by Brie Leonard
July 11th, 2018 was the day that everything changed for PRCA Tie-Down Roper, Cade Swor. His wife Sarah Swor recalls, “It was just a normal day at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Slack that AM. It was an early morning slack so I hadn’t seen Cade too much before he had to rope, but I was up in the stands waiting to watch him.” Being present in that moment, myself, and sitting with Sarah in the stands, it seemed like the whole accident happened in the blink of an eye, literally a matter of seconds.
Cade roped his calf and as soon as the rope went sharply around the neck, he got off and called over to the judge to untie his calf. We weren’t sure what was happening, but knew something was seriously wrong. If you have ever watched Cade rope, you know Cade never quits, no matter the circumstances. Sarah met Cade at the arena gate and that is where he told her his wrist was broken.
For any roper, a broken wrist may be a career ending injury, especially one as bad as Cade’s. Cade went through a 1.5HR surgery at the Sheridan, WY hospital just down the street from the arena grounds, where he received 3 rods on the thumb side of his wrist, and a cartilage repair with stitches on the pinky side of his wrist.
Cade has a determination and passion for roping that shines exceedingly bright whenever he is in the arena or simply just has a rope in his hand. That is why at only 5 weeks post-op, Cade found himself in the winner’s circle at Gooding, ID Pro Rodeo, winning the rodeo with a time of 7.8. Sarah Swor said the most inspiring thing she witnessed through the whole journey was, “Seeing Cade’s persistence and determination and how he handled the whole situation with a positive attitude.”
Q: What kept Cade determined and in a good mindset during recovery?
A: Cade is naturally very dedicated and determined… He blows my mind every single day with how hard he works at being the best roper he can be. He never stopped seeing the possibilities in recovering quickly. At the time, he still had a chance to make the NFR 2018, if he were to recover quick enough. We both realized that the situation was out of our control and that we only had 2 options, 1. To be sad about it, or 2. Have a good attitude and take whatever comes our way in a positive manner and just accept it.
Q: Being his wife, what was the hardest part for you to see during this whole journey?
A: The hardest part for me was just seeing the heart
break in him. Every year you start over in this sport called Rodeo, with the ultimate goal of winning the Gold Buckle at the finals in Las Vegas, NV at the end of the year… and with this injury, that was taken away from him and was one of the most devastating things to witness.