This time last year, coming back from my femur break, I felt like a rookie again, in the worst ways. I felt uncomfortable, unprepared and it seemed like I had to learn to ride all over again. One year later, I feel stronger, faster and more confident. A new season meant setting aside weatherworn, gear of hard use and the cracking out of new equipment, like the donning of a new skin.
Still battered by a year of hard rodeo on the comeback trail I went to two rodeos at the start of the season in October. To my excitement I rode to the pay window at both, with a first place at Rosenberg, TX and a third at Hempstead, TX.
So far this winter I’ve only ridden in 2 cities, I rode a young horse for 76 at Odessa, and was just shy of placing, then headed to Denver for Colorado versus The World and the National Western Stock Show. In keeping with the new season and the new feeling I had brewing I rode my first horse at Colorado vs. The World with a new bareback riggin’ from Barstow Pro Rodeo Equipment and a new pair of Peanut Iguana skin Justin boots. I was 84 in that first round, then 81 in the next, not enough to win the competition but enough for a check.
I then rode in the first two performances of the NWSS, my 83 in go round one and 80 in go round 2 were enough to make it back 3rd place for the short round. Having never made it back to Denver short round before I felt a mile high compared to last year when I had to doctor release out of the rodeo due to leg and pelvis issues. My 82 in the short round wasn’t enough to win, but it held me in the average for a check and after the weekend. With my placings so far this year I’ve accumulated $4734, which puts me 7th in the Bareback Riding World standings, my best start to the year to date.
With plenty of season left I am confident and excited for all the rides and rodeos to come as I vie for that glorious position among the top 15 in December.