14-year-old with roping skills wins truck

ARP, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email

ARP, TX (KLTV) - Roping is Clay Sieber's passion and at the young age of 14, it's already paying off. He won a new GMC truck by placing first in a team roping competition in Abilene.

Sieber grew up in the saddle and, with his dad's lead, has become a real roping champ.

"I just liked it always and I've practiced it a lot, almost every day," said Clay.  "[I] work on my horsemanship, make sure I'm riding my horses right, keeping them working."

The hard work is paying off. The Sieber home is filled with his prizes from saddles to buckles but Clay's latest win doesn't exactly fit inside their house.

Clay had to win three district championships to qualify for the Original Team Roping Association's Finals in Abilene. As if that was not enough, he roped against 2,100 teams of all ages and tied-down the competition.

"I just let the cows get turned and come in there and rope them," Clay said. "Horse has got to be doing good and everything."

Now that Clay has roped in a new GMC Duramax truck, he is all set. Even though he can't get his driver's license for two years, it's still a dream come true.

"Exactly what I wanted," Clay said.

In the team roping finals, competitors came from Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

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