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!
Here's niece's "new" trailer!
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.
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.
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.
And really, we act nothing alike!
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!