Why Did Brent Lewis Hang it Up in 2005?
Brent Lewis dismounts during a calf roping run with a bridleless horse
Brent Lewis knew how to do things in style, and roping bridleless was no big thing. Photo courtesy of the Team Roping Journal.

This article was originally written by Bob Welch and published in the Team Roping Journal in mid 2005.

After 14 years in professional rodeo, Brent Lewis has decided to retire. The 35-year-old tie-down roper (and occasional team roper) from Pinon, New Mexico, is the 2000 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average champion, qualified for 11 Wrangler NFRs, won nearly $1.5 million, was the Resistol Overall Rookie of the Year in 1991 and won countless major rodeos during the course of his career.

“I just kind of got sick of being gone all the time,” Lewis said. “And all the other problems that come along with rodeoing.”

Brent Lewis’s priority

Lewis and his wife, Cami, have a daughter, Sierra, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, so time at home becomes an even higher priority.

“I’ve been riding some horses with her and she’s riding by herself, which she’s never been able to do,” he said. “It’s been great.”

Training horses, putting on schools and being a family man will consume his time now, and with tie-down roping’s rise in popularity, he thinks interest for both his endeavors will be well-received.

While he won’t completely rule out a comeback, the chances of one happening are closer to none than they are to slim. Nonetheless, his competitive spirit, superb horsemanship and ceaseless good nature will be missed on the rodeo road.

“I feel pretty happy with what I’m doing and I don’t crave rodeo at all,” he said.

To keep up with Lewis’s current endeavors by checking out his social media.