Wow. Where has the winter gone? I have spent most of it in Texas with the family and it has been great. We are so blessed to have our motorhome, as we haven’t been home since November when we left for the NFR. The motorhome has allowed us the freedom to be together and travel around to where I need to be. Right now, I am at Speed Williams’ place working on my team roping.
As you may recall, I had the privilege last year to rope with Mike Beers. Due to previous commitments this winter Mike wasn’t able to travel much, so I teamed up with Matt Garza for the first month and a half. In Tucson, he had a scheduling conflict with San Antonio, so I roped with Clint Robinson. We finished in a tie for sixth in the first round in a time of 7.1 seconds. Our second round wasn’t quite as good at 12.4 but was enough to get us back to the finals. In the finals, we stopped the clock in 6.2 seconds and finished second in the round and moved up to third in the average. It was very exciting and with that finish, I also won the all-around title in Tucson.
I am going to wrap-up my Texas team roping swing in Nacogdoches, Huntsville, Beaumont and Lubbock with Trey Johnson and then Mike Beers and I will be back together starting on April 1 in Cave Creek, Ariz. We plan to get to as many team roping events in the U.S. and Canada as we can the rest of this year, so stay tuned.
As for my bareback riding, things are going well. I feel good and I have been working on getting stronger every day with some new workout elements. I had a very successful bareback riding school in Helena, Mont., the first of March and I thank all those who attended and those who helped make it a success. We had about 25 students, with a mix of high school and college, and a couple of returnees from my previous school up there. It was probably the best bunch of students I have had. They all tried hard and wanted to learn, so I hope they will continue the process.
I was blessed to win $27,350 in Houston this year finishing second to world champion Kaycee Feild. In the $50,000 round, I finished with 89.5 points and was winning it until Kaycee went and posted a 93-point ride. Everyone rode great in the finals and it was fun to be in the mix and just wish there were more rodeos like that one. Although it wasn’t a PRCA-sanctioned event the money is always welcome in the bank account.
The kids have been enjoying life on the road. Charlie had a good time down in Houston helping Ted and Linda Wiese at the Cowboy Bistro. He helped Ted prepare the food, cook it, serve it and clean up. After the performances he would go to bible study and get back home around 11:30 pm but was up bright and early ready to help Ted. Laura hasn’t had a lot of chance to barrel race much as it seems like we are always on the go somewhere. She has been able to spend some time with Molly Powell working on her barrel racing and she is getting better. As for Trey, he celebrated his birthday at the George Strait Roping with about 20 other kids. He really likes Captain America right now so Kate themed the party around that. Everyone had a great time.
We will begin our trek back to Oregon in the coming weeks. We have enjoyed our time on the road but it will be nice to be back home as well. Hopefully the weather will be nice when we get there. The weather here in Texas has been nice. They have gotten some much needed rain and things are really nice and green right now.
Well I better get back to the practice pen. Thanks for reading and will talk to you again soon.
Until next time – take it easy and be blessed,
Four-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider