A new adventure begins…
First of all it has been way too long since I did a post on my blog but man life can move so fast when you are having fun! I have started a new adventure, it is The Life of a Rodeo Mom. It has been a new experience for sure, but one I wouldn’t change for anything.
A little behind the scenes history.
Before meeting and dating my husband I have to say my knowledge of rodeo and cowboy life was limited to a very basic understanding. I was a city girl all the way. I loved the hustle and bustle of city life. Then I met HIM, a rugged, a little rough around the edges, rodeo cowboy. I was forever changed from that day forward. He taught me so much about horses, cows, and rodeo. I mean I knew there were cowboys and I knew basically what a rodeo was, but that was pretty much it.
He started taking me with him when he would travel to rodeos. The first time I saw him I could not believe it! That looked like it hurt! I wasn’t sure I could watch him do that again. Those powerful horses are amazing. He was a bareback and saddle bronc rider. Then we had our daughter and it was pretty much predestined that she would love horses and ride. She went on her first horse ride with her Dad at 6 months and loved every second of it. From that moment she was hooked!
She was a self-proclaimed “cowgirl princess” at 4 years old complete with pink cowgirl boots and cowgirl hat paired with her favorite princess dresses. This little cowgirl wanted to be just like Daddy and chase cows on her horse. She would be up for riding all day even when everyone else around her was tired and couldn’t go one more second.
And now here we are…
My daughter has grown into such a great rider. It seems like just yesterday she was small enough to fit in the saddle with her dad. Her passion and caring for her horses is amazing. They are her heart and soul. I love watching her ride and care for them.
She is now 14 and learning to breakaway rope for high school rodeo and this is her first year. She also does barrel racing but not so much for competition but simply because she loves it. I just could not be more proud. This has been a time consuming learning process for all of us, but it is more than worth the time and effort. High school rodeo is a great program and we are very excited to be a part of it. There is so much that these kids learn from participating in the rodeo program and there are some wonderful scholarships that are awarded.
My role in all of this? I am the behind the scenes girl. It is my job take the pictures, make sure the entry forms are filled out and sent in on time, book the hotels, and pack for the trips and that is just the tip of the iceberg. My husband is the coach, trainer, and farrier and he does a fantastic job. While there is a lot of work involved, rodeo life is a great way for us to spend time together as a family and that is very important to us.
What do you know about rodeo? Have you ever been to one?