While the run of rodeos during the 4th of July is often referred to as "Cowboy Christmas", the next 6 weeks are for sure the biggest of the year for Team Ropers. We have 4 annual team ropings we consider "Majors". Here's a list:
Wildfire Open to the World ( Salado, Tx. each Febuary )
George Strait Team Roping Classic (Boerne, Tx. each March)
Bob Feist Invitational (Reno, Nv. each June)
United States Team Roping Championships, Open Shootout(Oklahoma City, Ok. each October)
As you see 2 of the 4 majors fall into the next 6 weeks. There are also many of the biggest rodeos of the regular season. If I was to list the top 25 rodeos of the year all of these rodeos would be on that list.
Ft. Worth, Tx., Rapid City, Sd., San Antonio, Tx., San Angelo, Tx., Austin, Tx., Houston, Tx., The American Semi Finals in Mesquite, Tx., and The American in Arlington, Tx.
Many weeks of the rodeo season it is outstanding to win anything over $5,000 but each week for the next 6 weeks there will be several teams winning in excess of that. There are actually several opportunities to win over $20k. After the jackpot at Odessa Rue (my blaze face sorrel gelding) had some swelling on the outside of his right front. I took him to Marcotte Veterinary Clinic in Vinita, Ok. and they performed X-Rays and Ultra Sounds. We determined that all his tendons and ligaments where good, and that there was a small fracture in his splint bone. Although the term "Fracture" is typically a very scary thing, the splint bone is not a "weight bearing" bone and heals fast. I was instructed to wrap it and continue to normal use. The week after we determined Rue had a splint fracture Daisy (my streak faced sorrel mare) came up lame in her left hind and it began to swell. I took her to Marcotte as well and determined that she also had a fractured splint bone. I received similar instructions on her and she is also back to work. I haven't ever had any splint problems and within 2 weeks both my best horses fractured their splint bones! With so many great ropings and rodeos coming up it is tough to have either of my horses get injuries, Especially both! Thank God that is all that was wrong with either and I can continue to ride them. I left home the January 31st and went to the USTRC in Tulsa, Ok. I did not win anything but did manage to get a few Open Tour Points. (The USTRC provides a bonus for the top 2 high point headers and heelers each year) Our first Pro Rodeo was Ft. Worth, Tx. the 3rd and 4th. I will be spending most of the next 6 weeks in Tx. Kansas weather is often bad during the month of February. In Texas there are more places to practice this month. I will be updating everyone as the month progresses.
We where 5.3 placing in the 1st go at Ft. Worth and 5.2 placing in the 2nd round also. We are currently high callback to the Final round Saturday the 8th.
God Bless, RopeBetter,