Meet Sponsored Rider: Barrett Littell
Meet Barrett Littell. He has been a devoted encourager since we first opened our Ropes for Less Shopify doors some four to five years ago. It was only right that we offer him our full support by cheering him on during his rodeo seasons as one of our Sponsored Riders.
Barrett is a down-to-earth guy that just loves to team rope. Harking from a small town in Arizona called Wickenburg, Barrett serves as a Fire Captain and Paramedic for the Daisy Mountain Fire Department in north Phoenix. He is married to Tara and they have two kids, Brook (4) and Eli (1). Come to find out, Barrett is in good company with his love for team roping in Wickenburg. “Most call it the team roping capital of the world because of the number of ropings we have here in the winter from September to March. The town population triples in the winter months and most are team ropers.” Growing up around the rodeo, Barrett saw his father compete for many years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in steer wrestling and then serving as a PRCA judge. Barrett was on horseback at a young age enjoying most of his summers learning how to ride and participating in the local 4H club. He also spent a lot of time showing horses and learning different disciplines. “My advice for beginners is you need to learn how to really ride a horse first. There are a lot of beginners that can swing a rope and rope a dummy, but if you skip the horsemanship part, you are going to set yourself up for a really long road.” Barrett is taking this advice to heart as he spends most of his free time practicing his team roping and teaching his daughter, Brook, how to ride so she can have a good foundation of horsemanship.
An important skill to have as a team roper is the ability to adapt and be flexible. Since Classic Ropes had a catastrophic fire that burned down their production warehouse back in November of 2015, Barrett has been adapting to some different ropes for the 2016 season. The Hypnotic, by Cactus, and the Mach 4, by Fast Back, are his go-to Heel Ropes currently depending on conditions and the cattle. For Head Ropes he has been using the Ultimate 4 by Fast Back. “I like a small fast head rope and [the Ultimate 4] seems to hold up the best for me. It has a really good weight to it.” Barrett has set his team roping goals to be able to compete in the PRCA, the George Straight Team Roping Classic, and the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Team Roping. We would call that a triple crown winner. “What I enjoy most [about competing] is the challenge to get better and the competition. I have always needed to compete at something [and] Rodeo is one of the most humbling things you can do. It doesn’t matter what level roper you are, there are challenges at every step. To me, that is the best part.” Not one to get nervous before competing, Barrett likes to try and make the same runs he makes in practice. “I try to slow things down and stay aggressive.” His impressive roping skills have earned him spots in the finals for 2015 in the World Series and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association (GCPRA), where he now serves on the Board of Directors. He is hoping to earn those same spots again this year.
We have had so much fun watching Barrett from the beginning of Ropes for Less and we are proud to be able to say that he is one of our Sponsored Riders. Best of luck for the Fall Rodeo Season!
Written by Kara Grimes
- Burge Linton