Little Cowpoke missed his calf. He was so sad. He walked away with his head hanging low saying, "I missed, I missed."
I think Big Cowpokes calf ducked a bit to the right. Those silly calves sometimes do that. But my little niece, she was right on.
She so looks so much better than I do. But I did rope the dummy in 5 seconds. I came in second place. Everyone else missed. This was only the second even and it was so hot. I think it got up to 95 degrees that day. Big Cowpoke stopped for a picture to show you just how hot it was.
He hasn't even gotten on a horse yet and just look at the beads of sweat on his face. It was really hot. We were all stinky and wet. But at least everyone was stinky and wet together. Then it was time for the Stakes Race.
This little mare is fast. I have ridden her at home but never in an arena. I do not like to go that fast. Plus as she entered the arena, she too was bucking. I was once bucked off this horse and I do not want history to repeat itself. At one point in this mares life we almost sold her to a rodeo company because she is an awesome bucker. She gets her head down and her rump up.
I just do not have the need to feel the wind blowing through my hair. Or the dirt in my hair when I hit the arena floor. The boys had a great time riding their nice sane tame horse Pearl.
Little Cowpoke actually trotted. He has not wanted to trot all year long while riding the other horse. This rodeo he wanted to go, he was kicking and trying to go "fast". Big Cowpoke was a bit nervous at first. He was holding onto the saddle horn. But as the day went on he felt more comfortable on Pearl. The wonderful thing about Pearl is she will only go as fast or as slow as you want her to. That made Big Cowpoke feel comfortable.
You see he finally relaxed and sat back in the saddle. I was so proud of him. He even kicked her up into a trot.
He felt so relaxed an cool that he put on his cowboy hat. He went around all the barrels and then on the way home he kicked it up a gear.
Not only was the fringe flying but his hat went flying too. Big Cowpoke was so excited. He had a grin from ear to ear. I told him, "Man you were riding so fast your hat blew off!" He just stood there and smiled. Cowpokette was happy for her brother too.
The last event of the day is goat tying. I normally work the gate on this even so I never get any pictures of the kids doing this. Mr. Cowboy took over the gate so I was able to get some of Big Cowpoke.
He successfully jumped off of his 16 hand mount and ran over to the little white goat. Then..........
Then what? Big Cowpoke has done this many times. I am not too sure what he is thinking here. He looks a little confused.
But he got that goat down and tied. He did a great job, thanks to a little help from the goat holder and flagger.
He then let his goat go and ran back to Pearl. I love the look on Pearl's face here. She is looking at the goat like, "What in the world was that all about?"
Big Cowpoke was so pleased with himself. He did a great job riding all day, he tied his goat, and he led Pearl out of the arena. He has always been scared to lead her because she is so tall. But you can tell by his face, he was having a great time. All of his hard work has paid off. Way to go Big Cowpoke.
Oh, I ended up riding Richie. We trotted the barrels and trotted the flag race. He didn't buck me off. I felt better about not hitting the ground. I will have to get someone to take some pictures of me this coming weekend. I was grateful to get home and in the shower.