PRCA Team Roper Brock Hanson Talks to OTRR about Hard Work and Determination
Brock, what horses are you hauling this year? Tell us a little bit about them.
My main horse is Stripper. He is a 9 year old bay gelding I bought last October from Ray Siggins. He is the best one I have and I am happy with the way he has performed.
Do you use any alternative therapies such as magnetic blankets, acupuncture, or chiro work on your horses?
I have a really good Chiropractor that checks and works on my horses if they need it. Other than that, I don’t really do anything special. Good feed and clean water is about it. I am not against anything like that, but luckily for me, my horses are working good and taking the hauling well.
In your opinion what makes people successful in rodeo?
I think that you have to be committed. There are only a few guys that are successful and only go to the big rodeos or the ones that are easy to get to. You have to be dedicated and focus your life around it. There are times when it would be easy to go home and quit, and that can’t be in the back of your mind.
Do you have any role models that you reach out to for guidance?
I have a lot of them. There have been quite a few people take an interest in helping me and I can’t thank them enough. I think it’s important to get help from an outside source because they usually look at things different. A second opinion never hurts.
What are you goals for the future?
In a perfect world, I would like to rodeo for a while then do lessons and roping schools. I would like to be able to give back to the sport and help people with their roping and horsemanship. I have partnered up with DHS Saddles and have a couple of saddles out and would like to have a bit line in the future.
Brock, what advice would you give someone starting out roping with dreams of becoming a professional roper?
The biggest thing is there is no substitution for hard work. There is always someone out there working harder. That is what motivates me. If I get beat, I don’t want it to be because they out worked me. Other than that all you have to do is be able to control your emotions and be determined.