The Summer Rodeo Season is underway and hasn’t been without its share of trials. Over the fourth of July weekend, I went out to Spearfish, SD to make a practice run prior to our first rodeo of the season, which was Sunday, July 1, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Weather in South Dakota is often unpredictable, and we were not without our share of it, that weekend. Friday afternoon, a huge hail storm came through, taking out the skylights in the living quarters part of my horse trailer. I had to wait out the storm, in the pickup and let me tell you, hail hitting a vehicle isn’t a pretty sound.
Our run in Spearfish was just decent — a good run to get under our belts. At Belle, we made a nice, off-the pace run. Hailey Kinsel and her wicked-bad mare, Sister smoked us all with a 16.8 on standard pattern. There’s no video of our run. On that run we clocked an 18.2 which, last August was good enough for a 2nd place win in the 2D at a high stakes slot race at the same arena.
I chose to release out of the Mandan rodeo because the night before, it had come a huge flood and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to risk Avie getting hurt, or driving all that way to have zero chances of winning a check — I mean not that the chances had been great up to that point anyway — but at least we had dry ground upon which to run. As it turns out, I should have gone – they got the arena dried out and the ground was in great condition! Live and learn. Live and Learn.
Up next, was the Prospector Challenge in Rapid City, SD. I made an okay run on Friday (no video). Saturday, we made a great run! That run earned us our first WPRA money towards filling our Permit! I made a tiny mistake on the first barrel that cost us an even faster time.
Thursday (tomorrow), we’re headed to Mitchell, South Dakota, and then the following Thursday, we go to the Days of 76 Rodeo in Deadwood, SD. That rodeo has always been on my bucket list, so I’m pretty excited to get to run there!
Until next time, Happy Trails!