What’s Your Number: Q&A with Terrance Persson
Terrance Persson, with Gillette, Wyo.
NUMBER AND END: I’m a straight #5 both ends, but I mostly heel.
ASSOCIATION OF PREFERENCE: As of now, I suppose it would probably be the World Series of Team Roping. I like roping for the tremendous amounts of money more than anything.
ROPE OF CHOICE: Anything will work heading. I mostly use the Cactus Whistler heeling. I’ve used those ropes for about 10 years. I guess I’m pretty well used to them.
BIGGEST WIN: I won a big check at the World Series Finale a couple of years ago with Kay Miller. We were in the top 20. That was pretty cool. (Miller, Scottsbluff, Neb., and Persson took home $14,000 in 2013 fnishing 14th in the #10 Bloomer Finale VIII.)
BEST HORSE YOU’VE EVER RIDDEN: I suppose I did as good on one I called “Trade” as anything. He was a heel horse. I rode him at least 10 years. He’d just give me a shot every time. He never seemed to get short. I couldn’t tell you why they work for me sometimes. That one, I just attribute to luck. I actually got that horse from Julie Mankin’s dad (Bill Mankin). Julie and I won a lot of money together when I was riding that horse. I guess that’s partially why I picked him; she’s been on my mind lately. We’ve always been good friends.
WHY YOU ROPE: I enjoy the friends I make. We’re out in the boonies here and travelling all the time. When you get to the jackpots, more often than not, it’s just a whole lot of good people. COMPETITION PHILOSOPHY: I heel so I don’t need one! No, I just really try not to beat myself anymore. From experience, I think about 3/4 of the teams just beat themselves eventually.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: I’ve been married pretty much forever. My wife, Cindy, and I have two sons, Drew and Ben. They went to school and came back to the ranch. One ropes a little more than the other. They make me nice horses now.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR REAL JOB: We have a ranch outside of Buffalo, Wyo. It’s called “Ranch.” Sometimes we call it work and sometimes we call it fun. We mostly just run cows. When I leave for Arizona, the boys stay home and work on the ranch. At least that’s what they tell me.
YOUR FAVORITE ROPING: We winter in Wickenburg, Ariz., for about six months. I do a lot more roping in the wintertime. I’d have to say Beaver’s Horse World there in Wickenburg. It’s just a weekly jackpot but it’s a good one.