Wednesday, April 24, 2019

So you want to meet an Outlaw?

In the world of rodeo, our equine partners are the most important part. You can be an insanely talented Calf Roper or Barrel Racer, but if you don’t have an insanely talented horse to help you out, you won’t get very far. The same goes for the bucking stock.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Tyler Waguespack’s Outlaw. He’s one of the best Steer Wrestling horses to ever go down the road. Although semi-retired now, Tyler pulls him out for the big rodeos close to home.

Fans of the Red Bluff, California rodeo are especially fond of Outlaw. He’s carried the last four Red Bluff Champions to the winner’s circle. The palomino partnered with Tyler Pearson last year, Chance Howard in 2017, Ty Erickson in 2016, and Tyler Waguespack the year before that.

Outlaw was originally trained as a barrel horse, but he made it clear, he didn’t like that event. Waguespack and his father bought him to try. There’s one thing that all good barrel horses and steer wrestling horses have in common, and that’s speed. Outlaw has plenty of speed. “He was a run-off,” Waguespack said. “He wouldn’t turn the first barrel.”

It is common for steer wrestlers to share horses during the hectic months of the rodeo season. Many times the cowboys fly to rodeos and borrow someone else’s mount. Outlaw is so good that many cowboys want to compete on him.

The yellow gelding has helped pull checks from rodeos across the country. Waguespack has brought him to California for four rodeos; Red Bluff, Salinas, Clovis, and Oakdale, and he’s carried the champion at each of those rodeos. At Clovis, he’s been the horse ridden by the champ two of the last four years.

Outlaw won’t be going to California this year. He’s staying closer to home. Waguespack knows the horse is up to the job, but he’s earned the right to take it easy.

Outlaw in the hydro-therapy bath.

If you love rodeo horses, check out Tied to a Dream, the first book in my new series, Harney County Cowboys series. It features the heroine's barrel horse, Dreamer. Find it and my other books on my Amazon Author page.


T Fordice said...

LOVE the back story to the horses -

Paty Jager said...

Fun to read about the athletes who help the athletes. Great post!