4-year-old cowboy seeks roping title

Tuesday, May 20th 2008, 4:37 pm
By: News 9

By Audrey Esther, News9.com INsite Team

YUKON, Okla. -- Since 4-year-old Carson Elliott could walk he's been roping just about everything, including his 7-year-old sister.

"Yeah, anything he can find," Carson's father, Shane Elliott said. "Fence, chickens, dogs."

But roping dummy steers is little cowboy Carson's specialty.

"To be able to rope it like he does, there's not a whole lot of them (children) that do that," Shane said.

Carson began competing in roping contests last spring and since then his roping skills have started to precede him in the local rodeo community.

"Wherever we go people know him more than they know me," Shane said, who himself has been roping since he could hold a rope.

Carson practices his roping skills an average of three to four hours every day. This December his skills will be put to the test when he competes in the World Championship Dummy Roping contest in Las Vegas.

"I want to work with him and make him as good as he wants to be," Shane said." "I'm not pushing him to where he gets sick of it or anything."

The odds going into the world championship are in Carson's favor; he's yet to lose a contest. And even though his competitors will most likely be older and bigger, Shane said that's not a problem.

"Pressure doesn't bother him," Shane said. "The bigger the crowd the better."

The Elliott's, of Yukon, said they hope sponsors will help pay for part of their trip to the world championships. Donations can be made through the Central Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association.