WNFR Dailies (4 of 10)

Today is WNFR Daily #4!!  Be sure you take advantage of our sweepstakes that we’re hosting during the WNFR.

Last year, only people in Vegas attending the Cowboy Christmas could get in on our daily giveaways during the WNFR.  Our fans asked for chances for everyone to play and we listened.  This year, we will have a daily opportunities for everyone!  Follow Cactus Ropes on Facebook and Twitter to receive your daily insight to the sweepstakes!

However, there are a couple of things we must mention!   #1 –  You must use the Rafflecopter App to enter each sweepstakes.  #2 – Only entries with correct trivia answers will be considered for prizes.  And,  #3 – No winners will either be contacted or announced prior to December 17, 2012.  Click here for complete rules.

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WNFR Dailies (3 of 10)

Take advantage of our sweepstakes that we’re hosting during the WNFR.  Today is WNFR Daily #3!!

Last year, only people in Vegas attending the Cowboy Christmas could get in on our daily giveaways during the WNFR.  Our fans asked for chances for everyone to play and we listened.  This year, we will have a daily opportunities for everyone!  Follow Cactus Ropes on Facebook and Twitter to receive your daily insight to the sweepstakes!

However, there are a couple of things we must mention!   #1 –  You must use the Rafflecopter App to enter each sweepstakes.  #2 – Only entries with correct trivia answers will be considered for prizes.  And,  #3 – No winners will either be contacted or announced prior to December 17, 2012.  Click here for complete rules.

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WNFR Dailies (2 of 10)

Take advantage of our sweepstakes that we’re hosting during the WNFR.  Today is WNFR Daily #2!!

Last year, only people in Vegas attending the Cowboy Christmas could get in on our daily giveaways during the WNFR.  Our fans asked for chances for everyone to play and we listened.  This year, we will have a daily opportunities for everyone!  Follow Cactus Ropes on Facebook and Twitter to receive your daily insight to the sweepstakes!

However, there are a couple of things we must mention!   #1 –  You must use the Rafflecopter App to enter each sweepstakes.  #2 – Only entries with correct trivia answers will be considered for prizes.  And,  #3 – No winners will either be contacted or announced prior to December 17, 2012.  Click here for complete rules.

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WFNR Dailies (1 of 10)

Last year, only people in Vegas attending the Cowboy Christmas could get in on our daily giveaways during the WNFR.  Our fans asked for chances for everyone to play and we listened.  This year, we will have a daily opportunities for everyone!  Follow Cactus Ropes on Facebook and Twitter to receive your daily insight to the sweepstakes!

However, there are a couple of things we must mention!   #1 –  You must use the Rafflecopter App to enter each sweepstakes.  #2 – Only entries with correct trivia answers will be considered for prizes.  And,  #3 – No winners will either be contacted or announced prior to December 17, 2012.  Click here for complete rules.

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Come See Us!!

The Cactus Crew will be in Las Vegas during the WNFR from December 5th through December 15th!  You can come visit us or see our products in any of the following booths:

  1. Las Vegas Convention Center, Cactus Ropes Booth #118, Cowboy Christmas
  2. Las Vegas Convention Center, King of the Reach Booth #2301, Cowboy Christmas
  3. MGM Grand, Relentless Booth
  4. MGM Grand, NRS Rope Wall
  5. South Point, NRS
  6. South Point, Steer Gear

During the Finals, please help us cheer on our favorite Cactus Cowboys:  Clay O’Brien Cooper, Chad Masters, Tuf Cooper, Trevor Brazile, Charly Crawford, Bobby Mote, Spencer Mitchell, Cesar de la Cruz, Jake Long, Clint Robinson, Luke Branquinho, and Ryan Jarrett.  We are hopeful that they will do extremely well at the finale!

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we will be giving our fans and followers special access to sweepstakes and challenges.  This year, everyone will be able to play along whether or not you’re in Vegas.  Also, make sure you closely follow Spin to Win‘s #RoadtoNFR12 on Twitter.  They will be delivering a lot of behind the scenes access using that hash tag.

Hope to see you there!  Let’s go rope.

 

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Getting Off Your Horse (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

This month, we are talking about the dismount during a calf roping run. Though I didn’t start roping competitively until I was sixteen, I grew up riding and roping on our ranch. Everyone in the family was involved when it came to working cattle: my brother and sisters, my dad, Granddad and me.

Now and then, I was allowed to ride one of the good horses and when I was about ten or twelve I came up with a game of sorts to entertain myself. I would be in a big pasture, where I wouldn’t get caught, get my horse into a good lope, and then get off on the right side while he was running. Soon, this wasn’t quite exciting enough. One horse I rode would jump small mesquite bushes. So we would be loping along pretty fast and while he was in mid-air, jumping the bush, I would get off and run beside him. He would stop and I would get back on and do it again. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a kid having fun.

Consequently, getting off my calf horse has always been very easy for me. Some kids roped the dummy, or tied a lot and that would be their specialty when they got older. My specialty was getting off because I had been doing it for years and it is second nature for me. When I started roping calves, I could get off while my horse was running full speed. I’ve had to work at not getting off too soon.

For a smooth dismount, it’s important for your horse’s performance that you have good balance. If you lean out too wide or to the side, you can throw his balance off where he has to brace himself. This can cause him to step to the left to compensate for your weight. For the same reasons, you don’t want to get off too far behind or to the front. It’s a finesse move that involves good timing and balance.

You need to be in time with your horse. Your right knee is bent and your left leg needs to swipe over the cantle. Keep your right foot straight, pointing towards the calf. Usually when your body is in the stirrup, your foot turns. It takes some effort to keep it straight and out of your horse’s stomach and shoulder.

As you dismount, it’s important to get off using the saddle horn and not the bridle reins. This is one of the most common errors made by calf ropers. Many people use the reins for balance without realizing it. Horse trainers spend a lot of time making horses nice and broke and very sensitive. This is quickly undone when the reins end up supporting body weight. The pressure that should be put on bridle reins can be measured in ounces but using them for balance involves hundreds of ounces of pressure. Consequently, not only is it bad for your horse and his confidence, it will end up costing you time and money. When you pull his front end off the ground, even unintentionally, it throws everything out of whack.

If you’re going to Las Vegas this year for the NFR, I will be at the NRS Trade Show at the MGM each morning at 9:30 a.m. I invite you all to come and would love for you to send me some topics you would like me to talk about. Please email them to me at strant@aol.com.

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Name this place!

Name this Place~Revealed!! | Cactus Ropes, Inc.

Name this Place~Revealed!! | Cactus Ropes, Inc.

10/11/2012-UPDATED WITH REVEAL! Yes, the Cactus Crew was at the famous Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas just outside of Dallas where the TV series Dallas was filmed. We did a little snooping around the barns and stalls and guess what we found! The Ewings use Cactus Ropes!! We found Habaneros, Xplosions, Hypnotics, Whistlers and Bad Boys! Let’s go rope.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this contest! A winner has been notified and has 24 hours to claim their prize!
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Name this Place | Cactus Ropes, Inc.

Name this Place | Cactus Ropes, Inc.

Today, we’re having a contest for an adult extra-large t-shirt that is autographed by Ty Blasingame.

Some members of the Cactus Crew recently took a trip and you’ll never guess what we found there!  Correctly name the place this picture was taken and be entered in the random drawing on October 11, 2012.  One lucky winner will be chosen!

If you choose the enter this contest, you are entering for a chance to win a Cactus Ropes t-shirt that has been autographed by Ty Blasingame.  The contest will conclude midnight CST, on October 10, 2012. We will draw for the winner on Thursday, October 11th.

There is only one way to enter this contest:

Leave a comment on this blog correctly identifying the place the picture above was taken—worth 1 entry.

We’ll pick a winner on Thursday! Good luck!!

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Athletic Position (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

Last month, we talked about horse position when roping. This month, I want to touch on something that is mostly overlooked in our sport and that’s athletic position.   Athletic position is having your weight distributed over the balls of your feet, knees slightly bent, back straight and head up. In any athletic sport where you have to move fast, this is the position you start from. College and professional athletes all know this.

If while you were walking down the sidewalk and a car suddenly veered towards you, you would naturally “break down” into this position to move quickly. In our sport there are lots of guys who are naturally athletic, and then there are lots who are not. In a sport where every hundredth of a second counts, it’s important to maximize your chances.

In the gym, I work out on a Bosu ball that looks like half a ball. You can stand on either side and it’s wonderful for gaining balance. I work on my arms, shoulders and squats all on the Bosu for the purpose of agility and balance.

So many people don’t realize the importance of athleticism when roping calves. From the time you get off your horse and until you throw your hands up, you need your weight distributed over the balls of your feet and to be in an athletic position. We quickly dismount and run as fast as possible on uneven ground. There’s a lot of potential for injury if you’re not physically prepared for it.

The best athletes in the world, professional football and basketball players, routinely work on foot drills and other exercises for balance and coordination to increase their performance by even a mere two or three percent. If it could increase your performance as much as forty percent, would you not do this?

Guys who are naturally athletic may not have to work at it. But I believe anyone can improve their performance if they do. You can find these exercises on the internet. Footwork is very under estimated and overlooked in our sport. If your footwork is right, your position will be right. You will make far less mistakes and your consistency will shoot through the roof. Next month, we’ll talk about position and the dismount.

This year, I’ve been invited to give a motivational speech at the NRS trade show at the MGM each morning at 9:30 a.m. I invite you all to come if you are going to be in Las Vegas during the finals. I would love for you all to send me some topics you would like me to talk about. Please email them to me at strant@aol.com.

Our STS Ranch Wear will debut during the NFR and we’re very excited. The feedback has been very positive and overwhelming. I absolutely love the products. STS will have a booth at the NRS trade show at the MGM. You will also be able to find STS Ranch Wear at Archundi & Company at the Convention Center.

I’m working on a plan for my 2013 articles and need some ideas. Please email me at strant@aol.com with ideas and topics you would like to read about. Until next time, God Bless, and I’ll see you down the line.

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Not one, not two, but THREE Autograph Cards

Today, we’re having a contest for THREE signed autograph cards.

If you choose the enter this contest, you are entering for a chance to win three Cactus Ropes’ signed autographed cards:  Spencer Mitchell, Jake Long and Clay O’Brien Cooper.  The contest will conclude midnight CST, on September 18, 2012. We will draw for THREE winners on Wednesday, September 19. Each winner will win all three autograph cards. Increase your chances for winning by taking advantage of all the ways to enter.

There are four ways to enter:

Like “Cactus Ropes” on Facebook—worth 2 entries.
Leave a comment on this blog telling us what you did over the past weekend—worth 2 entries.
Follow “Cactus Ropes” on Twitter—worth 5 entries.
Tweet about this contest—worth 5 entries.

We’ll pick a winner on Wednesday! Good luck!

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It’s All About Position (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

There are very few places or times where “position” is not a major factor. This is true on many levels in everything from your position in life, your spiritual position, and in roping calves.

Today we’re talking about roping position. I’ll always take a guy that may not be as fast or have as much ability with good position over a guy that’s blistering fast with bad position. Most of the mistakes made when roping are due to being out of position.

There are several common positions for throwing your rope when calf roping. As when driving, where a steering wheel has a 10:00 and 2:00, I’ll use the same references for the position of the calf when roping. Most ropers will usually throw when the calf is in one of these positions: 1) 11:00, 2) 12:00, 3) 1:00.

Often this will be determined by a roper’s size and strength. Personally, my preferred position is 11:00. For a younger or smaller roper, who may not be tall enough to see over their horses’ head, they will be more comfortable with a 1:00 position. Many things can dictate your position, your left hand, your elbow, your wrist, or how you hold your rope.

If you’re not sure of your optimum position, work at catching the dummy from 10:30 to 2:00 positions. Adjust your swing and the plane of your rope in order to catch it from all positions. From there, figure out which position best fits your style and swing, and gives you the highest percentage for catching.

Once you find the position that makes you most consistent, ride to that position every time. For your catching percentage to go up, you need to be in the same position every time.

All aspects of calf roping relate to position. Next month we’ll talk about positioning yourself to get off and positioning yourself when tying.

Until next time, God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.

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