That was until my brother-in-law talked to my husband & told him about a Jr. Rodeo Association in our area & how he thought our boys would love it & maybe we should look into it.
And so he did.
And then we looked into it.
We have been debating for a long time what we could have our boys do, that wouldn't take a ton of time away from the family & chores. You see I live in a small town & we have a great athletics program for kids around here. HOWEVER, even for the 5 year olds have games twice a week & practice twice a week & some groups practice every day. I am sorry, but for me I feel like that is a little ridiculous to be taking your 5 year old to sports practice everyday in the week. It's at least too much for this family. I know others think it is great & if that is you. Good for you, but for us. That isn't what we want. Since rodeo is primarily individual sport, my boys could practice in the front yard if they wanted. That was an appeal.
Then we asked my boys what they thought.
Then my hubby found out that only the #1 spot in each event actually got a belt buckle & 2nd & 3rd a gift certificate. There were no trophies for just participating or taking a up space in the arena.
Then we joined.
And so for the last few weekends over the last 2 months we have spent our Saturday watching our boys Rodeo. Now we know nothing about rodeo, but we have been trying to learn as much as we can as quickly as we can. And we have loved it.
My oldest son has been participating in Chute Dogging & Steer Riding.
Then of course there is steer riding . . .
My 2nd boys "the monkey" participated in Goat Tying & Calf Riding.
When we started goat tying (this is an 0-8 year old category) We didn't even know how to tie a goat.
By the last rodeo he had made a time. It has to be under 30 seconds in order to received a time.
My little dude also participated in calf riding & goat tying as well.
Once the goat it tied, you have to wait 6 second to make sure it holds. This little boy finally got his first time at our last rodeo. He has been working hard to finally get it!
He came so close so many times of lasting the whole 8 seconds, but he never quite made it there.
"Red" (my new baby) was usually quite good the whole time of the rodeos & this little mischief
Overall our rodeo experience this summer has been great. The 5 rodeos we participated in were so fun to watch & the boys made some good friends. They had some great mentors helping teach them, since their mom & dad are still learning as well. The boys favorite part was one of the older boys, a bull rider, who helped them & coached them every rodeo. I loved to watch how even though they were all competing against each other there were plenty of pat on the backs & coaching along the way.
This is the bull rider the boys have become friends with.
I must admit. I love watching the bulls, but I know that these boys are only 13-16 on these bulls & it honestly makes my heart stop every time one of them gets on & rides, and I am not even their mother. I can only imagine what is going to happen as my boys grow up & want to hop on & ride bulls.
Until then we will savor every moment we can with what we are doing. They are already asking about next year & what events they can do. They are counting down days until we can find some calves & practice in our own yard. So we are learning & will continue to learn & practice & watch events. And keep working at this new sport. because there is something rather addicting about this thing they call rodeo.