Exciting things are happening for us this year. STS Ranch Wear has taken off in a big way and I’ve been traveling for promotions and meetings while still going to some rodeos. Currently I’m on the road for one of those meetings. When this trip first came up, I was wondering if it would be worthwhile because of the time away from home and things I would miss. Plus I knew I would be traveling extensively for the next six weeks.
We all have times in our life when we feel pulled or compelled to do something, but most of us wait for the opportunity to drop in our lap. I think there comes a time when we shouldn’t wait and should take steps to make it happen or “kick the door” in.
We’re in Vegas for the National Finals and it’s a very different year for me. Because of this article, National Roper’s Supply asked me to give a daily motivational talk each morning at their trade show at the MGM. I agreed and then realized what a huge undertaking I had signed up for. Now, I’m used to speaking and can do a reasonable job when talking to my students or when making brief comments to a crowd.
This month we are talking about the dismount during a calf-roping run. Though I didn’t start roping competitively until I was sixteen, I grew up riding and roping on our ranch. Everyone in the family was involved when it came to working cattle: my brother and sisters, my dad, granddad and me.
Now and then I was allowed to ride one of the good horses and when I was about ten or twelve I came up with a game of sorts to entertain myself. I would be in a big pasture, where I wouldn’t get caught, get my horse into a good lope, and then get off on the right side while he was running. Soon, this wasn’t quite exciting enough. One horse I rode would jump small mesquite bushes. So we would be loping along pretty fast and while he was in mid-air, jumping the bush, I would get off and run beside him. He would stop and I would get back on and do it again. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a kid having fun.