Whether you're stuck in an airport with a snow-induced flight delay or heading over the river and through the woods (to Grandma's house you go), we've got the top five most-listened to team roping podcasts of the year to help make your holiday travel a little less painful. 

1. Cesar de la Cruz

In one of the most real interviews we've ever done, this episode of The Score with Cesar de la Cruz breaks down his tough upbringing in South Tucson and some of de la Cruz's missteps on the rodeo trail. It's our listeners' favorite for that honesty, with lessons to be learned in horsemanship, friendship and mentorship. 

2. Kolton Schmidt

Kolton Schmidt—the NFR header and Canadian champ—has had to relearn his roping and riding since that 2016 trip to Las Vegas. He's spent the last few years working with horsemen like DT Horses' Shawn Grant to strengthen his game, and he's candid about that in this interview. Plus he talks about his Canadian upbringing and the perks of life in a big supportive family north of the border. 

3. Patrick Smith's Amigo

Brought to you by our long-time partners at Soft Ride Equine Comfort Boots, this episode was a bonus edition profiling two-time World Champion Heeler Patrick Smith's great horse Amigo. Smith tells the horse's story, from a green 5-year-old to the PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year. 

4. Ty Blasingame

Ty Blasingame's unlikely story from semi-retirement circuit rodeoing to RodeoHouston champ and 2019 NFR header turned a lot of heads this year and surely sparked some conversation, too. "Blaster's" interview covers what relit his rodeo fire for 2019, his unexpected trip to the Finals and the old black horse that's got him this far. 

5. Travis Tryan's Walt

The horse profiles picked up steam in 2019, with Hall-of-Famer Walt a favorite. Travis Tryan talks about the horse that made his career, and kickstarted that of his brother Clay Tryan, too. Walt's life ended in 2010, but his story is what legends are made of. And you listened to it in droves. 

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