Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you to Josh McPhee, a 29-year-old team roper who I got the chance to see perform at the 2015 Wojo Rodeo Finals at, The Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN. Team Roping is a timed event in which there is a header that ropes the head of a steer, and a heeler that ropes the heels of the steer.
Believe it or not, this talented roper had never been on the back of a horse until just 4 short years ago! From the moment Josh got in the saddle, and picked up a rope, he became instantly hooked by team roping. Keith Wojo, of the Wojo Rodeo Circuit set Josh up with his first horse, that Josh describes as being a great horse that Keith had trained himself, and Keith has been personally training Josh ever since.
The first 2 years that Josh started riding and roping were spent in the practice pen learning all the tricks of the trade from Keith, as well as building a trust up with his horse while learning how to ride, and handle roping actual steers. After 2 years of hard work with Keith, Josh started to enter some local rodeo and jackpots to gain more experience, and to learn how to handle the being out of his comfort zone, and in competitions. Keith Wojo became Josh’s partner, and heeler for these competitions, and had decided they were doing well enough to give it a go at a few professional rodeos that were in the area.
With only 3 or 4 small town competitions under his belt, Josh and Keith entered into 4 pro rodeos that year. Josh ended up winning the Wojo Rodeo Finals event in 2014, and won the year end! In that same year Josh placed 18th in the Minnesota Rodeo Association (MRA) standings, and qualified for the WTRC finals in Billings, MT. When I was at the Wojo Rodeo Finals 2015 Josh placed 3rd and 4th in the event, and was the reserve champion of 2015! Also in 2015 Josh competed in 5 MRA rodeos and placed in the top 25, and once again qualified for the WTRC finals in Billings MT. Josh currently ropes in the USTRC, WTRC, WSTR, NTR, MRA, and the Wojo Rodeo Circuit.
So what’s in store for the future of this rodeo star? Josh would like to one day make it to the World Series of Team Roping Finals, and try to qualify for The American Rodeo. As in any cowboy or cowgirl’s bucket list, Josh also is dreaming of the bright lights of Las Vegas, and to compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and become roping champion of the world. For now Josh has his sights set on one competition at a time, and is focusing on honing his skills, he knows it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and time to get to that level, so he is working on paying his dues and bettering himself as a roper every day. Josh has some really good horses right now, and a few up and coming horses, so it is just a matter of time for him to get partnered up with the right heeler to achieve his future goals.
Outside of the arena Josh owns a trucking company that transports grain throughout ND, MN, and Canada. Josh got his License right out of high school, and drove for his grandpa until is grandpa passed away. Ever since then Josh purchased his own truck, and his business has continued to grow. When Josh is not out chasing rodeos, or working he can be found putting in daily work towards becoming the roper he one day wants to be. From keeping his horses in shape, to honing his skills at tossing a rope, Josh eats, sleeps and bleeds rodeo. When Josh does find the time, he has a few hobbies to keep him entertained, mainly hitting the water to do some fishing, or going deep in the woods to do some hunting. Josh realizes the hard work and dedication it takes to be a world class rodeo star, and he is putting everything he is into achieving his rodeo dreams!
I hope this post found you all well, and you all feel like you have learned a little more about one of the competitors you have seen, or may see someday, possibly even at the WNFR in the future. As always if you or anyone you know is a rodeo performer in the MN, WI, IA, SD, and ND areas please have them Contact Us.
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