I have a confession to make…while I live in the west, grew up riding a horse as much as walking, and one of the best small town rodeos is held in the county where I lived…I can count the amount of rodoes I’ve attended in my lifetime on my two hands.
But that didn’t stop me when I decided my hero in my next contemporary western would be a bareback rider. Luckily for me four time and reigning world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote lives in Central Oregon. I contacted him and asked if I could interview him and his wife to learn the life of a rodeo athlete. We e-mailed back and forth and finally came up with a time when he would be back in the area between rodeos.
I arrived at his rural house just as he was finishing up his run and exercise routine. Yes, did you know that rodeo cowboys actually have a set routine of strength and flexibility training they go through during the rodeo season. That’s how they can survive some of those falls that make me queasy.
Bobby explained how to stay on a horse and what his hectic season/routine was like and then his wife, Kate, let me in on the family aspect of the rodeoing and some facts about the National Final Rodeo that only participants would know.
After over an hour of visiting and questions, I wandered around the living room browsing at the glassed in belt buckles and trophies this young man has amassed over his rodeo career. My conversation with him changed a whole lot of misconceptions I had about rodeo cowboys.
Do you have any misconceptions? Tell me what you think about when you think of a rodeo cowboy and I’ll not only see if I can answer the question but you’ll have your name put in the drawing for my newest release, Bridled Heart.
Blurb: A specialized placement schedule and self-imposed vow of celibacy keeps ER nurse, Gina Montgomery, from getting too close to anyone. Music is her only solace and release from a past laced with abuse. But when that music draws the attention of a handsome bareback rider, her chosen solitary life-not to mention her vow-gets tested to the limits.
Holt Reynolds let his younger sister down when she needed him most. With the similarities to his sister far too evident in Gina, he can’t get the woman out of his head or her poignant music out of his heart. But how can he find a way to free her bridled heart before the past resurfaces to destroy their one chance at happiness?
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