you already have your own insurance coverage and you felt like you were paying for something you did not need; therefore, we will not automatically include insurance enrollment when you sign up as a 2011 Gold Plus member. The money USTRC allocates towards insurance coverage will instead be contributed as “Added Money” in the Gold Plus division at each Regional Finals in 2011. At this The Utah team of Bradee Hughes and Ramzi Hughes made their trek south worth it after winning the Gold Plus roping at the Southwest Regional Finals in Albuquerque, NM. The team roped four head in 36.76 seconds to win $4,396 in cash, trophy leather briefcases and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Nebraska should be proud of the team of Joey Lange and Cody Rosenthal who claimed this year’s Gold Plus championship at the High Plains Regional Final held in Loveland, CO. They roped solid and finished with a four-head total of 30.97 seconds to win $4,476 in cash, trophy leather briefcases and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. 16 / OCTOBER 2010
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anything. If you see me, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting many of you for the first time as well as seeing those of you I already know. I want to take this opportunity to remind you again that two Gold Plus members who rope together and beat the Challenge, held in Barn 6 at the OKC Fairgrounds, each win $3,000 Flex earnings which can be used in any Shoot-Out division at 2010 Cinch NFTR. I have spoken with many of you who are worried you do not have enough Flex Earnings to preenter Shoot-Out divisions so
this is a great opportunity for you. If you decide to enter a Shoot-Out division with Flex Earnings won at the challenge arena, you or your partner are not required to pay a late fee. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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buckles. If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see offered as a bonus award next year, I would like to hear from you. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with your suggestions. With the 2010 Cinch USTRC NFTR just around the corner, the office has been very busy. By the time you read this, the entries and stall reservations will be closed. The stall confirmations will be mailed to you the week of October 11 and your draw positions will be posted by October 15 at www.ustrc.com. Our goal is to make this the greatest roping event you have ever attended so please do not hesitate to find a staff member if you need
Norm Haaland from Montana teamed up with Beau Hutchison from Idaho and took home a Gold Plus Championships from the Northwest Regional Finals held in Winnemucca, NV. They finished with a four-head total of 37.77 seconds to win $2,684 in cash, trophy leather briefcases and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Mike Sibley and Rickie LeBlanc II claimed their share of the big winnings at the Southeast Regional Finals in Tunica, MS. They took home the Gold Plus championship after roping four head in 36.52 seconds. The win earned them $5,118 in cash, trophy leather briefcases and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. s s PHOTO BY 3 LAZY J PHOTOS
The Kansas Team of Clay Louderback and Kingston Chang roped four head in 33.11 seconds to win the Gold Plus roping at the Chisholm Trail Classic. The great time earned them $3,854 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 17
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The husband and wife team of Paula and Bob Knudsen took advantage of their roping skills at the Mountaineer Classic in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The duo won the Gold Plus after roping four head in 38.08 seconds and won $1,674 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
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Taking home the Gold Plus championship at the Central States Showdown was the team of Ryan Leatherwood and Charlie Madison. Their four-head total of 33.27 seconds earned them $3,102 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Bob Crosthwaite and Cody Soffel scored big at the Dally for Dinosaurs in Vernal, Utah. They roped four head in 45.98 seconds to win the Gold Plus roping and took home $960 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
Lelan Nishek and Zanga Schutte roped their way to a Gold Plus victory at The Island Championships. The Hawaiian team roped four head in 38.75 seconds to pocket $1,292 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings. 18 / OCTOBER 2010
Roping in the cool mountain air of Flagstaff, Arizona, the team of Shayne Luttrell and Joey Rezzonico claimed the Gold Plus championship at the Pine County Classic over Labor Day Weekend. They roped four head in 32.14 seconds to secure the win and took home $2,494 in cash, trophy Gist buckles and a Gold Plus Shoot-Out worth $6,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings.
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And Then There Was One by Melinda Clements
US OPEN ROPING 2009 USTRC National Champions
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Jake Kropik & Wade Clayton
steers. The top twenty teams would come back for a sixth steer in the final short go round. As the afternoon unfolded a very interested and involved audience cheered, as they immersed themselves in USTRC Open team roping. As the roping progressed and the top twenty teams made themselves known everyone was pretty confident the remaining twenty would be unsurpassed. In a roping such as this it took more than talent to get to this point. Every run was a calculated and analyzed commitment. Tension mounted when the short go round got underway. The air was so thick with it you could almost sever it with a knife. Every single team in the top twenty contenders wanted part of the action. Only 3.5 seconds separated the fifth high back team and the first high team back. “Scrunch down in your seats, folks,” the announcer said. “And hang on for the ride.” All top twenty teams were about to name their poison. Arizona team ropers Derrick Begay and Cesar DeLa Cruz were the third high team back going into the short go round.
here is a unique sort of attraction to an Open team roping. There comes with it a certain group of recognizable names. The names change but the talent is impeccable and the competition always fierce. The names recognizable or not are indicative of a caliber of roper that is not only envied, copied and worshipped but one that displays with calm assurance the skills needed to fall under the label of “Best in the Business!” Perhaps the most notable thing overall is, Open ropers are extremely good. They are the best in this business called team roping for several reasons. They are the best because it is the standard they have set for themselves. It is the bar they strive to reach beyond each and every day. They handle pressure, they rope with a specific focus and goal in mind, they all want to win and they know how to deal the deck to make it happen. This elite group labeled US Open Roper know how to stipulate and direct the circumstances, set up the game boards and play the game. Competition is fierce and although they are most caring and supportive they will take a win from you like taking candy from a baby. What they do best of all is rope and they do it aggressively and with intense focus. When the US Open Championships kicked off during the 2009 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping it played to an almost packed house of team roping fans and enthusiasts in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The air was electric with excitement as fifty-nine teams came together, exhibiting an excellent paradigm of the best team ropers in the sport. Focused on a total payout of $253,800, Martin Trophy saddles, Gist gold buckles, Tony Lama boots and Western Horseman Framed Collector’s Prints, and a National Championship it was no wonder the air was steaming with electricity. The hottest game in town was about to get hotter. Each of the fifty-nine teams would be roping five head of
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They quickly moved into the driver’s seat when they roped their short round steer and posted a time of 7.33. However, the pair would continue to look behind them. Texas ropers, Jake Kropik and Wade Clayton were not to be outdone. As the second high team back in the short go round the pair needed an 8.56 or better to move Begay and DeLa Cruz. They knew what they needed to do, they knew how to do it and if pressure was an issue you couldn’t define it or discern what it might have been. The music began to build and when Kropik nodded for the steer the crowd sucked in air and held it. With a calculated snag on the heels Clayton went to the horn and when the flag dropped the pair had roped their short go round steer in 7.25. They had nailed it to the wall and the lead in the roping became their accolade. Only one team remained. However, Kropik and Clayton never gave it another thought nor did they look back. They were perfectly content to savor and cherish second place and a guaranteed paycheck of $47,400. It was nothing to sneeze at and you didn’t complain or admonish a blessing. The pair rode out the back alleyway pleased and satisfied they had done the best they could do. They had roped right and it showed. The shock came when the high call back team in the short go round, Aaron Tsinigine and Brock Hanson failed to make a qualified run. The crowd stood in disbelief. It was then and only then that Kropik and Clayton began to actually grasp what had occurred. One second is never long enough and seven seconds can seem like a lifetime. Unexpectedly, in a mere matter of seconds Kropik and Clayton had achieved the ultimate. Their paycheck had just become $86,000 and the prize line was theirs for the taking. “This is the most money either of us has 22 / OCTOBER 2010
ever won,” Clayton said shyly as his hands shook. “To win the US Open Roping is unbelievable. As a team we didn’t really have a game plan,” he struggled for words. “I know what he is going to do and he knows what I am going to do. We have been roping together a long time and this is the greatest thing for both of us.” “I guess the main thing you have to remember is to never ever give up,” Kropik commented. “The cattle were great. We drew really well and both of us just wanted to make some really good solid runs and hope things came together. We were glad to win second but first is unbelievable.” Staying on top of the action is what keeps any roper competitive. When the dirt settled and the money was counted the US Open Championships had two new heroes. As the crowd dispersed and the music resounded “And Then There Was One” the team of Jake Kropik and Wade Clayton—the US Open Champions at the 2009 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping. n
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Winning Reactions o be a winner, you have to react to situations that are constantly changing. Sometimes at a school I will say, “Didn’t you see that steer coming into you?” and my student will say, “Yes, but I didn’t know what to do.” In this article, I want to go through some things that are going to happen to you sometime in your career and what you need to do when it happens. Number one and most dangerous for headers is when a steer comes left in front of you. What should you do? The best way to react is to put more weight in your left stirrup and widen your horse out to the left. A lot of times the header
picks up on the reins and tries to slow his horse up, so this slows his feet up and he still lets the steer cross in front of the horse. You want to move left as your first reaction. Also, as you get left and rope him, you need to make sure and check on your heeler so you don’t run off and leave him. Depending on how much the steer comes into you, you’re going to have to come back a little more than usual to keep control on your steer. As for heelers, when a steer moves left you need to move with him so you
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Photo 2 maintain your haze and width to hit your entry. Also, remember you need to really ride and hustle to find the end of the corner and get around behind steers that go left. On the left wall, heelers also need to be aware that when this type of steer comes back up the left wall you have to hold your slack and keep it tight on the legs, because most often they will come inside and it’s easy to slip a leg. You have to train yourself to react properly with mental training. You must Photo 1 rehearse these scenarios in your mind, so when they happen you react. I have learned these things on the road of hard knocks such as when I would slip a leg because I didn’t hold up my slack long enough. Then I’d have to drive home 20 hours and work for my dad hauling lumber until I could get more entry fees. The great thing about this is that I learned mental imaging, because as I hauled those 2x6’s I would see myself holding that slack and coming tight on two feet. I found that if you do this, the next time you run into that situation, you’ll react properly by being prepared with mental imaging. The next situation is a steer that goes right. When a steer goes right you need to make sure that you push your left hand to the steer and rock a little weight into the right stirrup. Also, keep your left hand pushed to the horns in your delivery to let your loop get to him. Keep your elbow up and
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Photo 3 roll your thumb down in your swing to keep a lot on your rope. Rope him down around the eyes so you donâ€™t wave it off, and pull your slack tight. When a steer is on the right wall or going right, make sure and throttle him down if heâ€™s running hard and give him time in the corner because your heeler has to have dropped back out of the way of the steer on the right wall. If the steer is slow donâ€™t set the steer in the hole. You donâ€™t want your heeler to run over him. Itâ€™s really easy to go down the arena in this situation, make sure to work your way back up to your 80 degree angle back up the arena like Speed Williams says to do. As for heelers who face steers who want to run to the right wall or when a steer starts right you need to widen as the steer comes right, and donâ€™t be afraid to yell at him to try to stop his approach. When a steer comes to the
right, you need to really keep your horse in your hand to stop from running over him. You need to match the speed of the steer in the corner. If youâ€™re pinched off on the right wall, drop back one horse length to allow the header to come in to rope. When the header ropes him, move your horseâ€™s head over so you can see the steerâ€™s hind legs as he is hopping up the arena. Continue moving your horseâ€™s head and controlling your speed so you donâ€™t run over the steer through the corner. Also, make sure you maintain a view of the steerâ€™s legs going up the right fence and all the way around the corner. If you would like to see these lessons in video form go to PowerTeamRoping.com. Your Friend, Rickey Green Romans 12:2
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hree more Cruel Girl Regional Champions were crowned during the month of August, extending the honors for what is now becoming a long history of Cruel Girl title holders. The makers of the world’s most popular Western lifestyle jeans, Rocky Mountain Clothing, has been saluting each of our seven annual Regional Cruel Girls, plus the Cinch USTRC National Finals Cruel
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Girl Champions and the season-long Cruel Girl money earners for this, its eighth year. Each Cruel Girl Regional Champ received $750 in cash plus some Cruel Girl jeans and the pride in knowing they have joined a pantheon of all-time great Cruel Girl Champions. Of the three August Cruel Girl winners, two were past champions with one newcomer. The newcomer, I have a feeling, will also be a multiple winner within a few years. Macy Fuller, a seventeen-year-old home-schooled high school senior from Clarkston, WA, was the Northwest Regional Finals
Champion (August 26-29 in Winnemucca, NV). She gained the title on the strength of a second-place finish in the Average of the #10 Shoot-Out with Herb Smith (Meridian, ID). That placement netted her $2,482 in cash. Macy was happy to earn the championship with Herb, one of her roper father, Mike’s, old buddies. But to prove this win wasn’t a fluke, Macy was also 13th in the Average of the #12 Shoot-Out with Lyndy Williams (Blackfoot,ID) and 9th in the Average of the #9 Preliminary with Bradin Porter (Spring Creek, NV). Neither of these
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placements earned her any money but it did pad her Flex Earnings purse. To get a feel for why Macy might become a multiple champion, in addition to her performance at Winnemucca, it would be a good idea to look at her young resume: • Three time Washington State High School Rodeo All-Around Champion • Three time Washington State High School Rodeo Goat Tying Champion • Two time Washington State High School Rodeo Breakaway Champion • 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo Reserve All-Around Champion where she was 4th in Pole Bending and 7th in Team Roping On top of all this, her horse earned Reserve Horse-of-the-Year honors at the 2009 NHSFR. So if you think this young lady isn’t going to win any more titles in her roping/rodeo career, then Walt Woodard doesn’t know how to heel. And just to make sure she has the proper credentials to achieve roping success, she cut off the tip of her finger heeling at Lasso del Sol Heidi Durant-Payne with husband Guy and dog Bear
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a couple years ago. That just about gives her the keys to the kingdom, doesn’t it? Our LoneStar Regional Finals Cruel Girl Champion (August 5-9, Waco, TX) is a repeat winner although not technically a repeat Cruel Girl Regional Champion. Shelly Granzin was our 2006 season-long champion when she gathered in over $80,000 during the year. Her big check that year was at the PDL Invitational in Reno where she pocketed $50,000 roping with the late Manuel Gonzales but another thirty grand on top of that is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, since 2005, Shelly has earned over $135,000. Numbers like this easily put her in the top ranks of not just lady ropers but all ropers. It was placing first in the Average of the #9 Shoot-Out with Forrest Fisher (Navasota, TX) where she earned $6,447 that catapulted her to the LoneStar Regional title. Equally adept on both sides of a steer, she was heeling for Forrest for this win that solidifies her status as one of the premier lady heelers in the nation. When she’s not lining her purse in the arena, Shelly can be found at the Equifitness Rehabilitation Center in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Equifitness was designed to assist in the rehabilitation and conditioning of equine athletes. Shelly has been serving as a key member of their staff now for seven years with hands-on experience in post operative and conditioning programs for horses utilizing two types of water therapy, the HydroHorse™ treadmill system and a traditional swimming pool. In addition she manages Cowboy Country, a boarding facility for college kids and their horses. With 43 kids, 86 horses and a pen full of roping steers, it’s amazing Shelly has time to be as successful as she’s been going down the roping road. But, as she says, she wouldn’t trade her life for all the gold in California (although she’s working on that). But luckily, she’s got a brand new truck to get around in on her 28 / OCTOBER 2010
many travels. Ahh, she won that, too, as the high point champion at Salado back in November. Shelly will be in that truck heading north from Bryan to Oklahoma City in October to try to add to her prize collection. For sure she will be in the Cruel Girl Championship where one of her partners will be another former LoneStar Cruel Girl Champ, Shea Durbin. She’s got enough Flex Earnings for lots of Shoot-Out spots and was still sifting through the possibilities at this writing. Her last words were to make sure she thanked Cactus Ropes for their years of support and assistance. Our final Cruel Girl Regional Finals Champion is the former Heidi Durant now Payne, recently of Capitan, NM. For reasons that escape many West Coasters, she gave up the life as a Southern California glitteratti and followed a team roper/cowboy out to the wilds of New Mexico where at present she doesn’t even have a house to live in! The team roper/cowboy is Guy Payne, a handsome dude according to Heidi, who is, as the Glen Campbell tune proclaims, a lineman for the county. That means he works for the electric utility Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)
and the county is Lincoln. Lincoln County, you know, John Wayne as Chisum fighting in the Lincoln County Wars with Billy the Kid, et. al.? This is the place and life Guy drug the former Hollywood actress (Reasonable Doubts TV Show starring Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin) off to. Big culture shift. But it’s not like Heidi is new to New Mexico for it has been at Albuquerque’s Southwest Regional Finals that she has won her Cruel Girl titles, this year and back in 2007. So New Mexico has been verry, verry good to Heidi. This year she was 3rd in the Average of the #9 Shoot-Out with Johnny Cox (Alto, NM) and 4th in the Average of the #11 Shoot-Out with Cody Wilson (Capitan, NM) for a tidy total of $4,206. She plans on roping with these guys at the Cinch National Finals of Team Roping and right now, their track record looks pretty good. Johnny adds another riding credential to the mix, he was aboard Mr. Kid Charge back in 1971 when he won the All-American Futurity in Ruidoso with a winning purse of over $750,000. So winning big money is not new to Johnny and he and Heidi will hope to add to that total in October. All three of these ladies will be gunning for more titles in Oklahoma City. Macy and Heidi will be seeking a Cruel Girl Championship along with its extra $2,000 in cash, a year’s supply of Cruel Girl jeans and some really nice Martin Cruel Girl Trophy saddles. In addition to that championship, Shelly is the running for the 2010 season title for the most earnings as she currently stands in third place and some sizable ShootOut checks could easily put her in first. That would mean a beautiful Martin Cruel Girl Trophy saddle as well. Less than $5,000 separates the Top Four at present and a good win could easily earn $5,000 or much more. Those Top Four are Janet Mickelson, Barrie Smith, Jacque Woolman and Shelly.
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Managing Foundered Feet with Trimming
The usual consequence is deformed feet, and in layman’s terms we say the horse has foundered. Ponies and certain horses (such as “easy keepers” or horses that have metabolic problems like insulin resistance, thyroid problems or Cushing’s syndrome) are especially prone to founder, especially when allowed to overeat on grass pasture. Dr. Tina Cassar, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, recently researched founder and worked with a laminitic pony to try to alleviate extremely crippled feet. “One of my clients had seen this pony while driving by a pasture, and he was almost always lying down. If he was up, he was obviously very crippled, having a hard time when trying to walk to water. At one point the pony hadn’t moved from the spot he was in, for 24 hours. It was summer and he wasn’t even getting up to walk to water. My client talked with the owners and they agreed to give her the pony. I went with her to pick up the pony in her trailer, since I am her friend as well as her vet. She thought we’d have to put him to sleep. I took a look at him and thought we might be able to save him,” says Cassar. She took x-rays of the feet and examined the pony thoroughly. “His general health didn’t seem bad. Our main priority was to evaluate the condition and viability of his feet. After seeing the xrays I felt we had something we could work with. The bone inside the foot didn’t look too bad, even though the alignment was completely off since the hooves were so overgrown,” she says. The next step was to start the pony on medical therapy for pain relief and to help with blood supply, giving him anti-
by Heather Smith Thomas Laminitis (inflammation of the laminae—disrupting the interface between the inner sensitive tissues of the foot and the outer insensitive hoof wall) is the sequel to any kind of systemic disease that adversely affects blood flow to the feet. This often results in loosening of the attachments between the bone and the hoof, allowing the coffin bone to dip or drop. 32 / OCTOBER 2010
One of the first x-rays of the Foundered pony prior to the farriers trimming
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inflammatories and other medications. “We lined up a farrier and met with him, and used a digital x-ray system in which we could take a picture and put it up on the screen immediately—so we could know whether to trim the feet more or not, based on the x-rays. This really helped,” says Cassar. This enabled them to see whether they needed to take any more hoof horn off one side or a toe or heel. “The first trimming was remarkable. The feet looked so much better than we thought we could get, after just one trimming. We didn’t want to be too aggressive with the first trim because we didn’t want to make the pony more sore. The farrier did a great job. After the first trimming, we knew from the x-rays that the feet weren’t perfect, and would never be perfect, but we didn’t want to take off any more hoof at that point,” she explains. “We deliberately left the feet like that, so as not too take off too much too soon. His feet didn’t get that overgrown in a day, and we wouldn’t be able to correct it in just one day, so we weren’t going to trim him back that abruptly. We did the best we could without making him sore,” she added. “Actually, after that first trimming he wasn’t very sore at all. Mechanically he was walking much better. We trimmed him again three weeks later, again using the x-rays to guide us. The third time, another three weeks later, he did get a little sore afterward, and it took him about a week to bounce back from that trimming, to walk without soreness. After every trimming we’d always increase the amount of bute we gave him, since we’d cut back on it previously. We anticipated that he’d get a bit sore from the trimming. But after that he’s stayed very comfortable. The feet after three trimmings were in good shape, as close to normal as we thought we would get,” says Cassar. The pony continued to do well with regular trimmings. “He can walk and trot and is definitely what we would call pasture sound. He is happy and comfortable out walking around, nibbling grass,” she says.
The hind feet are became very close to normal but the damage to the front feet could not be completely reversed because they had been deformed for so long. “He walks a little crooked, rolling the foot over the outside edge a little. The farrier still works on him every three or four weeks because if we let him go any longer than that, the feet get worse and start to get their banana shape again, adds Cassar.” Working with the pony to get him comfortable again was very rewarding to both Dr. Tina Cassar and her client . “When I initially got the phone call, my client told me she’d just gotten ownership of the pony and was quite depressed about his condition and thought euthanasia would be the best thing. It went from that to, ‘well, let’s have a look, get a farrier, work together and trim the feet and see what we have.’ It was very rewarding to see there was hope.” The pony obviously had chronic laminitis for some time. In addition to being neglected (not trimmed for a long time) this was the main reason his feet had grown deformed. The former owners said they’d had a farrier look at the feet, and that he told them there wasn’t anything that could be done for them, and being naïve horsemen, they didn’t try anything further. The pony has been on a regular trimming schedule since the original corrections in late fall, 2007, and is doing very well. “He leads a fairly normal life and his feet are trimmed about once a month. He still is a bit crooked on one front foot and the toes of his feet still want to point up—and that’s how they try to grow. If he wasn’t being trimmed regularly his feet would go right back into problems again. Keeping on top of it, at least once a month, is the key to keeping him sound and comfortable, since he is now completely medication-free. He’s been off medication since the first three months of therapy,” she says. The trimming efforts definitely worked to salvage this pony. Cassar feels that this type of gradual trim would also work to improve the feet and comfort level of many foundered horses. n
X-ray of the Foundered pony’s hoof after the farrier trimmed him the first time.
One of the final x-rays of the Foundered pony’s foot after several trimming form the farrier.
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here has to be a certain comfort zone for Lipan, Texas heeler Jade Corkill going into the 2010 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping. He has definitely secured an ace in the hole. The obvious fact? Corkill is the man to beat for the 2010 Open Tour Championship season. For Corkill the good news is, no way can anyone move him from his first place spot even if they tried. Corkill has clinched the $10,000 bonus as the weeks counting down to the Cinch NFTR have unfolded. He has that win tucked snugly under his belt and doesn’t have to spend any time looking over his shoulder. It is one bonus he doesn’t have to worry about and one he sure doesn’t have to lose any sleep over. It is already in the bank. Corkill currently leads the pack with 147 points, followed by heeler Buddy Hawkins in the second place position with 103 points. Undoubtedly, one could pretty much assume Corkill is looking at the ten thousand dollar bonus as a safety net and nice addition to his bank account going into the Cinch NFTR. Securing the win up front more or less provides a nicely positioned cushion for some great team roping during the US Open at the Cinch NFTR. Corkill has taken the year by storm and one tends to wonder if he set out to do that or if he had a specific game plan in mind. Regardless, it all seems to have come together for him, working to his advantage no matter how he implemented his strategy. Leading the pack for the 2010 Header Open Tour Championship is Bartlett, Kansas cowboy, Gable 34 / OCTOBER 2010
Hilderbrand. He also has a pretty safe and secure lead to take home the bonus ahead of second-place header, Chad Masters. Hilderbrand is holding first place with 138 points against Masters’ one hundred points with a little less than thirty days to go before the Cinch National Finals gets under way. Both men, Corkill and Hilderbrand, stand out not only as the obvious 2010 US Open Tour Champions but as both holding their positions from a secure record of accomplishment as the Cinch NFTR gets underway at the end of the month. That kind of security must, indeed, provide a bit of added incentive, knowing they can rope without worry. Does it take the pressure off? Probably not! However, both ropers are very competitive and competent and both seem to have made a commitment to focus on the US Open Tour in some form or fashion. Sometimes it happens unintentionally and just works out but other times it is actually a devised plan of some kind and who is to say how or why it works? One thing is for certain, as the 2010 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping opens up Corkill and Hilderbrand will be primed and cocked to put their best competitive foot forward and rope like the fierce competitors they are. If you plan to watch, give the 2010 Open Tour Champions a close look. Both Jade Corkill and Gable Hilderbrand pretty much know what they want and how to go about making dreams come true. n
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By Chris Cox with Cynthia McFarland
PHOTO BY DAVID STOCKLEIN
A star runner can run without a designer pair of track shoes, but the designer shoes can improve the runner’s performance. A top baseball player may catch a fly ball, but he’ll feel more comfortable using his own familiar glove, one that fits his hand perfectly. On the other hand, if you gave those designer track shoes or that custom glove to someone who hasn’t honed his or her skills, it won’t make a difference. A great athlete will always accomplish the task at hand, but the right equipment serves to enhance the performance. It’s the same in the world of horses and competition. Technique, experience and knowledge can never be replaced by equipment, but they can be enhanced. It would be nice if you could walk into a tack store and buy the perfect bit that would enable you to train your horse the right way. Of course, it doesn’t work this way. Listening to a sales person or reading a catalog description may reveal what a piece of equipment can offer, if used properly, but we know deep inside that even if we have the right equipment, we still have to have the horsemanship skills to do the job. Growing up around a lot of talented horsemen, I saw that even though they didn’t all have the best “designer” tack, they were still very effective. Given the difference, I do believe that choosing the right tack and equipment is very important and plays a role in enhancing our horses’ ability, as well as our own. That said, I’d like to share what kind of equipment I prefer and why. Everyone has his or her preferences, so I can only tell what works for me and how I’ve found it either helps or hinders the horse.
There are so many choices when it comes to saddles. The foundation of any saddle is the tree and this is where you’ll find a great deal of difference from saddle to saddle. Some saddle makers have companies that make their own trees, but many others use standard “stock” trees, and this can restrict their ability to design a saddle to fit a specific horse. There are a lot of pretty saddles that don’t fit properly. A roping saddle needs to fit the horse not only when he is traveling in a straight line, but when he’s bending, ducking and turning. A properly-fitting saddle tree will have enough flare through the scapula and shoulders that the bars of the saddle won’t press and pinch these areas, no matter how the horse is moving. Be aware of the sweat pattern across the horse’s back when you untack your horse; an uneven pattern is a good indication your saddle doesn’t fit correctly. When it comes to saddle seats, I prefer to be close to horse’s back. The lower you are to the horse’s back, the more balance and stability you have. If your seat has a lot of build up and padding, this puts you higher off the horse’s back, which negatively affects your center of balance. 36 / OCTOBER 2010
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A good saddle pad will enhance the fit of the saddle but it won’t make an ill-fitting saddle fit correctly. I like a lot of reinforcement on the pad up around the scapula area since this is where most of the pressure is applied when roping a steer. If I’m using two pads, I want one to be very thin. Too much pad will lift the saddle too high off the horse’s back, and cause it to rock. You’ll end up having to tighten the cinch too much and this can cause other problems. When it comes to material, I like pads made of natural fibers: wool or felt. I prefer a contoured pad designed to fit the horse’s back. I always pull the pad up into the gullet of the saddle so air can reach the horse’s back.
It’s a must to use a roper’s cinch. Even when I’m not roping, I’ll use a roper’s cinch because I think the design with the wide middle of the cinch helps relieve pressure under the horse’s belly. I like natural materials, but also think some of the synthetic materials have greatly improved over the last few years. Whatever material you use, make sure the cinch is clean and that it fits the horse so that the buckles on both sides are placed well above the horse’s elbows. While we’re on the subject of cinches, I’ve found that leather latigos are always superior to nylon. These red leather latigos are made of a stretchy leather that expands and contracts as the horse breathes and moves. Nylon latigos can gall or sore a horse because they actually interfere with the horse’s breathing since there is no elasticity when the horse inhales and exhales.
I like to use a breast collar, especially on a heading horse. But it’s important to choose a collar that doesn’t compromise the horse’s breathing when he lowers his head. In the past, the way some breast collars were designed caused them to cut off the horse’s wind because they pressed into the chest. Even when your collar is properly adjusted, you should undo it when you aren’t working. This way there’s no chance of the collar pressing against the horse’s airway when he drops his head to relax or take a drink.
Although tie-downs have become very common tools in the arena, when I was growing up on a ranch, a tie-down was a no-no. I’ve seen a cow or bull get a horn caught in a tie-down in close quarters and cause a bad wreck. I’ve also known a branch to snag a tie-down when you’re riding in rough country. Since I’ve grown more in the team-roping arena, I’ve seen you can enhance some horses with a tie-down, but only if it’s used to help the horse lean into pressure on the corners, and SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 37
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absorb the jerk. I don’t feel a tie-down should be used simply to keep the horse’s head lowered. If you’re going to use one, it shouldn’t be too loose, and needs to be adjusted so the horse is comfortable with it. I prefer a leather noseband tie-down because the vertical flexion and softness of the horse’s headset is not taught by a tie-down. My basic foundation of how the horse carries his head is accomplished well before a tie-down ever enters the picture. I don’t use a tie-down in the beginning when teaching a horse to rope, but slowly introduce it as we pick up the speed. Whenever I first put a tie–down on a horse, I’ll put the horse in a round pen without a bridle and drive him both ways so he learns to give to the tie-down and not fight it. Any chance I get when I’m not roping, I’ll unclip the tie-down so I can consistently work on my horse’s softness and flexion.
My preference is for leather reins without snaps. In my opinion, snaps may be convenient, but they can fail. In addition, I think a metal snap attached to the bit carries vibration into the horse’s mouth and teeth, which can cause him to start chomping and chewing. I like to have a release knot on the rein so it’s easy to un-do and put back on quickly.
There’s an old saying, “The greatest bit to use is the bit of knowledge,” and I find this to be true. There are so many bits on the market today and they promise many different things. Certain bits can be advantageous, depending on your style of training. For example, if you aren’t doing a lot of lateral flexion, you can get by with a straight bit. If you do a lot of flexion and bending, you will have more success with a broken bit (snaffle). Someone who uses two hands more than one hand will also have more success with a broken bit. When someone asks me what I use, I always get a horse broke and handling well in a snaffle first. Even after I introduce a curb bit, I will still go back to a snaffle when I warm up or am casually riding, not competing. When I go into the curb bit, I have twice as much feel and much more accuracy with leverage. The progression I use is the D-ring snaffle, then into an Argentine snaffle mouthpiece shank bit, and then a short-shanked correction bit (curb). As my horse advances on, I can start lengthening the shanks on my bit. All my training is done the same, except once the horse is in a leverage bit. In this case I am using my pushing rein (neck rein) more than the pulling rein. I always want to be sure the horse’s nose is to the inside of the turn or circle. You can never overemphasize when training the basics. The horse’s longevity and effective use over his lifespan is all due to how well you implement the basics. Everyone has a favorite bit, but at the end of the day, a good horseman or woman can operate and get the job done with just about anything. That’s because they’re relying on their horsemanship skill, not their equipment. When we finally understand that stiffness and fight are detected through the horse’ body, not his mouth, we can learn to be more effective with our legs. This is because the horse’s mouth and neck will soften once we take care of the stiffness through his body. 38 / OCTOBER 2010
I think it’s a good standard practice to use leg protection, and on my roping horses I use split boots and bell boots. For a heel horse, I use protective boots on the hind legs, too. Although it depends on the individual horse, for some I may only use bell boots. To me, bell boots are a must because of the horse’s extension. If a horse overreaches, he can pull off a shoe, or even injure himself by tearing into the bulb of the hoof. There are a lot of synthetic protective leg protection options, but I find that synthetic materials create heat and shouldn’t be on the horse more than an hour or two at a time. Especially in the summer, synthetic materials can really heat up, so I like to take the boots off as soon as possible to air out the legs. I’ve found cotton polo wraps offer protection, and will breathe, keeping the leg cooler than a synthetic boot. However, polo wraps must be applied correctly or they can cause harm. A boot or polo wrap put on incorrectly is ten times worse than having nothing on at all. Many people don’t put them on properly, and dirt and sand can get in and grind against the horse’s tendons, and create heat.
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There are several adjustments I always make once I’ve roped my first steer and before I rope the next one. Even if I’m going to compete again within a short period of time, I get off my horse, I loosen both cinches and unbuckle the breast collar. I unclip my tie-down and take off the splint boots to let air get to the legs. Even when you’re using excellent equipment that is correctly applied and fits your horse, take the time to think about your horse’s comfort. After all, he’s your team mate and you want him to be as eager to compete as you are.
Chris Cox & Rich Skelton Team Roping and Horsemanship Clinic Mineral Wells, Texas Diamond Double C Ranch November 19-21, 2010
Born in Florida and ranch-raised in Australia, Chris Case, live on the Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, returned to the United States in 1986 to make a career of Texas. Chris travels around the world appearing at expos, working with horses. Years of working horseback on the conducting clinics and horsemanship demonstrations. His ranch near Queensland gave Chris a healthy respect for the “Come Ride the Journey’ tour takes him to cities across the horse’s ability and intelligence, and helped U.S. each year. This two-time Road to the him develop his own methods of Horse Champion offers horsemanship individualized training. courses and roping clinics at his Texas Active in the cutting horse world as both ranch, and has a regular horsemanship a trainer and competitor, Chris has trained a program on RFD-TV. variety of breeds for different disciplines. He Western Horseman has released “Ride also loves to rope, having been into calf the Journey,” by Chris Cox with Cynthia roping in the past, and in more recent years, McFarland, a 225-page book packed with team roping. He participates in the Reno step-by-step exercises and color photos Invitational each year and plans to host an that details Chris’ practical methods annual invitational roping at his own ranch. PHOTO BY DAVID STOCKLEIN and training techniques. Visit He will also be holding horsemanship clinics for team ropers www.chris-cox.com or call Chris Cox Horsemanship Company designed to prevent and solve problems with rope horses and at 1-888-81-HORSE for information on upcoming clinic and to help riders better maintain the competition rope horse. course dates, expo appearances, equipment, books and Chris and his wife, Barbara, and their children, Charley and training DVDs.
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ff in the distance the wind whistled through the trees. The air had a tingle but the electricity Tumlinson felt had nothing to do with air or trees. He shook his head to clear the hallucination. For some reason the illusion remained. Tumlinson sat on his horse atop the little knoll overlooking his arena. He could see his roping steers, his barn, and the horse trailer. Amidst the tangible possessions he could also see the things dreams are made of. He could picture 42 / OCTOBER 2010
his new pickup and the tractor used to disk his arena. He could see the new roping chutes that he could build, the new roof for his saddle barn and even the panels replaced in his return alley. There was so much potential and so many possibilities. The Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping was every team roper’s ultimate dream. Tumlinson shook his head again and when he did his horse side stepped and the rope dropped from the saddle horn to the ground. Tumlinson stepped out of his saddle and
knelt on the ground to collect his rope. His horse nuzzled his collar and a shiver caused his skin to prickle. “If only my heeling was one hundred percent,” Tumlinson thought. “If only I could win it all.” Suddenly a shout interrupted his contemplation. It was his roping partner, Carter. “Come on,” Carter hollered. “We have a Finals to practice for.” His voice trailed off in the breeze. Tumlinson wished for Carter’s confidence and assurance. Again an image blurred Tumlinson’s mind. Oklahoma City in October was the USTRC’s velvet event. The food, the fellowship, the lodgings, the sights, the entertainment, the excitement, the thrill of victory and, of course, the agony of defeat and a whole gamut of emotions and challenges coupled with winning and losing. Oklahoma City during the Finals had
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L FINALS OF TEAM ROPING Arena but throughout the city as well. Good food, good roping and lots of fun and entertainment plus a whole array of activities are planned through the week. Oklahoma City rolls out the red carpet for USTRC ropers and their families as the Finals unfolds. During the nine days of the Cinch USTRC National Finals ropers can visit the booths, see the Cowboy Hall of Fame, shop for pickups and trailers, roping dummies and equine and roping equipment. Oklahoma City’s spirited environment coupled with its deep Western heritage makes this destination one steeped in culture and adventure. With treasure-filled museums, various arts and entertainments, ropers will find the possibilities in the city are infinite. The lively atmosphere during the Cinch NFTR and the Western charm provides the perfect backdrop for ropers attending the Finals. Wonderful restaurants such as Bricktown, The
Stockyards (i.e. Cattleman’s Steakhouse), East Wharf, and Pasco offer some very unique dining. Activities for young and old alike abound all through the city and there are parks and getaway places that will help you unwind and relax. With a downtown urban renaissance and shimmering riverfront ropers and their families can discover the wonders of the world and the comforts of home all organized and displayed in one unique area. The city offers a charm all its own and the people make it happen. “Hey, Tumlinson, hey man. Tumlinson!” Carter finally screamed. “Hey man, are you in there? What is it with you today?” Tumlinson stuttered a bit and said, “I was just thinking about the Finals. I really do want to go. I just can’t get it out of my mind.” With an almost dazed glaze in his eyes Tumlinson looked toward his trailer. Was that a brand new truck he saw hooked up over there? It could be! s s
it all. It tapped into your emotions and inner being and the spectrum of emotions from tears to uncoupled joy made team roping worth all the hard work, expense, frustration and discipline needed to make it all come together. Everyone was a winner in the sport in some form or fashion be it hero, mentor, champion, teacher, guide, tutor or advisor. The sport grabbed hold of you and wouldn’t let go. Carter hollered again and Tumlinson stepped into his saddle and swung his leg over the cantle. “We can do this,” Tumlinson muttered. “The opportunity is there for us just like it is there for everyone else. Tumlinson trotted his horse to the arena as Carter finished loading the steers. “Hey, man,” Carter laughed. “Let’s rope! The Finals are coming and I can’t wait.” Oklahoma City offers it all during Finals Week in October. The possibilities are endless not only in the Fairgrounds
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USTRC Brings the BOOM Finals Puts the Economic BOOM in Boomer Sooner State By Julie Bryant
f you’ve ever had the need to feel wanted, then the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping will definitely fit the bill. From USTRC staff providing a warm smile and welcome advice to the waitress at your favorite eatery, ropers will soon experience one of the greatest events in the Western lifestyle industry. While the good citizens of Oklahoma City have grown somewhat accustomed to “big rigs” heading into town for a number of its prestigious equine events, the AQHA World Championship Show and the NRHA Futurity to mention a couple, it’s the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping (NFTR) that really stirs their blood and brings with it the high speed action and recognized professionals that make the sport one of the most watched in the country. The sport itself is certainly one that this state, whose history is deeply rooted in the cowboy, finely bred horses and good cattle, can relate to, but it can also relate to what many cities in the country are desperate for . . . economic stimulus. In 2009, the NFTR netted a $33 million economic impact for Oklahoma City, according to a July 2010 article in The Oklahoman, and that impact is a growing one for the City, which has grabbed the AQHA Youth World Championship Show away from another well-known equine event city, Fort Worth, Texas. According to the article, horse shows have been a resilient source of tourism for Oklahoma, even in recent tough economic times. The shows are recession-resistant, State Fair Park General Manager Tim O’Toole said, in part because of the quality of the shows and Oklahoma’s reputation as a destination for horse trainers. “The majority of the shows we have here are large regional, national, or international final shows,” O’Toole said. “Not only is it a passion, these shows are 44 / OCTOBER 2010
the ultimate; whether you’re a team roper or in AQHA, you want to come to Oklahoma and participate in the championship. People earn that right.” The quantity and quality of shows put on in State Fair Park have earned the state, “the unofficial title of the horse show capital of the world,” O’Toole said. Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in horses per capita. Only Texas and California have more, but interestingly, it’s Oklahoma that draws the horsemen, and women. With that in mind, USTRC members will find Oklahoma City businesses open with welcome arms and with sights that rival many found in Bricktown larger cities. “We’re honored to have the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping in our city and the event has a huge impact on the Oklahoma City economy,” said Steve Collier of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. “The City has had a strong partnership with the Finals and we’ve watched it grow and prosper over the years. While it goes without saying that those dollars ropers spend in our city is important, the event has also brought a strong entertainment package to the area.”
Just what is it about OKC? Named as one of the top ten best cities to find a job and one of the strongest performing metro areas, Oklahoma City could be considered a “sleeper” hit when it comes to large cities that offer a great mid-America value system. The Native American influence in
Oklahoma City is hard to miss, much like it’s hard to miss in the USTRC, which boasts one of the largest number of Native Americans to compete in the event as compared to other equine sports. The Muskogee, Sac and Fox, Delaware, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations are all headquartered in Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City serving as a gateway for the Chickasaw
nation, which recently opened a tourism center in the city’s Bricktown. While in Bricktown, ropers will find a number of entertainment options to satisfy families, couples and singles. Enjoy a complementary wine tasting October 24 at Put A Cork In It Bricktown Winery. Select from more than 15 delicious wines made on premise and pick your favorite. To satisfy the sweet tooth, The Bricktown Candy Company is a family friendly oriented diversified sweet treats store that offers over 130 varieties of candies, over 95 varieties of soda pop in bottles, and over 24 varieties of Gelato (Italian Style Ice Cream). The store is formed on the idea of an Old Time Candy and Ice Cream Parlor. This leaves everyone with sweet thoughts and some great taste in a family friendly atmosphere. It is a great place to bring the grandchildren, children or reward the child in all of us. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday
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consequences of violence, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum located at 620 N. Harvey provides visitors with visions of hope and the undying American spirit that has served our nation countless times. The Memorial Museum is a 50,000 square foot, highly interactive Museum that tells the story of what happened on that beautiful spring morning in the capitol city of Oklahoma. You will walk through that morning and see the sights and hear the sounds of what the people in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma have worked to overcome. Of course, no mention of Oklahoma City can go without reference to its crown jewel, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. During the NFTR, ropers can enjoy the “Flying High and Crash Landing: Bull Wrecks in Rodeo” photography exhibit. Cowboys, bulls and bullfighters flying through the air or crashing to the ground make audiences gasp. Rodeo photographers have captured some spectacular airborne rides that show the all too painful landings. This exhibit will feature many of these poses. The photography of Ralph R. Doubleday, Devere Helfrich and Bern Gregory create a fun-filled, gut-wrenching exhibition of some of the most amazing wrecks ever photographed. The Cowboy Museum also hosts the Annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA). The exhibit
The Cowboy Museum
showcases the work of TCAA members, who work to preserve and promote the skills of saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding and the role of these traditional crafts in cowboy culture in the American West. The show is an annual tribute to the continuing vitality of Western craftsmanship.
And now some tips on where to go and what to know from those who know – the USTRC staff: Weather: Bottom line, you never know. It’s a great time to be in Oklahoma, especially if you’re driving through the eastern portion to Oklahoma City. The fall foliage is in full blazing color. But count on some cool nights for sure and mild temperatures in the 70’s. Make sure you bring a medium weight jacket at the very least. Freezing temperatures are not unheard of, so bring your long johns, too. Some barns are heated, but not all, so horse blankets for your equine partner would be a plus. Shopping: Well, you can’t miss shopping at the USTRC trade show where you’ll find almost anything you’re little cowboy or cowgirl heart can desire. But BE WARNED. If you want to snag some of that exclusive NFTR merchandise, this is the ONLY place you’ll get it, and it WILL SELL OUT! Monogramming of Finals merchandise only is available on site. And s s
through Saturday. Ropers can take in all the sights as they navigate the beautiful Oklahoma River aboard an Oklahoma River Cruise. Cruises depart daily April December and last approximately 1½ hours one way. Oklahoma River Cruises is a fun and exciting familyfriendly adventure. Get on board and you’ll experience exceptional service and beautiful views of Oklahoma City. Cruises depart Wednesday through Sunday. Boarding is 10 minutes prior to departure. For guests of Oklahoma River Cruises, each paid river fare includes day pass privileges on the Trolleys. The Trolleys travel between Regatta Park and Meridian Landing, as well as in Bricktown, Downtown, Stockyards City and the Meridian Corridor. Public cruises sell out fast! A limited number of walk up tickets are available at each boarding area. Online ticket purchase is recommended. Ropers looking for a change in scenery might want to trade in the western saddle for a bike saddle October 27 and enjoy the novice cycling ride. “RIVERSPORT Ride” is a fun, weekly novice ride on the Oklahoma River Trails that will get you riding! These organized rides are free and open to riders of all ages and experience levels. The group departs from and returns to the Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd, just south of Bricktown. The 5 and 10 mile rides will be at a comfortable pace with a strict, “no drop” policy so no one gets left behind. Free parking is available in the lot near the trails, as well as the grass lots off the north side of 6th Street. Helmets are required and bike rentals are available on site. Come a half-hour early (6 p.m.) for pre-ride basic bike fittings and mini-clinics from Schlegel Bicycles. Topics include road safety, how to change a flat, proper gear shifting and more. After the ride, join your fellow cyclists on the deck of the Chesapeake Boathouse for free food provided by Iguana Mexican Grill and COOP Ale Works. While a somber reminder to the
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remember, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a great spot for one of a kind items! Social Life: Chisholm’s located in the Biltmore Hotel has been a long time horse show and rodeo favorite. With a dance floor the size of a postage stamp, you can count on getting to know your fellow ropers pretty well. For 21 and older only. For families try Celebration Station. Celebration Station gets the kids outside for rides, minigolf and more, and it has all the junk food favorites such as pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. Save yourself some money, though, by checking out the package deals and specials ahead of time.
And here are some local favorite grazing spots. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Cattlemen’s has been around since 1910 if you can believe it. In 1945, it was won by Gene Wade on a dice bet, and the “hard 3’s” he rolled have been branded on the wall ever since. It’s known to most Oklahoma City residents as the place to go for a great steak and
lamb fries. They’re open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Address: 1309 S. Agnew Phone: 405/236-0416
The Deep Fork Grill It’s not exactly a long-standing OKC tradition since it’s only been around since ‘97, but it is widely considered to offer the largest selection of fresh seafood in town. Classic guitar music is featured on occasion as patrons enjoy the warm, friendly environment and great food. Address: 5418 N. Western Ave. Phone: 405/848-7678
Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse Across the street from the Bricktown Ballpark and right on the canal, Mickey Mantle’s is fast becoming one of the top spots in downtown. Steaks and seafood are the main menu items, but it features a wine list of over 150 selections. Surround yourself with memorabilia from the Mantle family personal collection as you dine on great food. Address: #7 Mickey Mantle Drive Phone: 405/272-0777
Nic’s Grill Nic’s is small, casual and fantastic, certainly one of Oklahoma City’s best. It’s an underrated gem in the metro, but it has extremely limited hours of operation. So you may find it difficult to get a seat in order to enjoy the delicious breakfasts or the best hamburger in OKC. Address: 1201 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Phone: 405/524-0999
Earl’s Rib Palace OKC loves BBQ, and not many do it as well as Earl’s Rib Palace. With five locations in the metro including one in lower Bricktown, Earl’s features some of the best hickory smoked meat in the state, homemade sides, chicken sandwiches and outstanding hamburgers. All locations are open lunch and dinner. The Edmond and Bricktown locations are now open Sundays. Address: 6816 N. Western (Nichols Hills) Phone: 405/843-9922
Information 2010 Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping Information Stalls If you have made reservations for stalls you can use the Express Check-In service that has been established to assist the thousands of horses that go in and out of the Fairgrounds during the Finals. If you do use the Express CheckIn stall service make sure you understand how it works. First, you must have sent in your money for a stall or stalls, the USTRC will send you a postcard confirming your reservation. Make sure to bring this card with you and give it to the Express Check-In attendant. All of the stalls have been pre-bedded, but you may want to consider adding some extra if you plan to stay for more than a couple of days. Shavings will be available at the Fairgrounds. Also, the 9 a.m. check out 46 / OCTOBER 2010
time will be strictly enforced in order to clean and prepare stalls for any new ropers who arrive. Remember that other ropers are coming in later throughout the week and your stall may be reserved for them. Another note while at the Fairgrounds is that, No-Parking zones will be strictly enforced; there will be fines for overnight tying of horses to trailers and absolutely no portable pens set up as per facility policy.
Hotels and RV Hookups Hopefully by this time you have contacted one of the many lodging facilities near the Fairgrounds. If you haven’t made reservations, do so now as the ropers rates will end around October 15. There are plenty of hotels available with many different price ranges. Call
soon, occupancy will dwindle pretty fast. If you have a RV or a camper, there will be over 400 hookups available at the Fairgrounds for on-site rental only. This is a first come-first served basis.
Guthrie Shoot-Out Championships Set apart from the Cinch NFTR, there is also team roping action at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The arena is just north of Oklahoma City and is the largest indoor rodeo arena in the world. The Guthrie Shoot-Out Championships produced by Jeff Smith and Ike Cox will begin October 22 and run through October 29. Many ropers in the past have found this event is a great way to warm up for the NFTR and a good way to win an extra USTRC National ShootOut or two.
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USTRC Challenge Arena The USTRC Challenge Roping will also be running at this year’s NFTR. This gives ropers a chance at some extra cash and another way to warm up for the main event. The Challenge action will take place in Barn #6 at the State Fairgrounds and will begin on October 24 and run through October 30. There will be prizes awarded to the high money header and heeler each day at the NFTR. Remember if you and your partner are both Gold Plus members and you beat the Challenge, the USTRC Shoot-Out you earn is worth $3,000 in USTRC Flex Earnings for you and your partner and can be used at this year’s NFTR or may be carried over to next year to use at the USTRC Regional events or the NFTR next year. Enter up to win your chance to get into the next USTRC Shoot-Out division.
SSG Jr. Looper Events Jr. Looper Ropers will also have a chance to compete and strut their roping abilities. SSG Gloves, and the USTRC bring you the National Jr. Looper Championships. Any kids 12 years of age or younger will have an opportunity to qualify to the Jr Looper Shoot-Out by roping in the preliminary events. The preliminary Jr. Looper events will be Wednesday, October 27 at 9 a.m. and Saturday, October 30 at 9 a.m. in Barn #3. Contestants can enter on site beginning at 8 a.m. in Barn #3. Remember that a birth certificate or Junior Looper Card will be required AND THAT ANY JR LOOPER ROPER THAT HAS EVER WON A USTRC TROPHY SADDLE OR A JR LOOPER TROPHY SADDLE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE. The Jr. Looper Shoot-Out will then take place in the Coliseum on Saturday October 30 right after the #10 Shoot-Out. It is guaranteed to be an exciting event.
SSG Glove USTRC Jr. Looper Championship Divisions 6 & Under, 7-9, 10-12 No entry fee; FREE to all kids 12 & Under Rules • Everyone must qualify in one of the Preliminary Ropings to rope in the Championship Shoot-Out even if you have won a buckle this year. Top 3
from each Preliminary in each age group will qualify for the Shoot-Out for a total of 6 in each age group. • Only one Shoot-Out can be won per roper. If you qualify in both Preliminary ropings, your Wednesday qualifying spot will be used. • Wednesday buckle winners are not eligible for Saturday Preliminary Roping. • Eligibility is determined based on roper’s age on the day of the event. Proof of age is required. You must have a Jr Looper membership card or copy of birth certificate. • Any roper that has ever won a USTRC trophy saddle or USTRC Jr Looper trophy saddle is not eligible to compete. • 6 and Under and competitors can have 3 legal head catches - fishing is allowed. 7-9 and 10-12 divisions are slick horns only - no fishing. • Please check in and receive back numbers before Preliminary starts. • No dress code.
The 2010 Cinch National Finals of Team Roping Schedule of Events Each Day Begins at 8 a.m.
Saturday, October 23, 2010 Open Preliminary #15 Preliminary #15 Shoot-Out Sunday, October 24, 2010 #13 Preliminary US Open Championships (All Rounds) Monday, October 25, 2010 #13 Shoot-Out #12 Preliminary
5th Annual 4 Ropin Ranch Horse Sale Again this year Steve and Kim Temple will host the 4 Ropin Ranch Horse Sale during the Cinch NFTR. The sale will feature 40 head of team roping horses and is always something to witness. The preview for the sale will be Wednesday, October 27, following the #10 Gold Plus Shoot-Out at approximately 6 p.m. in the Main Coliseum. The sale will be held Thursday,October 28 at approximately 6:30 p.m. right after the #11 Preliminary inside the Main Coliseum as well. It is always fun to attend.
USTRC Trade Show The USTRC also invites ropers and their families to the USTRC NFTR Trade Show. More than 80 vendors will be on hand inside and outside the Main Coliseum with everything that a team roper, team roping enthusiast or someone that knows a team roper might need. There will be plenty of horse and roping supplies, trailers, tack, jewelry, clothing, knick-knacks and various other goodies. This is a great place to get your Christmas shopping done, as it is the only stop you will have to make to buy for your favorite team ropers. The USTRC Store is a popular place to visit, but get your shopping done early as the merchandise goes fast.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 #12 Shoot-Out #12 Gold Plus Shoot-Out Wednesday, October 27, 2010 SSG Jr. Looper Preliminary – 9 a.m. Century Championships #10 Gold Plus Shoot-Out 4 Ropin Ranch Preview of Sale Horses Thursday, October 28, 2010 Cruel Girl Championships #11 Preliminary 4 Ropin Ranch Horse Sale Friday, October 29, 2010 #11 Shoot-Out #10 Preliminary Saturday, October 30, 2010 SSG Jr. Looper Preliminary 9 a.m. #10 Shoot-Out SSG Jr. Looper Shoot-Out #9 Preliminary Sunday, October 31, 2010 (HALLOWEEN) #9 Shoot-Out #8 Shoot-Out SUPERLOOPER MAGAZINE / 47
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2010 Cinch NFTR Checkerboard Arena Team Ropers will once again have a chance at the Cinch NFTR Seminars at the Purina Checkerboard Arena. This venue has become a popular spot for team ropers and their families to get some team roping tips and advice from some of the best in the sport. The Seminars kick off each day, beginning Tuesday, October 26 and run through Friday, October 29. They are free to the public compliments of USTRC, Purina Mills, Martin Saddlery, Classic Ropes and Classic Equine! Learn what it takes to win from today’s top professionals!
Tuesday, October 26 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Rickey Green - The Power Swing Jake Barnes - Heading with a Legend Walt Woodard - A Champion’s Style Kory Koontz - Heeling Management: Finish the Run Speed Williams - Horse Preparation
Wednesday, October 27 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Jake Barnes - Heading with a Legend Kory Koontz - Heeling Management: Finish the Run Rickey Green - Team Roping for Kids Under 12 Walt Woodard - A Champion’s Style Speed Williams - How to Get Your Kids Started
Thursday, October 28 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Rube Woolsey - Talk Roping Rickey Green - Horse Control Walt Woodard - A Champion’s Style Kory Koontz - Heeling Management: Finish the Run Speed Williams - Prepare to Practice
Friday, October 29 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Walt Woodard - A Champion’s Style Rube Woolsey - Talk Roping Kory Koontz - Heeling Management: Finish the Run Speed Williams - How to Get Out of a Slump
Jake Barnes, 7 Time World Champion Jake is undisputedly one of the greatest ropers our sport has ever known. He sets the standard by his dedication and passion for the sport of team roping. His work ethic continues to lift him above and beyond all obstacles and he continues to excel in his teaching and in his purpose. Come learn how to become a better roper and competitor through finding out how to practice with a purpose. Jake openly shares his formula for success. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the very best. Rickey Green, Team Roping Instructor Rickey has developed a reputation both as a rodeo cowboy and as a premiere team roping instructor. He has qualified for the NFR 11 times. He is a member of the BFI Silver Club, with earnings exceeding $23,000. Rickey has trained numerous champion team roping horses and has 25 years of experience as a team roping instructor. He has dedicated his career to teaching students across the country how to effectively develop the fundamentals of team roping and how to perfect techniques for success. For video lessons or more information on Rickey’s schools, call 866-RICKEYG or visit www.powerteamroping.com. 48 / OCTOBER 2010
Kory Koontz, Professional Heeler For over a decade, Kory Koontz has dominated the sport of team roping. In his professional career, he has won over $1.5 million in the PRCA and he has qualified for 14 trips to the National Finals Rodeo. Well known as one of the best jackpot ropers in team roping, Kory has been the crowned champion of almost every major open team roping event. Everyone knows Kory is talented with a rope. However, he is also highly respected as a horseman. Three times his horses have been selected as winners of the PRCA’s Horse Of The Year. Kory will share tips on how to get the most from your horse, how to prepare mentally to compete, and how to own the roping by following his basic steps to success. Speed Williams, 8 Time World Champion Speed has an impressive resume with eight consecutive World Champion titles, 14 WNFR Qualifications and $2,015,659 in PRCA career earnings. He has always been driven to teach others how he developed his unique strategy for success. Speed realized he couldn’t fill all the requests he had for schools and clinics, so this professional cowboy turned high tech and launched a website to house a video library of his personal practice sessions, rodeo and jackpot runs as well as the training and progress he has with his wife and kids to help others with their roping. Most of the 250+ videos in the growing library are voiced over by Speed and packed full of his tips and drills he uses for his success. For more information on how you can improve your horse and your roping visit Speed’s website at www.speedroping.com. Walt Woodard, Professional Team Roper Walt Woodard is a world renowned authority on team roping and is a popular teacher, competitor and mentor to ropers across the country. He has dedicated his life to teaching and building tomorrow’s champions. He will give you the basics of heading and heeling, including proper horse position, swing, target recognition and correct delivery. He has qualified for the NFR 10 times and taught over 700 roping schools throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For more information on Walt’s schools, call 209/462-0973 or log on to www.waltwoodard.com. Rube Woolsey, Professional Header Learn the basics of heading from Rube Woolsey, a four time NFR Qualifier and winner of the BFI. He is also a USTRC Open Reserve Champion and a George Strait Team Roping Classic Champion. Rube is now devoting most of his time to teaching roping schools across the country and gives private lessons in the Arizona area. He is currently working on a series of roping videos. For more information on Rube’s schools, call 602/321-1738.
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November 19-21, 2010 Mojave Crossing Event Center Ft. Mohave, Arizona www.mohavevalleychamber.com www.ustrc.com USTRC Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K AVI Hotel and Casino 1-800-AVI-2WIN Hotel K Casa Serrano Mexican Restaurant www.serranoent.com Restaurant K Saltgrass Steak House www.saltgrass.com Restaurant K Joe’s Crab Shack 702/298-7143 Restaurant K Avi Resort & Casino 1-800-AVI-2WIN Restaurant K Avi Resort & Casino 1-800-AVI-2WIN Golf K Laughlin, NV www.visitlaughlin.com Entertainment K Colorado Belle Hotel/Casino and Microbrewery 1-800-477-4837 Entertainment K Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel 1-800-950-7700 Entertainment
November 26-28, 2010 Piiholo Ranch Arena Makawao, Hawaii Rope Maui (Peter Baldwin) 808/870-5544 Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K The Banyan Tree House www.bed-breakfast-maui.com Hotel K Paia Inn Hotel www.paiainn.com Hotel K Inn At Mama’s Fish House www.mamasfishhouse.com Hotel K Mama’s Fish House www.mamasfishhouse.com Restaurant K Casanova Italian Restaurant www.casanovamaui.com Restaurant K Makawao Steak House 808/572-8711 Restaurant K Pukalani Country Club www.pukalanigolf.com Golf K Piiholo Ranch Zipline www.piiholozipline.com Entertainment K Maui Hiking Safaris www.mauihikingsafaris.com Entertainment K Aqua Adventure www.mauisnorkelsnuba.com Entertainment K Haleakala ATV Tours www.mauiatvadventures.com Entertainment K Air Maui Helicopter Tours www.airmaui.com Entertainment
Colorado Fall Championships November 12-14, 2010 The Ranch Loveland, Colorado Jeff Smith 620/422-3632 Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Americ Inn 970/226-1232 Hotel K Hampton Inn Loveland www.hamptoninn.com Hotel K Holiday Inn Express 970/663-0057 Hotel K El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant www.elpueblitomexicanrestaurant.com Restaurant K Outback Steakhouse www.outback.com Restaurant K Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon www.lonestarsteakhouse.com Restaurant K The Olde Course www.oldecourse.com Golf K Loveland Museum/Gallery www.cityofloveland.org Entertainment K Colorado Computer Museum www.trailingedge.org Entertainment K Discovery Center Science Museum www.dcsm.org Entertainment 50 / OCTOBER 2010
Mississippi Championships November 26-28, 2010 Jackson Expo Center Jackson, Mississippi www.city.jackson.ms.us Larry Burroughs Great Eats, Entertainment and Visitor Info K Hampton Inn 601/352-1700 Hotel K Red Roof Inn 1-800-843-7663 Hotel K Outback Steakhouse www.outbacksteakhouse.com Restaurant K LoneStar Steakhouse & Saloon www.lonestarsteakhouse.com Restaurant K Logan’s Roadhouse www.logansroadhouse.com Restaurant K Steam Room Grille www.steamroomgrille.com Restaurant K City of Jackson Courses www.city.jackson.ms.us Golf
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Gable Hilderbrand.......138 Chad Masters .............100 Luke S. Brown .............70 Tate Kirchenschlager .....69 Matt Sherwood .............57 Cory W. Kidd V..............53 Derrick J. Begay............52 Drew Horner.................47 David Key.....................46 Nelson R. Linares..........44 Justin Parish.................41 Justin L. Lovell .............41 Tee Woolman................41 Mikey E. Fletcher, Jr. ... 40 Charles R. Pogue ..........39 Blake H. Hughes ...........39
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Travis L. Bounds ...........39 Andrew E. Ward............38 Justin V. Davis ...............38 Clay O. Smith ...............37 Cody McMinn ...............37 Aaron Tsinigine.............37 David Motes .................35 Ty N. Blasingame ..........35 Ken Miranda.................35 Cole J. Cooper...............34 Mike Bacon ..................34 Ty M. Smith..................32 Pace Freed ...................32 Garrett L. Tonozzi..........32 Justin J. Turner ..............31 Bubba S. Buckaloo .......30
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Tanner Bryson ..............30 Jake W. Kropik..............30 Trevor Brazile ...............29 Clay Tryan.....................28 Shane Philipp ...............28 Speed Williams .............28 Seth Hall......................28 Wade Kreutzer..............26 Joel Bach .....................25 Brady Tryan ..................25 Erich J. Rogers..............25 Nick L. Sartain .............25 Casey E. Adams ............25 Ryan VonAhn ................24 Rance Gantt .................23 Troy R. Kitchener ..........23
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Nick L. Pullara, Jr. ....... 23 Jake Cooper..................22 Morgan Jones ...............22 C.R. Wilken ..................22 Adam Rose...................21 Justin D. Yost ................21 Colby Lovell..................20 Danny Leslie.................20 Arky Rogers .................20 Keven Daniel ................20 Jake Barnes..................20 Kaleb Driggers .............19 Chris Francis ................19 Jesy C. Austin ...............19 Charly B. Crawford........19
Patrick Smith ...............30 Dawson McMaster.........30 Shay D. Carroll .............30 Cody Hall .....................30 Tommy Zuniga, Jr. ........29 Jett Hillman..................29 Clint Summers..............29 Trey Johnson III ............29 Jimmie R. Cooper .........28 Zak R. Dobbins.............28 J.W. Borrego.................28 Allen L. Bach................28 Monty Joe Petska..........27 Dustin Davis.................27 Riley K. Pedro...............26 Chad R. Mathes ............25
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Jade Corkill ................147 Buddy E. Hawkins II....103 T.J. Watts......................93 Evan A. Arnold..............68 Joe R. Smith.................58 Will M. Woodfin ............55 Paul Eaves....................50 Adam G. Plyler .............50 Britt Bockius ................49 Martin Lucero...............49 York Gill.......................46 Cole Bigbee..................43 Jake M. Long ................43 Rich Skelton.................42 Kory Koontz .................42 Tyler Barton .................42
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Caleb C. Twisselman ......42 Travis Graves ................39 Bobby Baize .................38 Cesar DeLaCruz ............37 Brock G. Hanson...........37 Nick P. Rowland ............35 Dusty Pulsipher ............35 Anthony Calmelat .........34 Braden Harmon ............33 Quinn B. Kesler ............33 Steve Orth....................33 Tanner L. Braden ..........33 Nick Sarchett................32 Ryan Motes ..................32 Cory Petska ..................31 Clay O. Cooper..............31
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