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Will and Kathie Osburn carry the team roping torch in the heart of the Empire State at their Osburn Arena in Campbell, New York. Their mom-andpop team roping shop hosts NTRL/USTRC-affiliate ropings that draw ropers from hundreds of miles and allow them to accumulate earnings toward the USTRC’s Cinch National Finals of Team Roping, as well as NTRL qualifications. Will’s passion for team roping, paired with Kathie’s superior secretary-ing skills, keeps the sport thriving in their unlikely spot.— Chelsea Shaffer
Q: How did you get involved with team roping to begin with?
A: Kathie: Will has always been a horseman, and when his nephew, Theron, started team roping in high school rodeo, we bought Will a team roping horse and a rope, and we started from there. That was when Will turned 40—he’s 66 this year.
Will: I’ve lived all my life through my nieces and nephews; we don’t have any kids of our own. I have two nephews who
high school rodeoed—Theron Seeley and David Seeley. When they got into it, we went to quite a lot of ropings over the weekends—probably 50 a year. I told them we could go rope for money every weekend instead of going to the high school rodeos, and they were into it! Then my other nephew, Jon, started a few years later and his son, JT, now ropes with us as well. So, we now have three generations roping!
Q: And why did you decide to start putting on ropings?
A: Kathie: It all has to do with Will. I’ve often heard remarked that it’s a case where one man’s hobby got way out of hand. He started going to lots of ropings. Then, he had to have cattle to rope at home, then the heifers had calves, then sure enough we had enough cows to have a roping. In the summers, we belonged to a jackpot club and hosted six ropings. Then, that wasn’t good enough, so we had to have an indoor arena so we could put ropings on in the winter. It drives our lives now. Everything we do is based on our farm and the cattle and having ropings and hosting ropings.
Q: Which end do you rope and why?
A: Will: I mostly head. I started out always just heading. We used to have a Friday night practice, and it would turn into