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Team roping competition is held in Amarillo

Watching and competing on team roping qualifiers has become a family tradition in the Texas panhandle. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Maria Serrano)

On Sunday, Feb. 10, many were hoping to win at the World Series of Team Roping Qualifier in Amarillo. The grand prize was $150,000.

For Shelley Field and her 26-year-old son, a team roping competitor, this is a lifestyle. Her son cowboys for a living and he's been roping since he was born.

“He had a car accident, broke his back and they said he would never rope again, and because he's here that is just a miracle," said Field.

According to Field, it's nerve-racking because there is a lot of money on the line.

“The money is great, the pay-out is good, and the better you are - the more cash you get. They’re roping for a chance to go to Las Vegas and compete in December,” said Field.

In Las Vegas, teams can compete for almost $300,000.

"This is his life. I mean, he ropes every day with his job, he rides horses every day, so it is not something that comes easy - it takes a lot of commitment,” said Field.

Clay Casper is from Balko, Okla. and he won $50,000 in Las Vegas last year. According to him, money is always his main motivator.

"I ride horses, train horses, and my endpoint here is just to make money and get better,” said Casper, a competitor at this year’s McCracken Team Roping World Series.

He says it takes patience, but the secret is to get as much practice as you can.

Casper uses his winnings to buy more horses and continue investing in his roping skills.

Team roping competitors win prizes such as buckles, saddles and cash.

According to Casper, to make a career out of the sport, getting comfortable with riding horses is a must.

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