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PRCA Team Roper Ryan Motes is back!

What are some of the mistakes you see ropers make in the pen?

Trying to be too fast and do more than they normally do when practicing.

What do you look for in a roping prospect?

For my heel horses I like to find a cutting bred horse with some size and bone to him. I have both mares and geldings and as long as they have a good minds and are willing to learn.

Is there a type of bloodline you lean to more for your roping horses and if so, why?

CD Olena is what most of my horses go back to. My good horse Starbucks is by him, so is Brady Minor’s horse Dugout and York Gill’s horse he rode at the NFR last year. My stepdad Winston Hansma trained CD Olena and won the 1994 Cutting Futurity on him. We have a son of CD Olena named CD Lights that all of my younger horses are by.

What part of horsemanship do you feel is most missed by ropers today?

Most team ropers have never rode much outside of the arena and need to spend more time getting their horses broke and keeping them broke, not just making run after run.

What is the hardest part of the rodeo lifestyle? What is the most rewarding?

The hardest parts is being gone all the time and the driving. The most rewarding part is getting to do what I love and spending time with my wife, and of course winning.

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