Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

   As a competitor who has had a fairy tale career in rodeo, it’s amazing to me that my daughter, at 18 years old, has qualified for a chance to win the kind of money we will see at The American in Breakaway roping. And even though Gabe and I have qualified and it’s a long shot to progress through the rounds, it was just a few years ago that Wesley Thorp and I made the final four.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

   It’s been quite a month for our family. We left before Thanksgiving, stopping in Andrews for a clinic, then heading to Wickenburg, Arizona. It’s something my son has looked forward to for quite a while. We took two rigs and ten horses, and the kids did a lot of roping. They were fortunate enough to win more than they spent for ten days of roping in Arizona. It’s truly a team roper’s dream. In Wickenburg there were five ropings happening at the same time in five different areas with close to 3,000 teams between them. That’s not counting all the ropings going on every day with 500-600 teams. Hard to imagine so much happening in such a small area.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

   Most of my time is spent teaching private lessons for a variety of ropers of many different levels. The most common obstacle for higher numbered ropers is learning to use their horse correctly so they don’t have to rely on their ability with a rope.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

    The other day my son asked me if I thought he should work more on his heading and whether he should head or heel. He is now a #7+ heeler and at times his fundamentals look very good.