These are some of the barrel racing photos. This is predominantly a female rodeo event. They need to navigate the horses around three barrels in a certain order and direction, then race full out to the finish line. The best time at this one was 16 point some odd seconds.
There was a junior round where kids under fourteen competed. A little girl, who had to be about ten or eleven, burst into the arena at a flat out full run on a huge horse, hair flying, and body bouncing. Maneuvered the barrels and stormed out. The whole time she had the biggest smile plastered on her face. Just unadulterated joy pouring from her the whole time. It was the cutest thing I've seen in a lot of days.
This is the team roping. It happened down at the other end of the arena, so we didn't get many good pictures. Two riders flash out after a cow. The first has to rope the horns, the second has to then rope both back legs in one shot. This is really tough. A lot of skill involved. Plus you need to trust your partner.
On a different note, I had a good time Saturday. We had a writers meeting. There wasn't a speaker, but it was still great to get together. I rode my motorcycle as an added bonus. A nice day.
I have to admit that I'm still recovering from vacation for a bunch of different reasons. It was a hard time. There were some good points, but it's left me drained in a lot of ways.
I haven't been able to make myself sit and write. I need to put out some word count. To do that I need to make some decisions about what I want to accomplish with my writing, what it means to me and if I'm actually any good or just spinning my wheels. That last one is what will really determine the rest.