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“A slow time is always better than a slow step.”

While the fastest runs and highest scores are necessary to be a champion, there’s something to be said for consistency.

On horseback in horse shows, what used to be sometimes called “showdeos” and horse games days, it’s easy to make mistakes.

Seasoned cowboys who work every day, even top rodeo stars, have occasionally made jokes about such events. That’s fine, but the horse’s ability and riding skills are just as important to being a winning cup rider or champion roping rider.

Too often it’s the horse that’s blamed, but usually it’s “rider error”, whoever rode giving the directions who is at fault.

Participating in at least half a dozen different associations as well as open events has been new experiences over the past few weekends.

Pattern racing events like barrel racing and pole bending are common competitions. Barrel racing on game days is sometimes called a cloverleaf because the horses race in a cloverleaf pattern.

An interesting thought, the first living room ever entered 60 years ago, the entrance was in the barrel race, thinking it was clover. No, the event called barrel racing was three barrels in a line calling for going around each barrel left and right. Spot had never thought of it and finished fourth out of four.

For clarity, there is no racing to bend the posts, rather weaving between them and “bend around them”. In keg bending, the horse weaves around old milk kegs, today five-gallon buckets – the fastest time wins.

A number of local game days also hold flag races, where a racer takes a small flag from a barrel and crosses the finish line.

Specialty attractions through the ages have included saddle races, swap races, rescue races, relay races, even musical chairs, all of which are pretty self-explanatory. There are several variations of what is called the key race, sometimes the keyhole race, probably the obvious, the arena race.

Barrel and Stake Race, Two-Barrel Flag Race, Figure-Eight Stake Race, Half-Eight Race, and Speed ​​Barrels are new to some oldies.

Average wins sometimes, so having a qualified race every time is better than winning one and losing the next.

Reminder of Habakkuk 2:30: “If it seems slow in coming, wait, it is on its way and will come just in time.


Frank J. Buchman is a longtime Alta Vista rancher, lifelong newspaper writer, unionized national farm writer, and marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.