No matter what sport you play, you are always going to encounter highs and lows. You may be just competing against the clock or scoreboard, or you could be competing as a team.
Rodeo highlights both those aspects of being an athlete. But when you get to your event, are you the best you can be or are you just skating by? Are you encouraging your fellow competitors or are you judging them for the way they look, or the old trailer hey drive in with?
Becoming a professional starts at the very start of your career. When you go to your first event, you are a little nervous, a little excited and then you try your hardest only to fall short. You may be a little embarrassed or have a fall, but no matter the ‘low’ you are a champion for just turning up and giving it your all.
Our ERA athletes know to well these highs and lows. Here at Rodeo Fame, we are fortunate to be able to converse with these athletes on a daily bases and as such we bring you the very best advise for you or your kids to give everyone the confidence to strive for the best.
So this is what we have for you, we have some tips, direct from your favorite rodeo athletes. They want to help you the fans understand that they have highs and lows just like everyone else, they started from the bottom and worked hard to gain the respect and friendships they have now. As well as some really awesome buckles… they still take each day as it comes and work just as hard to make sure they are the best person and athlete they can be.
For our first tip, we asked our athletes:
What advice you give to young athletes about supporting others and being a good buddy to all competitors of all levels? What are your thoughts to help elevate good sportsmanship within our sport?
Here is a tip from ERA Steer Wrestler Casey Martin:
“Well, first off, I try to live by, treat others the way you want to be treated. There is no better feeling than seeing someone you helped do well. Another thing was that years later no one will remember how you performed but will remember how you walk in or out of the arena. A Real champion will handle their failures as well as their winnings. Getting angry or having a bad attitude after you don’t perform well is only a weakness, Instead you should take a minute and think about why you performed poorly and learn from your mistakes.”
ERA Team Roper Jake Barnes also weighs in saying:
“I take pride in being a fierce competitor and I’m hard on myself but I think being a champion you have to keep your composure because you are under a microscope and think when things don’t go right you still act like a champion. In the ERA and outside the arena, I feel I carry a big responsibility to be a role model to the next generation.”
We asked and your ERA Athletes are happy to let you know the Tips of the Trade to help you strive for greatness…
RFM: What advice you give to young athletes about supporting others and being a good buddy to all competitors of all levels? What are your thoughts to help elevate good sportsmanship within our sport?
More and more of our ERA Athletes have wanted to give their own advice to the fans from the question above. Here are a few more tips from some of our favorite players of the game.
ERA Team Roper Patrick Smith has this advice for all the fans:
To me, Some of the most important things in sports is attitude and respect. Respect is something that is earned. I love seeing a competitor in any sport that is a champion both in and out of the arena. Nothing beats a champion that loses with class. Peyton manning is one of my favorites. I have always admired his drive and championship attitude. But most of all I admire how he never pointed his finger after a loss at anyone but himself. He always learned from his mistakes, showed good sportsmanship in congratulating his opponents, and moved forward and came back better. I hope and pray that rodeo can keep the sportsmanship that it has had in the past. I know how bad we all want to win, but unfortunately, someone has to lose.
So, for our younger generation. I challenge you. When you are on the losing side, be a winner. And by winner I don’t mean going to the pay window. I mean congratulate your opponents. Go home, learn from your mistakes, and come back better. You might just start a trend. If you work hard, there will be plenty of chances for your opponents to return the favor! God bless you all!
Stay Driven! Patrick Smith
ERA Bareback Rider Richmond Champion also has some solid advice:
Rodeo is an amazing sport, for many reasons. But I’m my opinion it is truly great because of the ongoing respect each competitor has for one another and their animals. Win lose or draw there is always an opportunity to uplift somebody around you I’ve learned a lot from watching my heroes and how they handle themselves and I can’t say they have ever not helped me because they had a bad ride or had better things to do. It’s not a team sport but I feel like we're all in this together and at any level that should be remembered!
Have respect for each and every competitor in every event because rodeo is a business but more importantly a family!