ROPERS SPORTS NEW - Summer Fun with Your Steed - August 2018

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Summer Fun with Your Steed
By Amy C. Witt
@caliiforniadreamin
Caliidreamin.com
amycwitt@gmail.com

Sometimes these record high temps get in the way of our summer plans. With California’s heat wave upon us, it can be a bit discouraging and unmotivating to want to adventure too far from home. Living in Tulare County, I am quite familiar with the struggle of trying to beat the heat, get horses rode while keeping it exciting. So, I’ve compiled a few ideas to inspire you to journey horseback through these hot months.  

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Take your horse swimming. This has been a life-changing experience for me. It has not only made me a better rider, it has taught me a lot more about my horse and the communication and connection we share. Find a lake that has a recreation center or area where there is not a lot of people or distractions. I would suggest finding a boat ramp that is not used. As they are cemented, it seems to provide support and a bit of security for horses as they travel into the water. If you make sure to stay on the boat ramp, you are able to obtain a better sense of depth and direction. The ground outside of the cement is different and horses are very aware of this. I’ve also found that riding your horse into the water bareback is more effective. I feel it gives them a sense of safety and they seem to ease in rather, smooth and quietly. Not to mention, swimming is great exercise and just overall rejuvenating and therapeutic to their body. This is one of my favorite things to do and I highly encourage you to experience it!

Take a beach trip. Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Pismo State Beach, Salinas River State Beach, Half Moon Bay, Pebble Beach are just a few really beautiful and easy spots to enjoy a blissful sunrise or sunset ride. In Monterey County, you can also ride through the Del Monte Forest – which is on my bucket list this year.

 My photographer and friend of over 20 years, encouraged me to enter the Unity Farms Barrel and Pole buckle series. I ended up second to Jamie who won the buckle for the 2D pole bending series.

My photographer and friend of over 20 years, encouraged me to enter the Unity Farms Barrel and Pole buckle series. I ended up second to Jamie who won the buckle for the 2D pole bending series.


Take a weekend and enter a jackpot somewhere you wouldn’t normally go. Most recently, I started entering a barrel and pole bending summer series jackpot at Unity Farms, which is only six miles from home. Not only am I having fun and winning money, I have been introduced into a special community of inspiring young girls and empowering women. This isn’t something I would’ve normally done if it wasn’t for my best friend insisting I enter anywhere, anything.  

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Go to the mountains. Living only 50 miles from the Sequoia National Forest, I have been taking advantage of the opportunity to ride amongst the big trees and explore our sacred forests. Riding in the forest is always a very spiritual and rewarding experience. Pack a pole with you and throw a line in at a creek or pond. Better yet, take a pack trip into the wilderness. The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Forests offer awesome family owned and operated pack stations. This is something I have yet to do but an experience I anticipate to endure.

I’ve found that websites and apps like Trail Link : https://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/ca-horseback-riding-trails/ or All Trails: https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/sequoia-national-forest/horseback-riding are very helpful in planning your next expedition.

ROPERS SPORTS NEW - Rylee George - July 2018

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ROPERS SPORTS NEWS
Rylee George
by Amy C. Witt

Backing into the box at the California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) State Finals, Rylee George had qualified in four events and was also District 5’s All-Around Cowgirl. But, she wasn’t going to end her year with just those titles – she would departure her junior year being crowned as the 2018 State All-Around Cowgirl and State Champion Header.

“It feels incredible to win All-Around at State,” George expresses. 

George and her partner, Karson Mebane successfully roped four head with an average of 50 seconds, taking home the State championship title and securing the first spot in qualifying for National Finals in Rock Springs, WY, July 15-21. This is the first year the ropers have competed together in high school rodeo.

Rodeoing has been an important aspect of her life since she was five years old. In August, George will be a senior at Oakdale High School. She competes in the pole bending, goat-tying, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. Coming into State Finals, she won the breakaway roping ,team roping, second in barrels, sixth in goat tying and the All-Around Cowgirl title.

 We are proud of you and will be rooting for you at Rock Springs! You make California proud, cowgirl!

Express to me how it feels to be the State champion header?

Being the State champion header feels pretty great. I’ve never won State in team roping before so to be able to win it feels like I am one step closer to accomplishing my life goal. 

What was your average in the breakaway?

My average in the breakaway roping was about 16.5 on four head.

Other major accomplishments/wins?

My other accomplishments are winning the breakaway roping my 8th grade year at Junior High Rodeo State Finals. And, I’ve won 21 saddles. 

What is your favorite rodeo event and why?

My favorite rodeo event is the team roping because it is challenging to figure out how your partner may like the steers handled. Also, it teaches you to work as a team, to make the dream work.

What do you feel is your biggest challenge you face when competing?

My biggest challenge when competing is not letting the nerves get into my head and make me overthink things.

Who or what inspires you and why?

Jackie Crawford inspires me because she works hard for what she wants and she excels in multiple rodeo events.

Talk about your horse/horses

I have two head horses that helped me make it to State. The first one is named Rio, who is a 12 year old Dun gelding, with a lot of run and a big move. Second, is Nick. He is a 12 year old Palomino who scores and faces well. Dakota is my breakaway horse. She is black and seven years old - I’ve had since she was three.

Any roping or rodeo goals?

My rodeo goal is to qualify for the NFR one day. 

How about your career goals?

I want to work for an animal nutrition company and make new grains and supplements. 

Four things on your bucket list?

 

1.       Skydiving

2.      Fly in a hot air balloon

3.      Travel around the world

4.      Scuba diving


Favorite quote?

“Work until your idols become your rivals,” Said by Drake.

 

Ropers Sports News - The Dodds Boys

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The Dodds Boys
By Amy C. Witt
@caliiforniadreamin
 

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?

Cobie:
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?

Cobie:
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

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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.

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