This morning, before the sun was up, I was out feeding my horses–in my pajamas. This is a pretty fancy set-up–10 acre pasture fenced Kentucky style, with white rail fences, big main house and brand new barn. But there ain’t nothin’ glamorous about hauling hay. And you know what? I love it, though I admit I could do without the stall shoveling!
I promised to tell you about the two luncheons at the NFR–the first one I attended was The Heart of the West Awards, meant to honor those for-real cowboys and cowgirls, some celebrities, some champions, and many regular folks, who support the Western Wishes program. (www.westernwishes.org) WW is like Make a Wish, except it’s western–they send seriously ill children to rodeos, etc., where they get to hang out with their favorite cowboys, like Ty Murray, and singers like Reba McIntyre. It’s a terrific cause. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place as we watched film clips of children in cowboy hats and wheelchairs, meeting their heros and heroines.
The second big charity event was the Justin Crisis Luncheon, sponsored by the folks who make Justin boots. It should be noted that the Michael Gaughn family, owners of the South Point Hotel, donate not only the huge space required for this glam affair, but the food, too. All the profits go to help injured or ill rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. The Wrangler people, and a lot of others, helped out, too. There was a fashion show and lots–like over 200–of drawing prizes. Next year, I’ll not only attend these wonderful luncheons, but participate.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about my behind-the-scenes tour at the Thomas and Mack Arena, where the rodeo is held. Since I’m concerned about the welfare of animals in all situations, this was a highpoint for me.
Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not, but, hey. It’s all good. After I’d seen those kids who were granted Western Wishes, I had to say, as the Horse Whisperer, Monty Roberts did, at the same event, I don’t have any problems. Never had, never will.