Ride’em in the chute!
Hey Folks— Big day at the Old Bar R! We got our tickets for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s kind of the official kickoff of spring around the ranch and our first rodeo of a season that culminates with the National Finals in Vegas during December. Think of it as the Super Bowl of rodeo! Well, each December, old Huck, Babe and me hunker down for ten consecutive nights as the event unfolds and the Finals conclude—great riders, incredible rough stock and a whole lot of “Cowboy Up!” This year was no exception! Along about night 8, this cute young blonde working the “behind the chutes” camera was interviewing one of the Bull Riders. Kinda think she was cuter than knowledgeable, but hey, the Cowboys loved talking to her.
Anyway, I digress— As I was saying, she was reviewing the stats of the bull that the young rider was slotted to ride. With those big brown eyes looking intently into the camera, she says to the cowboy “I see the bull you’ve drawn has a bad reputation in the chute—hard to mount, hard to tie down and hard to sit! Does that bother you?” You gotta love his response—“Well ma’am (looking down at her as he tilted back his hat), the way I figure it is, if you can’t ride’em in the chute, you can’t ride’em in the arena!”
The camera quickly switched to the next event. Kinda got me thinking—Most things in life that are really worthwhile are a journey of many steps. And whether we think we can or we can’t—whether we succeed or we fail—it always comes down to the courage it takes to make that first step (ride’em in the chute)! Something to consider if you been thinking bout starting something new— More wit and wisdom from your friends at the “Old Bar R.” Happy trails—