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Equine

March 2, 2010

Moore finds success in the roping arena

Since the age of 15, Skyler Moore from Mount Vernon, Missouri has been roping calves.

Moore followed in the foot steps of his older brother Bailey, who roped mainly while in high school.

“Dad was able to provide us with plenty of roping calves,” Moore says. “Roping cattle is something I have been around everyday.”

Moore is the son of Jackie and Kristy Moore who co-own the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

While Moore was in high school he won the Missouri High School Rodeo state championship and was the reserve state champion twice in tie down calf roping. During his junior year in high school, when he won the state championship, he also finished in the top 10 of the National High School Rodeo Association.

After high school he decided to take a few years off from rodeo. During his time off he went to auctioneer school and began working at the Joplin Regional Stockyards selling calves.

“I have been working and selling cattle at the sale barn since I was 18,” he admits. “I was able to buy two or three farms and now have 300 acres and 600 head of yearlings and continue to work at the sale barn selling calves in between rodeos.”

“I never stopped roping during those three to four years off, I just wasn’t roping competitively,” he adds.

According to Moore, he missed the people in rodeo, the fans and everything associated with rodeos which is why he wanted to return to roping last year.

“This year I am going to rope full time and I am very excited to have the opportunity to rodeo with my wife Ashlee, who runs barrels,” he admits. “I will also be rodeoing with my friend Cimarron Boardman when I am not with my wife.”

Since his return to tie down calf roping last year, Moore won rodeos in Springdale and Harrison Arkansas, Licking, Missouri and Cherokee, Iowa. By Moore winning these rodeos and placing in 20 other rodeos he secured the top spot in the Great Lakes Rodeo Circuit and won the tie down calf roping by nearly $10,000 ahead of the runner-up.

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