May 10, 2013
Two weeks off since my last rodeo. Home includes family time, practice, projects, and private lessons. Last week I went to western Idaho to rope with two young men over there. Good strong kids with good work ethics. We practiced all day.
Other than that, I run a few everyday, work out some, and spend some time with the family.
April 25, 2013
"West Coast Rodeos"
After only a couple days at home in Idaho I headed west for the Cali run. I unfortunately missed the books on Red Bluff (amature mistake) but it happens to everyone once in a while. My schedule was a trip to Oakdale to run two. My first one I got flagged out for a jerk down, it was a questionable call in my opinion and I was 12 on my second one. Then I headed to good ol' Clark County for the Logandale rodeo. I graduated high school from Moapa Valley High so it kind of always feels like I am coming home. I roped well but drew poorly. The calves are always fresh at Logandale so the draw plays a huge part. I then headed back to Lakeside, CA. I won the first round placed third in the second round and won the average. The weather sure is beautiful out here this time of year. I am now at Clovis, CA which will be my last stop before I head home for a couple of weeks. I had a runner yesterday in the first round and was 10.8. My second one is today and then there are two progressive rounds and a short round so the plan is to be here until Sunday.
April 6, 2013
OKC! At the Ram Finals (RNCFR) I pulled off a big win to defend my title. Ram finals is a tournament format rodeo. 24 entries, 2 from each 12 circuits. First round I was 8.9 won third. Second round I was 8.8 and split first and second in the round and won the two head average. In the semi's I roped last and tied one in 8.5, second. Final round, four guys, I roped third, ran a hard running little calf a long ways and was 9.0. Scott Kormos was last to rope, and he had a calf that he already tied in round one in 8.4. So I thought it was over and I was going to win second, but the calf strained with Scott and took him to 9.1. A little luck never hurt.
March 28, 2013
Sorry for the delay in the updates. Winter rodeos are officially over. My last two competitions were Houston and Austin Texas. At Austin I didn't score well on my first calf and broke out. My second calf kicked bad. At Houston I did well in my Super Series, I qualified to the Semi's, and won the semi final. In the finals I ran a calf that I roped in the Super Series and it ran hard. I missed the start, and had to hurry through the flanking and tying and made a mistake on the tie.
I am now preparing for the DNCFR, the "circuit finals" in OKC. I have been enjoying south Texas, good weather, roping lots, and good friends. The horses are working good. I'll be back in Idaho soon, but not for long. Matt
February 25, 2013
Since last update, I flew to Rapid City SD, I placed there on a calf that kicked. At San Antonio I placed on my first calf, and no luck after that, so I did not advance to the semi's there. At San Angelo I was 11.7 on my first one, 7.7 on second, it split 4,5,6, 8.2 on my third one, made short go in the 10 position, started a good run, but I didnt handle my string well and was longer, 10.1. Placed in short go but no average. At Tucson AZ I mounted out. I rode Rhen Richard's black horse. He's good, and the score there is long and the arena is huge. I was 12.5 on my first one, 9.8 on my second but was flagged out because the horse dragged the calf some as I was remounting. Questionable call. Up next is Houston TX. It is not a PRCA rodeo, so any points won there won't count. It also is a tournament style format with semi's, wildcard and finals. Austin TX is also right here soon, plus Justin Maass' roping which is invitational, top 40 calf ropers in the world. Probably one of the best ropings you can watch. Other than roping and practicing, I get in 9 holes of golf here and there. Enjoying Texas weather. January 29, 2013We're off to a good start. I won fouth at Denver. I made two good runs on tough calves and a good run in the finals that placed 3/4 split. Its so important to get off to a good start. Ft Worth rodeo is also going on. I scored bad and missed my first one, but on my second one I was 7.9. Currently its winning the round with lots of ropers to go, hopefully it will hold up to win or place. Runs will be posted from Denver and Ft Worth. Next is a horse show in Ft Worth, Rapid City SD, then we move into San Antonio, Tucson, San Angelo, Houston, Austin...MattDecember 15, 2012Final night of the NFR is always the best. Its the end to a long week with lots of autograph signings and 9 late nights. But its also the night when championships are earned. I wasn't in the world championship picture like I was the year before, but there was just as much on the line. On my final run I was 7.6. Overall I placed 5 out of 10 rounds and tenth for the year. Thanks for following me through this. Some runs will be posted for your viewing. Thanks!MattRound number 9 was the fastest round of the whole NFR. There was two 6.9 and three 7.2. I didnt get the start I needed to be that fast and had a slow handling calf. I ended up 9 something. December 14, 2012Round number 8 started well with a good draw. Then when I was warming up my horse my dad called and informed me that Mitt Romney was present and he was sitting in the first row right where I ride out after my run. The good draw turned into a good run and I thought it would be the only chance I may get to shake Mitt's hand, so on my way out I rode my horse Hippie over and told him thank you and shook his hand. A double win in my book. 2 more to go with lots of chances still on the table. MattDecember 12, 2012Well were half way now and I have placed in one round and I won round 5. Last night in round 6 I broke the barrier and was 7.3. Too bad too cause it would have won third in the round. My go round 5 run will be on videos soon so you can check it out. 4 more rounds to go with lots of chances still win. Thanks for following and supporting my roping. MattDecember 8, 2012Round 2 was something that I will laugh about and move on. Cause thats all I can do. My calf was a bad draw and it showed. I am roping good though and my horse is working good. Tonights pen of calves is the little pen and there should be lots of chances. MattDecember 7, 2012One down 9 to go! It's always nice to get the first one out of the way. Last night everything felt so good. I felt like I started a great run. That calf kind of flailed while I was flanking him and I missed his front leg. My horse Hippie felt good and he worked well. This was the bigger set of calves so we will rope them four times. We breakaway and tie the calves the first three days in the morning so that is where I am right now. I will be signing autographs today for Cinch at the Convention Center at 1pm. Come say hi!My wife will be posting all my runs under video. Check them out!MattDecember 5, 2012It's here!!! My family and I have been in Vegas for the past 10 days enjoying beautiful weather for practice and preparing for the culmination of a great year! We brought Hippie and Chuck to ride. I will be starting off on Hippie with Chuck as my back up. We broke in the calves Monday night and they are healthy and strong. We will rope the big set first. Because I am coming in 11th I will rope 5th tomorrow night and on Saturday I will actually be the first roper out. Throughout the 10 days I will be at my various sponsors signing autographs. We will be posting my runs every night under videos so be sure to check them out. Let's keep the positive vibes rollin'!! It's going to be a great roping to watch this year! Stay tunedMattSeptember 16, 2012We did it!At Puyallup Washington at the playoff rodeo, I was able to have a breakthrough performance that should allow me to qualify for my 6th NFR. It was exactly what my season was needing. I placed at a few other rodeos and I am roping good. Check out my runs. They're loaded under the link video. MattAugust 20, 2012Driving driving driving is all we seem to do these days. The dog days of summer have arrived. Last Monday was Caldwell Idaho slack. It is one of the few rodeos that still has a big slack. My calf stuck a leg and I was 9.4 which wasn't even close to placing. This was probably the fastest rounds at Caldwell I have ever seen. The next night I ran my second one and he also stuck a leg and I was 10. Then we hit Burley and Gooding Idaho I ended up 3rd at Gooding. Canby Oregon was next on the list and I placed in the first round. Moses Lake Washington was in there somewhere and I placed there as well. Not a great week but we are still bopping along! We went to a roping last nighAugust 12, 2012Greetings. I'm back home for a day so I can sit down with the windows laptop and update my website. I am currently unable to do it from and ipad or iphone, so I am behind. This summer has been a test like most summers are. Roping is such a disipline with lots of variables. It takes lots of focus and some things have to go your way. I just flew back in from Sikeston Missouri, I placed there low, but before that I was at Hermison Oregon on wednesday, Missoula Montana thursday, Omak Washington, Logan Utah and Coalville Utah Friday, then flew to St Louis Saturday morning. I am still waiting on results from Omak (there's a perf tonight) but I won Logan, won the first round at Omak and was placing third in the avg with tonight to go. Next week is just as busy. Caldwell, Burley, Gooding, Moses Lake, and Canby. On August 5, I matched Tuf Cooper at the Spicer Gripp roping. we had a 8 head match that was awesome. I got beat by one second. the runs will
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