I’m not going to start throwing any Hail Marys into my schedule to try and make up for muddy runs in Canada.
My Fourth run has been going okay, but Mother Nature isn’t helping much.
We arrived in Ponoka, Alberta, on June 28th about 3:00 a.m. By morning slack it had rained two inches overnight, and it was so sloppy. I can’t say that I’ve ever pulled out due to mud. I usually just make the best of it.
I did okay at Ponoka. In the morning slop I was 11.8. By the afternoon, when it had dried out some, I was 8.4 and placed in the second round. Just goes to show how much it can affect your time.
That night at Airdrie I missed my calf. Next, I headed to Williams Lake, British Columbia, and the same conditions as Ponoka. I can’t say I’ve ever seen it muddy there. It’s kind of a desert environment. But it was muddy and boggy. The grounds crews really worked to try and give us the best shot. Still, I didn’t have any luck.
I drove south, back into the U.S. Going back and forth across the border isn’t a big deal to me. I’d say I’m a veteran at it. I live pretty close to the Canadian border, maybe seven or eight hours, and I’ve made the Canadian Finals half a dozen times. Border crossings involve a lot of planning and paperwork. Your horses have to have international health papers and a Coggins test for equine infectious anemia virus, or EIAV. Certain states—usually Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona—raise a red flag because of some sort of virus. Every summer, almost without exception, someone gets stuck at the border. Thankfully, being from Idaho, I don’t have that problem.
My first stop was Livingston, Montana. I started a great run but had a stronger calf that kicked, which took me out of it. After that, I drove about three hours to Cody, Wyoming, for the 11:00 a.m. performance. That evening, I drove to Red Lodge, Montana, for their evening performance.
I’m still entered in a handful of rodeos this week. I’m not going to start throwing any Hail Marys into my schedule to try and make up for muddy runs in Canada.