Last weekend, I went to Fort Duchesne, Utah, to do a one-day
bull-riding clinic where I demonstrated the technique of riding,
and then had the students ride some bulls so I could give them
tips. Bull riding clinics are always interesting, because I never
know what to expect with the bulls or the students.
At this particular clinic, I had about eight students and most
of them had been on quite a few bulls, so they were somewhat
experienced in bull riding. There were a few new riders that I had
to take a little more time with, and make sure they were
understanding the information before we put them on bulls, but they
listened and applied what I was teaching them with enthusiasm.
"If those guys continue to work hard everyday...
nothing will stop them from being champions."
After about two hours of instructing on the drop barrel (a
mechanical practice device), it was time to ride some bulls. By
this time, it was about 95 degrees without much of a breeze. I
spoke to the owner of the bulls to get a little bit of an idea as
to the caliber of bulls we were dealing with, and he basically told
me that we were dealing with new bulls. I will admit I was a little
nervous, because new bulls are usually hot tempered and very
unpredictable… not really ideal for beginner riders.
We said a prayer and ran the bulls into the chutes and the fight
was on. From the back pens to the chutes, these bulls were trying
to hook (that means horn) everything that moved. I could sense the
apprehension from my students, so I started encouraging them to get
their ropes on a bull and be ready, because it wasn't getting any
cooler out there.
Usually, when you're scared or nervous, you just have to push
through it. Every one of those guys stepped up and got on and every
one of them tried hard. There was only one guy that stayed on his
bull for eight seconds, but I was very satisfied with all of them
for the courage and commitment they showed to get on some bulls
that weren't ideal for a clinic.
If those guys continue to work hard everyday, and take action
despite being nervous or scared, nothing will stop them from being
champions. They may not all be champion bull riders, but they will
be champions in life.
Work hard, be happy, and live true!