Saturday, January 10, 2009

The National Western Stock Show - Rodeo Time!

Yesterday afternoon Jack and I had the privilidge to attend the National Western Stock Show with Grandma and Grandpa Carney. It was Awesome! It was mine and Jack's first rodeo and we both had a blast. There was bare back bucking horses, saddle bucking horses, bucking bulls, roping calfs, galloping horses, horse sequnce combinations, barrel races and crazy mexican horse stuff. I was thoroughly entertained by every event. Jack was mesmorized by all the animals and even joined in with the cheering.

Western ridding is so different to the reserved English ridding that I am used to. There is excitment and immense anticipation with each event. The riders are either couragous or crazy or a little of both, either way I fully respect them because there is no chance I would ever ride one of those crazy bucking animals. I have been on horses that have bucked several times but the height and speed of these animals bucking frenzies is enough to give anyone the jibbers. 

Being so close to horses made my heart long for home and my special horse who passed on, "Shrimp." They say that dog is mans best friend but I have to disagree because the bond made with your hourse is so powerful, the friendship with a horse is bound by trust and through trust you grow as a team.

Jack also enjoyed being with his grandparents, he was lucky to steal several shoulder rides from Grandpa and snuggles with Grandma.

Sadly Ben was not able to join our little adventure as he is in Georgia training but hopefully we will get to more rodeo's with him this summer.

I love that face of Jack's, it cracks me up every time. 

Enjoy these video's of talented and courageous men;

Side note: Beth, you jealous???


Sian said...

How fun! I haven't been to a rodeo yet, it looks like you had a lovely time.
Oh and your family pictures are great, too. Hope life in Colorado is going well x

Nate + Carlee said...

Holy cow Jess you are TOTALLY American now that you have eaten mac and cheese and been to a rodeo. I bet your family doesn't even recognize you anymore.

Lesley-Ann said...

I have to say Carlee that sometimes when I call I don't recognise Jessie's voice! In fact recently when Jess and Ben stayed at Aaron and Kimberly's, I thought I was talking to Kimmy and it was Jess! But I have to say it doesn't take too long once we get together before Jess slips back into sounding like a Brit (oh and Ben says she does that too when she gives a talk!).
Anyway Jess it looks like you had fun at the Rodeo, I'm sure one day you will have another horse to bond with, Shrimp was a sweetie and you learned so much from her and I'm glad you have such wonderful and powerful memories of her. X

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