It takes a fast horse, a steady hand and a lot of rope to lasso a running steer, but that's all in a days work for one young Colorado boy who's competing this weekend in the team roping Western Colorado Championships.
With lasso blurring in a tight circle over his head 14-year-old Brian Venn picks the perfect time throw his rope. Its something he's been doing for well, a long time. "Ever since I can remember," says, Brian Venn with a smile.
This weekend Brian is competing in the Rope the Rockies team roping competition, a typical weekend for the kid from Kersey, Colorado. Brian says, "Every weekend we have roping, in Cheyenne, every weekend."
Saturday Brian was heading, which means he will be throwing his rope to catch the horns of the steer; throwing for the back hooves is called healing. "My dad thinks I'm good at both of them but I prefer heading. I feel like it's my stronger point," says Brian.
Brian tries to compete every weekend but his dad also competes on the weekends, so it was inevitable that sooner or later they would compete against each other. "You can't give it to him you gotta make him earn it so you just cowboy up and go ahead and do your best and I'd expect him to do the same to me," says Brian’s dad Rod Venn, who also competed today.
And how does roping against the person who taught you everything feel? Brian says, "Really doesn't matter still go out and try to win."
On any given day Brian will ride three different horses depending on the event he's in.
Saturday Brian was riding, Chuck, a big grey.
And one day he hopes he'll be still roping and riding in college, which is why his parents make sure to motivate him. "With him it's a little difficult it’s not the highest thing on his priority list," says Rod. At least a B average or no roping.
But for Brian it's not all about winning. "You don't have to be good to rope; you can just go out and rope, for fun," says Brian. Although he does win quite a bit, and has the belt buckle to prove it. His dad says, "We're very proud of that young man."