Sunday, May 9, 2010

Back Home

Yeppers, I'm home and tired! Goodness gracious!  I've been a traveling lil dudette.  After flying to Amarillo on Thursday, I traveled by car about an hour to get to my hometown.  My cousin's service was Friday morning.  Then I jumped in the truck with my mom and niece that afternoon and headed to the Tri-State High School Rodeo Finals in Vernon.  I was on the rodeo trail!

First let me say, I can't believe some of the rigs these high school kids have!  Holy smokes!  My niece just got a used two horse.  She had been pulling an old 1980-something faded out one horse.  Mom said she was a little embarrassed by the one horse.  At some rodeos, she and mom pitch a tent by the horse pen or sleep in the back of the truck.  Don't have cool living quarters like these other peeps.

These were just a fraction of some of the trailers, not even the really nice ones!

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Here's niece's "new" trailer!

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So she participates in barrels and poles.  She was 3rd in poles and 7th in barrels going into the finals.  She ran clean throughout the weekend's three performances.  Didn't knock a thing down.  Actually ran second in the barrels the first perf.  I am really proud of her.

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She has raised and trained her own horse.  Spirit is 8 years old.  So that means niece has been working with her since the age of nine.  I don't think many of the other girls can say that.  She's gotten to where she is with a lot of hard work and dedication.  Not to mention my parent's support.  My mom takes her almost every weekend to a rodeo.

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In the end, she finished 4th in the average on both events which landed her in the year end standings at 4th in the poles and 7th in the barrels.  She had some tough competition and I'm proud that she hung in there.  We're hoping she can get a rodeo scholarship for college.  She'll be a senior next year and some help with tuition would be AWESOME.

The husband came up late Saturday to watch niece and pick me up.  We stayed over till this morning to see the last performance.  Niece loves her uncle.

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And really, we act nothing alike!

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The husband thinks she is my child.  For the record, I helped raise her so I had a lot of influence during her formidable years.  Sorry niece!

I'm expecting lots of continued success for her in the future.  She is in several other associations and has more finals coming up.  I'm marking it on my calendar to be there.  Just want her to know that we support her and love her!

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25 comments:

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Nice post --- yahoo to the niece! And best of luck -- a scholarship in anything is awesome stuff!

fernvalley01 said...

Busy times ! Your niece sounds like a great girl ! With an extremely proud Auntie! Well deserved though!

Sydney said...

#11, thats my lucky number there. For some reason when I look at a clock I would say 8 times out of 10 it's something :11 o clock. Weird right?
She looks like a dedicated horsewoman. I hope she does well.

West Side of Straight said...

Great job! Just goes to show ya, that you don't need all that "Bling" to do well. Hard work and dedication pays off. Good luck to her.

Paint Girl said...

That is just too cool. She is one lucky girl! I wish her lots of luck this summer and for many years to come!

Tatersmama said...

Great photos, and goodonya to your niece! Woo Hoo! See? Who needs all that flash and glitter, when all you really need is talent!
And a good tent, of course!

RedheadedStepchild said...

Sounds like you've been away forever! LOL What a beautiful young lady your niece is. Congrats to her on her achievements! Wow

Oh, and love the goofy pix. :D

Goodwife said...

Two beautiful ladies right there! Go Niece and Spirit, they are a beautiful couple! Glad to have ya back girl, I missed ya!

Goodwife said...

Oh yeah and go Mom too for going with and supporting Niece!

CTG Ponies said...

Woohoo!! She did awesome! I think it's fantastic that she trained her own horse. My daugther is doing the same and it creates a wonderful bond. I remember reading an article by a really well known and respected trainer who said that put your money in quality horseflesh rather than an expensive truck and trailer. I think it's very wise advice. And we have an older Suburban that pulls a 30+ year old trailer that is more sturdy that the new trailers out there.

Nicole J said...

Just because someone's parent can go out and buy them the biggest and the best doesn't always mean they'll perform even decent. I show cutting horses, I know. I've seen lots of people drop $20K on a horse and crap out just like someone who droped $1K for theirs. Hard work and determination is what gets you through!

texasnascarcowgirl said...

I high schooled rodeo too and I know exactly what you are talking about. We had a dually that got 4mg and a 36ft gooseneck that hauled 1 horse. LOL My horse did barrels, cutting, poles and roped. Most of those girls had a back up horse for their back up horse and they didn't like me comming in with one horse and kickin booty! Yeah for your niece!!!

Jocelyn said...

Well, there sure is a difference between the have and have nots in every equine sport.

I have anew two horse trailer but I didn't pay that much for it! I sleep in the truck and eat sandwhiches !

I would love to have a LQ and all that, but NOT THE PAYMENT!

Her horse looks like Star! BEst of luck to her, she is such acute girl and such a go getter!

prairierunner said...

Good for your niece!! It ALWAYS amazes me when we go to a rodeo or roping the fancy smancy outfits some people have.

Faithful said...

Congrats to you all! The horse isn't the only one gettin' the good teaching! She sounds like a keeper...you should be proud of Mom and neice..WAY TO GO!

K. T. Sparks said...

She is a cutie and you two look alike!

Anonymous said...

I think she will be a better person and appreciate what she has with her horse and trailer. Those other kids probably don't know what it is to want and work for something.

Nancy said...

I was the same way in high school - in fact her two horse looks like what I had and I would pull in to a rodeo around all these big rigs and it was so satisfying to out run the fancy trailered, professionally trained horses on a personally trained horse! She will go farther than most of these kids will because nothing was handed to her - she got where she is the hard way - she earned it every step of the way - God bless her and her horse.

Mikey said...

What an awesome cowgirl! She's earning it for sure. Wade always says beware of those who show up in patched together trailers, or open stock trailers. He says those are the ones who come to just get the job done. He should know, he's been there (me too!)
Love those pics, lots of love in all of them. Total feel good post!

Gail said...

So awesome. Doesn't matter what the trailer looks like or that they sleep under the stars, this girl is headed to the top!

Amy said...

WAY TO GO NEICE!!!!

My now grown daughter always wanted to be a barrel racer, but we never were able to provide her with the opportunity :-(

CCC said...

Welcome back. Pretty is as pretty does I always tell my girls. I went to a clinic one time and there was a little boy there riding the ugliest horse I've ever seen (one of those curly haired horses) but they were one of the best teams I've ever had the pleasure to watch. Still my barrel racer says if she has a choice between 2 good ones she'd pick the pretty one. She amature rodeoed with a 1964 two horse that some guy used to pull with a gold Cadillac. It worked. Money is no substitute for hard work. Seen that lots.

gtyyup said...

Cool post...everyone's got to start somewhere...and she's doing a great job!

I started with a one horse trailer (that had a tarp top and had to be overhauled) coming behind a Toyota PU...and you just keep goin' up!

Good for her!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

That's one nice butt on that paint!! Your niece is beautiful!! Congrats to her on a job well done! It does say alot about a young girl who has done all of the work herself!!

I totally know what you mean about these trucks and trailers! We have a bunch like that around our circuits as well! There was one girl who was 16 yrs old and she traveled around the country by herself in a $180,000 dollar rig pulling a $120,000 trailer! HOLY SMOKES!! She is good though LOL!

Tami said...

The picture....4th from the bottom...absolutely love it!

Love the relationship shown between her and the horse. And because it takes me back in time a little bit.