God Loves Team Ropers!
A good horse really makes a difference when it comes to competition. A team roper needs a horse that is quiet in the box, scores, and breaks flat and smooth. He must then run hard, rate, be strong on the end of the rope, and face in a hurry. That good horse will be able to perform this over and over again with consistency.
At every roping there are those ropers who rise to the top like cream in an old milk jar. You know before the roping even starts that certain teams will be in the short go. They are always there.
A few weeks ago I went to a large roping down south. I met a friend there who was complaining about not getting to throw his rope. He said that he had just been in a roping where he had had three high team callbacks and all three of his headers missed. I understood his situation. I had recently been in a draw pot four times and rode down the arena four times without throwing a loop. Paid my fees and went home. These are tough situations for a heeler.
I attended four different schools during my 8th and 9th grade school years. During my 8th grade year in school, I fell in with some kids that were poor role models. They were the only kids who were friendly to me. Due to their influence, I ended up taking two trips to juvenile hall and had an encounter with a very large officer screaming at me in the scared straight program. I needed a change.
“Where were you? They called your name several times. Your heeler was in the box waiting on you. Everyone was franticly looking for you. They turned you out, man.”