Bubba Oubre with Oubre Rodeo Company has always stood in my corner! When I called Bubba and asked to make an appearance at his rodeo in Marietta, Georgia for one night he said, “come on sis you know you can always come to one of my rodeo’s.” Bubba has become like a rodeo dad to me and I love that man to pieces! I pulled into Marietta that Friday night to be greeted by the crew and Bubba himself. Bubba introduced me to the man who puts on the rodeo there in Marietta and we found to have many things in common. The one thing you will learn about the people who rodeo is that they become a family to you the minute you shake their hand or the time you wrap your arms around them for a big hug. My rodeo family has grown this year better and stronger than I had ever imagined it would!
We started off the rodeo with prayer and anthem as I rode Kevin’s old trusty horse, John! I always enjoy riding the big grey horse and not to mention he sure does make a great photo as well! After presenting the colors and praying for our family I was able to help out in the arena and work cattle and clear the arena for the competitors! The rodeo ran so smooth and everyone had a great time! After the rodeo I had to make a decent drive to the next rodeo and help out there, but before I did I was sure to eat! The crew and I had decided to make an Applebee's run and get some food before I had to hit the road, plus I knew I was not going to get to see them for a little while and I wanted to spend some time with them! We ate good food and cut up about the rodeo and the different places and stores that we had encountered since we last saw each other!
After dinner I made the four to five hour drive over to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Of course a drive like that could not go smooth and without a hitch of some sort! I was only about an hour away or less actually from the stock contractors house where I was going to be staying and I see the red and blue lights in the rear view mirror. Dang it, I feel like I have meet more police officers this year than ever in my life! Haha! He pulled me over as my headlight had gone out. I did not know it was out so I was surprised to hear that it was. Thankfully the nice police officer let me go without a ticket, but not before he questioned the mass amount of stuff in my car! Therefore I had to explain my situation, “No officer I am not homeless, I just live in my car, please meet Black Betty the mobile home who carries Miss Rodeo USA across the country!” The officer got a good laugh out of me for sure!
Once I made it to Tony and Jamie’s house they got me all set up for a few hours of sleep and when I say a few I mean about three. I got up after some sleep and we made our way to the ball fields in town! This was just not any ball field though this field was built specifically for kids with special needs! The ground was built out of a special rubber that was perfect for wheelchairs, walkers, and anyone who may be a little unsure on their feet! The entire crew came out that morning and we all played softball with the kids! Talk about a blast! Never in my life had I seen so many kids light up and play with such enthusiasm! My heart was so full with all of the love!
When the ball games came to an end it was time for the rodeo to start! This rodeo was a little different though! Bulls, Barrels, and Broncs was what the show consisted of! Fast horses, and the bucking livestock was what brought in a crowd like I had never seen before! All of the proceeds for that rodeo went right into the ball fields that we played on that morning! I was beside myself when I saw the stands packed out that night! The entire community came together to see the show kick off with a bang. Now when I say kick off with a bang I mean it! Jim loves to shoot off fireworks, so of course he did! The entire crew and myself walked out into the arena at the beginning of the performance, as we stood in front of the bucking chutes Jim shoots off fireworks and lights up the arena. My black cowboy hat suffered a little bit as there are now burn marks on my hat, but I guess it made for a cool show! Ha ha! Thank you Jim I will never forget that as every time I look at my hat I think of the fireworks shooting and falling down around me that night!
As I'm back on the road now I will have to let you go! Please keep up with me though! I know things are starting to come to an end but I'm not thinking about that! There are so many journeys I still have left to make! I wanted to leave you all with something that I was thinking about the other day! Keep moving forward and continue to make every step of the path better than the next one. Although this will have to come to an end one day I will be able to remember how blessed I have been throughout this year and throughout my entire life!
Miss Rodeo USA 2019