Welcome to September and the last month of regular season rodeo for 2012. Hard to believe the season is almost over but happy to report, things are going well for me.
A year ago, I was getting out of the Seattle Harborview Medical Center after undergoing surgery from an injured pancreas sustained in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Thank God I am where I am today. I can do what he says I can do and I can be who he says I can be. This year’s trip to and from San Juan Capistrano, had a much better outcome. This year, I rode for 84 points and tied with Steven Dent for fifth place to collect a check worth $1,499.
I have started team roping with Trey Johnson and we have been placing here and there. He is from Bowie, Texas. He goes to the gym every day, so for me it is like I have my own personal trainer with me at all times and I think that has been helping my bareback riding. Sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference in the end.
We have our place in Oregon on the market for sell or lease and are looking for a place down in Texas. With the number of rodeos and ropings down there as well as the time we have spent down there the last couple of years it seems like the best place for us. Also will give the kids a chance to be in school where they can participate in the school sports and activities as they are getting the age to be involved. We sold our motorhome and trailer to Luke Branquinho and got his trailer in the deal as it was more in line with what we need at this time. We are hoping to relocate to Texas by October for the kids to get rolling in school. If you are interested in our place in Oregon send me an email at
or message me through Facebook. There is a link to the listing on my Facebook page.
Charlie has been roping with Trey (Johnson) and I and doing really good with that. It is fun to have him roping with us. This summer he also played in a soccer tournament and had a good time with that. Laura has been practicing her barrel racing quite a bit and helps run the chute and helps ride all the horses, so she is quite the hand around the house that I really appreciate. Trey keeps us laughing. He has been riding quite a bit this summer as well. My mom gave him an old cutting horse she had and they have been getting along great. He rides everywhere these days.
This week I will head to Fort Madison, Iowa, for the bareback riding, back to Puyallup, Wash., for the Justin Playoffs in the bareback riding on Friday and then to Lewiston, Idaho, for some bareback riding and team roping. Sunday will be the finals in Puyallup and then we are off to Pendleton for some team roping and bareback riding. I am hoping for a profitable couple of weeks before the end of the season. It is always nice to be a little closer to #1 before getting to Las Vegas. I am currently fourth in the world standings and about $24,800 out of the top spot, which is currently held by one of my traveling partners Steven Dent.
That about does it from here. Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer.
Until next time – take it easy and be blessed,
Four-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider