Ahh Big Week was TRULY big this year… and Championship Sunday was as suspenseful and as worth it as always!
So many highlights from today, where do I start…
Polly cruised the track before the parade, and was a true lady, so I was very pleased with her behavior! I told her to think about running barrels there in a couple of years!
When I got off Polly, I saw my friend Linsay Rosser Sumpter all duded up, and ready to ride into the giant boot! Linsay’s family owns Flying U Rodeo Company, and puts on rodeos all over the country, and provides stock as well. Last year she married professional steer wrestler Wade Sumpter. She’s been rodeoing since before she could walk! So no one is better suited to rise to the boot challenge than her! She gave me a tour of the boot, it’s crazy that she’s in there for so long! Anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes before she makes her grand appearance! Her horse has to be very calm and patient, and so does she! It’s quite the undertaking to make everything come off smoothly… but that’s what professionals do!
After my exciting boot adventures, we watched the pro cowboys give it their all in the performance… The team roping was great watching, maybe because I love it so much, but I thought it was a great round, some tough roping. The barrel racing had two champions, proving it’s always a tough competition. I’ve also never seen the grandstands as full as they were all four days of the rodeo this year. I looked into the grandstands and was so pleased to be sharing something I love so much with so many people!
After the performance, we headed out to the President’s Dinner. Craig Andrus has been a family friend for years and years and years… and his family put on the most beautiful party I’ve ever been to, ever. Western themed, decorations featured relics of Salinas Rodeo’s past. Like the old score board, signs, and a buffet of classic rodeo/fair food that had everyone eating way too much. It was a class act… even featuring the official Salinas Rodeo band! It was like the entire rodeo picked up and moved to the Andrus Ranch! Impressive feat, and more than successfully accomplished.
This week was incredibly hard work and so many people made this particular Centennial edition of the Salinas Rodeo INCREDIBLY special and memorable. Thank you to everyone at the Salinas Rodeo. See you for 101!!!