In the Corner with Cade Swor

We hope you enjoy reading these In the Corner segments as much as we do. You can never stop learning and each person you meet has something new to share. Below, read Cade Swor’s advice that can be carried over into everything you do in life.


“As a young high school competitor, my greatest challenge was consistency. Sometimes I would try so hard to win that I would mess up and make a mistake. I wanted to win so bad that I didn’t allow myself to go make the best run I could make. As a freshman and sophomore, I was thinking so much about winning that I forgot to do my job. I had to learn to focus on the steps that make the run and not the outcome of the run. As I got older I was able to do the fundamentals more consistently and therefore I have been able to win more. The only way that I matured and got better was by practicing making the same run every day. I never let the situation change my approach. I tried to go make the same run, every time, no matter what and that built up my muscle memory enough to where I was consistent.


The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given, and the best advice I could ever give, is to do it for the love of the game. The more you rope for the win or the victory or because it’s become your livelihood, you forget that the reason you did it at the high school rodeos, or the college rodeos is because you loved it and not for any other reason. Do it because you love roping calves, not because you feel like you have to or just because you want to win.”

-Cade Swor

In the Corner with Lynn Smith

Fast Footwork

By Lynn Smith – 3x National Intercollegiate Goat Tyer, Goat Tying Clinician & Collegiate Rodeo Coach.

It’s common to not run all the way into the goat. We unknowingly cheat with either our right or left leg or both. Learning how to read goats and adjust your footwork takes practice and is often overlooked at ALL skill levels. This is one of the first things we work on at clinics and at college practices.

Slow footwork can result in tripping over or even grabbing the rope to control the goat. Mistakes in flanking also are common from not running all the way into the goat. Keeping speed from your dismount off your horse into the goat, adds to the challenge. Anymore, goat tying is so competitive, footwork will separate the caliber of competitor you are.

Think of yourself like a predator out in the wild and the goat as your prey. You need to set up your run to be smart and to be fast to be successful. Knowing how to use your footwork can save a lot of time.
Shortening your strides and staying on your toes are two keys in a good approach to the goat. Staying on your toes with short, quick steps will help you react and adjust to the goat.

Practice running into position to flank, without flanking. Running as hard as you can, shorten your strides as you get closer to the goat but stay on your toes! Shorter strides will also help you get lower to flank.

Another great tool to develop footwork is a speed ladder. Keep the footwork patterns simple, so you can push yourself to go faster while controlling where your feet land. Stay on your toes so you can move your feet quickly as possible!

Participants in Goat Tying Demonstration at the 2018 NHSFR in Rock Springs, WY.

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