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BORDER SCARE with barrel racer Taci Bettis...

We left Livingston, Montana, last night at 11:00 and drove all night back to Canada. I was scheduled for the short round at Ponoka this afternoon. We got to the border at 4:30 a.m. I was exhausted. Couldn’t keep my eyes open. Luckily, Tammy’s husband was driving.

This was only the second time in my life I’ve crossed into Canada with horses. The first was on Friday, and we breezed through. I was thinking, This is a piece of cake. My second crossing, this morning, didn’t go so good.

Read the whole story here.

photo courtesy of Taci Bettis

photo courtesy of Taci Bettis

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FRESH CALVES IN CODY with calf roper Tyson Durfey...

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

For example, at Cody yesterday, 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.

Read the story here.

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen


SLIP SLIDIN’ with team roper Erich Rogers...

Me and Clint Summers were up at Dickinson, North Dakota, over the weekend. It was a muddy mess.

When it’s muddy like that, it affects how you approach a run.

Overall, you know times might be a little slower. Everyone is going to watch out for their horses’ legs. You don’t want to slip and fall, but you also need to mentally block out the mud, or you’ll end up holding back. Some guys won’t run in the mud. They turn out. But that just gives the rest of us more of a chance.

Read the story and see the video here.

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

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

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