Our Thursday evenings have been spent rodeoing. Austin and I have been looking forward to the day our kids could enter rodeos and this was the summer. The kids loved it and so did the parents.
The girls were in both stick horse events and real horse events.
Degnan got a new horse at the end of the summer. He and Dice got along very nicely. They placed in barrels and made a really nice run the last night. We are still waiting on the results from their pole run.
He also started tying goats this year. He has practiced and worked hard to get the steps down.
It's a big job for a seven year old.
We had lots of support and cheering from family.
A "good job" hug from Buddy.
Cousins and rodeo go together like country girls and dirt.
Joslynn even joined in the fun and made a very excited flag run.
Everyone loves the run "home".
He finally agreed to trot on the way home. She loves Casino and he must love her. It's the only way to explain the transformation from competitive steer eater to carousel horse.
Oh, Makenna. I can't decide if she is as brave as they come or if she is severely lacking in sense. This girl likes to go and the faster the better. We had to make a rule for her. "You can go as fast as you want as long as you are in control and both feet are still in the stirrups." She made that work for her but I have to admit, I did have to yell/scream at her the last night to pull up. It was way too fast for this mom. Yes, I am embarrassed of the scream. No, I will not live it down.
We are done with this year's rodeo season. We are excited to go next year and see where we can improve. As a parent, watching your kids and your horses together is one of the most nerve wracking things you can do. It's also one of the best.