Husband, father, teacher and 8-time World Champion Team Roper – titles that Llano, TX resident Rich Skelton takes pride in being known for. Visit with him about the latter and he'll give all the credit to the horses he rides and his team-roping partner, Speed Williams. Ask anyone else and they'll tell you what we all know to be true: he’s simply one of the best ropers of our time.
What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you rodeo?
First thing in the morning I think about getting the horses fed and then what I think about depends on if I am going to rodeo, practice or teach at a clinic.
Where is your favorite place to rope?
My favorite place to rope is at home in my arena.
If you could do anything better, what would it be?
One thing I would like to do better is helping others improve.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are John Wayne and Clay Cooper.
If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
I love to rope and rodeo but I hate being away from home.
What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of the crowd after a good run.
What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?