Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

By Speed Williams
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One of the biggest challenges to being successful in rodeo is keeping your horses working. When Rich and I started roping together we had a difference of opinion on this subject. I would only ride my good horses, Bob and Viper, at the bigger rodeos. I normally used my third, fourth, and fifth string horses at the smaller rodeos that didn’t pay as well. 

By Speed Williams
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Recently Dustin Egusquiza asked if I would help him improve his jackpot roping. I told him I would be more than happy to help if I could post video of his runs on speedroping.com and talk about what we worked on. Dustin is early in his professional rodeo career and incredibly talented. His short game is quite amazing and he is able to throw very fast.

By Speed Williams
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Roping has been part of my life as long as I can remember. The story goes that I used to rope my dad’s toes before I could walk. He had a big dog they used to put a small saddle on and I would ride him and rope anything that got in my way. But, in my entire career, never before have I backed in the box where my partner and I could win over half a million dollars like we did at the American Rodeo. I sure hope our sport continues to grow and people get more opportunities to rope or rodeo for that kind of money.

By Speed Williams
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In recent years the team roping jackpot has become a faster event. This happened by eliminating the hardest part of team roping, the challenge of scoring. I am often asked about the World Series start. It evens the playing field for those who can’t practice every day or get to work on scoring. And it gives them a chance to win something. I tell my clients the World Series barrier is a lot easier on headers and makes it easier to find a head horse. By the same token, you no longer have the luxury of being able to catch and win something. By eliminating the hardest part , times are much faster and there are more qualified times.