David Motes has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top team ropers with his twenty two appearances in the National Finals Rodeo, four times winner of the NFR Average and twice winner of the World Championship. The Motes Basket ENTZ Roper features a Bullhide covered tree, hand stamped petite Basket tooling with hand carved ENTZ accents and hand laced Rawhide Deep Roper stirrups.
Billy Cook Saddles
The cowboy life has undergone many changes since its nineteenth-century beginnings. Yet the object of attention is still the cows. Methods of working cattle and dealing with the land are learned by practice, by watching and listening to older hands, and by imitating and varying accepted models. The rules and standards, once learned, can be varied according to one's personal abilities and intentions. While buckaroos and cowboys are individualists, they place a high value on the opinions and respect of their peers--and that respect must be earned. The basics of the business can be mastered in fairly short order--riding, using a rope correctly, bucking out horses, mending fence--but the many kinds of work range widely in difficulty. With practice, just about anyone can learn how to throw a rope to catch his horse in the morning or how to make a bedroll with some blankets and a big piece of heavy canvas. It takes more time and patience to learn to shoe horses, brand a cow without burning through the hide or making an uneven or upside-down mark, or wallow a truck out of a desert mudhole. Learning how to make reasonably good biscuits from scratch takes years of practice, and so does learning how to make a braided leather riata from a cow's hide. Most cowboys & buckaroos master horseshoeing and branding; few buckaroos master biscuits or learn riata making.
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