Rainbow after a rain storm at Elizabeth, CO.

Rainbow after a rain storm at Elizabeth, CO.

I’ve never had to pack a trailer with enough stuff to be gone for months. After Redding my next rodeo run started with Silver City, NM. Luckily for me that’s one hour north west of my parent’s house. In the past we have always done bad there, but this year I managed to place first at basically a hometown rodeo since I know half the people in the stands. The next day me, mom, two dogs and four horses loaded up to head off for Clovis, Elizabeth, Castle Dale, Cedar City, Delta, Pleasant Grove, a barrel race in Colorado Springs and Raton.

Clovis was good, we almost took down second barrel coming into it but when we came out of it we pushed it back up and placed. Elizabeth was a muddy mess for slack, but Randi Timmons told me to not hesitate because the ground is really good when it’s muddy. I’ve never run in mud where it was considered ‘better’. So we went in there and laid down a smooth run, and ended up setting a new arena record by two tenths. I didn’t even hear the announcer say that I was just happy we were placing and made a good run. Later I found out and I was so pumped!

We took off to head to Utah and decided the closest route was I-70 over the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. This is my first summer with the Peterbilt and big trailer, not to mention it’s loaded down with four horses and tons of feed. We made it through the mountains with no overheating or scares of losing our brakes. So now I feel like I can go over anything with this rig and I don’t get nervous anymore about mountains.

My mom’s dog likes to find a place in the sun everywhere we go and ‘chill’.

My mom’s dog likes to find a place in the sun everywhere we go and ‘chill’.

If you’re a barrel racer and you want to rodeo in Utah for the summer, there are lots of good jackpots to take young horses to. We didn’t know that, we just took them for the experience of hauling and lucked out. At Cedar City there was a race and Sister won it, and we got a gold medal! Not real gold of course, but we also got a good wad of cash. The rodeo though could have been better; Nellie took a nasty trip going into first where it took about two strides to recover. Delta was good though to us, we got a check to keep us going. We stayed there for a few nights because stalls, shavings, and RV were free. That stuff adds up fast while you’re on the road.

Mom and I taking the mares out on a trail ride at Colorado Springs.

Mom and I taking the mares out on a trail ride at Colorado Springs.

Pleasant Grove has no signs for contestants to get into contestant parking. The address is good but your destination is on the right but it’s spectator parking. So the trick is to keep turning right at intersections and you might luck out and see a trailer pull onto a road that takes you to parking. You’ll learn on the road to appreciate places that put out signs! Here we made another good run but this time everyone did better, so no check. You have to get used to losing a lot more than winning. But we went to a barrel race in Colorado Springs for two nights and won some money there and got to run the young horses.

Raton was Sister’s rodeo because it was so small it would be a waste to run Nellie. The two nights before at Springs Sister ran so good and placed in the 1D against tough horses. At Raton, NM with 23 girls in the whole rodeo, Sister decides that she absolutely hates deep ground and blows all the barrels, even spooking at the bucking chutes. Once again, get used to losing more than winning. We drove a long 7 hours home and had two days to wash everything, restock, and head out again.

Rookie Barrel Racer
Meghan Johnson

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