Person of the Week: Andrew Napp

By BRITTNEY MANGUM,

The rope keeps time

To the hoof-beats’ rhyme

And the tanning breeze that blows.

From youth to age man’s at his prime

In the land where the cowboy grows.

There circles race

And fall to place,

As the lariat he throws

Across the blue flit clouds of lace

In the land where the cowboy grows. ( A.V. Hudson 6-15)

Andrew Napp grew up around horses and roping, and he is still a cowboy at heart.

“My two other brothers were roping when I was born, so I learned to do it too,” explained Andrew. “We have always enjoyed roping.”

He competes in team roping competitions. The event is timed and requires a header and a heeler; the header ropes the horn and herds the steer, and the heeler ropes the feet, stopping the time. The hard work he and his partner put in to the competitions has paid off for them in multiple events.

“I’ve won several buckles, a couple of saddles, and some money,” stated Andrew.

Colleges recognized his talent, and in 2010-2011 he attended Ranger College in Ranger, TX.

“I went to college on a rodeo scholarship,” said Andrew.

Now, Andrew is the director of the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian. He makes sure to schedule and book a variety of events to take place in the stadium. Once the events are booked, he works with different promotors to make sure that the events are successful. Since the arena is so versatile, he also has to work closely with whoever booked it to make sure that everything is set up the way it needs to be.

“We have a lot of horse shows, rodeos, the fair, monster truck shows, graduations, and other things come do events,” stated Andrew.

He will even compete in some of the shows that come to the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.

Once he is done at work, Andrew goes home to his farm to take care of the animals. He has at least six horses and eight cows to take care of every day, and he usually takes around four hours a day to make sure that the animals are well-fed, watered, and get the appropriate exercise. He even has a practice arena at his house so that he is able to continue practicing with his horses.

His love of animals is transferring over to his children, ages three, two, and one.

“My kids love to go out and ride the pony around,” said Andrew.

Although he enjoys his horses and roping, Andrew loves to be able to spend time with his children and wife. He is very family oriented and would do anything for his family. In fact, his favorite memories are the days each of his children were born.

Like a true cowboy, Andrew is very humble and satisfied with the amazing life he has.

“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at in life,” explained Andrew. “Things could always be better, but I think we’re in pretty good shape.”

With all the hard work Andrew has done throughout his life, it is no surprise that he suggests for people to constantly persevere no matter what they are trying to achieve.

“You just have to persevere,” advised Andrew. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of the hard work you’ve already done.”