November 24, 2017

All-state athlete Jon Clark Giddings wins calf roping debut

Jon Clark Giddings and Charlie found themselvs in victory lane on July 18, when Giddings won his first calf roping competition after getting involved with roping just six months earlier. || From the Stephenville Equine Sports Medicine Facebook page

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(August 5, 2017) — An athletic background and, of course, natural athletic ability make it easier for some to take up a new sport than others.

Jon Clark Giddings is such an athlete, having been an all-state football player and a pole vault qualifier for the UIL Track & Field State Meet during his senior year (2014-15) at Stephenville High School.

A high school state qualifier in pole vault, Giddings is an athlete more than anything. And indeed that has helped him find quick success as a calf roper. || Flash file photo courtesy Dr. CHET MARTIN

Giddings even flirted with the idea of pole vaulting at the University of Oklahoma, where his dad, local dentist Clark Giddings, once was a member of the Sooner baseball team.

Rodeo is a sport, and there is nothing un-athletic about tie-down roping, where besides just cleanly roping the head of a calf, the athlete must get off the horse and to the calf before applying the wrap and hooey.

Marty Yates is ranked fifth in the PRCA world standings in the event. He won Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2015, and just this past week PRCA rookie Lane Livingston, another Stephenville cowboy, won Cheyenne, ‘The Daddy of Them All,’ as it is called.

You can’t say Yates and Livingston aren’t athletes.

Jon Clark Giddings celebrates an interception during his all-state football career at Stephenville High School. || TheFlashToday.com photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

So how athletically inclined is Giddings? Enough so that he took up roping out of the blue and six months later won his first tie-down competiton, according to information and a photograph published to Facebook on July 20 by Stephenville Equine Sports Medicine.

That’s right, Giddings decided in January to give roping a try, despite having not rode a horse since he was a child. Because, what better place to suddenly decide you want to give rodeo a try than right here, the Cowboy Capital of the Word.


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First Giddings began to ride every day, and, not just one horse, but as many as he can. Increasing his horseman skills was only part of the battle, of course, as he also had to learn to swing a rope then to “rope a neck slick,” get off ‘Charlie’ and tie one down in as little time as possible.

On Juy 18, Giddings attended his first roping at Will Parker’s Arena, and against many there who had roped and tied for years, it was the athlete with the determination to learn the trade in six short months, who earned the victory. 

Stephenville Equine Sports Medicine finished the post saying they are “super proud of this team! Jon Clark and Charlie are great reminders of when you set your heart out to accomplish something and give it all you have, the sky is truly the limit on how far you may go.”

Jon Clark Giddings and ‘Charlie’ were the winners of an area calf roping competition on July 18, when the 2015 Stephenville High School graduate made his competitive roping debut. || From the Stephenville Equine Sports Medicine Facebook page

 

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