Charlene Hunt leaves little doubt the inaugural Team Roping and Breakaway Roping Clinic was an overwhelming success.
“It was an awesome experience for everyone from the most talented and experienced to those who had never picked up a rope,” she said. “We had a blast.”
The final clinic of four sessions was held Sept. 29 at the Payson Event Center.
The husband and wife team of Clint and Teri James, who are renowned Rim Country ropers, conducted the clinic.
“The students ranged in age from 10 years to 50-plus,” said Hunt. “We had several girls that were schooled in breakaway roping by Teri so they could use their newly learned skills in the youth rodeos.”
For those enrolled interested more in team roping, instruction began with the ropers doing ground work, continued with learning how to position their horses in the box and advanced to roping “Hot Heels” or mechanical calves towed around the arena by a quad.
“We learned both heading and heeling on the Hot Heels,” Hunt said.
Hunt, who is a recreation specialist for the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, plans on hosting even more roping clinics.
“We are planning an extended clinic for the spring,” she said.
For more information, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.