|Michael Jones = Team Roping|
|January 18, 2002||Contact: Craig Overcash|
LOCALCOWBOY ROPES FOR THE GOLD
Stephenville, TX – While most cowboys and cowgirls will be heading to Fort Worth, Texas this week for the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo, one local cowboy will be travelling a little further north to rope for gold. Stephenville’s Michael D. Jones will be leading the charge for Team USA in the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo to be held in Farmington, Utah, February 9th through February 11th. Teams from the United States and Canada will be vying for Gold, Silver & Bronze medals during this Olympic exhibition in each of the seven rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Jones qualified for the Olympics by winning the team roping event at the 2001 Wrangler Pro Tour “Copenhagen Cup Finale” in Las Vegas, Nevada (MGM Grand) this past year.
Jones is the only Pro Rodeo cowboy to qualify for the Olympics from the entire Dallas / Fort Worth area. “Qualifying for the Olympics is a highlight of my professional career and a once in a lifetime opportunity”, says Jones. “I have been blessed with the ability and support to compete at this level.” Asked how he felt about being an “Olympic cowboy”, Jones added, “I am very proud to be representing our Great Country and our Western heritage as a member of the 2002 United States Olympic Rodeo Team”.
Jones grew up with a rope in his hand. And his family’s business, ROPRO Training Systems provided the technology. ROPRO Training Systems is a Western training, manufacturing and marketing company that integrates bio- mechanical training with products and services. When asked about her son’s success, Jones’s mother, Linda said, “ We are very proud, but not surprised by Michael’s success. He has always made roping so much fun for us to watch, and he has never been intimidated by tough competition. He qualified for the Olympics by being prepared and then taking advantage of every opportunity to win. After he won the “Cup” in Las Vegas, the first thing he said to me was, Mom, I’m going to the Olympics, can you believe it?”
Rick Barton, President of Equibrand Corporation expects great things from Jones. “The pressure didn’t bother Michael as he out performed the World’s other great rodeo athletes, including World Champions, to qualify for the Olympics. I enjoy watching Michael rope. He was spectacular as he won the 2001 Wrangler ProTour “Copenhagen Cup Finale”.
Fans can follow Jones’s rope for the gold at: www.prorodeo.com/Today/06.1.olympicNews.html.
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