Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NLBRA Buckle Rodeo - Upcoming Event

National Little Britches Buckle Rodeo
March 12-14
Millard County Fairgrounds - Delta

Sponsored by All Horse Utah

Friday March 12 Rodeo at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday March 13 Rodeo at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday March 14 Rodeo at 9:00 a.m.

Entries must be mailed by March 1. Entry forms are available at www.nlbra.com.  Entry fees are $15 per event with $5 stock charge for roping events and $15 stock charge for rough stock.  No Late Entries will be accepted. 

For More Information Contact and Mail Entries to:
Teresa Fackrell   
375 W 700 N      
Nephi, UT 84648                  

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Goat Tying Dismount

by Jennifer Freeland Moore

It never fails, when I go to a rodeo to watch my students compete in the goat tying I get parents that come up to me and say, "Please watch my daughter she's falling when she dismounts and we don't know why!" The dismount is quite complex for many reasons. The challenges that I see are the horse, body types (tall/short, skinny/heavy), fear, confidence, athletic ability, speed, or skill level. These are all very important factors to look at when coaching a goat tier. One thing is for certain; a constant battle from one clinic or lesson to another is the saddle horn!

It doesn't matter if your child is 8 and dismounting off a really big horse or if you are trying to be 7 and going really fast. The saddle horn can work against you more times that it will help you. Your brain and common sense will tell you and in any other event I swear its the truth that the saddle horn is comfort, stability, and safe. But in the goat tying imagine that as soon as you step off of your horse and are hanging on to your saddle horn those two comfortable strides to catch your balance that your horse trips, ducks, is running faster than you, stops, or gets the horse gets tangled in the goat rope. In all of these instances you are in trouble and holding on to the saddle horn is the number one problem! Just imagine the situation of all of these instances and I'm pretty sure you have seen all of them either with your child or another and the result is that they fall!

Now these pictures I've attached are when I was tying 6 second runs and because my foundation was set when I ran my horse much slower to dismount I didn't have to change much with more speed. I want to show you 2 different views. The first picture is from the front view.

In this case my horse and I are in perfect position. I step off my horse and I'm barely putting the first foot on the ground a few steps before the goat and my horse does her job perfect. She stays her constant very fast speed and switches to the right lead fading out a little off to the right and heading to the back fence getting out of my way. This is a perfect position and my horse and I hold the goat straight back on the end of the rope. Now think of this as you look at the picture! My horse is running faster than I am and she is fading out just perfectly. What if I where holding on to the saddle horn? No doubt in my mind, she would have pulled me to the right and with the momentum would have thrown my shoulders so far forward I would have been out of control and hit the dirt hard, head first!! Not Fun....I've been there!

Now check out the side view shot! Even more clear than the front view. I haven't hit the ground yet and check out where the saddle horn is. There is no way I could even reach the horn...you hold on to the saddle horn and your eating dirt! Your horse trips, slows down, ducks out/in, or speeds up/runs faster than you and your are eating dirt! The bottom line is I have more balance and control of my body on my own than using the so called safe saddle horn for comfort and to eat dirt! This is one thing that will help you or your goat tier stay on their feet and win.

For more tips on goat tying come to the upcoming clinics:

March 5-6, 2010 in Vernal, Utah or March 12-13, 2010 in Herriman, Utah!

Feel free to email me at jennyfreeland@hotmail.com or call me at 801-380-2857 with questions.

Happy Tying!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Supporters

We don't always recognize the ones who are there to support us each weekend as we rodeo.  We have the people who are kind enough to do our chores.  We have the people who take care of our work.  There are also the people who take care of other family members while we are gone.  

Then there are all of the little brothers and sisters who go with their family each weekend to cheer on their older sibling.  These little ones are up on the fence cheering.  When you hear them, you just think that is so cute.  They are the ones who run and play all day at the arena.

Sometimes the rodeo day is just too long for them.  When they finally take a break and sit down for just a minute, they are out.  

Friday night my 4 year old nephew had been playing at the arena all day long.  He had been watching his older brother compete.  The rodeo went a little late that night.  Down by the gate we had different saddles for different events and horses.  He just sat down on the ground in one.  That was all he need was just to take a break.  He was asleep that fast.  

We all need to take some time to recognize our supporters.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Goat Tying Clinic - Upcoming Event


Fastest Competition Time 
6.2 Seconds
2005 Rocky Mtn. Regional

Back by popular demand and two chances to catch the action in 2010:
March 5th-6th * Chad Richard's Indoor Arena Roosevelt, UT
March 12th-13th * Murna Butterfield's Indoor Arena Herriman, UT
We will cover everything from
the dismount to the tie!!
If you are trying to cut off a
few tenths or a few seconds
you will not want to miss this
Learn from a proven winner.
Friday - Registration at 2 p.m.
and Clinic from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more info call Jennifer @ 801-380-2857

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Practicing in the Winter

by Teresa Fackrell

Practicing during the winter time can be tough.  It is cold.  It gets dark early.  I would rather stay home and hibernate.  But my kids want to be ready for a 4 day rodeo in February.  

We work really hard to get get to practice about 4 days a week.  Monday and Wednesday are rodeo club night.  Thursday we teach a 4H group.  But our favorite day is Sunday.  

We rent the indoor barn and invite the family.  We do it when it is warmer and make a day of it.  My sister in law brings water and hot chocolate mix.  We always have treats.  Then we all get together for lunch/dinner when we are done.  The kids enjoy practice when there are more kids to do it with. 

So here are our tips for your kids to survive the cold practices:
1) Toastie Toes - These are a must. Once your kids feet get cold they are done.  Cowboy boots are not the warmest but are the safest to ride in.  
2) Gloves - We all like the cheap magic stretch gloves because they cover your hands well but you can still feel and grip your reins well.
3) Portable Heater - The little propane heaters or we actually have a big 3 burner work great for getting their little hands warm.  It also keeps the younger children warm while the big kids practice.  
4) Layers - I love the silk thermals from Land's End.  My son loves Under Armour.  But this year I found something that really help with that cold leather saddle fleece lined Wranglers.  Your butt does not freeze when you sit in the saddle.  I am buying more pairs next winter.  
5) Time Limits - Set a time limit.  I have noticed on nights when we tell the kids we need to be done at a certain time, we get done by that time.  Then they are not as frozen when we leave the arena.  

Remember your horses too:
1) Warm them up careful.  Their muscles take a little bit longer to warm up in the bitter cold.  We have our kids do extra trotting when it is really cold.  Some days when we are just building endurance all we have them do it trot.
2) Cool them out really well.  It is important before you take them back out that they have had time to cool down properly.  Kids can walk all of the speed events.  This helps the horses to be calmer during those events anyway. 
2) Try to get their back dry.  We let our horses roll in the dry dirt of the covered arena after they are cool.  Then we usually let them stand in the barn for a little bit while we haul cattle and other equipment home. 

Hopefully some of this helps you survive until the sun comes out and we can enjoy riding outside again.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Worth Quoting

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Walt Woodard Team Roping Clinic - Upcoming Events

World Champion Walt Woodard
Team Roping School
Date: March 19-21, 2010

Fees: $500 for all 3 days of roping 
(9—5 each day)
$250 Deposit must be sent by March 1, 2010 Limited space 20 ropers
Send to: Gooding Co. Fair Youth Rodeo
at 1173 South 1700 East Gooding, ID 83330.
All students will be required to fill out a release.

For more Information Contact:
Travis or Heather Williams
E-mail: teacupranch@safelink.net