Lane Santos-Karney • 20, Creston, Calif.
Hope everything is good with you all. This is an exciting time in the world of professional rodeo. The winter rodeos are huge and the amount of money is awesome, but there seems to be lots of downtime for the guys chasing the dream of a trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Starting at Reno, they’re on the road with a pretty strenuous schedule! Of course the 4th of July run is behind us -- where some big moves in the standings were made -- so now there will be many cowboys who don’t spend another night in their own beds back home until sometime in September.
I know it’s been a while, but there is a lot of good stuff happening. I don’t know where to start- we are healthy, happy and gearing up for a spectacular summer.
One of the things I love most about rodeo is the close-knit family feel of the industry. It is amazing how many people you meet all over the country, and it seems that everyone knows everyone. To think of the people I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know is incredible. Some of my best friends are from different states throughout the country, and there’s one giant rodeo community from coast to coast.
Hope the holiday season was good to you all, and I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year. A new year often symbolizes a new, fresh start. In the rodeo world, it is often marked with the excitement of everyone’s chance to get a good jump on a new season. People often talk about how small the “off-season” is for the top professionals in ProRodeo. There virtually isn’t one. By the time the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers get home for Christmas dinner- they are headed to Odessa in hopes of a return trip to the Big Show.
I know it’s sure been a while since I was on here with a new blog, but as the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” -- and I’ve been having a good time. Everything has been good with me. It seems like school is receiving the most attention from me at this point, being in my third year at Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo now. I’ve been getting to do some branding from time to time, and been roping. I just got back from getting to spend the weekend at Kyle and Leigh Lockett’s, where I got to rope a lot and be around some really good people. Happy 36th Birthday Kyle.