To be successful, you have to be partnered right. No matter if you head or heel, or what level roper you are, your significant other has to be able to do his part. It takes both people getting the job done for each other to give the team a chance to win. Choosing the best partner for you can sometimes be one of the most difficult and most crucial parts of roping. Its a decision that needs to be evaluated carefully.
There are all kinds of things to consider when picking a partner. Sometimes the most talented ropers aren't the smartest in different situations. They can sometimes have trouble making the right decisions under pressure. And some guys who might have less ability handle the pressure great. So that's something to evaluate.
I try to weigh the pluses and minuses of my choices when I'm choosing my next partner, and there's a lot to think about. From a heeler's standpoint, you have guys who are better at reaching and throwing fast, and other guys who are better at setting up consistent, high-percentage runs. At the professional level, there's a lot of money to be won at the rodeos and jackpots with a catcher rather than a guy who bombs out and reaches all the time.