Fresh Calves in Cody

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

This Fourth of July, I’m getting to the rodeos I wanted, but I’m not getting all the runs I wanted.

by Tyson Durfey

For example, at Cody on Sunday, I ended up being in the first slack. Most rodeos calves go twice at these rodeos. The goal is to get a rerun. Fresh calves are harder to tie. I aim for entering at the halfway point or end of rodeos. That’s usually when most of the money gets won. If I’m going to enter a rodeo for a first run, I enter for one that doesn’t pay as good. A rodeo like Cody, that pays ten or eleven thousand, you’d normally want a rerun. But sometimes you draw good cattle on the first run. That’s what happened to me at Cody. I got lucky. But luck can go both ways.

I knew I drew a good one, because the night before, after we pulled into town, me and some other calf ropers tied 75 head. All the calves were fresh, never been roped. It took us until midnight. I woke up sore on Sunday morning. But it’s important to prepare calves properly before the rodeo.

Besides, you can learn a lot preparing calves. The rodeo business is an information game--knowing the starts, knowing the track record on livestock, knowing your horse, knowing the distance between rodeos, knowing speed limits. The more informed you are, the better off you’ll be.

So, on Sunday morning, my luck changed when I drew a really, really good calf. But it changed again when I broke the barrier. Otherwise, I tied her in 7.8 seconds to be winning.

Keep up with all the action during the Fourth of July run HERE.

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