PRCA cowboys teach roping skills at Pioneer Camp

Stephenville cowboy Chase Williams, the 12th-ranked tie-down roper in the world, joined fellow pro Lane Livingston in teaching roping skills to youth at Pioneer Camp Wednesday morning at the Stephenville Historical Museum. || BRAD KEITH/


STEPHENVILLE (June 10, 2015) — For Stephenville professional cowboys Chase Williams and Lane Livingston, Wednesdays are normally reserved for travel to and from various rodeos or slack competition.

But not this Wednesday. This Wednesday was about the kids.

Williams and Livingston, both tie-down ropers, visited with youth at the Stephenville Historical Museum’s Pioneer Camp Wednesday morning, teaching them roping skills.



“It was great to be home. I was in Weatherford last night, and to be back home and get to mess with the kids today, that’s always fun,” said Williams, currently ranked 12th in the PRCA world standings. “I like showing my way of life because most kids don’t know. A lot of them have never been on a horse and some of them have never even seen a rodeo.”

But on Wednesday, with the help of two pros, those same kids were roping a dummy calf and experiencing a bit of the old west.

“I grew up doing this, so to let the kids experience my way of life and how I grew up, it’s neat to see them experience that,” said Livingston, who competes for Weatherford College when he’s not on the pro circuit and plans to transfer to Tarleton. “This was great. When you’re out at rodeos the competition is always serious, so it’s nice to take a break and just have fun with the kids.”

A brief break is exactly what it was for the two cowboys with rodeo having entered its busy summer push.



“I was in Weatherford last night, I have Cleburne Thursday morning, Gladewater Thursday night, Mesquite Friday night and Coleman Saturday,” said Williams.

Livingston is just as busy.

“I have Coleman tonight,” Livingston said. “Then it’s Cleburne Thursday morning, Denison Friday, Mesquite Friday night then Wichita Falls and Vernon on Saturday.”

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