My First Roping

Every year for new years we go to Mesquite for the annual World Series roping.This year was a little bit tricky because we had to split up. Tait was in Denver at the rodeo where he had an awesome run and won 4th in the round. He goes back to Denver around the 17th. Yay!  He had one truck and trailer in Denver and I took the other truck and trailer to Mesquite. The problem was that I rope on the horse (Chuck) that he was roping on in Denver. Chuck is the best horse and such a great baby sitter. He makes it so that I literally just have to worry about catching, which is plenty to worry about for me. Tait left in such a hurry for Denver because it was right after Christmas and we still had family staying with us that he didn’t get a chance to help me load the trailer. As I was loading all of our hay and getting the trailer ready for Mesquite Tait sent me a text of the Broncos stadium. That stinker went to a Broncos game without me. I was sure to text back a picture of the hay so that he knew I was having as much fun as he was…. not…..

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Tait is a huge worrier. It’s like bad…. So my whole drive to Mesquite he was sure to check on me multiple times. The worst is it’s only a 3 hour drive so you can imagine how many phone calls I received. I can just hear him saying “Where are ya now?” and I’d reply “five minutes past where I told you when you called five minutes ago.” It seemed that every time I was jamming out to a great song is right when he would call. When I got to Mesquite I got the horses all settled in and the trailer unhooked and set up at the end of the arena so that we could sit in the trailer and watch the roping. It turned out to be super nice and convenient.

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Then I went to my inlaws house and got myself settled in. I enjoyed a nice relaxing evening in the hot tub and watching a chick flick. My relaxing evening was interrupted at 4am when Tait woke me to go pick him up at the arena. He had to drive all night because I needed Chuck for the roping the next morning. He’s such a good husband to make sure I’m mounted on the best horse and taken care of.

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Last year I told Tait that my new years resolution was to start practicing so that the next year (this year) I could enter. I don’t like missing out on the fun so I might as well rope too. I began practicing shortly after and this year I did enter. The roping didn’t go as good as it could have, but it didn’t go as bad as it could have either. I caught way more than I missed and for that I’m happy. Not to shabby for my first roping ever. Besides, I had a blast doing it.

I love to get pictures of Tait roping. When I roped I told him to take pictures of me. He surprised me and actually did a great job, but I don’t think he liked the switch of our roles lol.

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Here are some of my favorite pics that I got of Tait roping throughout the week.

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He is such a great roper and at both ends. It seriously doesn’t matter if he heads or heels because he is so talented at both. We had a blast ringing in the new year in Mesquite, spending time together, and doing what we love. We can’t wait to go back for the next roping at the end of the month.

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~ The Rustic Ranch Wife

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