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Meet the Member Casey Redman
story by Lindsay King
At the ripe age of eight, Casey Redman won his first roping buckle alongside his dad Danny. Mainly into team roping jackpots on the side, Danny introduced Casey to the world of rodeo but most importantly to calf roping. “As soon as I was old enough to rope calves, that’s what I wanted to do. But it wasn’t until I was in junior high that I was big enough to do more than breakaway rope,” said the born and raised Burwell, Nebraska, native. Casey roped calves and steers all through high school and his undergraduate degree at Chadron State College. “I traveled with some buddies in the Badlands Circuit through college and for a few years after that. And then I came back to take over the family ranch.”
One reason Casey mainly stuck with calf roping is because it’s an event he can practice by himself if needed. “Ever since I came back to the ranch, my dad has helped me practice. We can just rope for a couple of hours with just him and I.” While growing up on Redman Ranch, Danny taught Casey a lot about life and a little bit about horse training. “Dad always broke a lot of horses for people growing up and I did it for a while when I came back too. I have never bought a trained horse, I have always ridden something I made myself.” This is why Casey values the horsemanship aspect of calf roping above anything else in the event.
“I like that you have to put a lot of time and effort into calf roping to really be good and win. Everything from the horsemanship to the calf and breaking out of the box just right has to come together for a really quick run.” Over the years, the effort has paid off in various forms for Casey. In the last fifteen years he has made multiple appearances at both the NSRA and M-SRA finals. Where this work ethic really comes into play is in his kids: Jessica, 14, and Hudson, 8.
“I took the ranch over and my dad comes to help me every day. My wife (Angela) helps too. And the kids are starting to put forth a lot more effort as they get older. It’s not a big family, but we do everything with just us.” With what Casey calls his “glory days” behind him, the focus is on the next generation of rodeo competitors. Life recently came full circle for Casey when Hudson won his first rodeo buckle at the same age he won his. “He won a buckle in the goat tying and so you could say he has officially started, he is hooked.”
The ranch prevents Casey from heading to a rodeo for an entire weekend, but he still manages to hit about 20 rodeos every year. “I can’t really get too far from the place, so I usually come back the same night as the rodeo. I plan to go to as many as I can for as long as I can.” Now that Hudson has an interest in rodeo, Casey is mainly competing so one day his son will have solid horses to compete on. “I am roping for him now, so he when he is bigger he will be set up and can get a little bit better start than I did.” Jessica isn’t all that interested in rodeo, but she does help on the ranch with gathering, among other things.
Of the last 20 years, Casey has been a member of the amateur associations for a majority of them. “The rodeos are mostly all centralized and close to where we live. The amateur rodeos in Nebraska have a high level of competition, it is almost like the pro rodeos.” Casey’s friends and family are the backbone of this lifelong rodeo career. “I appreciate the friendship of the people who have become like family. My parents, wife and kids deserve the biggest thanks for always supporting me and following me to the rodeos to help me with all of it.”