Breakaway Fundamentals

Breakaway Fundamentals

Build a strong foundation in breakaway roping with videos that cover the fundamental principles and techniques. Learn the basics and essential skills needed for a successful breakaway roping run.

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Breakaway Fundamentals
  • Judging Calves

    If you get to a rodeo and aren’t able to find any record on your calf, what do you do? Hope Thompson explains how she judges cattle to know what to expect in a run.

  • Good Dirt

    What makes for good ground? Lari Dee Guy has worked hard to have good ground in her practice pen, and she's finally found the right mixture of sand and sandy loam.

  • Confidence in Your Nod

    Without getting in a hurry, being prepared to nod when it's time is crucial. Hope Thompson and Lari Dee Guy explain how the key to being ready quicker and nodding quicker stems significantly from confidence when you back in the corner.

  • Pulling Your Slack

    Lari Dee Guy and Hope Thompson demonstrate how important pulling your slack is and the role your left hand plays in pulling your slack correctly.

  • Rope Sizes

    Lari Dee Guy and Hope Thompson break down what rope size they use and how it best matches their styl

  • Justin Maass's Breakaway Coaching

    Justin Maass coaches his "right hand" Maggie through a breakaway practice, focusing on crisp neck ropes and timing with a four-year-old horse. He discusses the benefits of holding the saddle horn in practice and how it changed Maggies' departure out of the box.

  • Breakaway Roper's Grip

    The way a breakaway roper holds her rope affects her ability to control her tip and add power to her swing. Eight-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Lari Dee Guy explains the way a breakaway roper needs to hold her rope to maximize success.

  • Breakaway Roper's Delivery

    The delivery is just a continuation of your swing. This means that your body should be in an athletic position and you should deliver from the top of your swing. Lari Dee Guy shares these and other thoughts on the delivery.

  • Using Your Left Hand in the Corner

    The job of the left hand is to control and guide. Lari Dee Guy explains how to effectively use your left hand when you are riding your horse, and when to keep it still.

  • Breakaway Roper's Swing

    There are four blades to the swing, just as there are blades on a propeller. The blades are the tip, and the motor in the middle is your arm, doing the same motions quickly, but the blades take longer to come around. You have to have speed and strength in your arm and shoulder, just like a motor,...

  • Breakaway Roper’s Elbows

    Keeping your chest and elbow position in check can help improve your roping skills. Lari Dee Guy explains the mechanics of arm position in breakaway roping and why it matters.

  • Using Your Left Hand in the Corner pt 2

    Trevor Brazile talks about his strategy to line up himself and his horse with the calf for a quick score.

  • Using Your Left Hand in the Corner pt 4

    Lari Dee Guy talk about the differences between how she and Trevor Brazile ride. She and Trevor explain some of the differences between how some male and female breakaway ropers ride.

  • Using Your Left Hand in the Corner pt 3

    Trevor Brazile goes against the grain and offers advice about rein length. He talks about the ideal rein length and why it works for breakaway ropers. 

  • Using Your Body and Your Horse in the Corner

    Lari Dee Guy discusses correct body position for leaving the corner. Your lower half should be leaving the corner first, leading with you feet and seat.

  • Getting to the Pin

    Getting to the pin and crossing your horse over is critical in breakaway roping. Josie Conner and Lari Dee Guy analyze two runs in which she does and does not do that effectively.

  • Traveling Partners and Breaking Down Runs

    Your traveling partners should build you up in the rig between rodeos and jackpots. Hope Thompson talks through the dynamics of who and how she travels.

  • Being Ahead with Your Rope

    In the breakaway roping, the rope needs to pop off the saddle horn FAST. If we get caught riding too close to the calf, the time doesn't end as quickly. Over-riding a free horse is a common problem in breakaway roping, causing a roper to lose focus on their swing and using their rope. Staying ahe...

  • Getting to the Pin

    Geting to the pin and crossing your horse over is critical in breakaway roping. Josie Conner and Lari Dee Guy analyze two runs in which she does and does not do that effectively.

  • Coaching Kids

    Whether you're helping your own kids or working with college rodeo athletes, Linsay Sumpter's coaching with love approach—whether that means tough love or not.

  • Bridling and Adjustments in Breakaway Roping

    Are you sure you know how your bridle and tie-down should be adjusted? Linsay Sumpter gives you a pre-run check on your gear.

  • Breakaway Roping Warm-Up

    How do you warm up your breakaway horse for a practice session or a jackpot? Linsay Sumpter discusses and demonstrates the difference between a breakaway warm up and a heading warm up and what you need to know about both.

  • Breakaway Practice Set Up

    How you set up your practice pen—especially if it's a traditionally wide team roping arena—really matters. Linsay Sumpter discusses how to set up a calf lane and the pitfalls of an arena not suited for a breakaway practice.

  • Breakaway Prospect Feel

    How should your breakaway prospect feel in the bridle? Linsay Sumpter reviews how a barrel prospect needs to adjust to breakaway roping.