Lane Karney • 28, Creston, Calif.

August 11, 2011
Lane Santos-Karney BLOG

Well friends, as I sit down to write this blog, I’m just figuring out what it feels like to be 19. I turned 19 on August 10th. This summer I have been so extremely fortunate to go places, see old friends, make new ones, and have had some great opportunities arise for me. In my young life I have observed that you should make every attempt to do what you love, and surround yourself with people who make you better at what you love. I have had the opportunity to rodeo and announce some this summer, and be around positive people. And I still have about another month and a half before school starts at Cal Poly! I am very excited about life, and living it.

July 26, 2011

Well friends, as I sit down to write this blog, I am finally home. Today marks about the fifth day I’ve been home since we left for the CHSRA State Finals on June 12th. I’ve been having such a blast and am so blessed to have the support and friendships I have.

I heard a quote the other day that rang so true to me. “Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.” We as Americans have the ability and freedom to enjoy life to the fullest, especially in the western industry. My mom and I drove back to Gillette, Wyoming for the National High School Finals Rodeo that took place this last week, and I couldn’t have had much more fun. Momma is the best! I met great people and made a lot of memories that will last me a lifetime.


Well, all the fun in Bishop and Reno is now in the books. We got to come home for a few days, but are now fixing to head back out again. It’s a fun and exciting journey.

Early in the week in Bishop I was a little down, because I missed our first steer in the team roping. I felt more sick for doing that to Taylor than anything, but he’s the best partner and brother I could have. He rode out, patted me on the back and told me that he couldn’t remember the last time that happened and not to worry about it. When the first run at state goes like that it’s easy to just want to throw your rope and walk with your head down, but I remembered something John W. Jones Jr. told me once from when he was rodeoing. He told me he and his traveling partners had a five-minute rule. You could be upset for five minutes, but then you had to let it go and move on. You can’t let something that’s in the past bring down events yet to come.

June 15, 2011

As I sit down to write this blog, I am relaxing in the motorhome and watching a 2004 NFR DVD (after just finishing the 2005 BFI DVD) in beautiful Bishop, Calif. The California High School Rodeo Association State Finals is underway, and I’m tickled to be here! For those of you who have never been to Bishop, it’s an oasis of fun every year this week in June. While temperatures are supposed to reach 100 degrees tomorrow, we’re surrounded by snow-covered mountain ranges. It’s an awesome sight to see the sun rise up over the mountains and set behind another mountain range. It’s special to me that this rodeo is held in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena. Mike was an NFR team roper who died at 25 after a wreck on the grass at Pendleton in 1995. He’s gone, but never forgotten by his family, friends and anyone who ever watched him rope.