Last weekend I made my first solo-trip hauling bulls to an event. I made the 3.5 hour drive down to Waco, Texas, with Makayla and Wacey. It was an awesome trip. It would have been incredibly boring had the kids not been there. If I heard Bandy the Rodeo Clown & Green snakes on the Ceiling once I heard them a million times! Wacey was our official DJ for the trip. Pretty sure he gets its musical skills from his Dad!
We ended up doing really well! Our bull, Flirting with Disaster, ended up winning high-point bull both nights. I even won a buckle. I felt so blond because I was told, "Hey LeAnn, Wesley needs you down here." And so I went down and he told me that I had won a buckle for high-point bull and I was like, "Shut up!" I was so excited. That was better than any buckle I had ever won for rodeoing. As far as J.W. being proud, he can be hard to read. He sent me to do a job, that went well, but you just don't ever know. And so I asked him, "Are you proud of me? Are you proud of your wife for doing this?" and his response was, "I got you another gig, Odessa in a few weeks." So I guess I did well!
Going into the event I knew how to tie a flank, but I didn't know how important it was to tuck the loop. I guess some people don't do that and bull riders appreciate it. Some riders, if they see that someone didn't do it, they will do it themselves. Hailey Farley, Jared Farley's wife, said that Jared will actually tuck it for them because their spurs can get hung in the rope and they can get hung up. I am sure in the professional arena it is always done, but at an amateur bull riding they may not always do that. So I was telling people that they had to tell me every little trick of the trade because I didn't want to be the one to say,"I didn't know I was supposed to do that."
Some of the cowboys getting on, they would ask what the bull was going to do and I would just say, "Here, let me show you a video." I want the cowboys to get a fair shot and for our bulls to perform! Other than what J.W. would tell me to tell the guys, I would rather not repeat what he says because that would make me sound incredibly vulgar! I'll just let them watch the video.
It was funny because I was getting so mixed up at one point and one of the riders asked if a certain bull was the one he was supposed to get on and I said, "I'm pretty sure the one behind him one is mine." And I thought to myself, I brought these bulls and here I am, so blonde and so confused and he goes, well they said that this bull was him, and I said, "That bull in that chute is not the bull you are talking about. That is not my bull." And so they kept acting like I didn't know what I was talking about so I just reached in and flanked that bull too! The first night could have been a cluster, they had a few of our bulls loaded on the wrong outs, but everything worked out for the better.
Mac and Wacey were just troopers all weekend. While I was behind the chutes they were hanging out with a few of the bull riders wives. By the end of the night we would head for fast food, they would be pumped about what they wanted and then I would look back to give them their food and they were already passed out. It was easy to carry both of them at the same time when they were 18 months old, but now they are both 4-years-old and I was trying to carry them both upstairs so that I only had to make one trip and not come back to get the other one. I think next time I am going to use one of the luggage carts so I can just haul them into the room!
After spending my weekend and getting to know some of the people in Waco, I would like to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected by the events in West, Texas.
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