How to tell if you belong to a livestock/rodeo family

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For families with children involved in the show or rodeo world, they are constantly on the go. Here is a list of some of the basic things all livestock/rodeo families do.

  • Their truck has about 100,000 miles on it, in just one year. “Might as well go, we have nothing else to do."
  • The dents on the trailer and truck all have a story. “Yeah I backed into a fence trying to get under a shade tree so my pigs wouldn’t get hot.”
  • They get in a truck and instantly fall asleep, because that’s where they sleep the majority of the time anyways. “We got to get there early so we can find a good parking spot!”
  • The trailer is always packed because you never know when a jackpot could pop up. “There is a jackpot show scheduled tomorrow, its only two hours away!”
  • Their calendar is full of events, and they call your shows and rodeos “vacations.” “I’d rather be with people I know than random strangers anyways.”
  • They talk about how their electricity bill has gone up, because of the cool room. “Gotta grow hair somehow.”
  • Their social media is full of pictures of them roping or at the Tulsa State Fair. “Selfie featuring my best friend Fluffy.”
  • They talk about shows/rodeos like battle stories. "Yeah Sally ran it in 12 seconds, so I had to do it in 11. I turned and my foot barely hit the barrel, but it didn't fall. Here is my belt buckle, isn't it shiny!"
  • They talk about their animals like they are actual people. “Yeah me and Pete had a good weekend.”
  • When people ask who “Pete” is they get offended. “It’s my horse, duh!”
  • They can sleep in lawn chairs in the middle of the day. “Sleep is valuable, get it while you can.”
  • They go to so many shows/rodeos they consider their fellow exhibitors family. “Life long memories and friends were made in that arena.”
  • They live off fast food. “The faster the better.”
  • Their mom constantly carries a comb around, not for herself or for her children but for the steer. “Leg hair goes up, and let’s bob the tail.”
  • A generator is mandatory. “If you want electricity you better bring one.”
  • They have the ag teacher and veterinarian on speed dial. “You never know what kind of emergency can happen.”
  • They walk around with sheep, cattle, horse, pig, and goat breeder apparel. “It’s my lucky hat, because my cattle breeder gave it to me.”
  • Their dad has to meet their daughter’s dates at the rodeo/show arena, because that’s where they are all the time. “If he can’t lead it, let him go.”
  • Their family is competitive; if the kid loses the whole family loses. If the kid wins, the whole family wins. “The judge didn’t know what he was talking about.” “That judge knew exactly what he was talking about!”
  • Chances are you will have to move a clipping box, show stick, saddle out, Sperry’s, boots, or spurs out-of-the-way to be able to sit down in the truck. “Yeah just throw it in the back.”
  • A GPS is not necessary, but can be helpful. However, the dad is most likely going to say “he doesn’t need it.” He probably won’t need it either.
  • Hotels know them by name. “Same room Viles family?”
  • They can do their homework going down the road. "You have to make good grades so you can rodeo!"
  • They know where the best fair food is. “We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.”
  • They can’t take a family or senior picture without their horse in it. “Lucky really does make this picture.”
  • Show/rodeo magazines are the best thing for them to read. “That’s sheep looks like my sheep! I could’ve won OYE!”
  • “Goin Showin” or “Turn and Burn” are most likely plastered on their trailer or truck.

A livestock/rodeo family travels many miles together, and trapped together for long periods of time. They make more memories traveling down the highway together, than they could have sitting at home or going on vacation. The memories and friendships will last a lifetime.