Jake Barnes: It’s time to go all-in


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When I started rop­ing for a liv­ing in 1980, the money was a lit­tle iffy. Un­til now the pay for this job has never been great. But the way the (Wran­gler Na­tional) Fi­nals (Rodeo) and some of the other big events we have now are pay­ing it’s a pretty good way to make a liv­ing. I’m not as op­posed to kids dream­ing about rop­ing for a liv­ing as I used to be. Rop­ing is still a tough way to make a liv­ing, but if you’re one of the top guys now there is ac­tu­ally money to be made in this sport. If you’re a tal­ented roper, it’s time to go all-in. I’ve al­ways been hes­i­tant to tell kids to pur­sue a rop­ing ca­reer. But if you’ve got the tal­ent and the de­sire, I’m now say­ing go for it.

If you’re a young guy with tal­ent and a dream, study the game. Get some pro­fes­sional help from guys who are re­tired. Get with guys who know the busi­ness and can teach you the re­al­i­ties of the rodeo road, from en­ter­ing to how to win.

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