Getting to know a little bit more

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One of the amazing aspects of my job is learning some things about people I don’t know. Whether it’s visiting with an injured bareback rider from Alberta or interviewing a barrel racer from Pennsylvania, I have an opportunity to do something most people don’t.

It’s an odd combination of being curious, which I am, and being fairly talkative, which I am. It’s also the very best way I can think of to tell other people’s stories. I study what I can so I’m able to have as much history on the subject as possible before I start asking questions.

Still, some of the most basic questions – “Why do you rodeo?” – bring out the most amazing answers.

Since I write so often for Women’s Pro Rodeo News, I have an opportunity to learn so much about some of the most amazing horses in our industry. I get to tell readers about them in the official publication of the WPRA.

Do you want to know why Shada Brazile is hot on the rodeo trail this year? You will have a chance in the September issue of the magazine. Brazile, the wife of 16-time world champion Trevor Brazile, will be featured in a story about the WPRA Qualifying Tour, a series of events that will enable cowgirls the opportunity to be part of the 2013 Calgary (Alberta) Stampede.

Of the four rodeos involved in the story, Shada Brazile placed in three of them: Longview, Wash.; Gerry, N.Y.; and Lawton, Okla.

But you’ll get to read more about that in just a few weeks. Stay tuned.


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