|July 29, 2012
Well it’s been some time since I’ve written, but I have been getting the prod from several people to get on it. I’m going to try and work with quality, not quantity. And for those of you who don’t know me, this is my way to avoid admitting I’m a serious procrastinator.
So we had planned to have a busy Fourth and July on both sides of the border, but plans sometimes only go as far as the thought. JL and I got ourselves into a little wreck the week before the fourth, and decided to take it easy (I think the doctor’s idea and mine were different), and stay in Canada for the remainder of the year. Sometimes we just need to step back and let god guide us in his plan. This is one of those times I had no control over anything that was happening, or about to happen.
I think professional athletes in every sport have so much demanded out of them by fans, coaches, and themselves that they can lose focus on who they really are. What they really like, and what they would normally do, if they weren’t training to get better. Which is an important aspect of being the best. But so is keeping your soul clean. Sometimes you just need to take a breath and realize where you are in your journey. After my wreck, I got to take one of these breaths, and it was so refreshing. Since I agreed to take it easy, when I wasn’t at a rodeo, I spent some time at the lake, caught up with some friends, and just experienced normal for a while.
As far as rodeo goes, July started off in the right direction with a cheque out of Williams Lake. Followed by a win at Benalto, and Taber. And then backed with placing’s at TeePee Creek, Morris, Kennedy, Maple Creek, Medicine Hat, and Bruce. Actually, it has been a dream month. We have boosted ourselves into serious contention for a trip to the Canadian finals.
Let’s hope, August is as good to us as July has been!
“Sports do not build character. They reveal it”- Haywood hale Broun
“Strength does not com from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“Happiness is not something that comes read-made. It comes from your own actions”.- The Dalai Lama
RYLEE MCKENZIE - Biography
From St Paul, Alberta, Rylee McKenzie has been barrel racing and training barrel horses for several years. The 2003 Canadian Permit Winner qualified for her first CFR in 2011. Other career highlights last year included qualifying for the Wilderness Circuit Finals and the Reno Rodeo Short Round.