Leaving for college doesn't mean leaving the farm.

It’s the Season

And I’m not talking about Spring or Cardinal’s baseball. I’m talking about my favorite two seasons of the year: tractor pulls and rodeos.

Rounding the third barrel on Chex last summer.

To me, there is nothing better than jumping in the truck and heading to a different town and a different competition. Whether it’s a tractor pull or a rodeo, I’m always in that passenger seat (I haven’t conquered the stick shift yet, maybe I’ll throw that on my Leap List!) Last year, my mom and I hit every rodeo we could with the NBHA and Show Me TEC. But this year could be a whole different story for rodeos. With me at college and my horses at home, they are in no shape to run competitively at the moment. With two horses getting no exercise and all the mud at our house, Chex has been a little swollen in her back end. So that leaves me with Rowdy as a barrel horse. At 16 hands and only seven years old, he’s in his prime to be a great barrel horse…if I only had the time to ride him. Maybe I need some more time to ride or someone to do it for me. Any volunteers?

Rowdy, always ready to ride.

Since rodeos won’t be a big part of my summer, I had to find some time else to do with all my free time (Wait, what’s free time?). My dad eagerly filled that spot when he decided that he was going to get back into the tractor pull business, and by tractor pulls, I don’t mean the ones that throw a bunch of smoke and drive really fast. I mean the farm pulls with no smoke and a speed limit of 8 MPH. But hey it still gets my competitive juices flowing. The Markway’s don’t do anything easy so instead of just buying a tractor to pull, Dad decides that we are going to work from the ground up and completely restore a 1952 John Deere A with M&W Power Block (if you don’t know tractor talk, the Power Block means we are awesome, any more details and I would have to ask Dad).

Putting the final touches on the tractor before it started.

This weekend was a major step in our future of tractor pulling because we got ole’ Hank (or at least that’s what I call the John Deere A) started for the first time. I must say after all the sanding and painting I did on that thing, it was a very proud moment, but I don’t think anybody could be more proud than Dad! So instead of a horse and trailer, this summer I get to travel with the MATPA and a tractor. If you are ever in the area and in need of some friendly competition, look us up!

Dad and Hank circling the driveway.

2 responses

  1. That John Deere A looks good… My dad is crazy for tractor pulls – he goes to the National Farm Show every year, mostly for the pulls. I’m just waiting for the day he or my grandpa come home with a tractor for me to pull in the powder puff class. You’ll have to let me know if you and Hank make the trip north for the pulls around Sedalia this summer, I’ll come out and cheer!

    April 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

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