Fall is well underway and winter is just around the corner, which means that it is almost prime time to attend a winter roping camp. When the snow starts to fly, most people in colder, northern climates pull their horses’ shoes and resign themselves to spending more time indoors.
But, does it have to be that way? No! In Arizona, the winter roping scene is swinging (and throwing, and catching) all season long. Here’s what you’ll find should you venture to Iveson Performance Horses’ winter roping camp, conveniently located just twenty minutes from the Team Roping Capital of the World:
Campers are in vacation mode, and everyone is in the mood to make friends. Many return to camp and rope at the same arena each winter, so familiar faces are easy to spot. Dan hosts several BBQ’s, potlucks, and get-togethers throughout the season, so even the most reserved campers can meet their neighbors.
Campers rope live cattle all morning three days a week and the Heel-O-Matic two days a week. In the afternoon, campers can use the arena for dry work, explore desert trails adjacent to the property, or check out the local attractions.
A chance to rope fresh cattle all season long? Um, yes, please! You can enjoy throwing your rope at quality cattle whether you stay for a week, a month, or all winter, as Dan maintains a steady supply of fresh cattle for his campers to practice and improve their skills.
If you rope every day, you can’t help but get better. Dan provides free daily lessons to all his campers, as well as a FREE 6-month membership to X Factor Team Roping. This membership provides access to thousands of instructional videos, plus opportunities to receive virtual coaching from some of the sport’s top pros.
Tired of wearing a coat and scarf? Leave ’em at home! You won’t need more than a light jacket for sitting around the campfire in sunny Arizona.
With a high concentration of roping arenas in the area, there are plenty of jackpots to choose from most days of the week. Rancho Rio is a local facility with tons of roping events. Ropers at Rancho Rio can stay caffeinated with Dan and Jennifer’s brand-new concession trailer, The Coffee Barn, which will be parked at the arena during events.
After roping all day, campers can head into Wickenburg for a meal at one of the many great local restaurants, enjoy a refreshing beverage, check out a band or two, and relax with both new and longtime friends.
Check out the National Roper’s Supply super store located right in Wickenburg. They sell everything from horn wraps to horse trailers, plus the latest clothing lines and boot styles. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely stroll along the downtown sidewalks, where they can step inside the many tack stores, souvenir shops, and eateries.
Get out of the arena and check out the unique desert landscape. You can explore the iconic saguaros, rock formations, and awesome vistas by vehicle, hiking, or horseback