Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

By Speed Williams
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   This month we’re going to tackle a tricky topic… setting up a good handle. There are many ways to handle steers and many different kinds of steers. Old steers, fresh steers, steers that go right, steers that go left. The math can get very complicated.
   For now, we’ll talk about good medium plus steers that run straight down the arena. It’s important that the speed of the head horse match the speed of the steer. If the head horse is going too fast, or faster than the steer when you initiate the corner, it will cause the steer to go down the arena too much and drift to the right, away from the heeler.

By Speed Williams
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   Well… it’s that time of year. Hali is getting ready for the Breakaway National Finals. The other day she was unloading one of her horses when he stepped on her right foot, breaking a bone.

By Speed Williams
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Now that both of my kids are rodeoing, I’ve started blocking off 10 days a month so I can go with them. Lately I’ve been asked about being a helper when I was riding Hali’s horse at the rodeo or feeding for Gabe at the All-Star Finals. For all the years of competing at a high level, to now being the one helping behind the scenes, it’s a very different experience.

By Speed Williams
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   This year Hali had an unbelievable winter of rodeos placing at Fort Worth, San Antonio, and winning Houston. It was her first time of roping in the buildings, and I’ve been very proud of her.