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Gary Leffew Bull Riding School


By Ashley Speer
October 20 and 21, 2012 was a beautiful weekend for the Gary Leffew bull riding school, held at Cowboys for Christ Arena in Friendship, Tennessee. He was assisted by Dennis Morris, four-time IPRA World Champion. The Bull Fighting instructor for the weekend was Jon Roberts, 2011 SPBR Bull Fighter of the Year and current PRCA Bull Fighter. Cowboy Church was held each day, with Cliff Goodrich speaking on Sunday.

Gary Leffewis a World Champion Bull Rider; he has trained 12 World Champion and two PBR World Finals Champion Bull Riders. He is known as the rodeo “Bull Riding Guru of Positive Thinking.”  He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.

 Over the weekend, students learned balance while riding bareback on a horse, how to stay off their pockets while on a bull, techniques for tying their ropes, and much more. Students were taught to let their subconscious mind do the work; then the rest comes a little easier.

Leffew uses visualization, video feedback, good techniques, and strength of the mind to teach an understanding of the importance of mental attitude, as well as physical techniques, in bull riding. In his initial lecture atop a practice, fake bull, he gives his “Sermon on the Mount,” teaching that “anything you sincerely believe in, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, will inevitably come to pass.” His clinics also stress the safety factors in the sport. Gary doesn’t want young riders to develop bad habits that could get them hurt.

Leffew’s positive thinking approach got started in the 1960s when he read a book called Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Leffew was impressed with the book’s approach to developing a positive self image, and started applying Maltz’ philosophy to his bull riding. Leffew began imagining himself whipping the most ornery bulls in the pen. After a few months, Leffew’s new approach starting paying off, and he was winning on the rodeo circuit.

Since then, he has passed along his techniques to sons Judd and Brett, and, now, to many other up-and-coming bull riders across the country.

All who attended had a great time working with Leffew. Organizer and host Ernie Roberts gives a special thank you to all who attended and helped out with the weekend’s events.

 For more information about Gary Leffew, visit Leffew Bull Riding World at:
“You must have a wholesome self-esteem. You must have a self that you can trust and believe in.”
 —Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz

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