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Let’s Talk It Over with Dale Woodard

No Comments22 July 16:34

One of the goals I have for my roping is to rope as good in competition as I do when I practice. I hear people say, “I can rope the target but I can’t catch live cattle,” or, “I can catch at home but not at the jackpot.” My answer to that is, you have got to be able to catch somewhere. Your chances of catching at the jackpot would be extremely low if you couldn’t catch the target or your practice cattle.


My point in this article is that a lot of people can rope well in the practice pen but they struggle to achieve that same level of proficiency in competition and I want to know why. We can learn a lot about competing by watching other sports like baseball, wrestling, basketball or tennis. I’ve heard it stated that the mental part of the game is the same in all forms of sports.


Karla and I are originally from California and when we lived there we were fans of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Karla’s dad has been a Giants fan for fifty years. Well, low and behold in 2010 they made it to the World Series and won it. We also like the Texas Rangers but someone had to lose.


As we watched the games one of the statements about the Giant’s pitchers stood out. The commentator said, “The Giant’s pitchers are young but they are unafraid. They know how to pitch and they have the confidence and courage to throw any of their pitches at anytime.” Watching Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum pitch you could see this courage and determination that they had working. If a batter got a base hit off one of them you could see the look on their faces and that look was not fear.


I know to be successful in roping we need to maintain focus and concentration but I wonder how much we let fear affect those two factors. We all know courage is not the absence of fear but action in the face of it. Yes, we are acting in the face of fear when we rope but is it causing us to hesitate or rope too conservatively? That is the question.


So with all that said, lately I have tried very hard to simulate competitive runs when I practice. I ride my best horse to start with and I’m very conscious of the first four runs that I make. I also pretend that I’m roping for money so mentally I’m in the game. I think it’s working because when I compete now it feels similar to my practice. They don’t feel like two different events. My ultimate goal is to be focused and concentrate at the ropings and to feel like a pet rabbit that has the courage to fight a wolf. Hopefully my roping will be fluid and sharp when I rope for money like it is when I practice.


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