One More Chance

By: Samantha Smith This year has proved to be my hardest year yet competing in college rodeo. Throughout my years of school, I have been fairly successful in rodeo, but this year has been different. As a freshman, things seemed to come extremely easy for me. At my very first college rodeo I made the short round of competition which is something many people never get to experience. I then went on to win a college rodeo that year and compete in several other short rounds. Fast-forward to sophomore year, I…

Read More

“So do you ride bulls?” Struggles of a Rodeo Athlete

By: Samantha Smith People always ask me, “What it’s like to college rodeo? How do you prepare? Does the school supply your horses or do you have your own? Is rodeo expensive?” Truth is, though it is the most decorated sports team at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), not many people even know we have a rodeo team. Because of this, I’ve taken it upon myself to help educate those who honestly have no idea (shoutout to the kid that didn’t believe I was a cowgirl because I, “didn’t look the part,” since…

Read More

Presnell Proclaims Championship at ENMU Timed Event Challenge

By: Samantha Smith Each year ENMU Rodeo hosts a timed event challenge where high school students, college students, and ENMU alumni are able to compete. Coach Albert Flinn is the mastermind behind this event, allowing college competitors to make competitive runs during a break between spring rodeos while also allowing high school students to showcase themselves. Alumni are also able to attend the event and see if they still have the talent to compete against some of the region’s most talented athletes. This year’s timed event challenge, on Saturday, March 4th, consisted of many competitors – some old, some new,…

Read More

Follow Up – Still Learning

By: Samantha Smith   In one of my more recent articles, I talked about what it felt like to learn how to win again. Now, weeks later, I’m still trying to tackle the concept. You don’t realize what you’re missing until it’s gone, or in this case until it comes into your life. When I count my blessings, I count my mare, Deana, twice. If you didn’t read the post before this, I recently bought a new barrel racing horse and entered my first professional rodeo on her. We made…

Read More

Learning How to Win Again

By: Samantha Smith  “You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.” –Pat Riley First thing first, my name is Samantha Smith, I am from Rimbey, Alberta, Canada, and I am here at ENMU on a rodeo-scholarship. Both my freshman and sophomore years I was lucky enough to have success in the rodeo arena at college rodeos and other events. However, with some success I also found my fair share of failure. Over the winter…

Read More