March 5, 2010
I am heading back to Phoenix, Ariz., today after finishing my first three rounds at RodeoHouston. I finished second in total money in the first bracket behind Steven Dent, who I have been entering with this winter. I will be return to Houston on March 17 for the semifinal round. So far I have won $6,250 but I have my eyes set on the $50,000 check awarded to the RodeoHouston champion on March 20. I won two rounds in the first three rounds and was second in the average.
The last time I checked in I had just competed at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson and at the time I was qualifying back in both the bareback riding and team roping. Well on the final day of qualifying we got bumped out of the top 12 in the team roping, so I returned to Tucson on Feb. 28 for the bareback riding. It had rained, so the arena was muddy but the rodeo rolled. I scored 88 points on my final horse to tie for second in the round and finish in a tie for second in the average with 173 points on two head. I picked up $5,274 in Tucson, so that was good.
I will now be home for a few days before heading to Helena, Mont., for the bareback riding school I am doing there. We have had an overwhelming response and have over 20 participants, so I had to call my good friend and world champion Clint Corey to come in and help me with the school. I am really looking forward to the school and thanks to all that are supporting it. I will give a full report in my next blog.
I have had several emails inquiring about my next school so wanted to let you know that I have set the dates for my June school in Madras, Ore. The dates for the 3rd Annual Bobby Mote Bareback Riding School will be June 4-6. Keep an eye on my website for additional information including an online registration form.
The kids have been enjoying Arizona. We will be heading back to Oregon at the end of the month so we are preparing for that. They have been busy with their school work. Charlie has turned into a reading machine. He recently finished a book in three days. He really enjoys reading.
A little update on this woodworking project – he finished his first bench and it turned out really well. He already has orders for three more so that makes him happy. His dog Panda has been a delight to have around. He enjoys playing soccer with the kids and he is quite the runner. He hasn’t grown much so I think he is going to stay pretty small for his breed.
That is all the news for now. I will update my rodeo schedule page with results from the rodeos in March and will be adding more rodeos in the coming weeks after we enter and find out what day we will be competing.
Have a great day and thanks for visiting,
Three-time and reigning PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider
Article from Houston Chronicle
Mote content with check, finish
3-time champ scores high in Super Series I
By JASON MCDANIEL For the Chronicle
March 4, 2010, 10:56PM
Bobby Mote wasn't the top money winner in his bareback riding super series for the first time in three years.
But if this RodeoHouston unfolds like 2007, he's not going to care for long. That was the year the reigning and three-time world champion won his last championship in Houston.
Mote turned in the top two scores in Super Series I — punctuated by an 86 in Thursday's final round — but finished half a point behind aggregate winner Steven Dent, who won $8,500.
The 33-year-old Mote was second overall with $6,250.
“It always helps to start off good,” Mote said. “Any way you cut it, $6,200 is a good check anywhere.
“It kind of pales in comparison to the last check they're going to give on the last day of this rodeo, but I'm happy so far.”
That $50,000 check for the winner of the Championship Shoot-Out went to Waller's Clint Cannon last year. He won the bareback title with a Houston-record 92 in the shoot-out.
Mote didn't compete for the grand prize then, finishing last in the championship final, where the top four go to the shoot-out, but his early scores actually are better than last year's.
“I do feel like I'm riding better than I was here last year, but I drew pretty well, too,” Mote said.
“The two horses I won on were pretty awesome.”