Wednesday, November 10

Top 10 reasons I love rodeo

Tomorrow is the first day of the CFR (Canadian Finals Rodeo) I think I might have mentioned it a time or two already. I am really looking forward to going. As a matter of fact I am going every night it is here, that is how much I love it.

I have been thinking all day why it's such a big deal to me, Drew enjoys going, but not like I do. He could live without it, where as I count down the days months in advance.

So I analyzed myself for the last few days so I could explain the inner workings of my soul to explain why. I shall present them in a top 10 format:

10- I believe Rodeo is one of (if not the only) true sport left. By true sport I mean it is man athlete against animal athlete. Cowboys, and cowgirls have jobs, families, outside of their sport. They pay an entrance fee to give their sport a try. If you get bucked off, or don't make a good time, that's it. Plain and simple. I feel like sports today has often become tainted and corrupt and the amount of money involved with agents, coaches, signing bonuses, scandals... blah blah blah. I love that rodeo is athlete against athlete, simple, The end.

9-I come from a long line of Cowboys and Cowgirls.
My Grandmother and her sister.
This is my Great Grandfather

How cool do these guys look!!!

8-This is one of the only sports left that is opened with a prayer.

                                          A Rodeo Cowboy's Prayer
Our gracious and heavenly Father, we pause in the midst of this festive occasion, mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that you have given us.

As cowboys, Lord, we don't ask for any special favors, we ask only that you let us compete in this arena, as in life's arena. We don't ask to never break a barrier, or to draw a round of steer that's hard to throw, or a chute fighting horse, or a bull that is impossible to ride. We only ask that you help us to compete as honest as the horses we ride and in a manner as clean and pure as the wind that blows across this great land of ours.

So when we do make that last ride that is inevitable for us all to make, to that place up there, where the grass is green and lush and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear, and deep -

You'll tell us as we ride in that our entry fees have been paid.

These things we ask - Amen.

7-Wrangler Butts.

6-This sport is full of Adrenalin. I can't imagine anything scarier then riding a rodeo bull.
This is my first and only try steer riding. I scored a 72 on this ride. And yes that is an English riding hat on my head. My mom told my dad I was not allowed to ride without a helmet. Not sure why I was not given a hockey helmet?? Thanks dad! 
5-True Athletes.There is often a group of protesters standing outside of the rodeo holding up signs for Animal rights. They will argue animal cruelty. I would vehemently argue that these animals are athletes just like the men and women riding them. Injuries happen, as with any sport and any athlete. They are very well cared for (especially when an injury does occur), and I would also argue that they enjoy it. Anyone who has had the opportunity to participate in any sort of event with an animal would agree their animal loved competing. When I was a teenager 12-13 years old I competed in Pack horse racing with my mom and Dad Steve. In a nut shell, there is a team of 3 people and 2 horses for each team. You would pack your horses and race around the track and then unsaddle and unpack your horses. The fastest time won. We would practice for months before the rodeos began and I swear when my horse Hawk would see us drive down the road to his pasture with all of the packs and equipment at night to practice, he would come running to us. He would run and jump and kick with the other horses. You could tell he loved it and was excited.
We even won!
The buckle I won

This is my mom Pack Horse racing.

4-This is one of the only sports where everyone is fully dressed. Men and Women both compete fully dressed, and I never feel concerned that my children will see something nasty, or inappropriate. There are no half dressed cheerleaders. The Rodeo Queen and Princess are also fully dressed and are never judged on how they look in a bikini. They are judged on what's between their ears!

3-Everyone can enjoy it. All ages. Men and woman, its exciting for everyone and easy to follow.

2-These athletes need to be at their best all the time.Not only could they not place, but they could become seriously injured.

This is my dad John competing in bareback riding.
This Is Dad Steer wrestling
I am quite literally taking my own life in my hands by posting this one of my dad. I LOVE it though. And I owe you for making me wear that stupid helmet.

1-Need I say more??

Why Hello there...

Long live Rodeo!



I am grateful for the childhood I had. Not all of it was pretty, but I was given an awful lot I am thankful for. This life of animals and rodeo is something I have known since I was a baby. It is in my blood. My mom taught me English riding and jumping, and all four of my parents rode western. I am a lucky girl to have been given the gift of horses.

Mom and me
(This picture only looks like she is missing teeth, it's just the shadow though)
My mom riding English
Mom, me, Misty and my dog Corky

I am grateful for Drew who might not understand this part of me completely, but does not hesitate to make sure I go as much as possible. 

I am grateful Nora went to bed tonight at 7:00 pm and only got up once.

The only thing I am ungrateful for is that my husband got to go to an awards ceremony tonight where he ate fabulous food (including truffles... mushrooms, not chocolate) and he didn't even notice. But I am grateful that they won the award they were nominated for.  Congratulations Love.

1 comment:

Natasha said...

Thank you for sharing why this means so much to you. I don't understand it but then you probably don't understand my love of cleaning up beer bottles whilst watching Punky Brewster and Smurfs.