Wow! Where has the summer gone? I can truly say that I have traveled to places in Canada that I never knew existed, as Mike Beers and I chase down a qualification in the team roping to the Canadian Finals. We still lack a little money to qualify but hoping we can finish off our rodeo count and our money total in the coming weeks with the rodeos we plan to compete in.
My team roping hit a bit of a speed bump the last couple of weeks when my good horse got hurt. It looks like he will be out for at least 4 months so have been trying to get my backup horse up to speed. We had a good chance to make the short round in Caldwell, Idaho, a few weeks ago and all I had to do was catch. Unfortunately, I had a few things go wrong and therefore missed the finals. However, following that I had a chance to go home and practice with my backup horse and then last week we were able to place in Kalispell, Mont., so things are looking up again.
I have really been enjoying my roping experience and like I said have been to places I had never been to before. We went to La Crete, Alberta, Canada and man is it a ways up there. On some maps it isn’t even listed and it is like 50 km from the northern part of Alberta. Dawson Creek, British Columbia, was another one that I hadn’t been too.
It is funny because when the year started I thought I would just ease around but when the team roping opportunity came up, I couldn’t pass up the experience. It has been exciting and I have enjoyed it. If I can qualify in both the bareback riding and team roping to the Canadian Finals that will be pretty cool.
Another goal I have but not sure if I will reach it this year or not, is to win the Linderman Award. If I could just win $1,000 in steer roping, which I have competed in a couple times already, I could capture that award. I haven’t had a lot of time to really practice my steer roping and I am having trouble finding a good horse, but still holding out hope at the few rodeos remaining that have steer roping. If I don’t reach my goal this year, you can bet I will try again next year and hopefully, I can practice up a bit more in the steer roping this winter when things are not so crazy busy.
As for my bareback riding, things are going well there and my abdominal muscles are starting to feel back to normal. I am looking forward to being able to get into the gym after the regular season ends and before the Finals to get my body as ready as possible for the 10 days in Las Vegas.
Kate and the kids were able to travel with me for about four to five weeks this summer starting in Nampa, Idaho, through Hermiston, Ore. The kids don’t start school in Oregon until Sept. 6, so they will get to come up and be with me in Ellensburg, Wash., so that will be good. My backup team roping horse is also a pretty good barrel racing horse, so Kate competed in a couple of barrel races while out on the road with me. Laura trained Mike’s heel horse on the barrel pattern and used him at a couple jackpots this summer, so that was pretty fun.
Kate and the kids were getting ready for the Pee Wee Finals this weekend (Aug. 27-28) in Prineville, Ore. They were all looking forward to the weekend and I can’t wait to hear the reports as I will be in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., on Saturday and then Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, on Sunday.
Be sure to check my schedule at www.bobbymote.com to see where I will be next and how I have done at the rodeos I have been too. I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer as much as I have.
Until next time – take it easy and be blessed,
Four-time and reigning PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider