Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rodeo Club

The rodeo club that we have been going to lately is a new club for us. Every club does things a bit different, that is to be expected. But this club is just down right strange. If it weren't for Big Cowpoke actually winning ribbons, I am sure I probably would not go back. Every time we get ready to go to the rodeo, I tell myself, "I am not going to go to the announcers stand and ask about scores!" But it seems like every time we go, they mess up the placings some how. What I think is strange, is that the announcer will announce the "unofficial" results of the class. They shouldn't even get the kids' hopes up with unofficial things. Don't announce it until you know for sure. That will stop me from having to walk up there and argue about the placings. I keep track of every rider's score in my kids' age groups. You have to, because more than once, they have gotten it wrong. My rodeo Princess

For the first two rodeos, Little Cowpoke placed in almost every event we had him in. But his last rodeo he didn't place at all. The lady told me that because we lead him in, he gets put at the end of the list of children in his age group that are not led in. The other groups we ride for just give the children with a leader a five second penalty. By putting the lead children to the back, gives them about a 20 second penalty. So, now Little Cowpoke doesn't win any ribbons. When I asked them about the rule and said it was not stated in their rule book, their response was, "That's just how we've always done it." Could you imagine if AQHA did something like that? They just have assumed rules that people have to follow?

Anyway, needless to say, the rodeo club ladies don't like me. They see me coming and they get on their game faces. One time I had just asked for the placings in a class because I had not heard them be announced and she went off on my about why my kid didn't place. Well, that was certainly not what I was asking about, but okay! Anyway, clubs are political, and it's sad. I am not sure if we are going to ride this club next year. They have too many rodeos on Sundays, and too many power tripping woman working the placings and points. But now that I got that off my chest, I can now share with you our rodeo day! My niece rode Peanut in the goat flipping...... Her boot got stuck in the stirrup. She was wearing Airat's Fat Baby boots. A lot of kids, and myself included, wear those boots. I even ride in mine. But they are not supposed to be ridden in. The toe is too fat and can get stuck in the stirrups. I love her look in that picture. She's like, "Yeah, that is how it's done boys!" My niece is the cutest girl ever! Then it was Big Cowpoke's turn. Big Cowpoke and Peanut ran in there and then put on some serious breaks! Gotta love a good "whoa". I had asked Big Cowpoke to start sitting back a bit, but I think he has taken it a bit too far. You will notice in some pictures, he is almost laying back on Peanut. We will have to work on this. Big Cowpoke went to flip the goat and that front let got hung up.Big Cowpoke went down and the goat stayed up. A second try......And down they go! He got a 12 second time. It was good enough for 6th place. My nephew even tried a run on Peanut. He is in the older group that actually ties the goat. He got it done, with just a little help. It's been a while since we have practice goat tying. Then Little Cowpoke did the stakes race!And because Mr. Cowboy "lead" him through, Little Cowpoke didn't place. We tried to get Little Cowpoke to ride to one person on the other end of the arena and then back to Mr. Cowboy, but Little Cowpoke just sat up on Peanut and smiled. He is only three, he didn't get it at all. Here is Big Cowpoke's barrel run.See the leaning back. It looks like Big Cowpoke is about to do a reining stop. I can't say the kids doesn't try to do what I ask him to do. At home he doesn't make such wide turns around the barrels. I guess we are going to have to step it up a bit at home to teach Big Cowpoke to move his hands down on the reins a bit faster. Then we had pole bending. I worked the poles for this event. It was horrible. There were at least 40 exhibition riders. I thought it would never end. Those last two are some of my favorites. You would have never seen Big Cowpoke kick or run like that last year. Peanut really has given him some confidence. I think Big Cowpoke ended up with a fifth place in poles. The kids had a blast, and I was given glares by the desk ladies who give out the scores, hee hee, but all in all we had a great day!

14 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

Andrea, you seriously got lucky with Peanut. He takes such good care of the kids for you!

I hear you on the desk jockey's there too. Ugh... Give 'em hell girl. ;) Least if they are complaining about you, they leave some poor soul alone who cant' defend herself!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness...I have missed so much over here!!! I am sorry that the other Rodeo Club moms don't like you! They are just jealous...teeheehee!!!

I couldn't help but notice the handsome Mr. Peanut and his Arab-like head set. I love it!!! What a good boy he has turned out to be. :)

PS-I just saw that new foal too!!! What a cutie!!! And Bella seems to be intrigued as well. :)

Stephanie said...

Great pics! I wish there would've been a rodeo club in our area when i was growing up, just looks so fun. All we had was 4-H and nobody was into gaming...pout...who knows maybe I would've turned out an accident prone barrel racer or something...

Grey Horse Matters said...

As long as the kids are having fun I would say that's what counts. I'm really surprised to see that they don't require the kids to wear helmets for protection though. Your foal is gorgeous too!

Danielle Michelle said...

I LOVE Peanut!!! Yeah!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Andrea, that Peanut is WONDERFUL! I just love seeing kids on an appropriate horse and having fun.

Sista-I do not miss the days of when I had to always keep track of scores and validate everything. Those clubber moms hated me too.
I'm all for the kids having fun, but if they are going to keep times, give out ribbons and keep track of points, then they need to be honest about it. And making up rules?? Give me a break. Could they be more obvious?

More baby pictures please...I love your filly! I must have missed who this pretty little girl's sire is? Is it the same as Pearl?

Dusty Devoe said...

What a fun day! you have the cutest children.

Pony Girl said...

It does sound like the club has some issues, but I wonder if every club does? I think it's probably just the politics, and depends on who is running them. If it's volunteer and not someone's job (not sure how they are set up) I can see it just not being ran very smoothly or in an organized manner. Or, as you said, they just make up rules and do things because "they have always done it that way." Regardless, your kids look great in the saddle, Peanut is a dream horse, keep that one around!!

Karen said...

What awesome pictures! Look like so much fun. But I think that I'd find another club next year for sure.

Midlife Mom said...

Yeah, I agree with Karen, I'd go to another club next year. You don't need the grief from the point ladies. What GREAT pictures! Your horse and kiddoes look just fine!!! Great job!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I don't know much about rodeos coming from where I live..but I enjoyed the photos. It seems that there are problems with scoring in every sport....

Sue said...

Looks like a busy day. Your kids are doing great! I feel a bit sorry for the little goat.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

lol! The poor goat looked shell-shocked. The kids sure enjoyed it, though.

Peanut is amazing!! Such a perfect horse for the kids.
Silly club with silly rules. If they want to make a good rule, they should make all the little kids wear helmets. Safety is more important than worrying about kids being led or not. Sheesh. :P

~Lisa

The Wades said...

May we pretty please have Peanut? Please?! ;)

Way to stand up to the ladies with all the power. You tell 'em who's boss.