Like every other sport, rodeo is extremely competitive and tough. The days of slipping off to an “easy” rodeo are over. If you are going to one, you better take the best horse you have. In the group of cowboys and cowgirls that I run around with, we have a saying, “Happiness is getting a check.” This simply means you placed and got into the money. Sometimes the money won doesn’t even cover the cost of the entry fee and sure not the traveling expenses, but there is just something about getting to make the walk to the pay window. It helps defer a little of the cost of rodeoing and then there is your name announced over the loud speaker.
To take this feeling of elation to a whole another level is when a cowboy or cowgirl is declared the winner. There is just something about being declared the champion, top dog, the big kahuna, or numero uno. The cowboy way is to be real humble and act like it is no big deal, but trust me when you get back to the trailer, there are chests bowed out, fist pumping, and an occasional “happy dance.” Several area cowboys and cowgirls have been declared champions in their perspective events, and let me tell you, it takes something to get this done. First of all, Colt Honey of Cheraw, won the steer wrestling in a tie at the Sand and Sage Roundup in Lamar with a 4.3 second run and $1532 and he split 1st/2nd at the new Hugo professional rodeo with a 3.7 second run and $507. TJ Watts and header, Garrett Tonozzi won the team roping at the Hugo rodeo with a 5.2 second run and $940. Shali Lord traveled north to Douglas, WY to win the barrel race with a 17.37 second run and $1269. In the first Colorado State High School Rodeo Association event in Eagle, Sage Bader and heeler, Colton Zimmerman, won the 1st round of the team roping with a 6.72 second run. At the first Kansas High School Rodeo event held at KSU in Manhattan, Braxton O’Bryan, won the tie down roping in the first round with an 11.5 second run. I don’t care what level you are at, when you are announced as winner, all the hours that you have put in training, practicing, sacrificing become worth it.
Other results of people you may know: Liberal, KS in the team roping saw Luke Meier and Colton Reed win 5th 6.9 seconds and $328. Douglas, WY saw Garrett Tonozzi and TJ Watts win 2nd in the team roping 6.0 seconds and $902. Douglas steer wrestling saw Wacey Dorenkamp win 4th 4.9 seconds and $642. In Hugo, Todd Brown won 3rd in the tie down roping with 9.4 seconds and $195. Also in Hugo, Tamara Reinhardt won 4th in the barrels 16.71 seconds and Lana Randall was 5th 16.79 seconds. At Lamar in the team roping, Casey Warnock and Jorge Cruz placed 5th with 7.2 seconds.
Remember, “Happiness is getting a check.” Enjoy what you are doing, celebrate when you place, fall in the money, or make a good run. But, I hope sometime in your life you get to do the happy dance. Happy Trails.