Lane Santos-Karney • 20, Creston, Calif.
PENDLETON, ORE. – Since its inception in 1910, the Pendleton Round-Up has not strayed from its roots. That may be the greatest compliment the iconic Oregon fall classic cowboy contest could receive, as over the course of the Round-Up’s 109-year run and ProRodeo Hall of Fame-worthy reign, its rich history and deep traditions have stood the test of time.
Anything—in any event—can happen out there on the grass. And it does. No matter how many times you’ve been to Pendleton, you’re certain to see something you’ve never seen before. Every time. There’s no such thing as an ordinary performance or an uneventful Pendleton Round-Up. This year, the one constant theme seemed to be records.
Hope everything is good with you all. This is an exciting time in the world of professional rodeo. The winter rodeos are huge and the amount of money is awesome, but there seems to be lots of downtime for the guys chasing the dream of a trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Starting at Reno, they’re on the road with a pretty strenuous schedule! Of course the 4th of July run is behind us -- where some big moves in the standings were made -- so now there will be many cowboys who don’t spend another night in their own beds back home until sometime in September.
I know it’s been a while, but there is a lot of good stuff happening. I don’t know where to start- we are healthy, happy and gearing up for a spectacular summer.
One of the things I love most about rodeo is the close-knit family feel of the industry. It is amazing how many people you meet all over the country, and it seems that everyone knows everyone. To think of the people I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know is incredible. Some of my best friends are from different states throughout the country, and there’s one giant rodeo community from coast to coast.
Hope the holiday season was good to you all, and I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year. A new year often symbolizes a new, fresh start. In the rodeo world, it is often marked with the excitement of everyone’s chance to get a good jump on a new season. People often talk about how small the “off-season” is for the top professionals in ProRodeo. There virtually isn’t one. By the time the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers get home for Christmas dinner- they are headed to Odessa in hopes of a return trip to the Big Show.