Breaking It Down

Speed Williams

Scoring is one of the hardest; most complicated and debated aspects of team roping.  Everyone has their own ideas about scoring and even the top 15 ropers in the world all do things a little differently. This can create some problems when trying a new horse. There are many factors involved, but ultimately it comes down to communicating with your horse effectively.

The 31st Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, held March 9th & 10th, started out with 690 teams this year. This is by far the best paying open roping of the year with $180,000 in cash and prizes per man for first place.

This month we’re going to talk about hauling green horses and some things that can give you a better chance at winning on them. This subject is dear to me this month because this is exactly what I’ve had to do lately, since my three first-string horses are all on the injured reserve list. I rode Sheriff at the Odessa rodeo, his second rodeo ever. I rode a seventeen-year-old green horse, Doc, at the Ft. Worth rodeo. 

Brad [Culpepper] and I just finished our first week of competition in 2013. We went to open ropings in Andrews and Odessa, the rodeo in Odessa, and the USTRC roping in Waco. Since the horses I had planned to rope are all on the “injured reserve” list, I had the luxury of starting a green horse, Sheriff, at the rodeo. Sheriff is a full brother to Two Moons, one of my better horses.

Riding a green horse at the rodeos is pretty tricky. You have to figure out how to get in the arena and expose him to the sights like banners, lights, etc. before you actually compete.