Jake Barnes: It’s time to go all-in
MAKES IT ALL-IN TIME
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.