Best Seat in the House
- August 4, 2014
- Terryn Drieling
For each of the last seven years, I have watched the Double A Feeds Ranch Rodeo and Hubbard Ranch Bronc Riding from the crow’s nest as a timer. I have watched many a ranch rodeo from the stands, and while it is most definitely entertaining, it just doesn’t have the same feel as watching from the crow’s nest. From my seat, I get to see the inner workings of the ranch rodeo, you know, the stuff the average spectator doesn’t get to see. And, I don’t want to brag, but I have THE best seat in the house.
From my seat, I am a witness to rodeo producer, Naomi Loomis, working to make sure the rodeo and bronc riding go off without a hitch. She starts making improvements and planning nearly a year in advance. On the day of the event, she shows up early and stays late to ensure it is a fun competition for the cowboys and cowgirls, as well as, an entertaining event for the spectators. The heart and soul that Naomi puts into each and every ranch rodeo and bronc riding she produces is nothing short of inspiring.
From my seat, whether it is the cattle, broncs, or saddle horses, I get to see the extreme talent of the stock. There is always that one steer that just won’t sort out, and there is always that one saddle horse with the determination to sort out said steer. The up-close view I get of the big, brawny broncs as they come into the chute and their raw power as the break they plain and come bucking out of the chute trying to unload the cowboy on their back is simply incredible.
From my seat, I get to watch what goes on behind the bucking chutes while the bronc riders are getting ready to ride. The comradery that happens behind those chutes is something that never ceases to amaze me. I just can’t get over how those bronc riders, who are technically competing against each other, help each other out, cheer each other on, and celebrate when one of them turns out an 86 point ride.
From my seat, I not only get a unique (and in my opinion outstanding) view of all of the rodeo action, I also get to see what goes on behind the scenes; and that, my friends, is why I have THE best seat in the house!
*As a side note, one of our very own writers, Tayler Tiechert along with her team, earned second place in the very first women’s division of the 2014 Double A Feeds Ranch Rodeo.*
About Terryn Drieling
I grew up on a small feed yard in Northeast Nebraska. Today, my husband, our kids, and I ranch in Western Nebraska. I have raised cattle my whole life, and as far as I am concerned raising cattle and riding good horses go...