What’s extra spectacular than a breakaway roper making huge strikes within the rodeo trade? A breakaway roper that’s solely 17 years previous! I used to be thrilled to hop on the telephone with Josie Conner, who’s at present sitting primary on the WCRA leaderboard, to get the within scoop on her views on the WCRA and rodeo as an entire. Hope you take pleasure in!
CLN: Are you able to inform our viewers a bit about your self? (Background, your historical past with rodeo, breakaway roping and many others.)
Josie: I’m 17 years previous, a senior in highschool, and second-generation roper, my dad was an expert tie-down roper, my mother was the all-around in Lousiana for numerous years in highschool. I’ve been round it my total life, I adore it, I adore it quite a bit. I really like roping and every thing about it.
CLN: How did you initially change into concerned in breakaway? Why was that the path you wished to go
Josie: My dad and mom rodeoed, my dad skilled horses, and placed on roping clinics and jackpots. I actually grew up within the enviornment or exterior with horses my total life. And simply being with it and doing that each day, I fell in love with roping. I like to do it, I actually do. Some individuals produce other causes for doing however that’s how I acquired into it and I actually hope to remain roping and proceed doing it my total life.
CLN: Are you able to describe your expertise and involvement with the WCRA up up to now.
Josie: The primary WCRA I ever went to was in 2019 at Salt Lake Metropolis, then I used to be a 15 yr previous lady, who acquired to rope at a packed efficiency, with cameras, every thing and performing subsequent to a few of the greatest in rodeo. The WCRA has executed a great job in giving breakaway ropers that chance and I really like that they’re about that. They are surely one of the best factor that’s occurred to the game of breakaway roping.
CLN: Why do you aspire to get that primary spot on the WCRA leaderboard?
Josie: Nicely, within the Corpus Christi occasion, the primary will get fed proper into the 12/5 spherical or the massive cash spherical, which is what we wish to name it. I deal with roping as a enterprise and from a enterprise standpoint, it makes essentially the most sense to attempt to get a assured spot for the massive cash. That’s why I attempt to nominate as a lot as doable to get into that primary spot.’
CLN: What accomplishment are you the proudest of to this point?
Josie: So again in October, I gained Oklahoma’s Richest and the San Angelo Roping Fiesta on back-to-back weekends. I believe I’m most happy with that as a result of, in Oklahoma, the occasion was in a bit constructing with a short-score barrier so you could possibly go fairly quick however in San Angelo, it was in an enormous outside enviornment with a 16ft hand pull barrier.
They had been simply two utterly completely different setups, at each ropings, the highest breakaway ropers and athletes had been there in order that was fairly cool, and I most likely the proudest of that.
CLN: What’s like roping with a few of the huge time ropers?
Josie: My dad and mom truly threw me to the wolves after I was actually younger, I began going to the Newbie affiliation occasions after I was 10 years previous. It taught me win and lose. After all of the experiences I’ve had, I can’t deal with them any otherwise. Gratefully, I’m shut with loads of the highest breakaway ropers, however after I go into the sector to make my run, I can’t take into consideration them or the rest. Clearly, I simply have to do my factor and give attention to my run, and hope that it really works.
CLN: What’s the greatest recommendation you may give aspiring roper?
Josie: It’s a must to work arduous. Something you do in life, you must put within the time and the trouble as a result of nothing is straightforward and nothing price having is straightforward. So something in life, you simply need to work tougher than everybody else.
CLN: How has WCRA modified the sport for girls ropers?
Josie: In my view, I believe the WCRA drives the breakaway financial system. And what I imply by that’s, first off, it provides the women an opportunity to rope for giant cash or equal cash on the main occasions. Equally as essential, it will increase the entries at jackpots and rodeos as a result of the individuals are nominating and going to these rodeos to try to qualify for the main but in addition nonetheless successful cash.
CLN: Do you may have any closing ideas round rodeo or roping that you just’d like our viewers to know?
Josie: Rodeo is just not as a lot as a sport as it’s a lifestyle. It’s such a special lifestyle in comparison with every thing else; the method that goes into it, all of the arduous work and all of the behind the scenes issues that not lots of people know and I simply love the life that I get to dwell.
CLN: The place do you hope to be 5 or 10 years in rodeo?
Josie: Proper now, in the event you have a look at this yr, a breakaway roper may earn more money going to the jackpots, and the rodeos and attempting to make it to the WCRA majors than they’ll on the NFR and I believe it is a little due to Covid, there aren’t as many rodeos and the truth that breakaway isn’t in all the professional rodeos. I actually hope that breakaway will get to be in all the professional rodeos and I actually simply hope that as a sport it grows and I simply need to develop with it.
Josie Conner’s private nomination strategy for the WCRA:
For me, I wish to nominate combination or common ropings and rodeos. At these, you may have a possibility to rope a couple of calf, it isn’t only one calf. So in the event you mess up on one calf, you may have a couple of alternative to earn cash. That’s my essential technique.
An enormous due to Josie and the WCRA for getting this interview arrange. I personally can’t wait to have a look at this interview 5 years from now and see the place this cowgirl has landed. It’s a cool expertise to talk with these younger athletes as a result of it’s nearly such as you’re catching them on the floor degree. From myself and the remainder of the crew at Cowboy Life-style Community, we want you all one of the best as you head to Corpus Christi!