12 April 2016
By Covy Moore
Fighting back from a lung infection over the past two weeks, Cole Goodine got his 2016 Canadian rodeo season off to a good start collecting first place money at Medicine Hat.
Riding Kesler’s Royal Fever to an 80 score, Goodine admitted the weekend was a bit of a challenge.
“Those horses, even the nice ones like the the one I got on in Medicine Hat, I could feel how weak I really was, I really had to fight,” he said.
“It is always nice to get a little bit of money right off the start. My goal now is to try and be a little more consistent than last year.”
The two-time Canadian Finals qualifier said that spending some time last season tweaking his riding style after an arm injury and changing his riggin’ made for a tough summer.
“I have been trying to take things a bit more serious this year,” he said. “I want to try and stay in the best shape I possibly can. Stay as healthy as I can.”
With a long rodeo season ahead of him, Goodine said there is one horse he is always on the lookout for.
“Two years I got on Special Delivery of Calgary’s in Ponoka and was 87.5, I would love to get that horse again at one of these big tour rodeos,” Goodine said.
“For me it isn’t confidence, because horses can change every time. But you know what it will feel like and the points will be there. You have to have your head in it and be focused and be prepared to try and take advantage of it.”
Two weeks out are PRCA/CPRA events in Camrose and Coleman, and Goodine said he is excited for that weekend, as historically some pretty good stock make it to those shows.
“There are some similar stock down in Coleman, which I get along with pretty good. And in Camrose there is a mix of different horses, and it is always exciting to see which I will match up with.”