Stran Smith is one of the leading money earners in the professional rodeo circuit, and is a TR3 owner. Here’s what he has to say about his TR3 rake.
I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to have the A.Q.H.A. Horse of the Year two times . In 97 I had Rodman and in two thousand three I had Topper Topper this year’s twenty three. And it’s, you know, it’s just so important to me when I’m at home and I’m practicing on him that the ground is as perfect as I can get it.
That’s probably one of the most important things to me to make sure that my ground is in perfect condition because at that age we can’t afford an injury due to bad ground. So for him and with my other horses, that’s something that I pay special attention to. And, you know, I work the ground in between each horse that I rope on. Anywhere from between five and six runs. I want to work the ground. And when you work the ground that much, if you don’t have the right equipment, sometimes you’re you’re getting the ground too deep or you’re getting hit too hard. And with the TR3. It’s the perfect combination where you’re able to keep the ground loose enough, but at same time keep it level and drag the drag marks out of it.
The thing about it is its so simple, but at the same time you can use it for so many different jobs. I was just amazed at all the things you can do with this drag besides dragging your arena. I’ve got some gravel roads here that’s got a bunch of grass and weeds in them, and instantly we drug that right out of there. Brought that gravel right back to life. You can aerate your fields with it and you can move dirt with it a lot better than you can with like a front end loader. You can lock the blade down, use it for a drag. You need to you know, you need to really move some dirt. Just so many different things. And I’m still just learning with it.