So for the last few days I have done nothing that hasn’t been with one goal in mind. That goal is my Dallas trip. I practice for Dallas. I pack for Dallas. I did the running with Mom for Dallas. With this being my last time for this competition I am living for Dallas and a few extra stops on the way.
Dad serviced the truck with an oil change and two coil pack replacements along with topping off all the fluids and replacing the headlight we busted out last year when we hit a deer. Mom got the tag that was suppose to be gotten the end of September and I cleaned the truck inside and out. I even washed the windows and cleaned out the bed of the camper.
Mom has been hard at work cooking for Dad so he won’t starve while we are gone as well as doing laundry and packing. I even went and got my hair cut! Yup I am ready! Not really. There is so much more planning for this trip then there ever has been before. Why, you ask??? Good Question.
Well, this year not only do I have the Dallas 4X4 Chute out on Friday but then on Saturday I have a large breakaway roping in Checotah Oklahoma at 9am, a Buckles series at Sapulpa at 2pm and then finals at Nowata at 7pm where I am within points of winning a saddle! So yes, planning and timing are going to be everything this weekend.
So here is the plan. I got an extra driver to help Mom out and she will be coming with us to Dallas. We will leave tomorrow (Thursday) and make two stops on the way down to Dallas. One at Smith Brothers that is kind of a tradition now and the second will be to Paul Taylor’s Tack shop. Both are placed we pick up things we need through the year tack wise and both places are very affordable. Not to mention you save shipping and handling and get in on some sales.
We will get to Dallas about 4pm on Thursday. I take part in the competition on Friday. That is all normal enough. However, after I get done things change. We will pull out that night and Mom will get us as far as she can headed to Checotah before she gets tired. We don’t know what time we will get done Friday so we are winging it. Our back up driver will kick in when Mom gets tired and drive from where Mom pooped out to Checotah. This will happen somewhere along HWY 75 I think. We have a place for the horse and a hotel lined up so if it isn’t 3am or something we will be able to settle the horse and get some sleep ourselves.
If it is late we will sleep in the truck until show time. After the roping that starts at 9am, (if it gets done in time) I will move on to a roping in Sapulpa Oklahoma. If I don’t get done in time we will only stop there to drop off our extra driver. Either way we will be back on our own after that and I will move on to the Finals at Nowata.
We plan on pulling in there by 8pm but really hope it is more like 7pm. From there Mom will return home in the car and Dad and I will finish out the Finals (they are only 10 minutes from the house) and then come home. So is it all worth it?? I say yes. I have a lot on the line this weekend. I just wish they hadn’t put them all on the same day.
Dallas is the 4-H Finals and a saddle, 5 thousand dollars added money and a ton of tack and prizes are up for grabs. (It is also my last year to attend) Checotah is a 25 thousand dollar break away roping that is being put on by our neighbor’s son. It is an eight round roping that will pay big if a guy can hold their own and stay in the top half of the bunch. Sapulpa is a buckles series that I have been attending for months now and I think I am doing well in, but if I have to miss one this weekend it will have to be this one. (I won’t be happy about it but I will have to do what I have to do) As for the last rodeo in Nowata it is the Finals for my saddle series. I am within just points of winning the saddle and I can’t slack off now or the other guy could come in and win it out from under me. I am sure most of you know Saddles aren’t cheap so that is a lot on the line at that one as well. As of last month, the 2017 Rodeo year has already started and most of these rodeos are coming to an end so if I have done any good at all in a series I need to hang in there. As you can tell this really is my big end of the year paycheck. For me and my Rodeo, this time of year can only compare to Black Friday in retail …. LOL!
I will try to post some as we go as our hotel in Dallas does have WIFI but we plan on letting our extra driver take in the fair our one night there. After that we just don’t know … It will all be in the timing.