Unchartered Territory (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

For the last week I’ve been in Denver for the rodeo and the market. This is the first market for our furniture company, SmithVonBach. The market went great with lots of orders and it’s sure given me an appreciation for that side of business. For more information you can visit smithvonbach.com. I need to learn to juggle to be able to balance my roping, the new business and my sponsors.

The number of people who shake my hand and congratulate me for winning the world championship is amazing. I didn’t dream it would mean that much to so many people. It’s very humbling and flattering but the reality is that with the New Year all of us start over at zero.

I’ve got the same goal as I did last year and I’m just as hungry. While it’s nice to enjoy my accomplishments, I’ve never seen calf take much notice of a buckle. Each and every year you have to go out and earn it and I love that about our sport.

Having won a world championship for the first time puts me in unchartered territory. It’s very important to me not to become complacent and to stay as focused and determined as I have been in previous years.

Somehow I don’t think that will be a problem. I’ve been to three rodeos so far this year and haven’t won anything yet. So I’m headed home and in the ten days before I head to the next one I’ll rope three or four hundred and practice like I’m eighteen again.

Until next time, God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.