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Stran Smith

Event in which you compete: Tie-Down Roping

Hometown: Childress, TX, USA

Number of years riding: 16 years professionally

Career accomplishments to date:

  • 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • 2008 WNFR Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • 1997 Texas All Around and Tie-Down Roping Champion
  • Two-Time Coors Fans’ Favorite Cowboy

How you got started in your event: My Father was the first calf roper to get off of his horse on the right. He was an NFR Qualifier in the 1960’s.

Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: At least 10 years.

Favorite Ariat product (by name): Full Quill Ostrich Square Toe Boots

Proudest career moment: Winning the World Championship in 2008 after years of trials and tribulations, including a stroke and experimental heart surgery at 32 years old.

Tell us about your first horse: Jim Dandy was a mean little black Shetland that taught all of the Smith kids how to ride. He would bite, kick, run away, and rub you off on the fence.

You ride because: Some of my best friends have been horses.

If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Rancher striving to be the very best in that career.

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: My Dad, Clifton Smith, was my mentor and idol. Dad didn’t tell me how to live, he showed me.

Favorite place to travel: Calgary Stampede

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I love to design houses and barns in my head. I should have been an architect.

Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Spending time and playing with my two boys, Stone and Scout.

Good luck charm: I don’t believe in good luck charms. In fact, if I think something is supposed to be bad luck I will do it or wear it just to prove differently. I had a couple of fifty-dollar bills in my wallet when I won the world in 2008, and I was wearing a yellow shirt when I broke the World record at the Texas Stampede in 1997.