Kiefer Sutherland, Actor + Champion Roper
In the late 1990s, Sutherland (inspired by his films Young Guns, The Cowboy Way, and Cowboy Up in which he learned how to rope), decided to retire from acting briefly to pursue the rodeo circuit. In consequence, he purchased a 900 acre ranch in Montana, along with horses, bulls/cows and machinery. When he had purchased his ranch it was his neighbors who ran cattle, so they were the ones who helped him get into rodeo.
While travelling on the road with the rodeo, he participated in numerous roping contests, two of which he won in Phoenix and Albuquerque. Sutherland has considered moving the purchase of a ranch near Wood Mountain Saskatchewan, near the former home of his personal hero Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association President in the 1970s, Boyd Anderson.
Sutherland had told E! News “I think the fight of people like Mr. Anderson against supply managment is a good representation of the rugged individualism which has made Saskachewan so strong. The realization that prosperity comes from hard work and not government handouts.”