Waiting to run!
"Good To Know"
It’s times like these where you are better off to enjoy the moment and know that you have worked hard and think positive thoughts about your run to come. This is at the Molalla Rodeo in Oregon filming Episode 6 the finale of Season 1.
Lots of thoughts are racing in my mind with the demands of rodeo and filming and hoping that my husband Brian will make it in time driving from the rodeo he competed in earlier that day 6 hours north. I really like the support and confidence Brian gives me. Winning comes with a support group and it is important to surround yourself with friends and family that have your back. It is way more fun afterwords weather you win, lose or draw.
Molalla is different barrel racing is the 3rd event. The events are changed to help cowboys and cowgirls enter both St.Paul and Molalla in the same night if that is how you get set up.
Spin and I took a quit moment while the fireworks went off during the grand entry. Spin put his head on my lap and we had a bonding moment! I was thankful it went that way verses dragging me off the fence..lol.
I like to do my training earlier in the day and then a light warm up before I run with a lot of hand walking.
Jessica, Megan, Sadie and I rode in the arena a few hours before the rodeo. We set up our Seventeen flat pop ups and loped through the pattern ( 15’ off the markers) and introduced our horses to the ground and surroundings. Whenever I can get into the arena even to just ride around I feel is a good for you and your horse. After you have rode the same horse.. in the same arenas your confidence builds and you may not find this important. I take every advantage I can to season a horse and it also helps me make sure I know if the pattern is angled at all or just a little sometimes makes a difference.
This year was different for me because it was my first time running from the opposite end of the arena. I really liked it better! The entry was even to the first barrel going left or right first! This is a big peeve of mine. I like fairness and even distances and lines are important. The gate area was not as busy so we did not have to worry about running over people watching.
2 thumbs up to the committee and our circuit director for a great change.
I love running at the Molalla Rodeo, Home of the Buckeroo Rodoe! It is a large paying CRC rodeo and I have fond memories of filling my WPRA permit in 2001. I ran my thoroughbred mare, “One Time Lassie” placing 5th with a 17.54. I was so excited to have finally put it all together and won $900.00 in one go! I smiled for the next month! I still smile thinking of my run!
This mare is my Baby JJ’s Grandmother and I am so excited to have Baby JJ to continue her legacy. Great memories and I am thankful to my mare “Jesse” for teaching me soooo much.
check out www.wpra.com Give them a call for information on buying your permit. Every circuit has a director who can give you advice on rodeos and Professionals giving clinics in your area.
Thank you for all of your emails.
Good luck ;)