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Joel 2:23
“Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”

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Many of you have been emailing me and posting on my Facebook page asking how my condition is and how things are looking for the Wrangler NFR. I am happy to report things are looking very good and I am feeling good given all I have been through. I was thinking the other day this might be the first time since I have been riding bareback horses that I have given my body three months off.

 

Over the last several years, I have been battling little chronic injuries here and there and with this time off to heal from the lacerated pancreas, I have also given those various injuries time to heal so all in all this might be the best I have felt in several years. The last couple years at the NFR, I would say I was only about 60-70 percent – first the pinched nerve in my neck in 2009 and then last year dealing with what I thought was a pelvis injury that was actually a sports hernia. So in all actuality, I might go in to this year’s NFR with the fewest aches and pains I have experienced in some time.

 

For the last month or so I have been going to physical therapy where I have been working on strength and flexibility exercises 3 days a week for 3 hours and then I have been going to the swimming pool three days a week. I have really been trying to push myself hard and I haven’t had a bit of trouble with my pancreas injury. In fact, I plan to go to John Growney’s place on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to get on a few practice horses and see how everything feels. I am anxious to get on and see where I stand but based on everything else I think I am ready. I have good balance and the flexibility is there. I still probably get fatigued sooner than normal but that is just going to take time. This past month I have really been working on my core muscles and working to strength them from the inside out and it has been coming along well.

 

As for everything else – Charlie was busy this fall with football and now he and Trey are wrestling. The other day Trey had a match, and keep in mind he is just 4, but he has been told that after a match you go over and shake the other coach’s hand. Well after his match he did better than that he ran over and gave him a big hug. What a character he is.

 

The other day we were at a barrel race and there were some puppies there that were looking for homes. Well Trey started playing with one and before I knew it the little guy was coming home with us. He is a mix of Jack Russell, Corgie and Blue Heeler so he isn’t very big at all which means we have been trying to get him house/motor home trained as we are getting ready to head south to take our horses to Arizona before heading to Las Vegas for the NFR.

 

I will be team roping again in 2012 as I have a couple of new horses and one that I am really excited about. I got a call the other day from Mike Beers and he said he didn’t plan on going much this winter, so I am partner hunting right now so will see what happens between now and the first one we have to enter which will be just a few weeks away now. Be sure to check back on my website: www.bobbymote.com or visit my fan page on Facebook to learn who my roping partner will be. I would really like to make it to the Wrangler NFR in both bareback riding and team roping in the same year.

 

I will try and post updates on my Facebook fan page throughout the NFR so be sure to like my page. I will also post my appearances on my website, so be sure to check that out to see where I will be when.

 

I guess that about sums it up. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and for all those traveling to Las Vegas for the Wrangler NFR – safe travels and I look forward to seeing you out there.

 

Until next time – take it easy and be blessed,

 

Bobby Mote

Four-time and reigning PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider