“Take Home the Trophy” –Day Eight– NaPoWriMo

Runnin' the Poles at Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event

Runnin’ the Poles at Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event

Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event at Cave City

Arkansas Junior Rodeo Event at Cave City

Today is day one of rodeo time.
I’ll watch the big horses spin on a dime.
I’ll see the rope in my grandsons’ strong hands
go ’round a calf’s head in Cowboy Land.

The hooves of the horses will stir the dust.
It’s grandsons’ goal “Take home trophy” or bust.
The sun is hot. Cowboy hats in place.
A smile is plastered to each cowboy’s face.

Cowgirls also compete in this event.
It’s a day worthwhile–it’s a day well-spent.
Team ropin’, tie goats, the poles, break away;
bull ridin’, mutton bustin’, through the day.

Grand entry, the pledge, and a time to pray.
Cowboy Church sponsors the Rodeo Day.

Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

9 comments on ““Take Home the Trophy” –Day Eight– NaPoWriMo

  1. Dorothy Johnson says:

    Are those pictures of your grandson competing? Tell him it’s impressive to a city girl!


  2. Catherine Johnson says:

    How wonderful! And I love ‘mutton bustin’


  3. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    I used to like going to rodeos, don’t remember why i stopped, but did enjoy them


  4. Martha Heckman says:

    I could taste the dust and feel the excitement! And a fitting ending as I can’t think of a more Christian or devout group of young people than the one I see when I watch the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) on TV. I am addicted to it! Hope you and your family are all well, Freeda. As always, Martha


    • So nice to hear from you, Martha. Family doing well at this time and we’re thankful. The rodeo was fun, and it was a pleasant place to be over the two day event. We spent the night with Tracy and all her gang attended the rodeo, too. Even the two great-grands!
      Special time for us.


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