The Spring Rodeos

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We left off right after Houston. The upcoming week was Huntsville, a go twice open roping near Huntsville, Nacogdoches¬†and the short go at Austin. Dave had asked me if I wanted to go to California during the Spring rodeos, and with my wedding quickly approaching (May 29) I thought twice about leaving town for 5 weeks to rodeo. I told Dave I wasn’t interested in going and he said he would be going out anyway.¬†That night Broc Hanson called me and asked If I’d be interested in heeling for him. Broc has heeled for a long time, but in the last few years has toyed with the idea of heading. He’s one of those people, like Jo Jo Lemond, that the roping Gods for whatever reason smiled upon. It’s so easy for him to catch that it’s sicking. I have always wanted to rope with him, but he would say that his heart was with heeling, and we’d leave it at that. So with the opportunity to heel for him at my doorstep, I accepted.

Of course, just like always, when you quit roping with someone, You do nothing but win. We were no different. Dave and I made Great runs everywhere. Won 5th at Huntsville, 4th at Nacogdoches, and 3rd at the tour rodeo Austin. I also went to that Jackpot I mentioned and won 2nd and 4th. I heeled 31 steers in a row those three weeks, starting at the Strait and $29,000. Performance wise, my best ever. I feel like I’ve got my heeling finally figured out. It took me longer than I’d hoped, but I feel like I understand every aspect of it and I’m thankful for that.

So, I headed to California to start my new partnership with Broc. As I made the 2000 mile drive by myself I hoped that we would start off with a bang. Usually, I told myself, that doesn’t happen. Be ready to work on it, and accept losing for a while, until Broc and I find our niche. Thats just what happened. We drew bad and had heck and several rodeos right in a row. The spring in California is known for tons of good jackpots. We were jackpotting good but one of us would make a mistake somewhere along the way. All part of building a team. Young guys like to throw a fit at the first sign of adversity. It was nice to see Broc handle it with maturity and work through it. He turned the two very best steers at Clovis and we placed on our second one. I am very excited to get a chance to heel for him. I think we learned a lot this spring and It’s nice that we have a two month break before Reno and the 4th of July. I’m sure we’ll be in top form by then and ready to make a run at the NFR. If I’ve learned anything from my Dad it’s positive attitude and hard work will get you anywhere you want to go. I feel like I finally have a partner with the same mind set, determination, and work ethic as me. I feel overwhelmed with excitement when I think about the possibilities for Broc and I.

Till next time -TW

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