Sometimes we don’t give nearly enough recognition to those who make our jobs easier. First and foremost, I have to take my hat off to Jim Bainbridge with the PRCA, who does yeomen’s work as the association’s media director.
If I ever need anything – and I’m always in need of something – I just reach out to Jim. He has been awesome to work with. Jim is just one of many underappreciated members of the staff that helps promote the sport and the association.
The same can be said for his predecessor, Ann Bleiker, who is now the editor of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s publications and who serves as Shawn Davis’ right-hand woman before, during and after the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Just yesterday I leaned on a good friend, Steve Kenyon, who owns and operates ProRodeo Live, the radio broadcast of so many events. I was in need of some information mid-evening, so I listened to one of Steve’s Rodeo Profiles reports. It made the difference in what I needed at that particular moment.
Steve is a past winner of the PRCA Media Award for Broadcasting Excellence, and he deserves much more credit than he gets. It’s because of his work that more and more people are logging on to learn more about our sport.
So thanks to all of you for the work you do. We appreciate you more than you might ever know.