As I write this today, one of my favorite friends is on her way to a small little yellow arena in Las Vegas with her 2019 Purina WPRA/AQHA Horse of the Year, High Valor.
Being able to witness Dona Kay and Valor's journey this year has been a blessing. She has made it to the National Finals Rodeo with her trusty steed and rodeo dog, Rosie. Her dedication, class, talent, and grace has been something to witness.
Of the many lessons, I gained by being able to get in the truck with her for a month during the summer run is this: Champions are Masters of the Basics. Day in and day out, champions take care of the basics with precision.
She also showed me how to let go of the outcome and just focus on what you can control. Again, champions keep control of the basics. These lessons may seem trivial or cliche, but to witness these lessons being lived during the long miles of the road and between the lights of the next rodeo shows how important and difficult they are.
One hot day In July, Dona Kay and I sat down and recorded a conversation. It was her first podcast episode. If you'd like to take a listen you can catch It here.
Farley Schweighart is a Physical Therapist who helps riders and their horses heal from injury, improve performance, and return to winning.