Dummy Roping Drill: Keeping Your Horse Square

How to keep the calf straight in front of you, no matter which way it goes.

Roping The Dummy From Different Positions

Try this breakaway roping dummy drill to help keep your calf in front of you no matter which way it runs. In this Relentless Insights video brought to you by Cactus Ropes, World Champions Lari Dee Guy and Hope Thompson share the right way—and the wrong way—for setting your horse up square to the calf.

“If the calf is right in front of me and I’m running to the calf and the calf turns left, I’m going to turn my shoulders and get my horse right in behind the calf. If I start leaning trying find the calf, then the whole time I’m chasing the calf down the left fence.”

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About Lari Dee Guy:

Lari Dee Guy is an eight-time Women’s Professional Rodeo World Champion and leading advocate for women in rodeo. Guy, of Abilene, Texas, teaches roping clinics across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia when she’s not competing in the WPRA. She qualified for the first-ever National Finals of Breakaway Roping in Arlington, Texas, and she’s a 2021 Inductee into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and a 2020 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

About Hope Thompson:

Hope Thompson is a three-time WPRA World Champion and a 2020 National Finals of Breakaway Roping qualifier. Thompson, alongside Guy, teaches roping schools across the globe and trains horses in Abilene, Texas. Thompson is responsible for the training of the great breakaway horse Super Chrome Ink, aboard whom CR Bradley won an AQHA Reserve World Title in the calf roping.

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