Howdy Chuckwagon Friends
I don’t remember ever being here at the Calgary Stampede in the many years past, that it was ever frequented with so much rain, day in and day out. We enjoyed a very sunny and warm morning doing our chores. It felt so good and it amazes me, how the sunshine can really change the mood in people for the better.
Immediately after chores, all members from the Chuckwagon families high tailed it over to the North side of the barns. Rae Croteau Jr. had decided to call it quits. He was selling out all his tack, horses and wagon. This is never an easy thing to do, as one gets quite attached to their horses and the way of life on the road.
Rick and I were able to catch up on a few words with Rae Croteau Sr.as he attended the sale. We purchased our first 4 horses from him when we first started out, and they were good ones at that.
Shortly after the end of the sale, this nice family came by to say hello and to meet Rick. There is always time to say hello and sign a poster or two.
Our next door barn helper, Brace, anxiously waits for Troy’s signal to begin harnessing.
There was another late afternoon down pour, to make the infield and track a very sloppy situation. But don’t be fooled, it may be sloppy on top, but it has a great base just below that gives the horses great solid footing.
Rick hooked Spirit on the Left Lead, Spin on the Right Lead, Skippy on the Left Wheel and Vegas on the Right Wheel. Cole and David rode Ed and Stash, two of Cody’s horses. Rick made a nice turn on the 4 barrel and headed to the track, traveling two wide the whole way around. He posted a 1:17.67, the 4th fastest time of the day. A very good run to finish up the Stampede with.
A shout out goes to Kirk and Kathy Sutherland for his achievement of winning the 2016 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. It may have taken him 45 years to obtain this win, but it just goes to show, persistence pays off.
When it rains, It pours. And that just means more work in the cleaning up depart.
Because we were in the first heat, Rick would get back , unharness, clean the tack then head to the CBC tent to watch the races on TV. There was never shortage of entertainment around there.
This little guy was happy to receive a signed Cowboy Hat from us after one of Rick’s race.
Well, the 10 days of Stampede have come and gone. It feels in some ways that we just arrived. In other realms, we need to get going, and move onto the next stop in northern Alberta, Bonnyville. Rick and I are both looking forward to catching up on some much-needed rest in the next few days.
From the Travelin Trailer
Sue, with Rick and Team 23
P.S. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.