WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? With Donny Davis
Donny Davis, from Butte, Mont., talks to Spin To Win Rodeo after winning $5,110 at the #10 Special Fees Roping in Billings, Mont.
Number and End: 5 plus, both.
Association of Preference: Definitely the World Series of Team Roping. We do many of the World Series ropings because we love the pay out and the people, and also, as I’ve gotten a little bit older, it’s nice to be able to get away from the younger crowd.
Rope of Choice: Fast Back
Biggest Win: It was at the USTRC Finals about 20 years. We won about $28,000.
How You Got Into Roping: Since we were young kids, my five brothers and I, we always rodeoed with my dad. We rode bulls, saddle broncs, bareback horses, and of course we team roped, but he said if we wanted to continue to ride roughstock we needed to rope. So we kept roping, and you know eventually, you get too old to ride roughstock. Out of the six of us brothers, three of us still continue to rope, and one of my brothers is the partner with whom I won this last roping. When I first started, I was left-handed and I was told I couldn’t rope if I didn’t learn how to do it right handed, so now it’s the only thing I can do right handed. I got tired of them making fun of me! The cool part about qualifying this year is I’ve been going to the Finale for the past six years, and my mom has never been able to make it. My mom is 86 years old, and this year she decided she can come, so we are really excited about that.
Tell Me About Your #10 Win: We had fresh cattle, my brother and I have been roping a lot of fresh cattle at home this year. We are way behind everyone else, you know, because our cattle are just getting broke in. So anyway, at the roping I told my brother, “These cattle are real fresh,” especially because I had roped in the #13 and #12 the day before, so I had a feel for what the cattle were like. He just turned 60 this year so he was able to tie on, so I told him, “I’ll crunch them real hard and set the cattle up for you, so don’t expect them to go flying out of there, I’ll hold them in the hole a little longer.” So we kind of had a plan and went at it.
A lot of teams were struggling with the faster, fresher cattle, so we kind of just kept the game going and were able to come out on top. It helps that we had a game plan. I just wanted him to know I wasn’t going to take off with it, just set them up and let him have them. It’s nice to have a win like this early on, it helps get you going for the year. I called my mom, told her happy Mother’s Day, pack your bags, you’re going to Las Vegas! Sometimes we don’t get qualified until mid-August, so it’s nice for us because we can get rooms earlier, since many times in August everything is sold out. My wife ropes, but she’s had surgery on her elbow, so we are hoping she can recover quickly and get qualified early on as well.
Your Favorite Roping: My favorite ropings are some of the ones they have up here. Rod Lyman is a friend of mine and I like his ropings a lot. But I love the one in Livingston, Mont. The World Series Finale is on the top there as well, we really enjoy seeing the people and getting caught up with old friends when we go to Vegas.
Best Horse You Ever Rode: The one I just lost. I had taken him to the Finale twice. He was 11 years old and his name was Rooster. He broke his pelvis, and we had to put him down, but he was the best horse I’ve ever ridden. I had him for five years, and he had the World Series start down perfect. People at ropings used to talk about how fast he could get out of the box, but honestly, he was made for it.
Why You Rope: I’ve always been competitive. I really enjoy competing, and it’s something my wife and I do, so it’s something we can enjoy together. We love being around our friends who rope, and it just keeps us going. Also I think it’s just in my blood--it’s what I know. But probably the biggest aspect is the competition aspect of it all, and getting to travel while doing what you love.
Competition Philosophy: I’ve always been an athlete. I speed skated all over the world. I concentrate on going out, setting up the steer and going for it. Pressure never really bothered me, I just go do my deal and let it fall where it falls.
Tell Me About Your Real Job: I run a construction company—we own Davis Construction. We do general contracting in Butte, Mont. We build everything from commercial buildings to indoor arenas to a lot of concrete--really everything.