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NFR Bound – Prepping for 10 Grueling Rounds

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By Janis Blackwell 

It is that time of year again when the best in the rodeo business head to Las Vegas to pit their skills against the 14 other qualifiers in each of their respective events.  For most of us, we’ll never know first-hand what competition at that level is like or what it involves to get to that level, but through the gracious willingness of four of this year’s qualifiers to share a little of their stories, we can learn more about what it takes to get there and be ready to perform to the maximum of your ability in the ten grueling rounds of the Wrangler National Finals.

This month I interviewed Cade Swor, calf roper and six time NFR qualifier from Chico, Texas; Michele McCloud, barrel racer and four time NFR qualifier from Whitesboro, Texas; Luke Brown, team roping header and nine time NFR qualifier from Stephenville, Texas; and Wesley Thorp, team roping heeler and first time NFR qualifier from Stephenville, Texas, to learn how they prepare themselves physically and mentally and how they prepare their equine partners as well.

Some of the practices and philosophies of these champions in how best to get themselves and their horses in shape are the same or very similar, and in other areas they differ significantly.   Starting with physical conditioning of themselves, it was interesting to learn that none of these competitors hit the gym to get or keep in shape.  Every one of them stated that just practicing and exercising their horses were the best forms of exercise to keep them in top shape.

For example, Cade Swor said that he thought what helped him most in his preparation for the calf roping was to make a lot of runs just running down the rope, flanking and tying.  For those who might not know, that just means a calf is on the end of a rope the length of his calf rope but it is tied to a post.  The roper runs from the post to the calf, flanks and ties the calf down—very physically demanding on the roper.  Swor feels he is accomplishing the conditioning needed while perfecting his skills.  In his words, he is using the same muscles in conditioning that he will use in competition, better than anything the gym could offer. In addition, he rides and exercises his horse and does tie a few down daily, but on practice horses.  He doesn’t believe in running lots and lots of cattle and burning himself or his horse out.

To read more pick up a copy of the December 2016 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

Cade Swor and his horse, Floyd. (Photo by Janis Blackwell)

Cade Swor and his horse, Floyd. (Photo by Janis Blackwell)

Wesley Thorp. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Thorp)

Wesley Thorp. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Thorp)

Luke Brown. (Photo courtesy of Lacy Brown)

Luke Brown. (Photo courtesy of Lacy Brown)

 

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Rodeo: A Year of Hard Work

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By Phillip Kitts

Rodeo is much more than a weeklong event for the average rodeo committee.
As rodeo fans, it is always an exciting time of year when the local rodeo rolls into town. The energy and excitement of livestock, contract acts, and big-name cowboys is a highlight for many small towns around the nation.

What often goes very unnoticed is the tenacious process that goes into putting on a rodeo of any level for a community. As a rodeo enthusiast, has it ever crossed your mind all the steps it can take to connect with the right contractor and make sure they have the livestock needed, along with a place to house these animals? Add to this all the accommodation to host several hundred rodeo athletes over a weekend. From food all the way to porta potties this is a monumental task. This month, let’s take some time to start with the end of the rodeo and proceed through the final stages of hosting next year’s events.

Most rodeos take no more than a week or two after they complete their event to start the process of preparing for the next year. Something that is not common knowledge is that very rarely are rodeo committees paid individuals, in almost all cases, the folks that put on a local rodeo are a volunteer force.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Winter Hoof Care:Keep Your Horse’s FeetHealthy in the Cold

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By Savannah Magoteaux

As winter sets in, horse owners must pay extra attention to their equine companions’ hoof health. Colder weather poses unique challenges that can lead to common hoof issues if not addressed proactively. This article aims to provide insights into combatting prevalent hoof problems during winter, choosing appropriate hoof protection, and offering tips to prevent conditions such as thrush and other infections.

Combatting Common Hoof Issues in Colder Weather:
Cracked Hooves

Cold temperatures and dry air can contribute to hoof cracking. To combat this issue, it is crucial to maintain proper moisture levels. Regularly applying a hoof conditioner or moisturizer can help prevent excessive drying and cracking.

Snow and Ice Accumulation

Snow and ice buildup can lead to discomfort and increased risk of injury.
Keeping the hooves properly trimmed is essential to prevent the accumulation of snowballs.
Additionally, consider using traction devices such as snow pads or special shoes for added grip in icy conditions.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Consistent McCartney

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

Breakaway is known to be the fastest event in rodeo. At the 2023 National Finals Breakaway Roping, conducted Dec. 5-6 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., no one was faster on 10 calves than Cheyanne McCartney.

The Kingston, Okla., cowgirl competed in a grueling match between the top 15 breakaway ropers in the world, and when it was all said and done had roped nine head in 32.2 seconds.
She split the win in round two with Hali Williams and continued her consistency throughout the two days of competition. She placed in four more rounds to help her win the coveted average title.

McCartney’s story did not start at the 2023 NFBR. This was her third qualification to the NFBR, and a lot of hard work went into getting where she is today. McCartney grew up in Louisiana, where her first rodeo memory began with entering the breakaway roping at a Little Britches rodeo in Deridder, La.

“My family was in the Quarter Horse racing industry, growing up. My father, Carl Guillory, was a trainer and calf roper,” McCartney said.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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