8X World Champion Calf-Roper, Joe Beaver, Set to Return to Lewiston this Weekend for Roping School
I spoke to the organizer of this Event, Tracy Hammond.
LEWISTON, ID - 8X World Champion Calf-Roper, Joe Beaver, is set to return to Lewiston for the second annual Joe Beaver Roping School, originally set up by event organizer, Tracy Hammond. Beaver will be teaching students Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, April 10-12.
I spoke to Tracy briefly over the phone to get the inside scoop on the school, and what a world champion like Mr. Beaver brings to the school.
"Originally, I started this event just wanting to allow my daughter to learn from Joe Beaver," Hammond said. "My goal is to be a world champion rodeo mom."
For those of you who don't know Beaver's back-story, Joe Beaver grew up dreaming of being a professional rodeo cowboy. Beaver, born Oct. 13, 1965, in Victoria, Texas, began his roping career at the age of 5, roping goats from the back of a Shetland pony in his family’s practice pen. By the age of 15, Beaver was making quite the name for himself in the roping world, and by the age of 20, Joe won the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year Award. In that same year, he traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) as the youngest tie-down roper. Fast forward through Beaver's career, and he has amassed the aforementioned, Rookie of the Year Award, eight world championships, National Finals Rodeo Average Champion, and the RAM Circut Year-End Champion. In 2014, Beaver was the fifth person to surpass $3 million in career earnings.
Now, Joe commentates on national rodeo competitions for the likes of ESPN, has made TV appearances on Wild Rides, which has 50 million viewers, and perhaps most importantly to him, spends time teaching kids across the country how to become talented ropers themselves.
In a KLEW-TV story on the clinic that took place in Lewiston last fall, Beaver spoke to students about priorities that need to come first:
"The first thing I want you to do is to make your grades. The second thing I want you to be a good kid, and the third I want you to win all you can,” he said. “Each person has something in us. Whether we dig it out and use it, it’s up to us."
Joe Beaver will be in Lewiston teaching at the Lewiston Rodeo Grounds inside the indoor arena. "There's a chance of bad weather while he's here, so being indoors was the safest bet," said Hammond.
Like last year, Beaver will be teaching roughly 20 students the art of tie-down roping, and break-away roping. "He's the John Wayne of calf-roping," said Hammond of Beaver. "He's just so down-to-earth, and a great influence on the kids."
Young students will be making their way to Lewiston this weekend from across the Pacific Northwest for the chance to learn from the decorated champion. "We have kids from Oregon, Washington, and of course Idaho joining us for this three-day schooling session," Hammon added.
Get to know Joe Beaver, in the below episode of Wild Rides:
WR Ep213 Joe Beaver_26 from kevin e holten on Vimeo.