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 11/30/2007 9:22:19 AM  
 
To start my saying it has been a while would be an understatement……so I guess the best way to start this with an apology, so I am sorry for being neglectful on updating.  I have been at home since the end of September with the 2007 rodeo season ending in a bitter sweet way.  I won the 1st go and the average at Albuquerque, NM and was SO SO SO excited with Princess and her performance.  But, after my 2nd run one of her front legs started to show a little swelling.  So, as soon as I got home the 1st order of business was to get her into the vet.  We found that she had a strained tendon in her left front leg so she was ordered to one month of rest and we soaked her leg in Runner’s Relief daily and then wrapped her leg in a liniment everyday. 
That really changed my focus…..I am proud to say I have been at home living the ‘normal’ life!!!  I started dating a wonderful guy named Lane Jatzlau, that I went to high school with and he makes me happier than I could EVER imagine.  He truly is my prince charming and things have been nothing short of a fairy tale come true!!!  We are now engaged and getting married April 26, 2008….it is just around the corner so we are busy making wedding plans.  The wedding is going to be held at Wild Rose Hall (www.wildrosehall.com) in Oak Hill, TX (about an hour from Giddings).  Lane and I bought a house here in Giddings that we completely gutted and remodeled that we just got to move into this week.  It turned out fantastic!!!  I will say we had a little insight to getting the new house redone great….Lane and his Dad and brother own and run a construction company in Giddings.  I love the fact that he is a contractor that owns his own company, so his schedule is very flexible and he had gone to watch me at the jackpots a lot this fall.  He will also be making a lot of the Texas rodeos with me when things get back in full swing after the New Year.  Lane knows nothing about horses but is very supportive and loves to go watch me run.  I am very much looking forward to a wonderful wedding and a happy life together.
As for everything else I am just riding my colts daily enjoying being in the training mode for a while.  Diamonds is really coming on very good and I have really really high expectations for him.  I think he is my next ‘big’ thing.  He runs with such ease and can really cut the clock off….especially right now he literally can high lope the pattern and run home and win money in the 1-D!!!  I have been trying to run him as much as possible since mid-September but he is still super green, but showing super star potential.  It doesn’t hurt that he is my Dad’s last horse so he is pretty sentimental as well.  He also had EPM just like Rooster when he was a race horse and was given to us because they felt like if anyone could do something with him after suffering from EPM it was us….I guess they were right!!!  To say Diamonds is a special boy would definitely be an understatement….make sure you remember his name you are going to be hearing a lot about him in the future!!! 
I also have a 3 year old mare I call Pita who will be making her futurity debut this Sunday at the Ruby Run in Alvarado.  She bred royally to be a super star.  Her mother was an NFR qualifier herself (Jetta Moon Rose rode by Lindsay Hayes) and by Jud Little’s stud Brownie Jones.  Pita is a little girl, so don’t be shocked when you see me on a small horse.  She is very snaky and really has a cool turning style.  I am excited to get to start running her in competition starting Dec 1.  I have paid her up at the Speedhorse Silver Cup and Ft Smith as well so I will be diving back into the futurity scene in 08.
I guess that is all for now, I am off to ride the colts and get Princess all geared up for 2008…..I all of a sudden have a breath of fresh air and I am so content with life and motivated for the new start that 2008 will bring. 
 
"Love builds bridges where there are none."
-R. H. Delaney
 
 
 

 9/3/2007 12:36:37 AM  
 
Things have been going really good the last couple weeks…..but as always when I start to think I have things all lined out and the sailing is going to be smooth there yet again comes another huge pit. Last week I won checks at 2 (Couer D’Alene and Bremerton) out of the 3 rodeos I went to (hitting a barrel at the 3rd rodeo to place there as well). Princess did so great and I really feel like things are back to normal. I took Diamonds to 2 jackpots and he ran a 17.3 both times on a standard set!!! This was only his 7th and 8th runs EVER for money so I was actually shocked when I won 2nd in the 1-D at the 1st jackpot right behind a very great notable rodeo horse. I won 6th at 2nbd jackpot but was tickled because a 17.2 won it and it was a really tough jackpot with tons of good horses and rodeo girls. Then, we went to Ellensburg and I placed in both rounds. I have made my 1st short go in a VERY VERY long time and have to go back tomorrow to run. Needless to say this is where we run into that pit I mentioned before. On the way home from Filer Friday my mare got kicked very badly in the trailer. 100% freak accident and luckily I took her and had her x rayed this morning and she is going to be just fine but she will not get to go shine tomorrow at the short go. The swelling is pretty bad so we are also questionable for the Tour Playoff next week in Puyallup. Luckily good friends keep coming to my rescue. Debbie and Jeff Stahl (who I have also been staying with for the past 3 weeks) are going to be kind enough to borrow me their good horse Tet for the short go tomorrow. I am very excited to run Tet. I have rode him a couple times helping Debbie tune him up but have never got the privilege of running him in a competition, so tomorrow will be our debut and I am very excited and nervous.
I have been thinking about rodeo a lot lately. So many people ask me what it is like to rodeo…..I laugh because honestly the best description that comes to mind is a roller coaster. The highs are high….the lows are low….there isn’t much in between and you better hang on because it is one heck of a ride. Until next time…..enjoy the ride!!!! Jackie
 

 8/15/2007 7:53:15 PM  
 
Good news to report.  I ran at the Tour Rodeo Playoff in Caldwell, ID last night and Princess did GREAT!!!!  They have run half of the girls and I am winning 2nd!!!!!  The other half run tonight so I will be sitting and watching to see how I end up.  I run my 2nd go on Thursday night and then they take the top 8 to the short go on Saturday.  This is a HUGE rodeo for us.  It pays super good because it is a Tour Playoff and it also determines if we will get to advance to the next Tour Playoff in Puyallup, WA in a couple weeks.  I am so thankful that we had a good run.  I have been beating my head against the wall, searching for ideas on what to do.  Tammy came and talked to me and said you know she has to be hurting somewhere she is way to nice of a horse to just completely stop working.  Thanks to some really good friends that called in some favors with the vet and horse shoer we have her all lined out…..she proved that last night.  Luckily it was just a really bad shoe job on the front feet and with some good shoeing and a pair of wedges we are back on track.  Everyone was so excited in my camp…..a little glimmer of hope!!!  RUN PRINCESS RUN!!!!!!  Here is a perfect quote from a great champion…..proof that success doesn’t come easy to anyone.
 
 
"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. "
Michael Jordan
 
 

 8/14/2007 12:22:34 AM  
 
Things have still being pretty rocky for Princess and I.  We have her tying up under control….knock on wood.  But now have discovered that a bad shoeing job is hindering us.  We are getting her reshod in the morning so cross your fingers that will be just what we need to get things lined out.  I am up at the Tour Playoff rodeo in Caldwell, ID this week and it is HUGE opportunity to save my season.
 
I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and she said, I swear girl you are just hexed.  Got me to thinking……..you know I think she is right!!!  So I am calling all hex hunters out there.  Any will and able body to seek, find and stop the person out there that is hexing me!!!!!  Enough is enough……..so if you want to join the hex hunters we would love to have you ϑ
 
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. –unknown
 
 Until I have good news to report….Jackie
 
 

 7/27/2007 3:15:21 PM  
 
I laugh at times at how God has a funny way of sending me a message when I really need it…..this was in my inbox today, at a time when I needed to hear it.  If you have “just a horse” I hope this touches you as it did me.
 
 
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse,"
or, "that's a lot of money for "just a horse".
They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse,' and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that
gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse" just smile, because they "just" don't understand
 
 

 7/23/2007 1:03:28 AM  
 
Today we are going to do something a little different.  As I am trying to get back on track I search for wisdom from those who have ‘been there and done it.’  This is what I stumbled on…..
 
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”
–Mary Manin Morrissey
 
Today I need to let go of my fear of losing.  I get so wrapped up in the act of failing that it consumes me.  I live it, eat it, drink it until all I think about is why I am losing.  I get mad at myself and my horse.  I get wrapped up in the financial end of things way too much.  INSTEAD I am going to let go, take my foot off the brake.  I am going to run barrels because I love it.  I am going to remember that Princess is a cool ride and I love every ride she blesses me with.  I am going to be friends with my horse and enjoy the ride.  I am going to be confident that at the end of the day I have the solution within me…..just ride, have fun winning takes care of itself when you do that.  What do you need to let go of today?
 
 
 
 
 

 7/20/2007 11:47:51 AM  
 
It has been a long time and I am sorry.  I have made a lot of runs and things have been very up and down….well maybe I should say mostly down.  Princess and I have been struggling to say the least.  I won about 6,300 over the 4th of July which was good, but that was only doing good at 2 out of 6 rodeos.  Not the win percentage I hope for.  Then, we went up to Calgary and that was a disaster.  Princess couldn’t handle the ground at all.  We slipped or fell 4 times.  Finally, I rode a different horse in the Wild Card round as I felt like I might hurt Princess.  Calgary is such a fantastic rodeo.  They treat the contestants like royalty and that rodeo pays so great….so I was even more upset when it didn’t go good.  It was a nice week though.  Mom flew up to watch me and Tammy run and help us take care of the horses.  I love it when Mom gets to come, she is such a huge part of my team so it is nice when she gets to come share the fun part with us.  Forest was also up there with me all week ϑ and it was nice to get to relax outside of the arena.  This week is super busy.  We started in Cheyenne which was just ok.  Princess and I have been having a HUGE 3rd barrel issue.  She is cutting me off bad and I either hit it or just squeak by it and bow way out coming home which destroys my time.  That is basically what happened in Cheyenne.  I have been talking with Terri (the wonderful lady Princess came from) and I think we are lining things out and heading in the right direction now.  It is nice that Terri is so willing to help and be a place to fall back on when I run out of ideas and need a new plan.  Most of all what I have learned threw this trying month is that you have to keep your head up and remember why you do this…..because you LOVE it and it is FUN.  I lost sight of that and luckily I have a great support system who has made me realize that if I just relax and ride and not be so up tight, I am GOOD at this and I CAN DO IT!!!!!  I have done some soul searching and remember that I do this For The Love of The Game.  I find this quote very fitting for where I am right now…until next time with a winning report!!!!
 
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Michael Jordan
 
 
 
 

 6/22/2007 11:29:50 AM  
 
I am officially out on the road trail.  We left last Tuesday and hit Weatherford, TX 1st.  I hit the 3rd barrel and things felt really out of whack.  We drove all day Wednesday and got to Flagstaff, AZ right before dark so I jumped on my horse and went up and got to work her for about 5 minutes on the barrel before they kicked us out of the arena.  I had to kinda get after Princess because I felt like everything was in slow motion….this proved to be a bad mistake.  Princess gets her feeling hurt very easily, there is a fine line with her where tuning is concerned.  Needless to say she took me way to seriously and the next day when we ran it was bad.  She ran in there way too hard, ran by 1st, smoked 2nd, then moved way too far out going to 3rd (because she had cut it off at Weatherford….this is the over tuning issue).  She moved so far out that we had to come back on top of it to turn and smacked it.  So…..I stayed after the slack and worked her and got everything smoothed all back out.  We drove all day and night to get to Reno for our 1st go run on Friday morning.  I made a nice smooth run.  Nothing spectacular about it, but I turned all the barrels pretty good.  I was a 17.6 and a 17.4 got last hole in the round so I am within striking distance to make the short go with a good fast run in the 2nd round. Forest was up at Reno Friday and Saturday and it was nice to see him and hang out with him for a few days.  I have learned dating a bareback rider is challenging.  They enter way more rodeos then this little barrel racer.  I tell him all the time he must like to rodeo way more than me because I couldn’t spend that much time in a vehicle driving down the road (and believe me I put in my fair share). 
 
We just got back from Pleasant Grove, UT (ran Wednesday night).  Brittany was winning it and I was placing 6th or so.  I am hoping to hang on for a check at the bottom.  My run wasn’t bad but really wasn’t good either.  It is still just a little rough around edges.  I am up at Reno again tonight and I am really excited.  I need to run a 17.2 or a low 17.3 to make it back in the short go.  That is pretty damn smoking so we have our work cut out for us….but we are definitely up for the challenge.  Princess and I had a little talk this morning when I fed her and she knows the goal at hand and we are on the same page.  I am really focusing on riding good tonight and being really smooth.  Today is the day I am sick of losing!!!!!!!
 
Why did I want to win? Because I didn't want to lose  -Max Schmelling
 

 

 6/4/2007 11:14:12 PM  
 
Right now I am sitting in the Denver airport waiting to make my connection to fly to Toronto, Canada.  I just finished another really successful clinic in Hermiston, OR.  Thank you Whit, Jeff and Debbie for hosting and helping with everything!!!  Thank you to all the students, what a pleasant, hard working bunch of girls I had….that makes teaching all worth while.  Hermiston had record heat for the 3 days I was there….over a 100 yesterday!!!!!!  We ate a lot of freeze pops, drank gallons of water and sweat our butts off but we made it….thank you for your patience and determination to bear the heat with me.  I have 2 separate 2 day clinics (Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday/Friday).  I fly back home on Saturday.  I will be very rushed to get this organized, squared away and packed because I have to leave Tuesday to head out for the summer.  Basically I am leaving and I will not be back home until the end of September!!!!!  I am going out to Reno with Tammy and my Mom.  Brittany entered North Platte, NE and has to stop and pick up our ever faithful and wonderful driver and friend Bambi on the way to Reno.  I felt like a needed an extra run so Tammy and I entered Weatherford, TX and Flagstaff, AZ on the way to Reno.  We will all meet up there and I will get in the rig with Brittany and Bambi.  I am really   anticipating getting back in the swing of rodeoing again.  I have been really breaking the fundamentals down during the clinics and I am confident and ready to go execute it myself!!!!!!!  Mom is riding Princess and I will get a few days to try to knock the dust off…..I am counting down the days (5 left) till I will be home to ride that sweet girl again.  Man I am craving it BAD  ϑ 
 
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier
 
 

 5/26/2007 11:44:31 PM  
 
I am in the teaching mode right now.  Right now I am half way threw my Herriman, UT clinic.  I will fly home for 4 days then I am off to Oregon and Canada from there.  I always enjoy meeting new people and helping them with their barrel racing and horses.  I always find my riding and focus is much better after I teach for a while.  Makes me really break things down and get back to riding at the top of my game.  I am going to get to sneak off when I am home this coming up week to run Princess at Ft Smith, AR at the rodeo Tuesday night and at Killeen, TX on Thursday.  I am so excited about getting to compete…..it has been a while and I am craving it in the worst way. 
 
I have officially have a new boyfriend.  His name is Forest Bramwell and he is a 5 x NFR Bareback rider.  He is from Pagosa Springs, CO and he is the nicest guy I have ever met.  I am really excited…..he is a true gentleman and a ton of fun to be around.  Only time will tell…….
 
 
In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.
-Elijah Wood
 
 

 5/2/2007 2:15:36 AM  
 
Have you ever found that when you get things headed in a positive direction, things start falling into place and life is good?  I am happy to report that is exactly what is going on in my life!!!!!!!!  I just got home from the 1st go at Guymon.  I rode up with Tammy and Kappy Allen.  We are all of the ‘Saturday’ plan (they run the 2nd go by 1st go times, slowest to fastest).  So if we all did good we found all run again on Saturday and get to come back home for a few days and rest up.  We ALL did great!!  I love it when a good plan comes together.  I ended up splitting 10th place 5 ways (yes that is right, not a mistype!).  It was really tough and since I have been hitting quite a few barrels I rode to a little extra cushion today.  I do have to admit I had a little extra motivation for being up on Saturday.  I have met a new guy and he is up on Saturday, so to get to see him I had to do really good!  What ever it takes right?  HAHA  Needless to say whatever it took, I did good.  I am up at Fairfield on Thursday.  Then, we will head back for Guymon Friday. 
 
Last week wasn’t that profitable.  I made a really good run at Lufkin.  They changed the ground (from deep to hard and slick) and us that were in the slack got blown away.  I hit a barrel to place good at Corpus.  Maybe I did need that extra little motivation huh?  I will have to videos up shortly, check back for them to see how good the Pretty Princess is working!!!!!!!!
 
I am really pleased with how far I have come in the last month.  I am really happy and I like where my life is headed.  Look out I am on the up and up………..
 
 
“I woke up early this morning with a new state of mind…Keep your nose out the sky, to keep you heart to God and keep you face to the risen sun.”  Kayne West, Family Business
 
 

 4/22/2007 3:16:14 PM  
 
Everything is going great.  I am officially all moved back in with Mom in Giddings.  It has been quite the experience packing and loading….unpacking and unloaded.  This is my 6th move (including all the times in college) and I have decided when I take it out of storage and move it this time THAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!  My spirits are high and I am loving life again.....
 
My good friend Whitney came to visit me this week and it was nice to just take some time to spend with her away from the horses.  We had our hair done (oh yes I am darker again…I can’t seem to get that bad idea out of my head!!!), got our nails and toes done, went to the movies twice (if you haven’t seen Disturbia you should it is great), went and rode go karts, and played putt putt golf (oh yes I beat her butt both times!!).  We had a big time.  Oh course we rode lots of horses too and went to Edna to the rodeo Friday.  Princess worked awesome, would have been winning it by 3 tenths when I left by I babrely drug over the 2nd leaving it.  I lift my leg and missed it but she got it somewhere behind that.  Ground was pretty deep and I think we were just so close and with the deep ground it was a bad combination.  I am literally having to hang on for dear life when I run her.  She is working so good and is so fast and powerful in the turns I am doing all I can to stay up with her.  Man that is a good feeling!!!!!!!  We are up Tuesday at Lufkin and Friday at Corpus Christi.  Two big rodeos with lots of money on the line.  I am so ready I feel like we can’t be beat if we leave the barrels standing….and Princess and I have had a meeting and we have decided we are DONE hitting barrels!!!!!!!
 
Look out things are on the up and up……….
 
To succeed... You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. 
–Tony Dorsett
 
 

 4/8/2007 8:11:49 PM  
 
I hit a barrel in the short go at Houston.  It did not end the way we would have wished, but Princess ran really good and we walked out of there with $5,500 in our pockets.  After a really long and tiring Houston experience the Pretty Princess got a week of much needed R&R.  She got 5 full days off then ponied a couple days and rode one time to get her sharpened up for Huntsville.  Huntsville was very interesting.  They had 3 inches of rain the night before SO it was pretty muddy.  3 girls fell all the way down and fell off of their horses.  I was really proud of Princess we made a really nice run, stood up with no slips and was winning 2nd when we left after the slack.  Well the weather cleared up and the ground dried out and we didn’t get a check, but that is ok I was very pleased with her performance and that is how rodeo goes sometimes. 
 
This weekend I went to Hamilton to the IBRA finals.  I was a super nice weekend at a great arena, put on VERY good, great ground, paid great and was a really fun time.  All my horses worked GREAT, I ran Princess, Jane and Diamonds and I walked out of there with almost $6,400!!!  Princess is working SO good and I look forward to the next run every time now.  Kind of like a pony ride, I don’t wanna ever get off…I hope it never end…I want to just keep putting quarters in the slot!!!!!!!!
 
On a side note, I have moved back to Giddings with my Mom.  Travis and I have broke up and called off our engagement.  I am really happy to be back here in my home town, it warms my heart.  This is a really hard time but I am surrounded by good friends, a wonderful loving family and great horses….and I have learned life does go on.
 
"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."
-James Baldwin
 
 

 3/16/2007 11:12:22 AM  
 
Here is a link to check out my semi finals winning run at Houston, along with an interview of me after my run.  Watch at the beginning there is a little clip of me running hope and you can see me talking to Princess.  Also, note that Walt (my future father in law) won the team roping the same night so he is also on there. 
 
Here is the link to the page.  Once you get there click on March 14th then scroll your arrow up to the larger screen above and a PLAY arrow will appear.  Click that and enjoy!!!!!
 
http://www.rodeohouston.com/pgvc/vh2/pgvc_vh2.aspx
 
I am headed back to Houston tonight so that I can get up and be at the practice at 5 am on Saturday.  I am so excited, what a big day and win or lose it will be an experience to remember.  Wish me luck and make sure you remember to WEAR GREEN or I will pinch you!!!!!!!
 
 

 3/14/2007 11:27:39 PM  
 
I WON THE SEMI FINALS tonight at Houston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was SO much fun.  Princess worked her heart out.  I had the best 1st barrel I have maybe ever turned on her.  Before the rodeo we went into the hospitality room and they have all the performances on DVD so Mom and I were watching my 1st 3 runs.  Mom gave me a lecture about not sending her in there hard enough.  I had been a little conservative because of the huge arena and the barrel so far from the fences.  I thought I was going faster, but my mother said ‘You gotta go faster!!!’  So man did I.  I had been holding her further up the alley way, but when she made a move to take off tonight I let her go and asked her for more speed.  She INHALED the 1st and it was so fast.  All I could think was ‘Come on Jackie stay up with her she is ON tonight, keep up.’  I got just a tick by my 2nd but she snapped so hard, I think it was faster than if she would have turned it tight.  I rode hard thinking just one more, don’t mess up now.  She wrapped 3rd and I got so excited, I was yelling at her ‘Run Princess Run!’  They called my time out and tears came to my eyes IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!  I was the 2nd girl to run and the 1st girl out hit a barrel.  So I had no idea where I was going to place.  There is a little TV behind the alley and I stood there watching the other 8 girls left to run.  There were 7 NFR qualifiers in my perf tonight, so every single girl could move me.  I was sweating bullets and biting nails.  A lot of my family had come to watch and they are the biggest Jackie Dube fans you have ever seen….the girls even wore Tiaras in support of our Princess girl and the boy wore this blue Jackie Dube look a like hat.  I was so proud that Princess and I pulled threw while they were there, I know I was trying a little harder for them.  They told me before the rodeo that they want to come stand in line and get my autograph….no pressure right?  Just WIN!!!!!!!!  Walt (my future father in-law) won the team roping tonight too so it was a big win for our family.  I am going to get a couple of much needed rest before the finals on Saturday, I can’t wait we are getting better with every run.  Man that $50,000 would be a great birthday present on Saturday, as I will be turning 27!!!!!!!
 
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.  –Denis Waitley
 
 

 3/10/2007 7:33:01 PM  
 
We are moving onto the semi finals at Houston!!!!!  OH YEAH BABY ϑ  I am so excited and proud of Princess.  She pulled threw even today like a true soldier.  I had to win money today to move on and being in such a super tough group of girls I was worried.  I was so nervous back there in the back warming up today.  But, I kept focus and just ran it over and over in my head, got off and have a serious talk with my horse, said a little prayer, pulled my hat down a little further and went for it!!!  Princess smoked 1st but a little stumble got me a little rattled.  She turned the 2nd so hard that on the back side I had to lift my leg up to not hit it leaving it.  When I did my boot turned in my stirrup and I was all out of wack and couldn’t kick with my inside leg going to 3rd.  So as I near the 3rd barrel I realize that I am going to hit it!!!  I knew how important the average was going to be for me and I needed to win a check in the round and a knocked down barrel could end my Rodeo Houston dreams.  So in a last ditch effort I yanked my outside rein and by the skin of my teeth I squeaked by it, but bowed way out coming home.  But, never giving up I just said ‘Run Princess’ and she poured on the gas home.  Let me tell you it was not pretty or by any means what I had planned but it worked and we split 2nd and 3rd in the go and 2nd and 3rd in the average.  We got $3,000 so far and moving on at a chance for way more.  I drew up in the 1st group of the semi finals on Wednesday, March 14 and man is it ever a star packed group.  Mary Burger, Terri Kay Kirkland, Kelly Maben, Reggie Crosby, Shelly Anzick just to name the ones I can remember.  Going to have to show up with our big girl pants on Wednesday.  It will be like a round at the NFR, can’t wait I love it!!!!!!!!  Until then we are off the next 2 days to run at Austin.  Thank God for a day of rest on Tuesday, it will be more than welcome….as for now I leave you with my focus for this week I love this quote, it is so true!!!!!!!!! 
 
Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow
 
 

 3/10/2007 2:15:19 PM  
 
I got money at Houston last night!!!!!  I ended up 2nd and won $1,000.  Hopefully that will be enough money to push me threw to the semi-finals, but with 4 different girls already on the board with money, it is going to be close.  I really need to pull threw and get another round check or an average check to seal the deal.  Princess is working great and I am in the average good.  I am pulling into the Reliant Center now, the rodeo starts at 3:45 today since it is the weekend.  I LOVE THIS RODEO!!!!!!!!!! 
 
Everybody thing positive…..RUN PRINCESS RUN!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 

 3/9/2007 4:20:47 PM  
 
We are going to do things a little different this week. I am in the middle of a battle at Rodeo Houston, so my focus this week is on a good positive attitude, faith in my hard work, my ability and my horse…..This quote is to remind me that hard work and dedication always pays off in the end!!!!!!!
 
I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.  ~Larry Bird
 
Here is a little summary to catch you up to date:
 
I made the short go at Tucson after a very sloppy run in the 2nd go.  Princess got a little bit into the bit being the the wide open spaces of Tucson and it just really wasn’t a fantastic run.  It wasn’t bad either, just slow in the turns and didn’t clock well.  I came back 12th in the average, so since they run slowest to fastest (12 to 1) in the short go’s now I was the 1st runner out.  I really thought that I needed to go for it and win the go to have a chance of winning anything.  I hit the 2nd barrel, just trying to tighten things up too much.  That ended up being a terrible mistake.  The ground was not the best and several girls slipped, fell or just flat ran slow in the short go.  I ended up 10th in the average, even with a down barrel.  But, with my time would have jumped all the way from 12th to 5th in the average.  Just lack of mental focus.  I gotta do better with just focusing on my run and my horse and doing the best we can every run and letting the time take care of itself.
 
I got to spend a week at home and man was that ever nice.  The sun is out in Texas and spring is definitely here!!!!!!!  Thank God.  I even got a sun tan this week.  My colts are all doing so good, that makes me really look forward to the future.  I think I have some future superstars waiting in the wings and that makes me feel good about my program.  Now, if I can just find time to get to some jackpots to get them seasoned!!!!!!!
 
Last night I ran my 1st go at Houston.  Rodeo Houston is my favorite rodeo of the year, but I must say it is a little bit of a circus.  There are 70,000+ people screaming at the top of their lungs, the arena is 3 acres big and they set a 15 second pattern so there is not a fence in sight.  There is a man standing behind the 3rd barrel who I really feel like is a big distraction and honestly I am surprised that he hasn’t got run over yet!!!!!  I gave it a good effort to mow him down a couple years ago on Rooster, so I still have that run off in the back of my mind.  I would say the 3rd barrel is ¾ of a football field from the back fence.  Then on top of all that the ground is pretty loose and doesn’t hold that good.  SOOOOOOO…..that makes a girl very, very, very nervous running a new horse there.  Over the years I have seen some of the best horses I know take the grand tour at Rodeo Houston.  I got up and went to the practice at 5 AM, but they have the stage set up in the arena during the practice behind the 3rd barrel so it isn’t a realistic practice.  Princess worked great, but I still had it in the back of my mind ‘I really don’t know how she will do.’  I had so many butterflies in my tummy walking down that alley last night.  Princess took off flying to the 1st and all I could think was ‘OH MY GOD PLEASE TURN!!!’  And did she ever turn, she smoked it!!!!!!!  So, stupid me gets over excited and whips her twice on the neck and pie yah’s to the 2nd barrel.  When I get about a stride from the barrel I realize ‘OH CRAP SHE DOESN’T SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!’  I sit down and take a hold of her, but it was too late we shot 2 full horse stride past it.  But, being the Princess she is, she recovered quickly, penned her little blonde ears back and hauled butt to 3rd and smoked it and flew home.  After what I felt like was a detrimental mistake at the 2nd, end up turning out ok we ended up 3rd in our group.  They pay 2 moneys, so we were one slot out of that.  But, I am very confident going into my next 2 runs.  Princess is a Houston horse and her rider is going to have a brain tonight!!!!!!  Keep your fingers crossed for us, this is a huge rodeo with a huge payout.  I will report back in tomorrow and have the videos up, wish me luck I am pulling in now!!!!!    
 
 

 2/21/2007 2:46:50 PM  
 
I am in Tucson waiting for my 2nd go round tomorrow.  I placed 7th in the 1st go.  A little over direction on my part resulted in a bad 3rd barrel, but I was very proud of our run.  Coming to this huge arena in Tucson, from being in all those little bitty pens this winter is a big adjustment.  I sat there and watched the slack and saw so many good horses that have been winning work bad, not making the adjustment.  Princess is such a champion, never wavering from the different conditions…just put her little head down and worked her butt off.  I have a real good opportunity to come back very high in the average with a good solid run tomorrow.  I am so impressed with Princess’s consistency this year, it is tremendous that we are so competitive at EVERY rodeo we pull up to.  I have never had that before so it is very very exciting to me.  Rooster was very hit and miss always, not Princess she is the complete opposite!!!!!
 
I made a good run in the short go at San Antonio.  We were so consistent all four go rounds there running two 14.5’s and two 14.6’s.  We won just a few dollars shy of $5,000 for our solid effort and 6th in the average.  WOW what a great rodeo and tremendous payoff!!!!   San Antonio is such a cool place to run.  You should hear the 17,000 fans they get at every performance.  They truly LOVE rodeo and cheer so loud.  That just pumps Princess up.  The crowds scream so loud for us, I guess because we stand out with Princess being such a beautiful color of palomino.  It always seems to me like she knows they love her and she pins her ears a little harder back and digs down and runs just a little harder.  She is a show boat for sure and I love it!!!!!!!!!
 
Check the standings, we have moved to 15th and that does not include the $1,560 I won in the 1st go at San Angelo or the $581 I won in the 1st go at Tucson.  We are also sitting good in the Tour Standings.  I am so excited about every run, keep an eye on these 2 blondes we are climbing our way to the top!!!!!! 
 
 
Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.  -Vince Lombardi
 
 

 2/13/2007 10:40:56 PM  
 
Just a quick update.  I made a good run on my 3rd go in San Antonio.  A pretty bad slip at the 2nd barrel gave us the slowest of 3 runs, but I was so ecstatic to get around the 3 times it was easily over looked.  I am currently sitting 5th in the average with 12 more girls to make their 3 runs.  I will be headed back there Saturday night for the short go.  The average times are very close from 2nd to me in 5th so I am foaming at the mouth to run the short go.  San Antonio has $95,000 added per event this year with $522 enter fees so the purse is HUGE!!!  Ready to go grab my chunk of that cash!!!!!!
 
I hit a barrel to place at Jackson, MS last night.  It sure was a long drive to do that, but I have it out of my system now.  I will have her tuned up and ready to go for the 2nd round of San Angelo Thursday night and the short go of San Antonio Saturday.  Then, I will be off for Tucson Monday and Wednesday.  It is a busy week and Princess and I are sitting on go.  I am so confident in her now, I truly feel like I can win 1st every time they all my name!!!!!!!!
 
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!  Make sure you let the people you love know it….seize the opportunity
 
“Love is not about finding the right person,
but creating a right relationship.
It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much
love you build till the end.”  -Author Unknown
 
 

 2/9/2007 2:55:25 PM  
 
I am back in the game!!!!!!  HAHA 2007 is off to a great start.  So far I have been to 5 rodeos winning checks at every single one of them!!!!!!!!  I haven’t really put together runs for the average and big money, but that is just around the corner.  Princess is running great!!!!!  She is really firing and I am really focusing on my riding and my hands.  I have to really watch my cues, as Princess does EXACTLY what I tell her too….so it has to be exactly right.  Princess really loves the rodeos, gets very fired up and really pins her ears and gives it her all every trip.  I fell so blessed to have a great, sound horse under me that loves her job and runs with so much heart.  I told my Mom last week I was really sorry that my Dad didn’t live long enough to see things really come together for me and Princess, since he helped me find her.  But, I think my Daddy has a talk with God when he got up there!!!!!!  I think he told God, ‘Hey listen my baby girl needs some help!!  She has had enough of trying time and things need to go good for her for a while, so let’s get on that.’  I can envision that in my head and it makes me smile. 
 
Here is the blow by blow of what I have been doing at the rodeos that last month:
 
Odessa- off to a great start winning 4th in the 1st round.  Man was it a huge relief to get the monkey off my back right away and break the ice and win a check and get on the board.  My 2nd round was a little rough.  We had bad ground trouble at the 1st and 3rd barrels.  But, Princess just kept her little head down and kept running as hard as she could and trying her guts out for me.  Luckily we ran fast enough to make the short go, coming back in 8th.  After an all night drive back from Denver in the worst ice and snow storm I have ever seen, I got back just in the nick of time to run in the short go.  I hit barrels in the short go, just total exhaustion and lack of focus.  No excuses, I should have rode better.
 
Denver-  what an interesting trip to say the very least.  Denver has been bombarded all winter with snow storm after snow storm and when I was there another one hit.  Miserable is the word that comes to mind.  My 1st go was not out best effort.  After smoking the 1st barrel, Princess completely missed the 2nd barrel and we went all the way to the fence.  I joked and said she wanted a bite of hotdog from the lady in the front row.  But, honestly it was our 1st big building ever and she just got lost and I didn’t help her like I should have.  We recovered well in the 2nd go making a really nice run (improving 1 second and 3 tenths) and placed 10th in the go.
 
Ft Worth-  one of my favorite rodeos of the year.  I started out at the Cowboy Publishing Challenge with a fantastic run, winning 2nd behind Mary Burger for 2,000!!!!!!  This run really boosted my confidence.  I made another great run in the 1st go at the rodeo for 7th place, in a really tight, tough round.  I was really disappointed that I hit a barrel in the 2nd round, because my time would have brought me back 3rd in the average.  I barely drug the 2nd barrel over leaving it…bummer is all I can say.
 
San Antonio-  so super pleased with Princess’s performance so far.  This is such a tough pen to run in, as it is on the basketball court where the San Antonio Spurs play.  People sit right on the fences and the barrels are really close to the fences.  I am placing in both go’s 5th right now and should hang on for checks in both rounds.  I run my 3rd go tonight and with a good run I should be really strong in the average.  This is a HUGE rodeo with  HUGE purse and could really give me a HUGE jump start on my season. 
 
San Angelo-  maybe the years toughest slack.  WOW is all I can say.  They had 185 girls in the 1st go and I sat and watched most of it yesterday morning and I was blown away with the number of GREAT runs, not good ones GREAT ones.  Princess was a real Super Star, giving her all after a tough situation.  I drew up at San Antonio and san Angelo at the same time and had to drive back and forth making for a long 2 days.  I ended up splitting 4th and 5th and was ecstatic!!!!!  Shelly Anzick won it with a 15.08 and I was 15.17 so I am in a great position going into the 2nd round.  San Angelo is also a Tour Rodeo which is very important for me to win money there to qualify for the Tour Finales that are so huge in the fall.
 
All in all I am on top of the world and really confident in each run I make.  I am really focused on my diet and exercise program as it has really made a he difference in my riding and balance.  I am down 9 pounds and holding strong there.  I would like to lose 3 or 4 more but pretty dang happy with where I am now.  All I can really say is GO PRINCESS GO!!!!!!!!!!
 
Success is dependent on effort.
Sophocles
 
 

 1/1/2007 1:52:18 PM  
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!  I love the thought of a New Year where everything is wiped clean and the thought of starting over is nice.   I just got done eating black eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for money, for whatever it is worth I have covered my basis in that department.  I am at my Mom’s house waiting around for Tammy’s wedding tonight at 5.  Tammy decided 3 days ago that she was going to get married to start out the New Year right.  I am glad to see 06 go, it was full of lots of tears for me….I know my Dad has had a talk with God and tell him 07 is my year!!!!!!
 
Since, my last update I have so much news!!!  Travis proposed on December 5th in Las Vegas, so 2007 will bring the start of a new life for me for sure.  We haven’t for sure set a date, but we are pretty sure it is going to be in October or November.  We are going to have the wedding in Texas and that is as much as we have it narrowed down, but it will for sure be outside.   I am going to hand most of the planning over to Mom, she is very excited!!!  I got a big fat beautiful ring, he did really good.   Very classy….here is the link.
 http://www.theknot.com/bs_results_jewelpop.htm?designerid=63&itemnumber=9
 
 
Princess is doing great and is tuned up and ready to get this New Year off with a bang.  She had most of the fall off and she has a sparkle in her eye and is breathing fire out of her nostrils.  Our first ‘test’ of the year will come Friday at the slack at Odessa.  Check out the schedule….we will be super busy in January. 
 
I have a new man in my life.  My good friend, Tara Sanders, fine 5 year old futurity gelding Mordis.  Tara broke her leg just 2 weeks before the Run for the Rubies, juvenile futurity in Alvarado.  So, 8 days before the race  Mordis came to my house to see how things would work out.  So, on December 2nd I ran Mordis at the Ruby Race and WON!!!!!!  This was Mordis first run ever in competition and my first run on him and we won $10,000 and a beautiful buckle.  Mordis went for a brief stay back at Tara’s house while I was gone to the NFR and over Christmas, but is back now.  He placed 4th in the 1st go at the WBR this weekend in San Antonio out of 603 entries.  He is an amazing boy and I will be happy to have him for the next few months.  Mordis has brought a new spark back to my riding, he is so much fun…..but also very much of a challenge as he is a little bit of a wild child….well I guess that is why we get along good!!!!
 
Mona got injured really badly on December 1st.  She kicked a fence and cut her left back foot really bad.  She was at the vet for almost 3 weeks, because the cut hit her coffin joint and all precautions had to be taken to make sure that didn’t get infected.  She is out of the woods on that now, her joint capsule is sealed back up.  I brought her to ‘Peggy Dube’s rehab center’ here in Giddings.  She will be taking care of her until she is ready to go back to work.
 
Jane has been really doing good, I am so pleased with her.  She has the potential to be a super star.  I have put her up for sale, but I am really on the fence with that.  With Mona getting hurt money has started to come tight, especially since I was off most of the fall.  Travis is really against selling her, but to the right home she could go on and get better opportunities faster than with me.  I am just going to follow my gut feeling and let God show me the way.
 
I have 2 other young, green babies so they are all keeping me very busy and sharpening up my riding SO LOOK OUT.  I really feel like I am at the top of my game right now and ready to go to the top.
 
I started a new exercise and nutritional program 3 weeks ago called Body For Life.  I felt like I expect my horses to be in the best possible shape to compete at the top of their game, but I wasn’t expecting that out of myself.  So far I have dropped 5 pounds and I feel great.  I am all geared up in every way I know how to get this year started off with a bang.
 
Happy New Year, may you make the most of your ‘new start!!!!’  Who better to find motivation and wisdom from than a children’s book writer?  Age makes life complicated, when the answers sometimes are so simple!
 
"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way."  -Dr Seuss