Don't Despise Small Beginnings

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Tom Gipson with 3 year-old little cowpoke Caden Tillard from Glenrock giving the "Chute Help" a try-out at Don King Days.
Tom Gipson with 3 year-old little cowpoke Caden Tillard from Glenrock giving the "Chute Help" a try-out at Don King Days.

What began with an idea and some scribbling on a napkin, eighty-one year-old, Tom Gipson, from Granbury, Texas, took his idea to fruition with a one-of-a-kind roping chute.

Useful for those folks that are wanting some additional practice, but live a ways from an arena, the “Chute Help,” can even be used where there's no power. Gipson, a steer roper himself, says it's a dream come true.

After the steer enters the chute, the weight of the animal closes the gate and the roper uses a remote control to let the steer run free.

Gipson had his chute on display at Don King Days this past weekend. Patented this past April, Gipson says the “Chute Help' is a family operation.

Currently, there are 30 chutes in use. There's also an optional insert for calves for breakaway and tie down. And their marketing plan...good old fashioned word of mouth.

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