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Next Level with Taylor Munsell
What I really focus on with young horses is roping for the horse and not for me, because I do reach a lot. I’ve been really making myself run up in the middle of the calf, be smart and be real sharp and crisp with my neck catch. The biggest deal is t
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New Products
As the most breathable on the market, the redesigned Clear Vision™ Cool Wrap Horn Wraps make managing cattle and keeping them healthy more efficient by preventing moisture build-up to alleviate sore heads and head tricks. New nylon webbing is extra-d
The Team Roping Journal3 min letti
Roping Progress Doesn’t Happen Overnight
There are a lot of moving parts to master when we’re learning to head and heel. That’s what makes roping so challenging, fun and addicting. To make progress, we have to learn big things and little things. In the beginning, the process evolves around
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The SCORE
“It’s hard to get the right or the perfect horse. The perfect horse doesn’t really exist. Each discipline is so different, but there’s great qualities in the cutters. But then, if you can have someone like Miles (Baker), that you can send him to and
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Winter Wonderland
Joel Anderson and Wayne Knutson won the Ariat World Series of Team Roping #10.5 qualifier produced by John English January 30 at Rancho Rio, worth $11,880 for a time of 38.83 seconds on four head. ■
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The Emperor’s New Groove
At 5 a.m. every morning, Winston Hansma walks into the concrete halls of his Weatherford, Texas, barn, flips on the first set of lights and dumps feed into the stall of his aging stud, CD Lights. He opens his tack room lined with well-worn saddles, s
The Team Roping Journal2 min letti
The Breakaway Roper’s Grip
Understanding exactly how to hold the breakaway rope affects your ability to control your tip and successfully rope your target. I got WPRA World Champion Hope Thompson to demonstrate for me with these photos so you can really tell what I’m talking a
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Where Do We Go From Here?
In 2020, female ropers for the first time competed for life-changing money in traditionally male ProRodeo. The $750,000 Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) alongside the PBR World Finals in November, and the $200,000 National Finals of Breakaway
The Team Roping Journal5 min letti
Monumental
There are numerous destinations throughout the American West to encounter one of Chris Navarro’s many monumental bronze sculptures, but “Champion Lane Frost” on the grounds at Cheyenne’s Frontier Park in Wyoming, “The Messenger” at The Alamo in San A
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Other Winners
Derrick Begay & Trey Yates 36.96 seconds on five head $15,080 Brendon Frost & Ty Frost 27.25 seconds on four head $24,320 Blake Bowler & Jory Levy 30.60 seconds on four head $29,660 Daylan Frost & Brendon Frost 31.36 seconds on four head $32,180 Trav
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Ariat Wstr Title Fights Pays Out $1.3 Million
The Ariat World Series of Team Roping Title Fights qualifier at Rancho Rio in Wickenburg, Arizona, paid ropers some $1.3 million Feb. 11–13, topping the charts as one of the richest ropings of the WSTR season. The biggest single check of the weekend
The Team Roping Journal3 min letti
Better Safe Than Sorry
“Safety first” is a smart old saying that applies to team roping, too. As fast as things can happen in the arena, it’s easy for ropers of any age to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kids can be in harm’s way and not even know it.
The Team Roping Journal2 min letti
Dear Roper
Dear Roper, This issue marks a turning point for our staff. On page 67, you’ll find the very first print issue of The Breakaway Roping Journal. We’re thrilled to bring this element to our audience, in response to the explosion of the breakaway ropi
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5 FLAT with Brad Lund
Brad Lund is particular about the way his horses leave the corner. Here’s how he gets them leaving forward and flat. I have been learning how to score my entire life, but ever since I started going to World Series ropings, I’m having to learn to ad
The Team Roping Journal4 min letti
(At Home With)
Q: Please rattle off all of your NFR partners. A: It all started with Leo (Camarillo) in 1985 as far as my professional career goes. I roped with Denny Watkins at my first NFR in 1986. The first check we got for placing in a round (splitting second
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UNCONVENTIONAL BEGINNINGS Inner Strength with Patrick Smith
I was born and raised in Midland, Texas, and, until I was 13 years old, I lived in a little townhouse. My dad worked for a heating and air conditioning business that he and his brother and my grandfather all owned. It was just a mom-and-pop shop and
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One Too Many
It was the “zsssssssssssssp” heard—and seen—around the Western world. Everything was set up in 2019 for Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira to win back-to-back $100,000-per-man titles on live television at RFD-TV’s The American. It would have been Dri
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Next Level with Ryan Motes Mastering the Lead Steer
The key to a good lead steer is you want something a little bit gentle that also has a little stamina or toughness to him. You don’t want the doggy steer that will just lay down. Most of the time, my lead steers start out as something big that wants
The Team Roping Journal4 min letti
A Bay Mare Named Jewel: ‘Troublesome, But Worth It’
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo header Brandon Beers owned a stout, athletically gifted bay mare by the name of Lucys Fast Jewel, who by a vote of the cowboys was professiaonal rodeo’s 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Head Horse of the Year. Be
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Bit Junkie
Dawson Graham: It’s a bigger port mouthpiece. It’s got enough width to it so, when you do pull, the release is fast. Kenny Giannini: This is solid on top with copper on it. The copper roller works on the pallet and it helps with control.  Graham: Th
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Holyfield And Eldridge Win Inaugural America’s Team Roping Challenge At Rancho Rio
Idaho’s Dillon Holyfield and Jaylen Eldridge roped their way to the top four Championship round at the inaugural America’s Team Roping Challenge at Rancho Rio in Wickenburg, Arizona, on Feb. 18, 2021, produced by Yost Events. Holyfield, 23, and Eldri
The Team Roping Journal3 min letti
Our Times
Breakaway roping made its national debut at the inaugural National High School Finals Rodeo in 1949—one year after the formation of the Girl’s Rodeo Assocation (predecessor to the WPRA), but at the time, it was a boys-only event. It took just a few s
The Team Roping Journal1 min letti
Record Roping
JX2 Productions NTRL Finals in Jacksonville, Florida, paid out $850,000 in cash and prizes, hosting some 3,200 teams across the five-day event—making it the largest payout of any event East of the Mississippi in roping’s history. Della Bird and Blake
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SPURS: WHEN & HOW TO USE THEM
Question: What does Trevor Brazile think about spurs and how to use them, and what kind does he use? — Jase Staudt, Saguache, Colorado Answer: I’ll start off by saying there are people who don’t need to wear spurs. They are a great tool when used co
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Freeze Frame
Short round of the Ariat World Series of Team Roping Title Fights XI Open qualifier 7.96 seconds Won the Title Fights XI Open with a time of 39.96 seconds on five head, worth $15,080 I don’t really know the measurements on the barrier, but I feel lik
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The Legacy Of The Ustrc Cinch Ladies High-money Award
When it comes to women’s roping, the past few years have been big. But when it comes to the USTRC and CINCH, women’s roping has been an endeavor worthy of the spotlight since 2004. “When we first started working with the USTRC and they were going to
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The Team Roping Journal
Editor Chelsea Shaffer Senior Editor Kendra Santos Art Director Eva Young Managing Editor G.R. Schiavino Assistant and Digital Editor Kaitlin Gustave Proofreader Jen Sullivan Production Manager Diane Paolini Prepress Specialist Brad Burleson
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Return to Fort Worth
Despite the perils of 2020 that brought a pandemic-induced rescheduling, an economic crisis and an election, the USTRC hosted its largest National Finals in history, boasting 6,400 teams and 2,200 individual ropers. The event is back for its 32nd ren
The Team Roping Journal3 min letti
5 FLAT with Tyler Wade
Giving roping lessons a lot, I have people tell me that they can only ride into the box and turn one way because that’s how their horse prefers it. That’s just an example of something I usually try to address right away: that your horse needs to be o
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