For those that have wondered what Willy has been up to he has been riding in the CT ET and DT events. The good news is that he has been doing pretty well and has been feeling good. He also got off both bulls at the Madison ET event without hanging up! (Something the announcer was sure to point out). Unfortunately, on his second bull he had a hard dismount and hurt his neck. I am not sure what the final prognosis was, he was not taken to the hospital but left the arena in a neck brace. Hopefully it was just a pull and we will see him back soon!
"All I have to do is really learn how to dance with a bull. You just have to remember that he's definitely leading and you have to follow. You can't get behind at all. If you keep in time with him, you're all right. I just wish it wasn't such a hard dance to learn."- Fred Boettcher
Post by cowgirl4life30 on May 5, 2007 20:43:09 GMT -5
All I know is from Kansas City. He was there to see Dr. Tandy Freeman and on crutches.
It was too funny because my friend, Cindy, was asking one of our friends that works for the PBR where Willy has been. He said "he's right over there." Cindy of course thought he was kidding with her but sure enough there he was. Willy was shocked that she knew who he was and even more shocked when I walked up 5 mins later and said "Oh my gosh it's Willy Ropp". He looked shocked and said "she knows who I am too." After talking to him for a long time, he is def. one of my top guys... he is just too nice and really funny!!!
Obviously, his neck was better and he had been hurt at another event since Madison. However, I imagine he has to be back riding again since KC was a while ago.
Post by rodeogal10077 on May 6, 2007 11:31:20 GMT -5
I went to the Manchester, NH ET event last night. I was disapointed that Willy had already ridden on Fri., but he was the leader going into the second night with a total of 174 something on two bulls. Last year he won that event and it was a little confusing so I'm not sure, but I think he might have won again! Anywho, he rode great and I was happy to hear that! It was also great having Rob Smets at the event as well. He did a lot of the announcing, mainly describing why people rode and why they bucked off. He talked a lot about the bullfighters and their jobs, as well. It was really nice to have someone on the mic. who talked about the fundamentals of bull riding ect. for the people who don't know much about the sport.
'No matter how tough the circumstances, never quit'