Nick Sartain won his first world title in 2009, heading for Kollin VonAhn The header, who has won over $200,000 in the last two years at the World Series of Team Roping Finale in Las Vegas, sits down with The Score host Chelsea Shaffer while they waited for the team roping at the Denver Qualifier in December 2019. They cover growing up, how his roping career got started, his 2020 partnership with Blaine Vick and more.
On Thursday, February 6, 2020 you can listen to the full interview wherever you listen to podcasts, but for now, enjoy some takeaways from the episode, brought to you by Patrick Smith's Raising Roosters.
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1. Nick Sartain loves the Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale.
Sartain has a right to love the Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale. With over $200,000 in WSTR Finale earnings alone, Sartain won the #12 Ariat World Series of Team Roping in 2018 with header Bob Freeman to earn $272,000 for the team. Sartain couldn't get enough, as he placed second in 2019 with Glen Crane in the AGCO #14.5 Ariat WSTR Finale, worth $136,000 for the team.
2. Sartain started roping at a young age on his grandmother's Appy mares.
When Sartain was 10 years old he had a driven passion for team roping. He didn't necessarily have all the right tools, but his grandmother rode and trained Appaloosas and Paints and allowed young Sartain to teach two of her Appy mares how to be rope horses.
3. Losing his thumb was a blessing in disguise.
In 2017, Sartain lost his thumb in a roping accident. Just before losing his thumb, he wasn't too keen on his roping career and doubted if he actually wanted to still swing a rope. Once he lost his thumb, it lit a fire in him and showed him that he did want to continue roping.
"This sucks for you, but you were starting to be belly achey and sour about it, and wasn't enjoying it anyway," Sartain said. "So, is this what you really want to do or not? As soon as I did it, it was just like, 'Woah! Hell, now I can't do what I want to do everyday.'"
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