How does one balance the steer roping lifestyle that takes you across the United States in pursuit of earning a spot at the National Finals Steer Roping with a family and full-time teaching career? According to Jarrett Blessing, it takes careful planning, hard work and the help of family and friends. From early-morning school bells to late night practice sessions alongside his two children, with a few quick plane rides to rodeos across the country thrown in between, this steer roper proves you really can have it all.
Blessing was born and raised in Paradise, Texas, where he attended school from kindergarten through graduation. He was one of two children born to Tommy and Glenda Blessing, both teachers. Tommy began his teaching career at Boyd and would wrap it up at Bridgeport after almost 30 years, while his mom taught in Bridgeport 24 years. Their son would eventually follow in their footsteps, but first he found a love for roping.
“My grandma said I always roped her banana plants. It would knock them off and make her mad,” Blessing laughed. “I guess I was always swinging ropes. My dad roped, and that’s really what we did at night. He worked all the time, then we would rope.”
Blessing also witnessed his dad train steer roping horses, and later, the pair would train horses together.