With eight consecutive world-champion team-roping titles under his belt, Speed Williams focuses on preparing future champions-in roping and in life.

Canadian championships are determined by a “sudden-death” format in which all 12 contestants in each event begin the Canadian Finals Rodeo on a level playing field. Money won during the regular season doesn’t factor into CFR standings or play a role in determining eventual champions.

The other day I took a moment to sit back and relax. Flipping through the TV channels, I spotted a rodeo. All kinds of cowboys in their fancy Stetsons and purple chaps were strutting their stuff. They were riding bad horses and making it look easy. It got me thinking about how long these boys could hold up in a real rodeo?