Start them young and serve as a role model. PRCA Cowboy roping star Matt Shiozawa has so much in common with a lot of outdoorsmen. The tradition was handed down by his father And in this case it was roping. "So how did you come into contact with the horses? My father was a roper. He was a farmer and roping was a little bit recreational and a hobby for him. He stayed somewhat local, he had his professional card but these smaller associations around here, I think at the time it was EIRA, Eastern Idaho Rodeo Association. I'm sure there are a few others, I couldn't tell you the names, but those were the ones he frequented and it was within a couple 100 mile radius of here. He competed and he did okay but I think he wanted to give me a little bit more of an opportunity to do more. Junior rodeo age, 10 years old when I got my first pony. We started practicing and going to some junior rodeos, mostly local ones, Idaho Junior Rodeo Association and some Little Britches rodeo is where I got my start. I moved into high school Association and on from there. You also played more traditional sports like baseball, football, basketball. What was it that inspired you to say all of those are nice but I prefer rodeo? Honestly, as much as anything, I thought I had a chance to be successful in the rodeo thing.