In team roping, your first swing—especially heading—is the most important swing you take, so set yourself up for success. “I’m not going to play tug-of-war to get my first swing up,” says five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Rhen Richard. “I’m going to let my horse pull me to the front to get my first swing.”
In this video brought to you by Smarty, Richard shares some of his favorite drills to master that first swing.
Watch “Master Your First Team Roping Swing” now:
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ABOUT RHEN RHICARD:
Rhen Richard is an all-around hand from Utah who’s made the Finals five times—three times in the heading and twice in the calf roping. He and his family’s A&C Racing raise and train top-tier prospects who excel at the rope horse futurity game. He’s got nearly $1.5 million in ProRodeo earnings and he was the Resistol Rookie of the Year in the heeling in 2008.