Casual rodeo fans might not recognize her name, but some of the sport’s best ropers often turn to Lari Dee Guy
when in search of new horsepower.
The banging open of a chute gate precedes a hail of flying dirt as a calf heads full speed for the back of the arena, a horse in hot pursuit. His chances of getting there are somewhere between slim and none, however, because Lari Dee Guy rarely misses with a rope. Sure enough, moments later she lets the rope fly and makes a clean catch.
With her tongue curled over her upper lip, one can’t help but see the obvious comparisons between the Texas cowgirl and her basketball hero—Michael Jordan. In the world of women ropers (and horse trainers, for that matter), Lari Dee is a perennial all-star. She’s got countless titles on her roping record, and her horse-training resume includes a reference from possibly the greatest timed-event hand the sport has ever known, Trevor Brazile.
Get Started in Ranch Horse Events
Take your arena career in a new direction with Colorado horseman Mike Major’s strategies for making the right start in ranch-horse versatility.
At age 45, saddle-bronc great Billy Etbauer is gunning for his sixth world title. Behind the scenes, though, the Oklahoma cowboy is shifting gears, partnering with his wife and family to raise some of the country’s top speed-bred performance horses.
Time off and a change of scenery prior to January’s AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show proved just the right mix for Sixes Pick and Chance O’Neal.
Down the Fence
Reined-cow-horse competition pairs the skill of reining and the action of cutting in one demanding event. Three National Reined Cow Horse Association members offer their insight on going down the fence.