Local Calf Roper to Compete in NDRA Rodeo Finals

Published 09/29 2016 05:12PM

Updated 09/29 2016 05:12PM

Calf roper Don Morgan practices with his horse, Bandit.
Calf roper Don Morgan practices with his horse, Bandit./Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don Morgan practices calf roping right in his backyard. The rodeoer has an arena for his horse and calves to practice in.
He's been competing in rodeos for a long time, so he knows the drill.

"I've been doing rodeos since I was about 10 years old...

And he's not the only one competing in rodeos... it's a family affair.

"Good thing about rodeo is that it's a family event so my mom, my kid's grandma is rodeoing, their aunt is, my wife does, my kids do, even my one year old son has been on a horse so."

Morgan has also competed in other rodeo events such as team roping, bull riding, and steer wrestling. However, he claims that his partner, Bandit, does most of the work.

"Roping is about a 90% of the event is the quality of the horse and how he works, only about 10% is the human being. so we spend most of our time working on our horses making sure they're sharp."

Calf roping is an event that requires calves to practice with.
Morgan uses the technique called breakaway to ensure the safety of the animals.  

"Now what that means is we'll go and rope them, practice roping around the neck but then it's got wire to where it will just break away. That way we can do a lot of repetition without putting a lot of stress on the cattle or the horses."

This weekend will be the real deal however, The calves that Morgan will be roping this weekend weigh anywhere between 200 to 230 pounds.

Reporter Shelby Rose was even able to help Morgan practice by pulling the chute that holds the calves.

 

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