Good Omen

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

I’m just ready to get this deal done.

by Adam Gray

I was planning on hauling my horse, Tux, to all five of my last rodeos of the year. But it had rained so much in Texas that I didn’t know how wet it would be down in New Braunfels. At that facility a guy sure could get stuck. I didn’t want to drive down there in my rig and get stuck or cripple my horse, knowing I was up at Kansas City the next afternoon. It’s eight-hundred miles from New Braunfels to Kansas City. That’s doable, but I figured I would feel terrible by the time I left here at 10:00 p.m. and got there at 11:00 a.m. or noon.

Instead, my Dad drove to my house on Thursday night, and we all went to Stephenville together. After I roped there, he took my rig and horse up to Kansas City. On Friday, I drove to New Braunfels with my fiancé and mounted out on my friend Dennis Luetge’s horse, Moses. It wasn’t Tux, but I’d won money on Moses before at a jackpot.

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

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Looks like it was the right decision, because I’m winning second at Stephenville and second at New Braunfels. And me and Tux will be more rested later today when we’re up at Kansas City.

If I hadn’t had my Dad’s help, I wouldn’t have been able to do it this way. He’s a wheat farmer, and it’s really wet at home, so that’s keeping him out of the fields. Come to think of it, Dad’s made this exact trip one other time in my life. It was back in 2014, when I was on the bubble like I am now and entered in back-to-back rodeos in Texas, Kansas City and Omaha. That time, I pulled it off and made the NFR. I guess that’s a good omen.

I flew in to Kansas City this morning. I’m up there this afternoon and then at Omaha tonight. Tomorrow, I’m up at Apache, Oklahoma.

There’s no telling how I’ll end up after the final perfs down at Stephenville and New Braunfels. I could win third or I could win seventh. If a perf starts fast and guys get to going, it’s crazy how it dominos. Once one guy gets hot, a bunch can. But it can go the other way, too. With sports you never know. It depends on the calves, too. There’s little of everything in there. It depends on which calves fall into whose hands.

These past few weeks have been good. I’m just ready to get this deal done.

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