Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WOW one heck of a rodeo weekend!!

I am so behind with everything!!! I feel like I have a million things to share LOL!!! So today I will tell you about the HYRA, this stands for Heartland Youth Rodeo Association. This is their 20th year of running this Junior Rodeo. It basically runs every other weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 9 am till it's done, and sometimes that has been as late as 8 or 9 o'clock!. We absolutely LOVE it!! Last year was out first year to participate and were still kind of iffy about whether we liked some things about it...But then this summer after being back into GHYR it was a bit chaotic because they have switched all jobs and people around, so it was fairly unorganized. But please let me add they are great people who have alot on their plates and I am sure they will get the hang of it!! So DD says "I'm SO excited to be going back to HYRA because they are SO organized" LOL!! That's my girl!!

DD is signed up in multiple events but we will just talk about barrels today, otherwise I could go on for an hour LOL!! So going into the barrels she was a bit nervous since her accident, so she decided to just pace herself and work on getting the pattern perfect with her horse and not apply all of their speed in this run.. And it actually paid off for her, she beat her best personal time with a 16.986. I think obviously if they were going full throttle they'd have done a bit better!! So then on Sundays run she turned a bit to wide on barrel one and ended up with almost a second added from her time the day before...Usually they run better the second day LOL!! But none-the-less she had a great time!!

Her Barrel Run from Saturday's Rodeo

ps~ Thanks Becky for the video tips!!


  1. I must have missed the post about DD's accident. Hope she's OK.

  2. How fun, and that's a pretty darn good barrel time!

  3. Congrats to DD on beating her personal best the first day. I wish I had half the courage that girl does when it comes to riding...then maybe I'd be able to relax a little more when riding my neighbor's cutter. Have a great week!

  4. That looked good. Tell DD to keep employing whatever she did on Saturday. Riding harder does not usually translate into riding faster. DD's hands were much quieter than I've seen in other runs and she looked more balanced. Way to go!!

  5. Great job DD!! Looking very good!! I also think it really helps to not worry about the speed, but to just concentrate on getting the pattern right! Looks like it worked great for her!

  6. Leah~ She had an accident back in August where she kind of flew off of her horse and landed back/head first into the barrel...So it just kind of shook her confidence level..

    Thanks LeAnna!

    Shelly~ Don't worry I wish I was more like her to LOL!! She typically goes into things a lot quicker than I ever could LOL!!

    BEC~ Thanks!! Yes she had much calmer hands, I thought that Saturday when I watched the video back. I was glad to see her sliding those hands with ease for once!! Sunday's run she wasn't as balanced but she lost her stirrups twice and she just couldn't recover...Normally she does fine without them but it goes back to that fall..

    PG~ She was SO proud that they did the pattern so well! Now if I can only get her to look at where she wants to go!! Sometimes she will and sometimes she won't LOL!!


DD's Rodeo Video's