Monday, March 29, 2010

The Day of the Rodeo

by Lisa Woodland

The day of the rodeo is here! As a mom, secretary, and often times a rodeo timer I have observed so many things that caused stress and a poor performance. These could have been avoided with a few simple things. So here are some things to help make your rodeo less stressful.

• First, take the time to plan. How are you going to get there? When are you going to leave? What do you need to take with you? A little bit of planning will relieve a lot of unnecessary stress.

• Second make sure you load your trailer properly. Is this a one day rodeo? Then all you need is the gear or equipment for each event. If you are staying overnight make sure you have cloths, a place to stay, food, money, etc.

• Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the rodeo. Rodeos generally require you to check in.

• Schedule of events and Draws are usually posted prior to the rodeo. It is a good idea to be there at least an hour before this gives you and your horses plenty of time to relax and prepare for the rodeo. If you are up in a later event and can’t be there when the rodeo starts it is still a good idea to call and make sure that the order of events is correct and find out what your draw is.

• Checking the draw can be an important step in making a game plan. You want to know how the animal bucks if you are a rough stock rider or how the cattle run if you are a roper. It is always a good idea to look at the previous times or scores of your draw. This can give you some information on how they did. You can always talk to those in charge to see what information they can give you about your draw.

• Another important step in a successful performance is looking at the arena setup. You need to look at the score in the roping events, checkout the chutes, or look over the ground conditions. All of these things give you valuable information needed to put together a winning performance.

• It can beneficial to watch the competition that goes before you. It may give you times you need to beat or mistakes made that you can avoid to give you the upper edge.

These are just some simple tips and ideas to help you get up and down the rodeo trail

Good luck and may all your belt buckles be big and your saddles be trophies.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our First Contest - Rodeo Quotes and Motivation

Rodeo Quotes and Motivation Contest

Win vinyl artwork of your favorite quote or rodeo saying.

Sponsored by Lisa’s Vinyl Creations

How It Works
Submit your favorite rodeo saying or motivational quote! We are looking for original, inspiring, and or poetic sayings or quotes. Be creative but no obscenities please. Submit your entry by leaving a comment on our website or facebook page or e-mailing Lisa at Be sure to leave us your contact information. Entries must be submitted by April 15th.

3 winners will be chosen at random. We would like to publish them for other moms to share. So if it is not your original please list the author.

Winners will receive their quote or saying in vinyl. You will be able to choose your color and whether you want it for your trailer or on your wall. There will be a maximum size of 12h” x 48”w. ($40.00 value)

Good Luck!

See more rodeo vinyls here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pole Bending - Picture of the Week

It is truly amazing when a horse with only one eye will allow a six year old to get her through the poles!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Strawberry Days Rodeo Queen Pageant - Upcoming Events

2010 Strawberry Days Rodeo Queen Pageant

Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Pleasant Grove City Library, located at 30 East Center Street, then moving to the Rodeo Grounds

All girls 16-25 are eligible

Trophy Saddle and support to the Miss Rodeo Utah Pageant awarded to the Queen
Trophy Buckles and Cash Award awarded to the court

Please Contact JoLynne Goodman at 801.785.6128, Lori Peters at 801.361.3048, or Cheryl Brown at 801.787.3836

Please mail completed applications to 1750 North 100 East, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rodeo is Life Changing: Encourage others to participate!

By Kelli Jackson - Miss Rodeo America 2010

When I am asked how I began competing in rodeos, I enjoy answering that I am a first generation cowgirl. I have had a horse since I was born, but I didn’t competitively ride. That all changed with an invitation from family friends to attend a local rodeo. As the old cliché goes, “the rest was history.”

Without that invitation, I believe that my life would be drastically different than it is now. I would not have had the great memories, friendships, and life-lesson benefits of being a competitor in the National High School Rodeo and National Little Britches Rodeo Associations; I also probably wouldn’t have become Miss Rodeo America. That stark realization—that one little invitation changed the course of my youth and young adulthood—inspired me years ago and still inspires me today to be a spokesperson for the sport of rodeo.

As we seek to market our local rodeo associations to new competitors, the media, and the spectator masses, the task can seem a bit daunting. I encourage you to think about the “basics.” Below are a few practical tips of how to promote your local rodeos and encourage youth growth that I employ as I travel as Miss Rodeo America.

To grow your association, invite local families to join your organization. Discuss the benefits of membership—whether it is fellowship, good competition, or whatnot—with other parents and encourage them to join. When the new families attend the rodeo, send your children over to greet the newcomers. A hello from your son or daughter will go a long way with the “new kids.”

To further your spectator base, ask local radio stations and television stations to air news coverage or free advertising about your rodeo. Call their business office and explain that you’re a family-oriented non-profit and would like to see if they could advertise for your rodeo in their upcoming community events section. Better yet, ask if they’d like to attend the rodeo and provide coverage and interview local contestants.

Lastly, take a second to stop and remember the benefits that your children are receiving as part of your local rodeo organization. Rodeo is like any other sport in the aspect that it can instill confidence and responsibility in your children; however, it is also one that promotes family togetherness and what I like to call “All-American Values.” I know the tips to “call the radio station” and “invite a friend’ sound a bit basic, but the basics build a strong rodeo association.

As you begin the spring rodeo season, and I encourage you to ask the other parents, “How did your kids begin competing in rodeos….?” Enjoy hearing each others’ unique first, second, third, and so on generation rodeo stories and use them as your promote your rodeo association in the future.

Happy Trails!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Connie Combs Barrel Clinic - Upcoming Event

MARCH 26, 27 & 28, 2010
Kid’s Clinic , Tooele, Mar.26;
One Day Clinic, Heber City, Mar.27;
One Day Clinic, Tooele, Mar.28

LIMITED TO 12 riders
Tuition is $75 for Kids Clinic
Tuition is $150 for One Day Clinic
For more information, call Nancy
(801) 745-2079 or (801) 791-5341

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kyle Kosoff Breakaway School - Upcoming Event

Kyle Kosoff Breakaway School
March 26th & 27th

$250 tuition
Beginning at 10 a.m. daily
Kosoff Arena in West Haven, Utah

Beginning and advanced ropers welcome
Limited enrollment $50 deposit by March 19th

Great way to get tuned up for spring rodeos!

For more information or to enroll contact:
Misti Kosoff
2390 W. 2200 S.
West Haven, UT 84401

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bull Riding School - Upcoming Event

Bull Riding School
Where: Sublette County Fairgrounds,  
               Indoor Arena
               Big Piney, Wyoming
When:  March 12th, 13th, 14th
Instructors: Buskin Wilson
            *PBR contestant
            * PRCA rodeo cowboy
            * Winner of the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge
            * Dodge Circuit Finals Contestant

                      Jake Greenwood
            *Incredible bull rider and excellent instructor

                     Mike Ruby
            *PRCA Rodeo Cowboy & Stock Contractor

Fees: $185
         * $100 non-refundable deposit due by March 7th     
         * Limited to 15 students– First paid basis
         *  must show proof of medical insurance!

Contact : Diamond G Rodeo School
                 Joe Gillis
                 Phone # (307) 537-5858
                 P.O. Box 36
                 Boulder, WY. 82923

Friday, March 5, 2010

Worth Quoting - Attitude

"Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hopes. When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me."

Charles R. Swindoll

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Horse Care Quick Tip

During the summer, we think about keeping salt and minerals in front of our horses so they will drink. In the winter, it is equally important to keep these same things out so they will drink.

We also try and keep deicers in our water so that the water is not frozen. Our horses tend to drink more when it is not frozen. This will help minimize the risk of a horse getting colic.

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Rodeo Mom Moment

by Lisa Woodland

As I was busy doing the mom thing, getting dinner on, cleaning up spills, and answering the phone, I took a minute to look out my back window. Without any hesitation I dropped everything I was doing and ran for my camera so I could share this amazing photo with all of you. Looking at this photo I realize as a mom I have given my kids the best friends in the world. It is amazing to me the friendship and bond that my boys have with their animals.

As a little girl I remember sitting in my 8th grade English class looking out the window across the street and watching my best friend grazing in the pasture. I remember the day my son had a smokin' run on my best friend in poles. When you look at Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls you know that they are competing on their best friends.

I think that is what is so inspiring to me about Junior Rodeo is to watch these little kids and their big friends compete and perform. You know that love and trust exists between the two of them for a little boy to be able to climb the fence halter in hand and for that big guy to stand patiently while he is captured. Then in return that little boy has all the trust and confidence in the world to climb on that big guys back and run full speed around a barrel and pole pattern, climb off him full speed to tie a goat, or to back in a box at a chance to catch a calf. This is what makes champions an unbreakable friendship between horse and rider.