Pro Rodeo after High School
I've been considering continuing doing exactly what I'm doing now - Rodeo. The more I look at it, the more I don't want to go to college. I thought that I had to, but I don't want to spend all this money taking classes I don't want to turn into a career and waste that time too.
I had a plan to take a year off and try to rodeo professionally during that time. I have a mare already and she's a 1D money horse, plus my backup gelding who I've also won a lot of money on.
I know, you all can call me crazy if you want...I just want to know if anybody thinks this is really possible. I want to take that year just to see if this is something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. I have a backup plan....Drag my butt to college :/
I wouldn't call you crazy. After high school(a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away), I took a year off before college to travel the country and just be young and free before I got tied down and lifes responsibilites forestalled the possibility. I've never regretted taking that time. After about a year I went home, went to college and am now a semi respectable adult.
If you're ever going to try, when you're young and not too tied down is when to do it. You may not make much money at it, it may not be a practical long term career goal but its worth doing while you're young.
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to many kids get caught up in the "college for all" trap. then they go off to college spinning their wheels and end up either dropping out or getting a worthless degree.
When you get out of highschool your goal should be a job, a job you can tolerate doing, one that is in demand, and will pay you enough to be happy. Generally you are gonna have to learn how to do something someone is willing to pay you for. Now you can get those skills in college, at trade schools, in the military, as a trade apprentice, merchant marine, or other places. The bottom line is learning how and being able to do something someone somewhere will pay you for,
Education for the sake of education with no job at the end attached to it leaves you with 40,000 in student loans and practicing the phrase, "You want fries with that?" Never say, "I want to study this in college" always say I want this job now what kinda school/background/ training do I need for that job.
So my advice, try the rodeo if you succeed and strike it rich thats great. If you try and fail look at going to school, Army, or trade school to learn something marketable. I would rather try and fail than be old sitting in a recliner saying shoulda woulda coulda.
Seriously you are young and single, Stay single, NO KIDS, and you will have lots of options ahead of you and can live really cheap while you are getting started and trying things out.
Hey, it can be done. The kid that won the second go around in the NFR in bull riding is only a year out of high school rodeo.
You're not going to make any money rodeoing unless you start out rich. That's just how it works. You need a string of good horses, and at those levels, a local 1D horse isn't going to cut it. We're talking $50,000 mounts, bare minimum, and most people just don't have the talent to train that kind of thing themselves. Then you need a truck, trailer with living quarters, and the fuel to haul all over the country, hitting a couple rodeos a weekend. And entry fees will add up really quick. Feed bills. Vet bills. Restaurant bills for on the road.
Thanks for your concern Bubba....Trust me, I know the costs, and they aren't a problem for me right now. I was talking to my trainer today, who agreed she would support me my first year out by giving me a second backup horse. My gelding was hauled around a lot by a PRCA girl before I got him. Bailey is a 1D horse but not really seasoned, but we're working on that. Guess we'll see what the trainer can help me with. Hauling together is an option too she said, since he daughter is currently hauling to PRCA Rodeos and doing very well.
I'm not trying to make the impossible seem possible, but I won't know until I try. I'm a realist so whatever I do I will have planned beforehand; Must be the debater in me.
I think it is wonderful to have dreams and to shoot for them. If you can afford to take a year off and give it a go, then by all means go for it.
However, I think you'd be wise to do some research before you go jumping in. You might want to do research on how many actually really make it doing rodeo alone. How many people really make it to the pros? Of course there are people that can make it, but the odds are slim. One of the things you might consider are how long are horses able to competively compete in the pro circut? Pro rodeo is not just about your ability, but the ability of your mount as well. Even if your horse turns out to be a pro, which you can't even be sure about, can you pick out another winner or will you have to depend on lightening striking twice?
Also, what if you or your horse get injured? What will you do if you haven't made it yet? Do you have a backup plan?
College is never a bad thing. I tell my kids all the time that they can do whatever they want, but college should be in the agenda. You don't have to go to a college that costs as much as a house. You are living in a time where jobs are slim....college can only help.
Sorry for the lecture. I'm a parent..I can't help myself. I know all to well about how 'I can do college later'. Now is the time.
College can be a bad thing for someone not interested, who ends up deeply in debt with a degree that has no market. As an Army recruiter in the late 90's I saw this alot. I put lots of college grads in the Army with degrees in nothing working minimum wage jobs and owing $40,000 in student loans.
At the age you are at go for it. You are young, most likely have little or no debt, only your horse and self to care for. Go for it. You could get hurt but you can get hurt recreational riding as well. Worse that will happen is you loose every rodeo you enter, and at the ripe old age of what 19 maybe 20 ? You'll have to look at school or training for a career. I didnt grow up till I was 40, and I think I am regressing .
I agree with Joe. Don't go to college unless you want a career that requires a college degree. Teacher, doctor, Lawyer, vet. I something like is your goal then go to college. If you don't what you want to do then don't just go to college to figure it out. It's a good way to waste a lot of money and time and end up working a job you could have had right out of high school. I have seen a lot of my friends(myself included) walking away with worthless degrees. Don't go to collage just because it is what society says you should do. Go with a purpose or do something else.
As for the rodeo, this might be your only chance to try it out. I think spending a year going for it and then reassessing could be very rewarding for you. Now is the time to go for it. Your life will only get more complicated and make this harder to try. If you fail, then you had a years worth of great experiences, and interesting people. If you succeed, then a lot of new doors will be opening for you.
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