Breaking It Down


Speed Williams

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

When my son was very young we discovered he was unique in that his arms would not rotate. His elbows each are one bone, which keeps him from turning his palms to the sky. His thumbs can point upward, but his palms cannot. As a father it really upset me for a few months until one day when we took him to Cook’s Children’s Hospital for a checkup. Visiting that hospital was an eye opener as to what some children have to deal with. I left there feeling very fortunate and with a new outlook on my son’s condition. So far it has not affected his roping with the exception of trick roping and dallying can be difficult.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

Congratulations to those who had success in Las Vegas. I take my hat off to Clay Smith for winning his second world title. I’m especially proud of Wesley Thorp for his first world championship. I’ve known him since he was very young and he’s always had a burning desire to get better. He has accomplished so much in his 24 years and is a great example for kids with a dream.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

It’s still hard to believe that over $12 million will be paid to team ropers this month during the World Series Finale at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. That doesn’t even include the other jackpots in Wickenburg, Arizona the week before, or any of the other ropings going on in Las Vegas.

By Speed Williams
speedroping.com

I always knew I wanted to teach and help people with their roping once I retired from rodeoing full time. Rickey Green was the very first to have a training web for team ropers. Not long after, once I retired from professional rodeo, I launched speedroping.com. For many years, while I was competing, I was very private about how I practiced, the drills I used, and how I worked my horses. These were things I just didn’t do around many people. But when I started speedroping.com, I published videos that showed my practice and horse training methods, for my subscribers to watch.