What a whirlwind it has been since my last blog from Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The long days and full schedules of CFD helped prepare me for my next challenge which I met head-on merely two days after leaving the CFD Championship Round.
The list of deployment opportunities is quiet lengthy for today’s military personnel with the majority of them taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan. My deployment and temporary duty was spent in Montgomery, Alabama of all places.
Despite the fact I was able to stay stateside the duty hours often times reached 21 hours per day.
I was selected to serve as a Flight Training Officer responsible for training and evaluating the Air Force’s future officers. It was a great experience molding our next generation of Air Force warriors!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see any of the 2008 Olympics. Cheyenne’s own Jennifer Nichols went to Beijing as the USA’s top female archer and I’m still not sure how she did. (Editor’s note: Jennifer missed the medal round)
The timing wasn’t the best for my rodeo career but I live with the core value of Service- Before-Self. And I understand the fact that duty calls. While I was away “stomping out ignorance,” I was unable to represent the US Air Force and great state of Wyoming at rodeos in California, New Jersey, Colorado and Wyoming.
However, upon my arrival home I received a call from the First Frontier Circuit informing me that I have been selected to fight bulls at the 2008 First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo.
This was a goal I set early in the year and I couldn’t be happier than to have received that call. I am now qualified for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho. The DNCFR is my ultimate goal for 2008 and I eagerly await the voting outcome
My 2008 rodeo schedule is a long way from being over. I will be flying east two times this month to perform at the historic PRCA Cowtown Rodeo in New Jersey.
The Tribute to Chris LeDoux (Casper, Wyoming) rodeo is also on my schedule and I look forward to being a small part of such a wonderful event Stay tuned as more is to come from the Blogging Bullfighter!