The Copper Spring Ranch in Bozeman was filled with rodeo competitors today at the four arenas the facilities holds for the 2nd Annual Rodeo Bible Camp in Bozeman. Headlining the coaches at the camp was 4 time World Champion Allen Bach from Rhome, Texas.
Bach came to Bozeman with his sons, Joel and Tyler, to help run the camp. Alongside Allen and his family are 3 national finals rodeo qualifiers, Jacky Stephenson, Rusty Sewalt and Beau Clark. Also in attendance were MSU Rodeo Head Coach Mike True and some of his athletes, so a great deal of knowledge for the students.
The camp is for high school athletes and adults who are looking to improve in their events, whether it be team roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing or goat tying. The camp also features motivational teachings, hours of fellowship and positive practice techniques to help participants be successful inside and outside the arena. The camp will run through this Thursday.
I got a chance to talk to Allen and Joel, who is Allen's teammate in his team roping competitions, to get their thoughts on the camp and working together as a father son roping duo.
"It's just fundamentals out here," said Allen Bach. "Riding your horse right and communicating with your horse in the right way. Handling your rope and swinging your rope the right way, the delivery. How to put it all together mentally to where we can teach them how to relax."
I asked Allen what it's like to be in a sport where he has the opportunity to team up with his son for competitions and he said it's an amazing experience.
"It's one of the greatest sports in the world because of that," Allen said, as he and Joel look for their first championship win together. "That's part of my farewell tour, that's something I haven't achieved. I've been pretty successful and happy with what I've achieved so far and it would be really cool to get to do that with Joel."
"It's awesome to get to go compete with him," said Joel with a smile. "He's my dad and our relationship is so special."
When I asked him about what he wanted the lasting message to be for the students as they left Joel replied, "You know my word of advice for these kids would be, get some good friends that have similar goals. If you're surrounded by good people, that's what you're going to be."