So Long, Canada

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

photo by Matt Cohen / Cowboy Journal

It’s all new to me, but it’s a lot of fun getting to go to all these different places.

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I’m back in the U.S. after our Canada run. I won a little money at Ponoka but otherwise didn’t have much luck. It was muddy in Williams Lake, British Columbia. I’m from Montana and have roped in quite a bit of mud, but the other day was some of the deepest, stickiest stuff I’ve ever roped in.

Williams Lake is across the world. You go through national parks. You wind through the mountains dodging elk. We have mountains in Montana, but the ones in Canada are different. A couple miles from Williams Lake, the land changed. It got real brown, and there weren’t as many trees. People were stopped everywhere taking pictures of the rocks.

photo by Matt Cohen

photo by Matt Cohen

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I was riding with Ty Harris. We left Williams Lake around 9:00 p.m. and drove all night. I got about three hours of sleep. Ty had to take somebody else over to Ponoka, so he dropped me and my horse, Beyoncé, off in Airdrie at 6:30 a.m. There was no one around, and it was cold! Probably 45 degrees. I put Beyoncé in a pen with her saddle, and I sat down on my rope can and looked at social media for three or four hours. I finally got somebody to open up the hospitality room and cook me breakfast. After I ate, I started moving around and warming up. I got amped up for the roping and then flanked and tied my calf in 8.4, but, unfortunately, the calf got up.

This is the first year I’ve been to a bunch of rodeos in Canada. I like it there. A lot of people don’t, because it rains so much in June, but the calves are good, and the stock contractors and committees take care of the calf ropers. They always let you prepare the calves. They want to make sure they don’t kick and that everybody has a fair chance.

It’s also the first time I’ve ever left behind a horse and flown off to other rodeos. It’s all new to me, but it’s a lot of fun getting to go to all these different places. I trusted Ty to take care of Beyoncé. I’d do the same thing for him. I’m sure I’ll have a chance soon enough.

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