Rodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver works with McCoy Profili and the next generation of star ropers | MyWindsorNow.com

Rodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver works with McCoy Profili and the next generation of star ropers

Bobby Fernandez
bfernandez@greeleytribune.com

Even boda fide living legends don't always have legendary performances.

But these days, Joe Beaver is all about positioning the rising stars of rodeo for success, rather than adding to his own bank account.

So while Beaver couldn't corral the head of the steer he and his young partner, McCoy Profili, drew Wednesday at the Greeley Stampede pro rodeo at Island Grove Park, neither Beaver nor Profili were dwelling for long.

It's more about the lesson. And when Beaver ­— a 52-year-old Hall of Famer — speaks, the 23-year-old Profili is all ears.

“I get to play. This is playing for me. ... This is my getaway for a little bit

— take McCoy out (to rodeos), and I won’t go home probably until the middle of August.

— Joe Beaver, team roper on his role as the experienced member of his team

"My love for this sport now lays in the next generation of winners," Beaver said. "I've seen the Trevor Braziles start young and come up. I've seen the Cody Ohls. … It's about that next generation, see what I can help them do."

Recommended Stories For You

The two reside in Okeechobee, Fla., where they're roping all day, every day.

Beaver runs roping clinics, while mentoring up-and-comers with the hopes of producing … well … the next Joe Beaver.

Beaver is an eight-time world champion — winning five tie-down titles and three all-around championships. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in the early 2000s.

Easily, he was the biggest celebrity in a star-studded team roping field Wednesday.

When around Beaver nowadays, Profili is much more likely to break out a pen and notepad to take notes rather than ask for an autograph. Still, he admits he was a little starstruck when he first began working with Beaver after turning pro four years ago.

"It was very intimidating," Profili said. "It was very nerve-racking. You're just in a position where you don't want to mess up because everyone is watching him (at rodeos). So, if everyone is watching him, everyone is watching me."

But as those nerves have settled in recent years, Profili has developed an increasing appreciation of the rare opportunity he has been presented with: To work hand-in-hand with an all-time great.

"It's been thrilling just to see what he does day to day," Profili said. "To get to hang around him, just to even know who Joe Beaver is awesome. There are kids around the world who would love just to shake his hand one time. And, I live with him. I see him every day."

By pure chance, Profili and Beaver found themselves wearing near-identical sky blue, long-sleeved shirts Wednesday.

If he has his druthers, Profili will begin to resemble Beaver more and more as his budding career progresses.

In short, if Beaver is a Michael Jordan, of sorts, Profili hopes to be the LeBron James of roping.

"He's got tons of talent, he has all the ability in the world," Beaver said of Profili.

Besides the hands-on training, so much of what Beaver tries to do with Profili and other youngsters is help them attract some attention, intrigue sponsors and, hopefully, make a comfortable living in the sport they love.

Make no mistake about it, Beaver still does plenty of winning. But, now those wins are more about garnering exposure for his pupils than they are about lining his own pockets with green.

As Profili alluded, when eyes are on Beaver, they can't help but notice the young bucks that are right there with him.

"It's like college football," Beaver said. "Nick Saban (Alabama's famed coach) doesn't just take someone's word that this guy can really run and throw. He's going to fly in and watch this guy play a game or two. And, that's what I'm trying to do with (Profili) — get him out there and get him exposure."

And of course, Beaver also doesn't mind getting out and competing in rodeos this time of year. He spends so much of his time putting on clinics, serving as an on-air TV personality, fulfilling motivational speaking gigs, etc.

But come summertime, during a busy time known in the rodeo circuit as "Cowboy Christmas", Beaver gets to grab his lasso, walk into the arena and, once again, act just like those kids he now grooms.

"I get to play," he said. "This is playing for me. … This is my getaway for a little bit — take McCoy out (to rodeos), and I won't go home probably until the middle of August."

Full results

Greeley Stampede Pro Rodeo

Wednesday results

Bareback bronc riding — Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, 84.5; Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 81; Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 77.5; Steer wrestling — Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 5.7; Mike Bates, jr., Mexican Springs, N.M., 6.7; Miguel Garcia, Kaycee, Wyo., 7.5; Riley Krassin, Lander, Wyo., 7.5; Team roping — Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., & Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 4.7; Peyton Holliday, Chouteau, Okla., & Kingston Chang, Dodge City, Kan., 5.1; Zac Small, Welch, Okla., & Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 10.1; Saddle bronc riding — Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 82.5; Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 82; Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 82; Tie-down roping — Brent Belkham, Blunt, S.D., 10.3; Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 12.8; Jared Mark Kempker, Eugene, Mo., 13; Barrel racing — Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 17.47; Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 17.55; Mary Jo Camera, Ceres, Calif., 17.65; Bull riding — Shad A. Heiner, Morgan, Utah, 75.

Tuesday results

Bareback bronc riding — Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 81; Tyler Scales, Severance, 80.5; Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D., 79; Steer wrestling — Royce Johnson, Checotah, Okla., 5.1; Rhett Kennedy, Chowcilla, Calif., 5.2; Blair Jones, Colby, Kan., 9.6; Team roping — Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., & Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 4.9; Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., & Tyler Domingue, De Kalb, Texas, 5.5; Doyle Hoskins, Chualar, Calif., & Matt Costa, Turlock, Calif., 7.2; Saddle bronc riding — Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 85; Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah., 81.5; Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 80.5; Tie-down roping — Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 9.3; Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.6; Clay McCuistion, Sanger, Texas, 10.3; Barrel racing — Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla., 17.21; Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas, 17.25; Lake Mehalic, Oro Valley, Ariz., 17.67; Bull riding — Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas, 85.5.

Go back to article