This past August I traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the CMSA Western US Championships and I thought it would be fun to document my experience. This is the first time I have ever done a "vlog" so please forgive my amateur mistakes. I was also reluctant to post this because it really is an inside look at my thoughts, feelings, and emotions during a very large competition. Opening myself up like this is a little scary. I'm not a perfect person and I don't always have perfect runs. So hopefully this is helpful for those of you that haven't gotten to compete in Las Vegas. I hope it gives you a little view into what to expect and what it's like to compete on the national stage. For me, it was scary, exciting, and a complete emotional/mental marathon. Please enjoy my adventure and I hope you get to have your own someday. As always, I appreciate your comments or questions.
Ride fast and shoot clean,
Traveling can be tough on you and your horse. I recently came home from a shoot where I was gone for 6 days. My horse Copper lived in a stall during that time. She is used to being either in a large dry lot or a pasture, so the stall was rough. The stall also had a concrete floor, no rubber mats. My big concern was the 7 hour trip home after all that stall time. So I thought it might be good to share just a few of the things I do to help Copper travel a little more comfortably. Hopefully you find it helpful.
Courtney brings over 25 years of horse experience to the arena. She has spent time in the show ring competing with Saddlebreds in show pleasure and equitation. While competing in that discipline she had several undefeated years with too many championships to list. She then made the transition into rodeo where she competed in barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Courtney found her true passion when she tried Cowboy Mounted Shooting. After just one ride she was hooked. Since then she has won State and Regional buckles, qualified for the CMSA World Championships several times, and placed 7th in the world in 2014.