Planning for the new year


  • Mesa Pate celebrated her 21st Birthday on Oct. 6.
  • Pate is contemplating taking in outside bulls.

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I love fall! It's my very favorite time of the year. Some of the best events of my year happen during the autumn months: my birthday, the PBR Finals and Thanksgiving. On Oct. 6, I turned the big "21," had a great PBR Finals at the end of October, and I have spent November enjoying the weather and finally stuffing myself on Thanksgiving. I hope you and yours had a very blessed Thanksgiving, as well. I sure did!

The other reason I love fall is because I feel like I finally have some time to reboot and start planning for the new year. The past few years, that has meant getting my bulls ready. This year, I've been pretty busy and am just now getting ready to start making a plan for 2013, which is fast approaching. I'm really trying to put the pressure on myself, because I didn't put the work into my business that I know I'm capable of this past year.

But I find myself asking, "Where do I go now?" I'm not exactly satisfied with just getting by like I have been. Hauling a few bulls here and there is great, and I'm thankful for every opportunity I have, but it's not a sustaining way to make a living, and I want to be better than that. But at the moment, I don't have the number of bulls it takes to be a company like Circle T. Another road block I run into is that I'm a broke gal with a very expensive passion!

I've been trying to think creatively on how to keep doing what I love without having to go work at Starbucks part time. Hopefully, I have some things in the works. For example, I'd like to start taking in outside bulls, which means people can hire me to take care of and haul the bulls they are unable to haul and take care of themselves. A lot of people call this bull training, but I'm not into that term. You can't train bucking bulls. All you can do is get them to handle as good as possible and take care of them. It doesn't matter what other kind of training you do, they are either going to buck, or they aren't.

So many people want to get into the business but don't have the facility, time or experience, and this is a way to still own a bull despite that. The only thing that I require is that potential clients let me see a video or buck the bull before making the commitment to spend the money it takes to keep a bull going.  That investment can add up if the bull has it in him to make it, but if not, it can add up quick, believe me!  So, wish me luck!

When you do anything in agriculture, I think it is important in this day and age to be creative in the ways you represent the industry. Being honest and working hard to make it a positive experience for anyone who gets involved, whether you are in the bull, horse or ranching field, is the most important thing. 

I hope everyone had a very wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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