Several of y'all asked about the husband's rodeo days. You ask, I shall provide! He started rodeoin' at a young age. Continued throughout high school, competing in bullriding and bareback. He eventually decided to drop the horses and focus on the bulls.
Here's a high school pic. He really kicked butt in high school rodeo. He came to college on a rodeo scholarship. (Another tidbit, the husband was an awesome wrestler in high school. He had to choose either wrestling or rodeo. Glad he chose rodeo otherwise we would have never met!)
The husband rode bulls throughout his college years, the many, many college years. :) He's wasn't very studious. During and after college, he rode in PRCA and PBR events.
We drove many miles, sleepin' in his ford ranger, going from one rodeo to the next. I wouldn't change that time for anything.
But his body just couldn't take all the jerkin', splattin' and runnin' over. He had three shoulder surgeries, many broken bones and various other stuff that comes with ridin' bulls. His body really took a toll and he eventually retired about 5 years ago. He just couldn't be competitive when his shoulder wouldn't stay in during a ride.
So now we raise our stock and get an adrenaline rush watching them buck. I think I still get as nervous watching the bulls buck as I did watching the husband!
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