However, this year’s Circuit Finals was exciting for us on a whole new level… Payton, after seeing the trick riders at last year’s Circuit Finals and deciding that she wanted to do what they did, was asked to trick ride in Minot. It has been one of my goals as a parent to never let my kids believe that something they want to do is not possible. And as determined as Payton is when she sets her mind to something there was no doubt in my mind that one day she’d be trick riding at rodeos. However, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think my 5-year-old daughter would be trick riding at Circuit Finals, with one of the girls who she was awe-struck by last year, while I competed in the barrel racing!
There were so many people over the past year that helped in our search for a saddle, showed us what to do with all the parts of the saddle, introduced us to people who could help, gave us tips along the way, and gave her opportunities to perform and for that we are truly grateful! You never know how long a small child is going to pursue a dream but for now she is just a kid having the time of her life!