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"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best." - Tim Duncan


Better Basics Goat Tying Clinics are designed to improve on each student's skill and technique for faster, more consistent and competitive times in the practice pen and rodeo arena.

Clinics are structured to simplify each element of the run to create positive muscle memory. Skills are added together with the progression of techniques for practice runs on the ground and off the horse. Games are played for competitive settings and development of speed. The importance of physical conditioning and a positive mental attitude is emphasized throughout the clinic. Students will be continually challenged as their skill level progress.


Clinic Schedule

**Just ADDED** 


 Breakaway with Jackie Crawford, Goat Tying with Lynn Smith

Do one or both events in same location!

Welcome Home Ranch in GILBERT, ARIZONA 

December 27 & 28


Better Basics Goat Tying 2019 Schedule


Stephenville, Texas & Garden City, Texas



 Lake Charles, Louisiana & Miami, Oklahoma



 Caldwell, Idaho



Buffalo & St. Charles, South Dakota


Adding more clinics for 2019, keep checking back!


Lynn Smith

  • 4x CNFR Qualifier (Central Rocky Mountain Region Goat Tying Champion 2x, Reserve Goat Tying Champion 2x, All Around Champion 2x)

  • 3x College National Champion (Goat Tying, Breakaway & All Around)

  • College Coach (Cochise College 2013- present, Central Wyoming College 2000-2012)

  • 3x NRCA Finals Champion & Year End Champion

  • Better Basics Goat Tying Clinics established in 1999. 

    • Students' success includes numerous National Champions in College, High School & Jr. High School.  National Reserve Champions, Regional & State Champions & National qualifiers at all levels. 

Lacey Tech

  • Former Better Basics Student

  • Former College Athlete at Central Wyoming College for coach Smith

  • 2 x CNFR Qualifier

  • National College Champion Goat Tyer, 2012

  • Reserve College National Champion Women's Team member, 2012

  • 5x SDRA Year End & Finals Champion

  • Multiple NRCA Finals & Year End Champion

  • Assistant at Better Basics Goat Tying Clinics past 8 years nationwide


Really cool & lots of helpful video tips for beginners and advanced goat tyers brought to you by Rattler Ropes.


Goat Tying Equipment

Goat Tying Strings: Made by Rattler Ropes

Rosin: Barstow Pro Rodeo- (White works best for goat tyers) www.barstowprorodeo.com

Goat Tubes: to hold your strings & keep them lasting longer: www.ssroping.com

No Limits Clinics with Jackie Crawford & Lynn Smith

Breakaway Roping & Goat Tying combination clinics with best in the business instruction in the same location!

Better Basics Goat Tying Sponsors

Rattler is the most consistent producer of goat tying strings. 

When you buy a string, you have confidence that it will have the right feel every time.

I'm excited to have Stamina Plus as a Clinic Sponsor!! 

Our family has been using these supplements for years getting horses ready and looking their best for our family horse sale,

 WYO Quarter Horse Sale

I've seen the results of this feeding program and can testify to the results!

A great way to save money and help our equine athletes.

Also check out Dr. Scheiber's Nutritional Tips! A great website! www.staminaplus.com



Cinch/Cruel Girl has allotted FOUR certificates for EACH clinic to be awarded to students.

The new Cinch for women offers comfortable jeans, great for goat tying and being active!

Along with an impressive line of stylish western shirts, tops and jackets for the whole family. 








I'm excited to announce Happy Tails as a new Better Basics & No Limits Clinic Sponsor

For the past year, I have been using Happy Tails tail bags on my horses at home.  My horses' tails are cleaner, softer and comb out easy even after being in the bags for up to 2 weeks. I've seen an average of an inch a month in growth in my horses' tails. The bags are durable and stay in- even in a pasture filled with mesquite.

Happy Tails horse tail bags will be given as prizes at clinics!



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This site was last updated 11/25/18

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