I like the idea of sports that grew out of practical skills. It’s fun to watch things like lumberjack competitions and rodeo. As a kid, I spent summers in the Wild West and got a real taste for rodeo and riding skills. Alas, it has been many years, but I digress.
Here is something for your Just Too Cool file. This story has it all.
Cowboy Lassos Alleged Bike Thief in Wal-Mart Parking Lot
A hero on horseback saved the day after a man tried to make off with a bike that wasn’t his on Friday, and it all went down in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart.
Self-described “cowboy” Robert Borba was at the store in Eagle Point, Oregon, to pick up some dog food when he heard a woman yell out that someone had stolen her bicycle from a rack. Borba, a champion bull rider, took off on his trusty steed to give chase and rounded himself up a suspect.
Borba was able to wrap his lasso around the suspect’s ankle and hold the man until police arrived before heading back to the farm.
“I roped him and the rope went down around his feet and I just rode off like I would if I roped a cow or something,” Borba described to NBC affiliate KOBI.
“He did it so well I thought, man, he must be in a rodeo or something. It was perfect” onlooker Rob Roque said.
The suspect, Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, was charged with theft and taken to Jackson County Jail, Officer Chris Adams of the Eagle Point Police Department said.
Of course there’s video!
I love America.
I like to imagine what that bicycle thief was thinking as he lay there, trussed. I suppose that each time he twitched, the horse backed a bit to keep the tension on. People standing around, looking at him, making comments. Were I the judge in that case, I might sentence the guy to muck out that horse’s stall for a few weeks.