It was a very interesting summer for me. As you may or my not know, I was married on the 29 of May. It was a beautiful ceremony in Clemets, California at Russ and Jessie Biglow’s ranch. Friends and family were all around and it was the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in my life. I’ve spent most of my life trying to become the best heeler I can be, helping my family with schools and ranch work. This last few months were different. I almost felt like I had a normal life. Helping set up the wedding site with family and friends. It was nice to be part of something else for a change. The wedding was in a small pasture in front of the Biglow home. Complete with a horse drawn carriage, live band, and a homemade dance floor. The highlights of the night for me was an excellent toast by Jim Cooper and some superb backup singing by Cody McMinn(I think the band appreciated it too) Thanks to everyone that had a hand in helping out or joining us for such a special day.

Worrying about all the logistics that goes into putting on a wedding. Removed me from tunnel vision of the NFR and other personal goals that I’ve set for myself. Like my vision of what is truly important in life was clarified. As I watched my new bride step off a beautiful horse drawn carriage. It all occurred to me that between my obsession to become successful in rodeo and the pitfalls of life on the road. It was easy for me or anyone else to lose track of “the good stuff” as Kenney Chesney sings about. Far too many people think that success, or money, or popularity will give them what they’ve been needing to feel rewarded in life. I used to look at people that have achieved more than me and was jealous, even bitter. Now I look at people like Kory Koontz or Patrick Smith who have had both, success in and out of the arena, and I look up to those people. Winning without dignity isn’t enough. My Dad has always told me that the world is full of talented derelicts. I’m not so sure that most of them didn’t go out and buy a PRCA card. Be careful who you surround yourself with. Be careful who you look up to. Because one day you’ll wake up and you’ll be one of them and you won’t even remember how you got there.

Because of the wedding I haven’t roped for about three weeks. Rachel and I went to Maui to see some friends for our honeymoon and it was a nice break. I’m flying over the Pacific as I write this and i feel well rested and eager to get back to the fight. I’m getting up good at all the rodeos that we’ve entered thus far. My life feels like it has a nice balance to it and I can hear that old feeling calling to me again. Soon the rodeo season will be in full swing and I’m so excited I can hardly hold a thought in my head. The Bible says God favors the married man and with Rachel and my family behind me. I feel like It is just the beginning to the best years of my life. So look out NFR, with my priorities firmly in place, I’m headed your way. Till next time – TW

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