Terry Don West owns two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world titles and had a long, distinguished bull riding career.
Now he’s got the important role of cheerleader, rooting on his wife as she takes the next step in her barrel racing career. Michelle West is one of 24 cowgirls who will compete for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association national championship at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 31-April 3 at the Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
Back in the day, Michelle West remained on the sidelines while Terry Don lived out his rodeo dreams, but she was always a driving force. She traveled with her well known husband as he competed for gold buckles.
“Terry was making more money than I was at the time,” she said. “It was a lot better for me to go with him.”
But Michelle West is a cowgirl who has always worked with horses and competed when possible. Her mom, Gail West, has been a big part of any success Terry Don and Michelle have experienced.
“I wouldn’t be able to do it without her,” Michelle said of her mom. “She’s my biggest supporter in this deal.”
Michelle West’s trip to Oklahoma City is the biggest qualification of her career, but she wants it to be a springboard for greater things to come.
But that’s what chasing rodeo dreams is all about.