You may not have known that Chris Cox, three-time undefeated world champion of Road to the Horse, is also reserve champion of the Perry Dilorreto Invitational team roping! This famous horseman and clinician finds time to be extremely competitive in this exciting—and growing—sport, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Reno Rodeo Invitational Team Roping held in Reno, Nevada, where Chris and his partner Slick Robison bested over 200 teams and ended the day with nearly $130,000 in their pockets.
Chris got his hands on a copy of the new TSB book TEAM ROPING 101 by Kayla Starnes, and here’s what he had to say about it:
“TEAM ROPING 101 should be the essential tool for team ropers and horse enthusiasts of every age alike! Author Kayla Starnes takes you down the path to becoming a team roper; from picking out your first rope and first horse to your first team roping competition.
“The book begins with a ‘cheat sheet’ for those not familiar with the team roping language, including terms like ground money, scant and hondo. It then continues by explaining the background and the details about the sport, as well as other horsemanship knowledge. Horse enthusiasts can take advantage of this book with pages about how to select the correct horse for yourself and multiple horsemanship tips and exercises! Starnes maps out the details on how to choose your first horse from their body conformation and correctness to coloring and markings. She also describes a ‘pre-flight’ checklist, a way to see what level rider you are, and various exercises for you and your horse to complete.
“For team ropers, they will find this book to be of the utmost value! From beginner to professional, team ropers can learn how their ropes are created, which rope works best for which level, the groundwork on roping dummies, roping from horseback and finally their first competition. TEAM ROPING 101 is one of the most complete team roping manuals written!”
Chris’ television show Chris Cox Horsemanship airs on RFD-TV three times a week, and he is the author of the book Ride the Journey.