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Tavis Walters grew up in Ovid, Michigan and got started roping at the local arena with his friend Tommy Tyler. His impressive resume began after his parents were working with customers showing “all around” horses mostly at AQHA shows. One thing led to another and Walters was soon winning AQHA titles in both the Team Roping and Tie Down events. His accomplishments include:
7-Time American Quarter Horse Association Congress Champion
4-Time AQHYA High Point National Champion
4-Time AQHYA World Champion
3-Time AQHYA Reserve World Champion
During his teenage years, Tavis spent several summers with renowned AQHA trainer, Robbie Schroeder. During high school he spent much of his time at horse shows or jackpots. Hard work and horsemanship earned Walters a scholarship at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, for his freshman and sophomore years. Walters then transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health.
Tavis qualified for College National Finals in 2009. The following year he was awarded the Rogers State University Rodeo Team MVP. Also in 2010, he was named the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Central Plains Region men’s horse of the year owner/trainer.
Walters now makes his home in Elmore City, Oklahoma and trains horses, both for others and himself. He also has a successful business, Walters Halters (walterhalters.com) selling braided halters and other tack.
“I do most of the braiding myself,” says Walters. “I’m pretty particular about the quality.”
The Walters’ relocated to Oklahoma soon after Tavis left for college, though the family visits Michigan often. Tavis’ father, Barry, is a horseshoer and his mom, Tricia, is a Seminar Coordinator for Michigan State University.
Tavis competes regularly and in 2013 won 6th in the average at the George Strait Team Roping Classic; and won the UPRA Rookie of the Year Header. Earlier this year at the AQHA Tulsa Holiday Summer Walters was Circuit Exhibitor of Circuit Champion Sr. Calf Roping Horse and Overall High Point Open Rope Horse.
How much do you practice?
I ride every day, and probably rope four or five days a week.
Do you make your own horses?
Who were your roping heroes growing up?
Speed Williams and Rich Skelton.
Who do you respect most in the world?
My parents. They have done so much for me and made sacrifices for my benefit.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
If you had a day off what would you like to do?
Rope. I always rope when I get the chance.
21 – a movie about card counters.
What’s the last book you read?
Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Quiet, responsible, motivated.
What makes you happy?
Getting up everyday and getting to do what I love.
What makes you angry?
People not doing what they say they will.
If you were given 1 million dollars, how would you spend it?
Invest for the future.
What is your worst quality – your best?
My worst is I’m not very outgoing until I get to know you. My best is that I’m trustworthy. If I say I will do something, I will do it.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I will be training horses, showing horses in AQHA, and going to rodeos. I expect my halter business will have grown quite a bit by then.