Last Bucking Weekend

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

The window’s closing on me. I’m just hoping for the best.

by J.J. Elshere

Last weekend, I was up at three rodeos and came away from Amarillo with one check for around three-hundred dollars. I’m still sitting in eighteenth place, a little more than five-thousand dollars behind fifteenth.

I’ve been back home in South Dakota since Monday. We raise a few cows and calves, train horses. It’s been good catching up on things around here and helping neighbors. Things like that.

I’ve got three more chances to win money. The first two are Xtreme Bronc matches here in my home state. This is the first year checks from these matches count towards our PRCA total. If I can do some good at these…well, we’ll just have to see.

I got my draws for both and am pretty happy about them. The first is in Mitchell on Friday. I drew a bucker called Feather Fluffer from Korkow Rodeo. Wade Sundell rode Feather Fluffer in Pendleton just the other day. I called Wade to ask about it, and he said. “That’s good.” Wade made the Pendleton short round on him. I didn’t bother asking for details. A lot of these broncs don’t do the same thing twice, so there’s no sense trying to plan for something that might not happen. If a guy just settles down and does the basics, it don’t matter which way they go. You’re gonna be in the middle of them.

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

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The second match is Saturday in Sioux Falls. I drew Painted Commotion from J Bar J Rodeo. I don’t know a whole lot about him. I did talk to a guy who got on him this summer in Killdeer, North Dakota. He said he was really good. The guy ended up bucking off, but he said it was due to rider error. Honestly, right now, a guy’s gotta go get on whatever he can.

The one choice I had this weekend was between the rodeos in Stephenville, Texas, and San Bernardino, California. I was entered in both for Sunday, but obviously I can’t make it to both! San Bernardino pays better, and I drew a bucker there, so I’ll be heading west.

The window’s closing on me. I’m just hoping for the best.

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