Last January as I pondered the eternal question ….. “What Was I Waiting For?” ,
I started reclaiming my passion for Ranch Sorting with Paint and ultimately my passion for my life.
Last Saturday in Stillwater Oklahoma I won a trophy saddle. I was stunned. I was speechless. I am still speechless.
That was 5 days ago. The saddle is parked in my living room. I wanted to sleep with it but T.H. said no. I thought “Don’t make me choose.”
Seriously now. I’m humble. I’m grateful. I’m thrilled beyond words and quite surprised.
I had been competing in a Spring Saddle Series at the Lazy J Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma since January. I travelled down there once a month to compete on Paint. Then I took Pard down there and left him for 2 months with Joel Lesh (photo above) to train him for the sport. Then I started competing on him and winning more than Paint. Believe me, Paint is grateful for the relief. (He had dropped out of Boot Camp)
The final show was Saturday. I knew I had done OK in the series, winning a little at each show, but never really winning big or winning a buckle. Plus I had missed the April show. I just knew I was out of the running for the saddle. I even bought a new one myself last month. While we were waiting for the awards, I went to the truck and changed into some cooler “non-western” attire.(Flip-flops and tank top) I walked back up while Joel announced the placements in the Rookie Class 5,4,3,2 …. thinking “Oh well, better luck next time. I wonder who’s winning the saddle?”. Then I heard my name.
And then I stood there in stunned silence.
That was 5 days ago. I am still in stunned silence.
Humble, grateful,…… stunned silence.
Love, Cowgirl Red aka Terah
See you in Oklahoma City. I’ll get my voice back by then.