Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

Everyone who ropes at the USTRC Finals has dreams of winning big. The simple fact is that very few win, leaving the rest with a long drive home. For those who didn’t win, I have a few questions for you. Do you know what happened? Do you know what caused it to happen?

Many of you will be heading to Oklahoma City later this month for the USTRC Finals. Between the cost of fuel, entry fees, stalls, and other various expenses, this is not a cheap trip for most people. Therefore it’s important to be prepared in order to have the best possible chance of winning. After all, that is the whole reason for going.

Recently I taught a private school for a pretty handy 12-year-old girl who ropes and rides very well. She runs barrels, ropes breakaway and is starting to team rope. One of the first things I do when teaching kids is to cut their rope off. Safety always comes first, especially with kids.

Most of my life my every waking moment was spent trying to figure out how to be the best roper possible. I was very successful for a lot of years and truly enjoyed competing. My whole world changed when my daughter was born. I was at the NFR when she was born and won my 7th world title that year.