I had not roped in the last 20 years and at 61, encouraged by my son, I decided to pick up a heel rope and start back. As you can imagine it was a slow process – until I met the Bach family. I knew of Allen for many years as a World Champion heeler but never met him. The first day that I spent time with Allen I came away with more knowledge about swinging my rope and delivery than I ever knew. Allen is very patient, kind and uplifting. Never intimidating. He worked extensively with me using his Smarty dummy. Which we now use every practice session before we rope and could not do without. Allen’s techniques and his ability to see every move in your swing and delivery, whether heading or heeling, allows a student to easily focus on the areas to change or improve. After working with Allen on several occasions on timing and horse position – I am very rarely out of position or out of time with the steer. The last USTRC I went to at 63 years old, before I tore my groin muscles, I made the short go in the 12 Gold Plus, 11, 10 Gold Plus and the 10 which Allen helped to make it possible. When you rope with Allen you not only get the expert attention of Allen to improve your roping but you get the entire family’s help. Peggy is one of the best headers I have roped behind to work on position and timing. The two best heel horses I have came from Allen, Ricochet and Mercedes. I can’t wait to get Allen’s new dummy the Smarty Xtreme. Not only is Allen one of the best team roping teachers I have ever been associated with he also inspired me to live with this bible verse as he does -Trust in God with all thine heart, lean not on thine own understanding, acknowledge him in all that you do and he will guide thine paths. Allen Bach is a Great Man, a World Champion Roper and more so a World Champion Christian. I am blessed to have met and roped with Allen.

-Jim Donnan