Ropers Sports News - The Dodds Boys


The Dodds Boys
By Amy C. Witt

He’s got a scar over his right eye and typically wears a broken-in short brimmed straw, his name is Cole. His brother Cobie, stands a little taller and wears a nice black felt. Over the years, many of us have watched these boys grow into handsome, ropy, handy and fine gentleman. Now, eighteen years old and seniors at Hallmark Charter High School, Cobie and Cole Dodds are gearing up for their last California high school rodeo. This month, the twins will be competing together and against each other in Bishop at the California High School Rodeo (CHSRA) Finals. Not only did they end the year by winning District 6’s team roping, but Cobie also took home the tie-down title. Both boys qualified for the same events – team roping, with Cobie stickin’ bones and Cole hockin’ dubs, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

“Rodeo is truly a family sport – there’s not many others that you can be coached by, travel with compete against and with,” Cobie says.

The twins work for their parents, Mindy and Brett Dodds at Silver-D-Bar Training Center, a family owned Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Facility for 53 years. After high school, Cobie plans on attending West Hills Community College and then later, transfer to Fresno State University to major in Ranch Management. After obtaining his education, he plans on running a cattle ranch for himself but regardless, wants to stay involved working around cattle. Cole anticipates to major in animal science and college rodeo at Fresno State University. His goal is to work for a degree and career that gives him the freedom to rodeo and rope.

“I wouldn’t be here doing what I love without the support of my family,” Cole expresses.

Good luck boys, we are proud of you!

Do you have any goals set for state?

Cobie: Do the best I can, rope what I draw and hopefully qualify for nationals.
Cole: To qualify for nationals in at least one, if not all of my events.

How does it feel to be able to compete together?

Cobie: It is fun and challenging. We push each other to do and be better than one another.
Cole: Pretty awesome, not many kids get to compete within their twin as closely as Cobie and I have. Plus, we know each other so well it takes a lot of the pressure off.

What is your favorite event and why?

Team roping because I feel that it is my best event.
Cole: Tie-down because it is challenging to really see what you and your horse can do.

Who or what inspires you and why?

My family because they support and back me.
Cole: My parents and grandparents. They are always out in the practice arena helping us.

What has been your favorite thing about high school rodeo and why?

Cobie: The competition and friendships! Everyone wants to be there and help you and the friendships will be there forever because of this sport and lifestyle.
Cole: High school rodeo prepares you for competition to go onto amateur and pro rodeos. I’ve met some great friends and seen a lot of places

Tell us about your favorite wins or major accomplishments?

Cobie: Winning the tie-down in our district this year, beating Cole (laughs) and winning the team roping in our district for the past two years.
Cole: Qualifying for nationals all three years of junior high, wining the all-around my 8th grade year and qualifying the last two years to high school national finals.

Who is your rodeo idol and why?

Cobie: Chad Masters. He stayed with us during Clovis and he is a great horseman, roper and treats people with respect and actually spends time talking to you.
Cole: Trevor Brazil because he does multiple events and is very successful at all of them.

You ride a lot of dynamite horses, but which one’s your favorite?

Cobie: Bo, the head horse I ride now. He is solid in the box, fast to steers and faces good.
Cole: Paycheck was the first horse I really learned to rope on and allowed me to really progress my heading skills. I also breakawayed and goat-tied off of him.

What are your favorite cattle to rope?

Cobie: Corrientes to team rope and beef or long horn calves.
Cole: Corriente cattle to team rope and beef calves in tie-down.

Have you currently set any roping or rodeo goals?

Cobie: Win state in the team roping with Cole.
Cole: Be successful in the years to come. Maybe win state finals, college finals and onto the PRCA.

What’s something you could tell junior high rodeo athletes before they enter high school rodeo?

Cobie: Have fun, be involved, stay positive and never give up.
Cole: Have fun and don’t pressure up. Enjoy it all and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough.


Kimes Ranch Jeans Blog - Dear Cowboy Kimes


Dear Cowboy,

I know it’s not easy
Being with a cowgirl
They’re rough and tough
And sometimes just meaner
Than a rattlesnake
They may dance
Swift like the wind
And then leave you
In the dust
Of their broken ways
And stubborn rush
But, when you find that special darlin’
She will shine bright
Like a full-moon night
And she’ll be even more beautiful
In your eyes
Than your favorite starry sky
She’ll be your caretaker
Your best friend
And your right hand man
She’ll out do most men
And, doesn’t think a thing
About competing with other women
Try your best to not let her go
To sleep mad
Because she may wake
On the hook like a hot mama cow
Let her be
Whatever she wants
And empower
And embrace her
Because she’ll rise
Like a queen
When you find her
Please hold her tight
And kiss her
Every day and every night
Hey cowboy,
I know it’s rough
But, just make sure you treat her right.


California Sportsman - May Issue - Fishing in the Valley


These places are something special. Maybe, unlike what you’ve ever seen. Rich in history, it is sacred land that holds a wealth of sources, a thriving environment and significant geological features. Outlined on the east by the Cascade, Sierra Nevada and Tehachapi mountain ranges, and decorated on the west by the California Coast Ranges and San Francisco Bay, the Central Valley is overwhelmed with breath taking scenery and phenomenal fishing opportunities.

Abundant rains and melting snow from the Sierra Nevada’s feed the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers that run through the Central Valley - extending from Shasta county in the north to the Kern county in the south. It’s known for being one of the most productive agricultural region not only in California, but in the world.

In the 1800’s,  an extensive population of Yokut Indians lived on the shores of the now dry Tulare Lake. The area provided them with reliable food and resources, while other tribes like Maidu and Miwoks migrated to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Tribes used reed tule, branches and grasses for their baskets, homes and canoes.

The Central Valley made history in the winter of 1861-62 when it experienced one of the most devastating flood that took thousands of lives and turned the valley floor and much of the state into inland seas for months.   

Nowadays, there are more farms than fishing holes, but this vast valley has a handful of fishing spots that are worth checking out in the spring and summer. Although late spring usually makes the trout succumb to heat, with Mother Nature’s indecisiveness over the weather this year, I anticipate the fishing will be fun for a couple more months.

My goal for this story was to visit a few different locations in the area that  I was unfamiliar. However, we fortunately received several back-to-back snowy-storms that forced the parks to close.  But as a Central Valley girl myself, I still want to showcase some of the many viable alternatives around the foothills and lower San Joaquin that not only feature exciting fishing spots but offer a beautiful scenic journey.


 Lake Success

Lake Success is just a few miles east of Porterville off Highway 190. This lake can be inconsistent as you never know if it will be a hot spot or not. But, it definitely also depends on what you are trying to catch. There are many freshwater species here like crappie, carp, bluegill, trout, catfish and largemouth. The mid-April, my brothers Zeb and Jacob walked the northeast banks, in hopes of catching a big mama bass.  Many were swimming next to the banks in the shallow waters, protecting their fry underneath wood and debris. However, the only thing they had any interests in was protecting those fry. They weren’t biting. In the winter months we have a secret spot at the lake that provides for an abundance of nice rainbows. My success at Success is always attributed to using live crickets. Bass fishing off a boat is pretty good here also.

Lower Kern & Lake Isabella

Located roughly 25 minutes from Bakersfield, the easily accessible Lower Kern river is said to be a good fishing spot because of its controlled flows. However, as the snow melts from May-June, trout fishing can be dangerous or almost impossible.  April and May are said to be some of the best times to fish this spot as the river is usually low. In the early spring, the Department of Fish and Game heavily plants the river with good size rainbows. Dry and dropper fly combinations or double nymph rigs dead drifted under an indicator are amongst anglers favorites.

Drive a little further and you can hit some hot spots in the mouth of the Upper Kern. In the winter and spring months, anglers have caught some big trophy fish up to 28 inches and up to 8 pounds, as reported by the CDFW. Drive a little further and you will hit Lake Isabella which is said to have some awesome trout, bass and large crappie. On May 19, Lake Isabella hosts its annual Carpfest, a throw down that will pit teams of two carp fly anglers. The profits will benefit local conservation groups, Kern River Conservancy and Keepers of the Kern.


Kings River, Weaver Lake & Hume Lake

Below Pine Flat Reservoir sits the heavily planted Kings River, 30 miles east of Fresno off of Highway 180. San Joaquin Fish Hatchery is  real close and  CDFW Hatchery staff plants is twice a week. While fish releases aren’t common from Pine Flat Dam to Avocado Lake, there is plenty of public access and fishing can be good. The Lower Kings is a popular heavily used area because it is planted on a regular basis. This is a good place to take a child or inexperienced  angler. Stocked fish eat darn near anything and allow you to fill your bag in a short amount of time.

Continue driving up Hwy 180 and you will run into Weaver Lake. The mostly mild hike is a 6.5 round trip.   The scenery is stunning and the water is nearly crystal clear. This is an awesome place to take your family and through a line in around the lake. However, this area is heavily traveled. You can also ride hardback into this lake, as well as Jennie Lakes which is 8.4 miles away.

Drive even further up the 180 and you will arrive at Hume Lake, approximately 22 miles from Weaver Lake. With an elevation of 5,200 feet, outstanding rainbow trout are planted here during the spring and summer months, while there are also brown trout, small and largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The scenery is absolutely stunning and Ten Mile creek which feeds into the lake, offers arguably even better fishing!

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All Good Cowgirls

 Casey Hardy Photography -

Casey Hardy Photography -

All Good Cowgirls
By Amy C. Witt

Maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
That likes ropin’ fast Corrientes
And wears a nice felt Stetson
Always lookin’ pretty
Ridin’ a Doc O’Lena
Swingin’ a Cactus Rope
Ready to drop a coil
Or lookin’ for a fast throw

Maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
That rides the feed lot all day
Dreamin’ about finer Wednesdays
And, your roan Hancock, yeah, he’s broke
But, sometimes he’s just alright
He could probably use a good choke

Maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
Who rides the days away
Doctorin’ and sortin’ and cussin’
It’s always your way
Your dogs, they come to a whistle
And, you always gotta watch the thistle
That’s where the rattle snakes lay
As you’re ridin’ your favorite bay

Maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
Who loves chasin’ those cans
Your rig, yeah its big
And, you’ve got fast hands
And, don’t ever forget
Your Gold Buckle plans
Because honey, you got them
Barrel racin’ demands

Maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
Who helps your cowboy all the while
Tendin’ to the kids, the calves and the shots
Always with a big smile
Exposin’ them to the ranch
You like takin’ the babies for a trot
Your cowboy, yeah he’s your best friend
And, he knows all the good spots

And, maybe you’re the kind of cowgirl
By day you’re working towards your dreams
But, slip on your boots to dance
Around in your tight fittin’ jeans
Tryin’ get away every weekend
Away from the city things
You long for a cowboy
Who will buy you a nice diamond ring


Whatever kind of cowgirl you may be
 Just know that there are other women
Drinkin’ coffee
And, thinkin’ and feelin’
And rackin’ their brains
Workin’ towards healin’
For better days
But no matter what,
They always keep ridin’ and ropin’
And, workin’ each day
To be a finer woman
In every damn way