Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

   For one person to have the opportunity to win over $2 million in the sport of rodeo… all I can say is Wow! I’ve won a little over $2 million in my career and the opportunities now for my kids and all the current competitors, is mind blowing. I’m very impressed with the concept of the American Rodeo and what it’s become. I haven’t met the folks at Teton Ridge personally but have heard good things about them and their plans for the American.

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.