Articles, interviews and videos offering insights on gear, practice plans, horse training and more to help you become a better team roper.
Dustin Bird explains how to hold your horse up in a jackpot scenario.
Clay Tryan is a consistent top-five header and perennial threat for the world title. His secret? Good horses. After his great horse Thumper was retired, he broke out two new greats: Cate, a sorrel mare, and Dew, a bay gelding. His success rides on their performance, so here a few of his tips for keeping head horses sound and working solid.
Keeping your horse comfortable in the corner helps simplify the start.
To be successful, it’s about being ahead of the game, not chasing. When we’re ahead of the steer and ahead of the game, we’re waiting on them to do what we want instead of just trying to catch up and make a shot. That’s why keeping the pocket is important. We set everything up so we’re ahead of the steer before the corner even starts.
Being a 24-time world champ is all in the details. Trevor Brazile thinks through each part of his program, including the bridles he rides on green horses and finished horses alike. In this part of The Team Roping Journal's video series with the legendary cowboy, Brazile breaks down his bit choice for a developing head horse who had too much bend through he corner.
Roping a fresh steer for the first time is more important than anything. Not to pull him too fast and make sure you get him heeled, come tight and drop him. A lot of people put the head loop on in the chute the first couple of times just to make sure you don’t miss him. Some people just rope them and bump them a little and then turn them back loose. It’s way more fun to just wrap them and go to them. With as many steers as we break in around here, we try to keep it simple and fun, but you have to do it right because the first couple of times are really important.
World Champion roper Trevor Brazile breaks down his bit choice for a horse with 90 to 120 rides—including how he wants the horse to respond to that bit.
Riding a horse through goosiness will give you a better mount in the end.
How a gag bit can help your head horse leave flatter and score better.
Here’s a glimpse of what pro heelers prefer and how to get your horse to drag it the right way.
Clay O'Brien Cooper talks about breaking up with your team roping partner.
Jake Long breaks down his second performance steer at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Some of the best in the business share their arena dimensions, what they like about their arena and what they would change.
Pros weigh in on how “the move” sets up your heeler—and how to get it right.
Disciplining yourself is key to regaining your horse’s composure in the box.
Brooks Dahozy's 2017 Sisters 77th Rodeo buckle.
How smoothing out your start and your handle will speed up your runs.
Knowing when to stick it out or when to call it quits with a team roping partner.
There are rarely overnight solutions to training troubles.
A steer-by-steer breakdown of Dees and Siggins' biggest win.
Derrick Begay's Grand Entry horse and gear pays tribute to the working cowboys at home.
In this month's Relentless Insights, 24-time World Champion Trevor Brazile breaks down how he chooses a bit that fits each horse.
Trevor Brazile answers fan's question on how chains, ports and gags each fit into a head horse program.
Dustin Bird talks about paying close attention to your horse in jackpot or rodeo situations.
Exposing the long-kept secrets of the heeling donkey, in all its greatness.