Loving Rural America.... Spring rodeos for a lot of associations are full speed ahead. We have been hauling all spring and have one Kansas High School Rodeo left in Lakin, Kan- sas before finals. The finals will be held June 3, 4, 5, 2016 at the ExpoCentre in Topeka, Kansas. I loved competing, but I am also glad I didn’t miss going to the youth rodeos year after year and watching these young kids growing up. It doesn’t seem that long ago they were competing in the Pee Wee division. A lot of those kids have the same determination in their eyes they had back then. I now see that deter- mination backed with miles in the saddle, different horses, tons of competition runs under their belt, respect, confidence, and good work ethic. It’s exciting to think about that next year in high school, or the big step from your parents home to college, students making themselves get up out of bed to get to class. For us parents, it doesn’t seem like that many years have gone by, when you are living this great life. Rodeo kids...truly a special group.....they learn a ton of responsibility, caring for people and their animals. Animals need clean bedding, good feed and a lot of other things, too many to mention when you are using your horses like athletes. Its a family affair...a group effort. I recently saw a post on the KHSRA facebook site talking about some “rodeo kids” that stopped and helped a trailer get back on the road again. It gives
me goosebumps of happiness, proud there are great people in all walks of life with good hearts. Makes me even prouder when I hear the truck load of “kids” stopped and helped. This is true America.
Perfect example of gracious folks. Our generator fuel tank sprang a leak when we got to the rodeo at Lakin. The Stock contractor for the rodeo drove to his daughters, borrowed her generator and gas can and fixed us up for the weekend! A million thanks!
Congratulations to all the graduates. Our wish for all is to stay on the right path, enjoy life, help one another as you’ve been doing, be gracious and kind. May your new journeys be filled with great excitement and love. And for you parents out there....we have one more year to go before our nest is empty.... so stay tuned for Next years issue.....!