Mason and Logan Moore are no stranger to each other in the rodeo arena.
While Mason was a senior and Logan was a freshman in high school, the team roping duo took to the Texas High School Rodeo Association circuit with Logan serving as the header and Mason as the heeler.
This year, with the roles flipped and Mason representing Sam Houston State University and Logan repping Wharton County Junior College, the duo has qualified for the College
National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. It’s the first appearance at the CNFR for both of them.
“We’ve dreamed about it since we were little bitty,” Mason said. “We’ve roped every day and this is something we’ve always wanted. I’ve waited four years to rope with him. It’s just exciting that we get to go together.”
Logan, a freshman, was the Reserve Champion heeler in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region after scoring 507 points in the 10 rodeos during the 2020-2021 season.
“It’s been extremely special to me, not just because of [the success], but because I’m heeling for my brother in his senior year,” Logan said. “The last time I got to rope with him was his senior year in high school and it didn’t work out for us. For it to be his senior year … and us roping together, it’s really special to me.”
The duo opted to flip their roles in the arena to fit their strengths. Mason excels at turning steers while Logan is quick to rope the hind legs during a run.
“He’s more consistent and he takes heeling more seriously than I did. He’s better at it,” Mason said. “I figure if I can get there and turn four steers, we’ve got a better chance of winning than me trying to heel.”
That familiarity has proved beneficial to the brother tandem. They know what the other is going to do before they make a move.
“We’ve grown up roping together and we know each other’s style,” Logan said. “I know exactly when he’s going to rope and exactly where he’s going to put the steers. So, that sets me up for success because we know where the steer is going.”
The Moores have been practicing for the last four weeks to prepare for the CNFR, which kicks off June 13 before its first full performance two days later. They want to make sure they’re dialed in before they take to the dirt at the Ford Wyoming Center.
“I’ve got a ton of confidence in turning steers for him,” Mason said. “Pretty much every time I turn one, I know he’s gonna catch them. If we can go up there and catch four steers, we should come out with pretty good odds.”
Preparing for the atmosphere inside the arena in Casper has been simple for Mason and Logan. They’re not focused on any outside factors, such as the crowd. They’re focused on turning in four good times to give themselves a chance to place.
“We’re just running four steers at a time, making sure we stay seven seconds apiece,” Mason said. “We’re gonna make good, solid runs and not try to do anything too fast. Just stay steady and wherever [the steer] comes out, that’s where we’re gonna be.”