Amarillo is behind us.
This was our third year to make the trip and I have to say it was by far the best year yet.
Although the team works incredibly hard to qualify and stay in the top 3 teams at most of the rodeos they go to, one would think that this trip is about winning. The average Joe would assume that the only reason for coming to this affair is to take home the title of WRCA World Finals Champions.
That couldn't be further from the truth.
Of course the goal for the team is to do their best to take that title home, but if the truth be told, if you ask me… these guys proved themselves worthy of that title long ago. They have worked hard together to get to this point.
Each night these 21 teams would enter to a roaring crowd. It would be an understatement to say that my chest merely swelled with an overflow of emotion at watching my husband and his 3 "brothers" gallop into the arena with ambition and high hopes flowing through them. Each time they rode in, each time the national anthem was played on the fiddle, each time their name was called I had to choke back tears of happiness.
As I said, this is our third year to experience this. You would think that I'd be used to it by now. You'd think the "new" had worn off. You'd think it was old hat.
The bottom line is this…
The new never wears off. The excitement never dwindles. The pride is ever increasing.
To say that these four men got to this point all on their own would be only somewhat accurate.
Yes, they've learned each other's strengths and weaknesses. They can anticipate what the other will do before he does it. They "know" where to be and when to be there.
If you ask me the true success in this rodeo was measured by all the happiness that oozed from all of these people.
Every night was filled with great stories, laughter and lots of love.
If the spirit of the team seemed to dampen these people would quickly raise them back up.
If they needed a pep talk there were plenty of mouths to offer one.
Randy, Bud, Grady and Adrian had an AMAZING rodeo in all of the technical aspects. Only two loops were missed in the four days of competion. Those two loops were in the same event on the same night. It resulted in a no time, but that no time didn't really effect their placing.
As with any competition that uses livestock it sometimes boils down to luck. They didn't get that luck this year with the stock they had. That's just the way it goes sometimes.
We're all confident that they're year WILL come. They will have their limelight.
We're going to hope that it's 2011.
In the meantime…
They'll do what they do best… RANCH RODEO.
Well, we'll do what we do best… support them the best we know how, love them through the rough ones, raise them to the roof when they win, try to keep their heads at a normal size and cheer like hell the whole time.
To the "band of brothers", I love each and every one of you. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of your lives.
Peace, love and true grit.