My Mentors


Younger Days

  This  is me (Tom) with Bob and Mae Jones. They were my 3rd set of  grandparents and  they taught me so much about ranch life while growing  up.  I would spend my spring brakes and summers with them on the Beaver  Creek Ranch in Philomath, OR. Bob took a lot of time to show me about  horses and cattle. He actually rode more miles in a saddle than he ever  did in a vehicle. To me he was the Greatest Horseman in the World, there  was absolutely nothing he couldn't do with a horse.  Bob lived to be 99  years old. 


Learning the Ropes

 Ronnie Goble Heeling. He was known as "The  California Cowboy". He was a former World Champion Cowboy who grew up  and roped against Leo, Jerold and Reg Camarillo. I ran into Leo while at  the NFR and I told him that Ronnie Goble is teaching me how to rope and  he said "that Ronnie was probably the best roper ever". People said  that Ronnie could rope off of anything and still win! He encouraged me  all the time and not just roping. He believed to practice for a reason, be prepared for the unkown but also remember to keep it fun. We lost Ronnie too early to cancer.  


Competitive Horseman

This  picture is of me with Jake Milton in 1988 at the Sister's Rodeo.  He  was partnered with Walt Woodard and they had just one the average at the  1987 NFR (along with Tee & Bobby). Jake and Walt put on teamroping  clinics together for several years. These guys started the beginning of  the "roping video".  I went to several of their schools and was even  able to get to spend one on one time with Jake in Wyoming. Jake had  "Head Horse of the year" one time. This is quite an accomplishment for a  cowboy. The buckle he is wearing is from the NFR. Jake is a really good  horseman and he can throw the rope like no other. I duplicated my  roping style from his by using lots & lots of recorded videos that  my wife, mom, dad or grandpa would take.