Meet Tie-Down Roper and RNCFR Champion Clint Kindred

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Meet Tie-Down Roper and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion Clint Kindred

Clint Kindred

Meet Tie-Down Roper and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion Clint Kindred

The roots of tie-down roping can be traced back to the early days of cowboys who worked on ranches out west. Cows gave birth to calves miles from the ranches, so cowboys were in charge of rounding up the calves in herds to bring them in for periodic health checks and branding. When a calf was identified as being sick or injured, cowboys would rope them and immobilize them quickly for veterinary treatment. Ranch hands who roped the calves the fastest got the bragging rights! They took pride in the speed in which they could rope the calves. What was once everyday work soon turned into a contest…

Today, tie-down roping is a rodeo event – one of the oldest in the sport! In tie-down roping, a cowboy is mounted on his horse and starts from a box in a three-sided fenced area with a calf chute sitting adjacent holding the calf. The calf gets a head start, and then the cowboy has the opportunity to rope the calf. The fastest time wins!

Now that we’ve shared about the history of tie-down roping, meet Clint Kindred, your 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Tie-Down Roping Champion! Clint is a 26-year-old cowboy from Oral, South Dakota who has been competing in the sport of rodeo since he was about five years old. He hails from the Badlands Circuit. Last year he was able to qualify and advance to Kissimmee, Florida. We caught up with Clint while he was on the road to ask him about his experience in Kissimmee, his goals for competing in the Badlands Circuit Finals this weekend and what it might take to get him back to the 2017 RNCFR.

Clint’s first experience here in Kissimmee…  

This year’s RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo was Clint’s first time ever crossing the Mississippi. “I really enjoyed everything about Kissimmee and the RNCFR. The facility was great – they let us build our own pens or use theirs. The fan experience was awesome. It was great, affordable family entertainment. It’s definitely something you can bring your family to and they will talk about for years to come. The only downside was the long haul of horses and travel time. Winning makes it all worth it!” Clint timed 7.9 seconds on his Quarter Horse, Paco, in the final performance at the RNCFR to win the title.

Clint’s goals for the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo this weekend…

Clint is preparing for his sixth Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo this week by roping as much as he can. “Going into the Badlands Circuit Finals, I try to rope as much as I can. I try to rope in the same situation that I will be in up there. I just have to do what I do – make smooth, clean runs on four calves in a row,” he says. Clint hopes to win the average to earn his second consecutive trip to Kissimmee this weekend.

What it will take to get him back to Kissimmee…

“In order for me to make a return visit to the RNCFR this year, I’m gonna have to draw four good calves and not screw up, basically. We never know what calves are coming and we’ve never seen them before,” Clint says. He will be competing on a new horse during the Badlands Circuit Finals. Paco, the horse he rode last year at the RNCFR, is recovering from an injury. “It takes a fast horse to win. Making it back to Kissimmee is my ultimate goal. If I get to return, I’d love to go to SeaWorld, the beach and do some more sightseeing. It was hard to do some sightseeing last April because my fiance was competing in the barrel racing competition, so each day I was up, she was off, and when she was off, I was up.”

Clint, we wish you best of luck this weekend at the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo! Good luck to all the contestants. We look forward to seeing the advancing champions in Kissimmee in April!