Rattler Rope asked Kelsie Chace what she thought separates good from great inside of the arena. Her response was no surprise.
Horsemanship…this can make or break you. I see a lot of kids that can rope really, really well. But I don’t see a lot of kids that ride their horses well. Horsemanship is something that I work on every single day, but too many people overlook it and only focus on the roping part. Are you confident in your horse every time that you back in the box? Roping is hard enough as it is, so I want to make sure I keep it as simple as I can, and to do that I have to have great horses, and keep them that way. Get help with your horsemanship. Learn how to ride your horse better, and practice it. If you can’t do something right in the practice pen, you can’t expect to go and do it right when your money is up. Don’t cheat yourself; learn how to ride and rope in every situation, not just the ones that are easy for you. Take the time to be a good horseman/woman and your roping will only get better. Never stop learning and enjoy the process!!
-Kelsie Chace, 6X WPRA World Champion Roper