2019 – Barrel Racing
Presently, I am researching and working on putting together a new book on the history of rodeo barrel racing. I have made great strides — so far, but have much more to do. My goal is to fill this book with information from the beginning of the event, and all the changes that occurred, until the day it goes to press.
The pages will be filled with interesting history, information on some of the horses that have had the experience of being a barrel horse, and information about some of the women who have been instrumental in ‘raising the bar’ in barrel racing to a new level. The Appendix will include important information statistically and historically that any one interested in the sport will want to know.
Since having the privilege of being involved in the history of rodeo for over thirty two years and having written books on various events and happenings in rodeo, you would think it would be easy. But this book is one I have been attempting to write for several years. Patience is something that I don’t have much of. However, doing the best at writing the history takes a great deal of patience. Often I find that information and people who can give me what I need are discovered in the least expected places. Often I don’t even realize what I need until it happens!
Sometimes it takes much longer and definitely more effort than I expect, or even imagine to do a subject justice. But I thoroughly enjoy what I do. It also takes help from many people in many different ways to complete a project and be ready to be published.
It’s a known fact, before this book is complete and goes to press I will be talking with people I haven’t even met yet, and traveling to places I didn’t know I needed to go in search of information that I may never find. (Of course, at times that obscure information just pops up in front of me. Sadly, sometimes after the book has been published, and too late to be included.)
Meanwhile, I will be going to rodeo-related events throughout the year, and occasionally will be distracted by a new interest, not related to my current book. But I will always go back to the history of barrel racing until I am satisfied to have found what I want to be in the book.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me in this project up to this time, and thanks to those of you I haven’t even met yet, and those that will inspire me to include things that need to be included. Thank you to photographers who have given me photographs of barrel racing and to those I haven’t received yet. It takes so much to make a book complete and I can’t do it without all these people.