Sunday, May 22, 2011

What are you... a loopie or a roughie?

Loopie= Calf roper or team roper

Roughie= Any roughstock rider

Now that you know that... take a look at these groups of hats and tell me what event each set of cowboys do.

Do you see some similarities? If you didn't... take out your glasses because there is in the hat. Each event has their own style.

Team Ropers tend to be pretty basic style; however they can be the wild cards too. You will always see that one team roper that stands out in style- whether it be in clothing or their hat. Britt Bockius (left) has a western, shoot-out style. What I mean is that his hat could also pass as a cowboy shooter- kind of retro, except retro in the old-west days. No matter what, team ropers tend to keep their front crease a little wider than normal.
Calf Ropers are the basic trend to cowboy hats. I tend to make my style like theirs. It's basic and looks good. Clif Cooper (left)  looks extra hot in his hat, but I think it's just because he's a cutie:) Joe Beaver on the right could use a little more roll to his crease, but he has a big head too, so I can see why he shapes his hat like this.
Bull Riders... are you surprised that this picture of Shane Proctor (middle) looks like he's going to kill you? Bull riders are cocky and everything about them says it. The current bull rider style of hats are nearly a flat brim with very little crease. The tops of the crown are also barely indented. 
Steer wrestlers are also very basic. They tend to have sharper points to their crease. If you notice calf ropers tend to be more subtle with their crease. Other than that, they are very similar and very classic.
Now you would think that bareback and saddle bronc riders would be the same, but they're  not. Bareback rider, Kelly Timberman, is a great example of a bareback riders hat. The only thing missing is a back view... in bareback riding, their hats are crushed in the back from their head bouncing on the horse. Their creases are very exaggerated and it makes you want to say "yee haw boys!". Take notice of his and Wade's below.
Saddle Bronc- Wade's hat will be closer to a bull riders hat than anyone's and that's because he rides saddle bronc. They're front line is wider and their tops of the crown are wider and usually circular on the top. (For those of you not aware... this is Iowa's own Wade Sundell- whoot whoot!)

Either way, none of the styles above are wrong. Just make sure that you're wearing the right look. If you want to look clean and classic.. go with the calf roper or bull dogger- it's safe and I won't make fun of you as much.

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