Seth Richardson Wows With His Roping SkillsApr 28th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Community News, Outdoors
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
For many high school students, their afternoons and weekends consist of hanging out with friends or doing homework. Seth Richardson’s schedule, however, includes not only that but also a rigorous roping schedule. Seth is the son of Epp and Miki Richardson. He is a senior at Madison County High School and is also dual enrolled at North Florida Community College; he maintains a 3.5grade point average(GPA).
Seth explained, “I started roping about five years ago with a local roper, Andy Briggs, and developed a real passion for the sport. Andy got me started in the right direction and I started roping in competition when I reached high school, four years ago. I just keep working to be the very best I can and practice every day, either riding my horses, throwing my ropes or roping calves or steers. Some say I was a bit late getting started, comparatively speaking with all my competition, but I never allow that to discourage me and have proven that, with hard work and dedication, you can catch up and excel and be right in the mix with those that have been participating for a lot longer time.”
There are many factors that go into being a successful roper. Richardson stated, “As with any sport, it takes commitment, dedication and a lot of hard work and practice to excel and be competitive. Roping requires taking care of your horses because you can only be as good as the care you put in them.”
He is an active member of the Florida High School Rodeo Association. Being involved with the FHSRA allows him to compete monthly with other high school students across the state. He is currently in first place in the Team Roping event and sixth place in Calf Roping. He has also qualified for the NHSRA finals in Gillette, WY. The competition takes place in July. While there, he will compete with other high school students across the nation.
Richardson is an active member of the Georgia/Florida Youth Rodeo Association. He has also taken first place in the Team Roping event and second in the Calf Roping event in this association. He is qualified for the International Youth Finals Rodeo in July in Shawnee, Ok. where he will be competing with other youth across the country.
He is an active member of the United States Team Roping Championship (USTRC) and The National Team Roping League (NTRL) where he competes all over the United States. Seth has been awarded numerous prizes in these types of events that include several saddles, buckles, cash, etc.
Seth plans to continue his talents as a calf roper and team roper with the Professional Rodeo Association (PRCA) as well as the Professional Cowboy Association (PCA) while finishing his A.A. at NFCC. Upon completion of his A.A. he plans to continue to rodeo in college while pursuing a degree in business agriculture.