Well, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time. We have two weeks left in the season, and I’m in an all-out dogfight. Competition is tight. There are a dozen or so of us fighting the bottom slots to go to the National Finals Rodeo. That’s what makes rodeo so great: You go all year, and it still comes down to the end.
The Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup is going on now, and several of those girls have posted good times. Congrats to Nicole Deason – she caught a ride with us earlier to Pretty Prairie, Kan. – who is leading after slack. We run at Abilene, Texas, on Wednesday; El Paso, Texas, in slack Thursday night; and Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday. Next week we traverse Texas: Tuesday we run in Pasadena (Houston), Wednesday in Texarkana, Thursday slack in Amarillo, Friday slack in New Braunfels, and, hopefully, Harrison, Ark., on Saturday, and Anadarko, Okla., on Sunday.
I started out the year about as bad as you could, winning only $600 before April. To average things out, I plan on finishing as strongly as I started out poorly. (Does that make sense?) Anyway, Amigo is running well, and I am trusting God that I ride him well enough to win. I promise you there is no quit in me; I won’t go down without a fight! Thanks to all of you who support me, cheer for me and pray for me. You really don’t know how much that means to me. See you down the road.