When we were learning to ride he told us, "Don't go telling people how good you ride. If you ride good enough people will notice and they will do the talking for you. Let your riding do the talking." I watched my dad ride colts, pick up bucking horses at major rodeos, ride bulls, pull calves, doctor sick injured animals, all the cowboy stuff. He wouldn't tell you he had though unless you asked, and then he'd play it off as no big deal. It taught me a lot. Now as a spiritual leader of our family he's the same. He don't dress to look like the greatest christian, he wears a cowboy shirt, or collared T shirt to church with his 13MWZ jeans and belt with a buckle his kids won on it. He don't go boasting about what a devout follower of God he is. As with rodeo he lives it and let's his walk be the talk. He meets people in line at a grocery store or at a coffee shop, and some how God places my dad there and people begin to talk about Jesus with him. In his easy going way he shares God's word. His example he goes through life with reaches others. Another thing that came to me today was when he quit rodeoing, he was still Glen Ford, rodeo wasn't who he was but what he did. He began to drive school bus and work in a bus garage, and people that rode his bus 35 years ago still call him mister Ford and think the world of him. He's still as cowboy as anyone. He then drove special needs bus and made lasting impressions on those kids, and they on him. We used to ask him for stories about rodeo and he would jokingly say I forgot all that and left it behind when I started driving the bus. That is a life lesson I learned today. He stepped away from that life into the next stage. He was no less cowboy, just cowboy in a different world. He serves God leads by example, and let's others talk about it not wanting a pat on the back for any of it. That's what God showed me, as we move on in life we leave the old behind to follow the new in Christ. We forget the old and walk in the new. Mistakes are made by all, but God doesn't want our future derailed by our past. Step away and live for the now. Christ is here now waiting on you. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed so now is the time. Your no less of a cowboy or any other thing other than lost, than ever if you follow God's lead, your just doing it in a way God can use you. Gold buckles, trophies, medals, money, records, aren't eternal, but God gift is. Walk it don't talk it, leave the old live the new, still be you the way God sees you. Thank you dad for being a silent leader and showing us how to follow God and be cowboys.
Brazile will still compete at some of the bigger events, especially the ones close to his home and family in Decatur, Texas, but will no longer chase titles at the "relentless" pace he's kept for two decades to make history and establish his legacy. As his reign of dominance comes to an end, who will be next to wear ProRodeo's most prestigious crown?
The odds-on favorite has to be Brazile's own brother in-law, Tuf Cooper. The 29 year-old cowboy already has the 2017 World Champion All-Around Cowboy gold buckle on his belt,
and finished runner-up in 2018. Cooper has proven he's got game in the Steer Roping event, qualifying for the NFSR each of the last two seasons.
Other contenders include Rhen Richard, the only cowboy who qualified for the WNFR in two events in 2018, and Ryle Smith, who has made the Finals in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Caleb Smidt has proven he's got skills with a head rope, but chose to focus on tie-down roping early in his career. Now, with two world titles in his primary event on his resume, will he begin competing full-time in team roping in pursuit of an All-Around championship? Will veteran and perennial WNFR bareback rider Steven Dent start packing his bronc saddle on every trip?
Or, could we see a new "young gun" with versatile talent emerge in 2019? Timed-event hands Marcus Theriot and Tanner Green have shown they can big cash checks in multiple events, but have not yet qualified for the WNFR, where the title will probably be decided. It's no surprise that Stetson Wright can ride saddle broncs, but he can also ride rank bulls,
and has launched into the top end of the early-season standings in that event. The "Game of Thrones" that is ProRodoeo's All-Around race in the 2019 season promises many plot twists and interesting new characters. Watch this space as the weather and the competition heats up.
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