Rodeo: Teaching Life Lessons In & Out of the Arena

When asked how he got started roping, 17-year-old Josh Noble says it's a big story.

"I was adopted, and the family I came to rodeo a lot and we'd sell horses for a living. They gave me a rope and showed me how to swing. They took me to ropings on Monday nights and it turned out that I love it. I started out as a seven year old roping. That's a long time ago."

Roping may have started as a hobby, but quickly grew into one of Josh's passions.

"One of the best things that you could ever do is go to a rodeo and have a whole crowd watching you, everybody's watching you. You're scared, you're nervous, and you're in the box and your horse is hyped up you're about to rope and you go out there and you might miss. Oh well, you'll get it next time."

Sort of like getting back on the horse after a tough experience. It's a lesson that josh has taken out of the arena. The idea that perseverance pays off.
"The second time you go out there, you make it. You get a really good time and it pays off."

Even though Josh started roping steers, he admits that he likes trick roping better.

"I was at a Houston mule show and I was a short man, just a little kid, I was roping a dummy and it had some wheels on it. He was pulling it and I was roping it. I was a little kid and he grabbed my hand and he showed me how to do a butterfly.  I did that all the time. I was roping my sister, roping my friends. 

So, how's Josh as a teacher?  We would soon find out.
"You always want to have three coils in your left hand, and you want to make sure to slide the eye of your rope down."

"Three coils, and this is the eye of your rope. You want to slide it down. Make sure there's a big loop here."
Why do we want to do that?

"You want to make sure it flows right."

"Here's your line. Get up nice and close." 

Swing, walk up, rope it. Seems easy enough.

After watching Josh a few times, and getting a thorough explanation of how to flick my wrist... I still .... only made one horn.

Teacher, roper, rider. Josh is a man of many talents. He's also bull fighting in the upcoming rodeo.

"It's nerve racking. It's much different, but when you get out there and it's your first time and when you first get bumped by a bull you get scared but after you get your first bump. You've got your best friends on top of a bull, I mean it's game on.  The hardest thing about fighting a bull is timing. To time when that rider falls off and to be there."
At the end of the day it all pays off.

"Last year at Boys Ranch Rodeo, I placed second in steers."

Boys Ranch Rodeo
- Saturday & Sunday
- $10 
- Fun Starts at 10 a.m.
- (800) 687-3722


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