Abilene native continues to open the gates for female ropers

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – With countless rodeo titles, an Abilene native continues to break barriers for women in roping.  Now she is working to pass her skills on to the next generation to help the sport grow.

With rodeo in her blood, Lari Dee Guy grew up learning to rope and ride.

“My mom ran barrels my brother ropes,” Guy said.

Following in her brother’s footsteps with a competitive edge, roping is the sport that stuck.

“You know whatever he did I always wanted to do, or do better,” Guy said.

At that time, ropers were few and far between.

“There wasn’t a lot of opportunities early on,” Guy said.

That didn’t stop her from breaking barriers, winning 11 consecutive AJRA Rodeo World Championships starting at the age of nine.

“Winning never gets old whether you’re young or old,” Guy said.

Now, after all her success, Guy still competes but it’s the next generation that’s roping her attention.

“I enjoy going to the rodeo and competing, but I also enjoy passing the art of roping down,” Guy said.

Teaching clinics all across the nation and the world, Guy continues to open the gates for female ropers.

“You know that’s the cool stuff is looking back and watching the people that are competing in it now and thinking you know I helped those kids or I was there when they started or whatever and knowing that you might have had a small part in helping it grow. I don’t know it’s kind of gratifying like that,” Guy said.

Guy also trains horses for other people to compete on and has about 20 head of horses at her ranch.

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