What is the Barrier System?

Here's everything you need to know about the barrier system used at rodeos.

BreakawayRoping.com coach Linsay Sumpter breaks down the barrier system used at rodeos.

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About Linsay Sumpter

Sumpter, of La Junta, Colorado, is the head rodeo coach at Otero Junior College. She also is the newly named Commissioner of the Women’s Rodeo World Championship.

“Rodeo was a genetic default of mine growing up,” Sumter explained. “My grandfather is Cotton Rosser. He’s a ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor—one of the living legends in the business.”  

Commissioner Notes: My Grandfather’s Granddaughter 

Until she was 13 years old, Sumpter was a trick rider and carried flags on stages like NFR. When she transitioned to competing in high school rodeo, she qualified to the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sumpter also got her first taste of public speaking and defending the sport of rodeo when, at the age of 15, she stood in front of the California State Legislature and spoke on behalf of the agricultural industry regarding a harsh animal welfare bill. After high school, Sumpter attended California Polytechnic State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and competed at the College National Finals Rodeo. 

From a family of rodeo royalty, Sumpter’s no-nonsense approach to coaching and competition shines through in her series on BreakawayRoping.com. On top of being an expert in breakaway horse training, Sumpter has flanked bulls, picked up broncs and day worked for a living, and that all-cowgirl attitude is what sets her apart from the pack.

About BreakawayRoping.com

BreakawayRoping.com offers courses on breakaway roping 101 as well as elite tuning with the likes of WPRA World Champion Hope Thompson, RFD-TV’s The American Champion Madison Outhier, jackpot standouts Josie Conner and Aspen Miller, and the King of the Cowboys, Trevor Brazile. It’s accessible on over 1,000 devices including iOS devices, Android devices, MACs, and PCs, so you can stream videos from the barn, event or comfort of your couch. 

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