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Clint Craig at the Cowboy Outfitters USA Utah Rodeo Camp.

Cowboy Outfitters USA (COUSA) has one goal in mind – give the tools needed to our athletes as early in their career as possible to build a better, more-prepared athlete for the future. COUSA rodeo camps not only focus on skills and technique inside the arena but also the skills outside the arena. We bring in instructors to speak on training and exercise, nutrition, college preparation, the rodeo industry, sponsorship and media. Our own COUSA members share their experience and life lessons and offer personal advice to the up and coming athletes. TEXAS View Texas photos. The first of our three camps was held in Saginaw, TX. The bareback and saddle bronc riders were led by Tilden Hooper and Jake Griffin, with special guest instructors Jeff Collins, 2000 Bareback World Champion, and 6 time NFR Qualifier Chris Harris. Clint Craig, DJ Domangue, Cody Teel, Ardie Maier, Aaron Pass, and Corey Maier coached the bull riders. “It was great being around all those guys,” said Brody Yeary, who recently won the Don Gay Bull Riding Championship.
Practice how you perform.

Practice how you perform.

Special guest speakers included Tuff Hedeman, Dr. Shawn Scott (Justin Sports Medicine Team), Cal White (Fort Worth Stock show & Rodeo), Alexis Bloomer, Justin Thomason (Resistol/HatCo), Jeff Collins (Panola College), Sean Amestoy (Wharton County Junior College Rodeo Coach) and Bubba Miller (Sam Houston State University Rodeo Coach). Tuff Hedeman shared his advice on starting out on the right stock to develop your skills and technique and continue to progress. Ms. Bloomer offered advice on how to use social media and speaking with the media. Share your story and make eye contact! Dr. Shawn Scott provided valuable advice on what to eat on the road and how to design your workout program around your event. UTAH View Utah photos.
Kaycee Feild working with the bareback riders in Utah.

Kaycee Feild working with the bareback riders in Utah.

The Utah camp invited athletes from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California where they had the opportunity to learn from Utah’s very best. Kaycee Feild and Lewis Feild led up the bareback riders. Jesse Wright and Alex Wright coached the saddle bronc riders and Wesley Silcox, Steve Woolsey, and Clint Craig coached the bull riders. Outside the arena, the instructors shared their stories on how they got where they are today, their motivation, and the influences they have had along the rodeo trail. Kaycee Feild said he wants to be the best at whatever he does and always gives a 100%. “If I mow my lawn, it’s going to be straighter and mowed faster than anyone around.” There is a reason Feild is a four time world champion. Devin Dice, Sports Medicine, spoke with the athletes on the importance of stretching, eating right, and knowing when your body needs to recover. “You’ve got to pay to play” said Dice. “Make sure you are performing at your very best.” Shane Draper (UVU) and Kendra Sagers (Snow College) spoke on preparing for college, how scholarships work, and having a career to fall back on. Jim Bowers talked about the rodeo industry and the behind the scenes work on putting on a top rodeo such as Caldwell, ID.
Cowboy Outfitters USA Texas Camp.

Cowboy Outfitters USA Texas Camp.

SUMMARY Success in the arena begins long before the cowboy competes. It’s about being physically and mentally prepared. “I wish I had something like this when I first got started,” said Wesley Silcox. “I know I would have been more prepared going down the road.” The members of Cowboy Outfitters USA is dedicated to promoting the sport of rodeo and helping youth become a stronger, more prepared athlete. Our next stop will be in Bismarck, ND in October.