In collaboration with the Karlayura Group, Double Barrel Entertainment are running the following rodeo schools in the second half of 2019.
The aim of these schools is to give both beginners and experienced riders an opportunity to learn from world-class competitors in a supportive environment.
The only prerequisite for our schools is a willingness to learn, a good attitude and a smile.
If participants have rodeo equipment like vests or helmets they should bring their gear with them, if they don’t it’s okay and we will sort them out on the day.
Both schools are being run the day before an open rodeo at the same grounds, so camping will be available, so bring your swag.
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Meet the coaches
Growing up in Mogumber Western Australia, Travis had an early introduction to rodeo as his parents are farmers and stock contractors.
He began competing in junior rodeos, winning several titles, before moving into the open ranks with many more titles under his belt. It was when Travis moved to the east coast of Australia and joining the Australian Professional Rodeo Association that Travis really hit his straps. In 2003, Travis was named APRA Rookie of the Year All-Round Cowboy (winning all three time events and was reserve Rookie of the Year in all three rough stock events).
This success saw Travis make the decision to follow in the footsteps of dad (Grant) and uncle (Brett) and move to America in 2004 and pursue his rodeo dreams. Shortly after his arrival, Travis was asked to join an intercollegiate rodeo team through Western Texas College. This led to a scholarship at the prestigious Tarleton State University in Stephenville Texas, also known as the Cowboy Capital of the World.
After college came competition throughout America on the professional rodeo circuit. Travis qualified to ride finals in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, United Professional Cowboys Association and the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, to name a few. In 2014, he retired from saddle bronc riding to focus on team roping, where he earned over $100,000 in the World Series Team roping #11 finale in Las Vegas.
These days, Travis splits his time between the United States and Australia. He spends his time training rope horses and raising a family. His three girls have started to make their mark on the junior rodeo trail and he couldn’t me more encouraging. He is now looking to help develop the talent here in Western Australia through rodeo schools and roping clinics.
Raised on a 400-square mile cattle station in Mt Isa, Sam’s family have been involved in rodeo for over 3 generations.
Since the early days of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, the contribution and donations of stock by the Spreadborough family helped put the rodeo on the map and make Mt Isa the rodeo capital of Australia.
At the age of 13, following moves to Uralla and Tamworth in NSW, Sam decided he wanted be a rough rider and rode his first steer. At the age of 14 he started riding broncs. By the age of 16, Sam was the Northern Zone Jnr All Round Cowboy Champion and competition in the United States soon became his focus. In 2001, he competed in his first High School Rodeo Finals in Springfield Illinois and from there, was recruited by Western Texas College. He spent the next 4 years competing with the College Rodeo Team and at a professional level wherever he could.
By 2011, Sam had steadily climbed in the standings and finished the year ranked 14th in the world. He is the only Indigenous Australian Cowboy to ever compete at the Wrangler National Finals is the only Australian to qualify since 2012.
Now retired from professional rodeo, Sam resides in Snyder Texas. He keeps his hand in with the sport by helping students of rodeo, sharing his knowledge and experience. He has a keen interest in helping indigenous cowboys reach their potential and maximise their opportunities both in Australia and the States.