Gosh dang I hate to hear that Cash Myers is hurt. The only bright side to that is that we'll all get to see Spencer Mitchell get some sweet redemption at this year's CINCH Timed Event Championship. After he tore his knee to shreds in the first round of the 2014 CTEC, nobody thought they'd see him jump for a steer again. But the father-to-be says he's better than ever and ready for some serious all-around action.
Why did you want to come back to the CINCH Timed Event Championship?
I know that I can do better than I have in the past. I want to prove to myself I can still do it.
How many times have you been to the CTEC?
Twice. The first time I didn’t do very good and the second time I tore my knee up in the first round.
Have you had time to put a team of horses together?
I decided I was going to do it about 20 minutes ago, so not entirely. I’m not sure what I’m going to head on yet, and I’m going to heel on a 6-year-old mare of my in-laws, Bella. I’m riding my old tripping horse from California because I'm confident on him, and Cody Doescher told me I can ride his steer roping horse. My calf horse is still up in the air at the moment. I had called the Lazy E last week and was pumped about going. They told me they’d called someone else the week before, and that they never thought to call me because they were afraid I wouldn’t want to because of my knee.
Have you bull dogged since Round 1 of the 2014 Timed Event?
I’m going to bull dog next week. That was my biggest kicker—I need to find a horse I could practice on before hand. Cody told me I could go practice so that decided it.
Do you have a helper lined up?
I’m not sure who is going to help me. I just kind of officialed it 20 minutes ago.
You do have the record at the Lazy E in the heading, right?
Yeah, Dakota (Kirchenschlager) and I were 4.3 in the heading. That was after I tore my knee.
Do you have any advice for the Jr. Ironman competitors?
Start at it slow. The first year I went, I wasn’t quite ready. At the last round I wanted another round. It’s a drawn out, long deal. A guy has to stay patient.