Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - By Ken­dra San­tos

The Allen Fam­ily

Af­ter work and school, Alabama’s Allen fam­ily is all rop­ing all the time. In ad­di­tion to con­stantly com­pet­ing at rop­ings and rodeos, Allen’s Rop­ing Pro­duc­tions pro­duces three USTRC rop­ings a year, in­clud­ing the South Alabama Cham­pi­onships in An­dalu­sia in April; the North Alabama Cham­pi­onships in Rainsville each June; and the Alabama Cham­pi­onships in Mont­gomery, which is one of the big­gest rop­ings in the state and tra­di­tion­ally draws more than 1,000 teams from a dozen or more states each July. The Al­lens, who call Dadev­ille home, also put on three USTRC af­fil­i­ate rop­ings an­nu­ally.

Left to right, thats 17 year old se­nior T.-. 15 year old fresh­men twins Colton and Wy­att mom Kandi, a 3 header whos taught spe­cial needs chil­dren at -im Pear­son El­e­men­tary School in $le[an­der City, $la., for 23 years, and sec­re­taries and an­nounces rop­ings and dad Ed, whos taught wood work­ing and weld­ing in the same class­room at $le[an­der Citys BenMamin Rus­sell High School for 26 years, and also drives morn­ing and af­ter­noon bus routes be­fore the fam­ily heads to the arena each day. |'uck 'ynastys got noth­ing on the $llen fami ly, , prom­ise you,} laughs Ed, who also man­ages a 175 cow and 300 rop­ing steer herd. |We are a re­al­ity show in the mak­ing.}

South $labama Cham­pi­onships Pro­ducer Ed pre­sented the rop­ings high money win­ner sad­dle to son T.-., whos also a tie down roper. $ll three $llen boys used to play base­ball un­til they de­cided to |get hard­core about rop­ing and rodeo. 2ne of the things this sport pro vides is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one,} Ed said. |,t doesnt mat­ter how

Twins Wy­att, a 5 Elite header and 4 Elite heeler, and Colton, a 5 Elite heeler and 4 Elite header, were a dom­i­nant force in $labama through­out their Mu­nior high ca­reers the past three years. Shown here com­pet­ing at the Na­tional -unior High )in­als Rodeo, they swept the state all around ti­tle and most events, too. |Some peo­ple may call us week­end war­riors, but weve been home four week­ends in the last year,} Ed said.

Here, T.-.{a 6 header and 5 heeler{turns one for his dad. Ed, 54, used to be a 7 and mostly headed. |Since , turned 50 they de­cided to give an old man a break,} said the now 6 Elite roper, who started pro­duc­ing rop­ings in 1999. $lso a vet­eran of the World Se­ries of Team Rop­ing )inale, Ed won the 9 rop­ing at the 1998 8STRC )in­als with -oel Coal­grove the first year he switched to heel­ing.

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