One Last Chance
Author: Lacy Tucker
December, 9th 2017. The Open Semi Finals and just a short day away from what we have all been working relentlessly this past year for... The 2017 NCHA Futurity Championship Title.
Countless. That is the word of the season. Countless days, minutes, hours. Countless miles, flat tires, and forks in the road. Countless tears, trials and triumphs. Countless trips to the vet. Countless bills, breakdowns and bruises. Countless "this piece of …" or "one more cow" moments. Sometimes followed by a punch to the wall and other times followed by a genuine laugh. We are tired, frustrated and sometimes insecure in our talents. There is no amount of coffee sufficient enough for us while we get caught up in the thought of a possible personal historic milestone being met. A moment, a chance to break down walls and not only reach for our dreams but grab them vigorously and hold tight for the rest of our days. Some of us are veterans, some are rookies, but both see the same dream unfolding. With every single emotion showing color in the months leading up to this weekend, we are here and we are ready to make history deep in the middle of the dirt here at the Will Rogers Coliseum.
Life is always happening in the best and worst of ways this time of year. Whether that be a big move, incoming clientele or even outgoing clientele, your lopers and assistant trainers quitting or hiring new help to the team, horses crippling or even some of this industry's greatest, passing on. This world will put potholes in our roads and rain in our arenas but it will always keep turning and by God, we will always keep cutting. Here we all sit, stand, watch cows, and lope anxiously, diligently with a hopeful heart for our last chance to make it to the 50th Anniversary NCHA Futurity Finals. What a year it has been, and what a year it will be.
Best of luck to all of our Semi Finalists today from us over here at Cutting Horse Central. Y'all have the best seat in the house and we can't wait to cheer each and every one of you on here in the stands!
"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour." -Winston Churchill