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(NewsUSA) - Sports-related injuries are common and, when an athlete is hurt, care follows a proven, long-standing protocol of rehabilitation. But what happens when impact occurs to the head, face or jaw, and -- at the time -- no immediate injury is diagnosed?
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the March edition of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It is republished on this site with the approval of the WPRA.
By the time the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo begins March 25, Lindsay and Jesse Kruse will have welcomed their second child.
The baby was due the end of February, giving Mom about a month to have herself and Lenas Mijo Dulce ready for the national championship. Lindsay Kruse is ready for the opportunity.
â€śIâ€™m really excited to run at it this year,â€ť said Kruse, married to Jesse, the 2009 world champion saddle bronc rider. â€śI like the new location, and it looks like they are making it a lot more enjoyable for the contestants. It has a bigger purse. I just hope to win some of that money theyâ€™ve added this year.â€ť
She maneuvered her way to the RNCFR in Kissimmee, Fla., by having an outstanding season in the Montana Circuit. Her pregnancy prevented Kruse from competing at the Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in mid-January.
â€śThey let me have a medical exemption,â€ť she said, noting that the exemption allowed her a shot at year-end awards. â€śI had a decent lead, about $5,000, but I couldnâ€™t defend myself.â€ť
Instead, Carmel Wright won two go-rounds and placed in another to win the average in Great Falls, Mont. She pocketed more than $7,000 and passed Kruse. But by finishing second in the year-end race, Kruse will join Wright in Florida.
â€śI donâ€™t mind the drive,â€ť Kruse said, noting that the family will be part of the traveling posse. â€śWe usually go to Texas this time of year.â€ť
Her road trip is delayed a little, but she plans to have a pretty good partner in the mix. Harley is a 13-year-old sorrel gelding by Pobre Dulce and out of Lenas Country Bar. This marks Kruseâ€™s sixth RNCFR qualification and Harleyâ€™s second.
â€śHeâ€™s tough,â€ť she said. â€śHe likes being on the road. He just likes to do it. His personality is better when youâ€™re on the road.
â€śHeâ€™s kind of a quirky thing. He doesnâ€™t get along with many people. You definitely have to have a bond with him.â€ť
Thatâ€™s a good thing for Kruse, who said she and Harley just clicked from the first day they got together.
â€śHeâ€™s all cow-bred with no barrel breed in him,â€ť she said. â€śHeâ€™s kind of odd-shaped, but heâ€™s pretty in his own way.â€ť
It works, but so does the relationship between Sara Rose McDonald and her horse, Fame Fling N Bling, a 9-year-old roan mare she calls Bling. Like Kruse, McDonald finished as the year-end runner-up to Victoria Williams, who also won the average at the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo.
â€śIâ€™m excited to go there because itâ€™s close to home,â€ť said McDonald of Brunswick, Ga., the Southeastern Circuit and WPRA Rookie of the Year. â€śI know itâ€™s a good rodeo, so I just want to make good runs.â€ť
Thatâ€™s exactly what happened for Gretchen Benbenek last year. She took advantage of the tournament-style format and raced to the national championship last spring at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla.
She placed fifth in the opening go-round and was solid on the second run on Shot of Firewater, a 12-year-old bay she calls Maverick. The speedster is by Firem Jet and out of Miss Willie Ada; Maverickâ€™s mom was Benbenekâ€™s primary mount before the gelding came into his own.
By finishing third in the two-round average, the tandem advanced to the RNCFRâ€™s semifinals, finishing second to Kassidy Dennison. Benbenek and Maverick excelled on their final run, picking up more than $13,000 and a $20,000 voucher for a new pickup.
â€śOther than the Prairie Circuit Finals, Iâ€™ve never been in the position to defend a title,â€ť said Benbenek, the two-time reigning Prairie Circuit year-end champion from Aubrey, Texas. â€śI feel a little pressure about it, but itâ€™s a brand new arena that Iâ€™ve never been to.
â€śI just need to go in there hungry and wanting it and determined, then weâ€™ll see how it goes.â€ť
It helps that she has a good experience, albeit in Oklahomaâ€™s red dirt and not in the shadow of Disney World.
â€śI think Florida has shown a lot of interest in rodeo lately, and it doesnâ€™t have any other big events there,â€ť she said. â€śI can already feel thereâ€™s a new level of excitement. Iâ€™ve never got to rodeo in Florida. I hear the facility is really nice, and I think it will be a good place for my horse in me.
â€śItâ€™s right there by Disney World, and Iâ€™ve got some family coming down so we can do something else while weâ€™re there.â€ť
Her focus, though, is defending that national championship. Though the winter has been relatively slow for Benbenek, she has a lot of faith in Maverick.
â€śI like to give my horse a good break over the winter,â€ť Benbenek said. â€śHeâ€™s been running good. Weâ€™ve just been a little bit out of (the money). We havenâ€™t hit our stride.
â€śI go everywhere to win. I donâ€™t go to get second place or just show up. I have expectations of winning. I realize the competition there is going to be very tough, and winning is not an easy thing to do. As long as I feel like I can make the best run I can and as long as me and my horse are physically prepared, Iâ€™ll be happy with the outcome.â€ť
Thatâ€™s the attitude of a proven winner.
(NewsUSA) - With the dollar stronger against the euro than it has been in years, many Americans are considering a European vacation this year. More than 11.4 million Americans visited Europe in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which predicts greater numbers in 2015.
More importantly, over half of those Americans traveled in the summer, contributing to crowded museums, attractions and restaurants during the hottest time of the year. To avoid the crowds and to take advantage of milder weather, savvy travelers are beginning to plan their European vacations during one of two "shoulder seasons."
Shoulder seasons run from April until early June and from mid-September to November, and typically are characterized by thinner crowds, comfortable temperatures and lower prices. With fewer tourists comes better access to café culture, world-class museums and historical sites. Less-pressed locals can take more time to offer recommendations, and tour groups are more intimate, enabling everyone to have a more relaxed experience.
While most of the region is temperate during shoulder seasons, the southern and eastern Mediterranean are the sunniest, resembling the warm climate of Southern California. Travelers can still enjoy a swim in the sea in Greece, Croatia and Ibiza as late as October.
For a European vacation that's not a classic "If it's Tuesday this must be Brussels" experience, consider a cruise on one of Star Clippers' authentic tall ships. Besides unpacking just once while visiting multiple countries, the ships sail throughout the Mediterranean from April to November, visiting Europe's most popular cities and smaller ports inaccessible to large cruise ships.
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ALVA, Okla. â€“ It takes just one word to describe the Northwestern Oklahoma State University womenâ€™s team performance this past weekend: Dominating.
The Rangers women posted 455 points to run away with the Garden City (Kan.) Community College rodeo title. Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., won the all-around championship with 195 points, parlaying a second-place finish in goat-tying and a fourth-place run in barrel racing to take the crown.
But she was just one of six Northwestern women who were part of the championship round Sunday afternoon. She was joined on the leaderboard by goat-tier Laremi Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, who won the short-round and the two-run average title by two-tenths of a second over Barnes.
â€śWeâ€™re pretty strong and pretty deep, so thatâ€™s beneficial for everyone involved,â€ť said Allred, who transferred to Northwestern for the spring semester, making Garden City just her second Central Plains Region rodeo for the Rangers. â€śI like the school and the rodeo program we have here. We have some pretty good coaches and the opportunity to practice whenever we want.â€ť
The proof was in the performance in the western Kansas community that was in the middle of a winter storm the week of the rodeo. Besides Allred and Barnes atop the goat-tying standings, Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., finished third. Karley Kile, of Topeka, Kan., also was in the final round.
Barnes, who won the first round in barrel racing with a 13.79-second run, earned more points for the team by placing in the average. She was joined in the short round by Paige Winnett of Elmore City, Okla., who placed in both rounds and finished fifth in the two-run aggregate. Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D., placed in the final round.
â€śMy goal this year is to be in the top three in goat tying and make the college finals,â€ť Allred said. â€śIf I can sneak in there in the breakaway (roping), that would be nice, too.â€ť
Northwestern is well represented in the region standings, which the Rangers lead as a team. Miller is atop the goat-tying standings, followed by Barnes in third, Kile in sixth, Allred in eighth and Elli Jo Price in 12th.
For Allred, Garden City came together quite nicely, especially considering she was utilizing her brotherâ€™s steer wrestling horse to win the goat tying title. Her primary horse was injured in an vehicle wreck in which the truck and trailer rolled twice while en route from Utah to Alva to begin the semester.
â€śSheâ€™s still not healed yet,â€ť Allred said, noting that the runs in Garden City were the first for the borrowed mount. â€śShe worked pretty good, and Iâ€™ll probably keep hauling her.â€ť
The Northwestern men had six cowboys compete in the championship round, led by tie-down roper Wade Perry of Lamont, Okla., who won the first round and finished second in the aggregate. Chase Lako of Hunter, N.D., placed sixth. Steer wrestler Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., finished second in the first round and fell to third in the average, while Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, was third in the opening round and six in the average.
In team roping, header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., finished third in the average, roping with heeler Ben Whiddon of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Northwestern heeler Dustin Searcy of Mooreland, Okla., was the runner-up in the opening round while competing with Hunter Munsell of Western Oklahoma State College.
BAY CITY, Texas â€“ Many of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo make their way to Bay City every March.
Itâ€™s all because of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5-Saturday, March 7, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. They know the opportunity is there each of the three nights to cash in and make the run of their dreams toward the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Bay City also is the weekend home of many of the greatest animal athletes the game, thanks to the livestock from Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeo. This past December, 27 Carr horses and bulls were a big part of the NFR, a ProRodeo record the Carr firm has held each of the past two years.
â€śPete Carr has the bucking horses and bulls that are unreal,â€ť said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from nearby Waller, Texas. â€śWhen I think about Pete Carr, I think about 90-point rides, rock â€™nâ€™ roll music and fans loving it.â€ť
A year ago, there were several NFR animals that were part of the action at the Matagorda County Fair and Rodeo, including five of the six animals that guided cowboys to the pay window in bareback riding. Two, Sadies Gal and Utopia, made their first trips to Las Vegas this past December, kick-starting their outstanding campaigns in this southeast Texas community.
â€śPete Carr puts on a great rodeo,â€ť said Sage Kimzey, the 2014 world champion bull rider from Strong City, Okla. â€śIâ€™m thankful he loves the sport of rodeo so much and wants it to be so great.â€ť
Kimzey isnâ€™t the only world champion who follows the Carr herd around the country. Take two-time world champion Cody Wright of Milford, Utah, the reigning Bay City champion in saddle bronc riding. He matched moves with Deuces Wild to win the title last March.
Wright utilized that momentum to qualify for the NFR for the 12th straight year, but there were several finals qualifiers who are regular qualifiers to the finale.
â€śPeteâ€™s got an eye for horses, and heâ€™s surrounded himself with people who know what theyâ€™re talking about,â€ť said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a six-time NFR from Heflin, La. â€śYou want to go to Peteâ€™s rodeos, because youâ€™re going to get on something good.â€ť
The Carr animals are a huge drawing card for contestants. That also is why fans want to be part of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo experience.