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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Breakaway Roping

Jim Bound and Bound To Whiz pick up their third AQHA world championship.

Bound To Whiz and Jim Bound

Bound To Whiz and Jim Bound

It was what most would consider an exhausting day for Jim Bound November 14 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. But it's nothing for a roper.

“Right before the finals tonight, we had prelims in the team roping,” Jim told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “I had three horses in heading and three horses in heeling. I got back good there. Then we had the tie-down finals right before the breakaway. We had quite a few runs today, and tomorrow’s going to be the same way. But it doesn’t affect us because that’s what we live for.”

Especially, when it pays off. 

Riding his trusted partner, Bound To Whiz, a 2005 red dun gelding, Jim roped his calf in 1.840 seconds for the world championship in amateur breakaway roping. 

In the previous class, amateur tie-down, he took third with Bound To Be Dun.

“Every time you win one, you don’t ever know if you’re going to win another one,” the Wisconsin cowboy said. “Man, I tell you, you come to this show, it’s the show of the year. You go all year for one day and one chance to win first at this thing. If you can do it one time in your life, it’s an honor. To win it twice … now I’ve won three world championships. My son (Colton Bound) won one on that horse (at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in heading). He’s a pretty nice horse. I don’t know if it’s all me. I think it’s a lot him.”

The Bounds raised “W” as a tie-down roping and team roping horse. The gelding now has three amateur world championships with Jim (including amateur tie-down and amateur breakaway in 2011) and one youth world championship with Colton to his honor. W is by Who Whiz It and out of Not Dun Cookin.

“He’s been a pleasure to have,” Jim said. “He can run so fast that you’ve really got to do a little bit more than the average guy. He gets across there so much, he can really do it. He’s pretty easy to rope on in the breakaway. All you have to do is sit there, and he’s going to put you right in the spot.”

Jim said he and his family work hard all year for this one trip to Oklahoma City.

“I go to Quarter Horse ropings,” he said. “That, to me, is the top of the line. You don’t get any more prestigious than going to the AQHA World Show. That’s better than any rodeo, any jackpot. The AQHA World Show is top of the line. That’s what we live for. We work all year to show one horse in one class and try to win something. If I never win it again, I’ve already won it, so I can be happy. If I come here and don’t win, I’m still happy. I just like coming here.”

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