Local Laredoan Preps For Team Roping
Highlighting a local Laredoan, one is gearing up for a major team roping competition in San Antonio.
This is a sport that may seem impossible for some; whether its the cost to ride or the fear of heights, but 18 year-old Brady Benavides just cant seem to get team roping out of his system, he says," its something you start and you only want to get better.”
Team roping is when two riders the header and the heeler try to rope a steer to get the fastest time.
It's considered to be the fastest growing cowboy sport besides bull riding.
Brady's teammate cant decide what aspect he loves more about the sport.
He said,"its fun to compete, its fun to win money, head out to different places spend money win some more goes on and on."
Brady won a dummy rope competition at age ten, won his first saddle at age 15 and says in one competition he won 18 thousand in cash prizes.
His father, Nick Benavidez,says it doesn't surprise him to see him compete at such a high level,"he grew up on a ranch all his life he showed cattle before he started doing horses theres some dangers in showing cattle so it went along with it he didn't have any problems transitioning its kinda natural to him."
For now, as the pair trains for their next competition Brady says just giving it his all is rewarding enough."we lose for a while I've been to roping where I come out and I fall off my horse but if its some thing you love you don't give up you keep going."
In two weeks Brady and Berny will travel to San Antonio to the Rose Palace and compete for 30 thousand dollars.