One of the most decorated - most colorful - ropers in the business is Manny Egusquiza. His biggest win in the last year came at the Bob Feist Invitational, where he and his partner, Kory Koontz, bested more than 130 teams to take the title.
He credits his father, Manny Sr., for introducing him to the sport when he was young. After qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo in 1998, he began his career as a heeler before switching to heading 10 years ago.
Manny and his brother Dustin, who is also a professional roper, have pledged 10% of their season winnings to the St. Nicholas Center for Children (SNCC) in Lake Charles, LA, through a new initiative titled “Reaching for Autism.”
He’s also skilled at working young horses and is highly sought-after roping instructor. He and his wife, Candis, live in Stephenville, Texas and have two children, son Cody and daughter Ann Marie.
Though team roping is still very much on the front burner, living legend Manny Eguszuia loves sharing his love of the sport with others.
"I love teaching. I basically teach every day. I like that I can show them how to ride their horse better. I’ve got a friend of mine who can come and throw ropes and has a new horse. I’m just trying to teach him a little patience, make sure the horse is standing straight. I love helping these guys. Another thing I love about it is teaching the perspective of the game. Most of these guys that come to me they just rope to rope. They don’t know the whole perspective of how to practice to win. What’s worked for me transfers to them. I’m breaking it down for them."
How much rope between your hands?
Lone Star Pro Manny Egusquiza talks with Denton Parish about how much rope to have between your hands for a successful run.
Are you spliting the horns?
Manny explains how to eliminate the problem.
Pick up the rope slowly and keep it in the same spot, no matter where you are. The loop stays right over the horns, no matter if I back up. Keep swinging where you can see both tips of the horns. There’s no waste in motion or extra effort. It’s crucial to keep your tip over the horns and keep it up over the target
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