Calgary, AB: Thanks to technology, Madison MacDonald answered a few questions of mine via Facebook yesterday. Covy Moore took such a great picture it needed a few words togo with it. Enjoy these questions and answers with two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Trick Rider, Madison MacDonald!
Q: You’ve been to the NFR now twice, tell us what it’s like.
A: I never thought that I would be riding into that arena at the age of 18 for the first time that is for sure. It is defiantly an honour to be selected two years in a row to perform at the NFR… It is always a dream that every person that is involved in rodeo dreams of, riding down that tunnel of the Thomas & Mack. The first year that I was there is was a very overwhelming experience. Your put to the test to see if you can handle it all and it just like the ten days flew by and never really could take it all in. This year I was able to enjoy it and experience it to the full. It is a feeling that I hard too explain but very rewarding experience that all my hard work over the years has finally payed off. It shows you that dreams can come true when you put your mind too it!
Q: You’ve been living down south too, what’s the training like?
A: Yes I moved down to Marty Becker’s house in Stephenville, Texas in September. I have been going to school at Tarleton State University and been working for Marty with training rope horses. The training is definitely easier to accomplish down here during the winter months. I can get my horses is top shape before the NFR because we can ride almost everyday and practice when ever. I feel that if I was to be back in Alberta before the NFR I would not be able to get my horses is the physical shape as well as myself that is needed to make it through the 10 days. But being down here allows for that too happen.
Q: You’ve already been to this level at such a young age, where do you go from here? What are you most looking forward to in your career?
A: It is amazing to look back and see the places/rodeos that I have been apart of by the age of 20. It is still hard to believe that I have been at the NFR twice and some of the biggest rodeos in the country. It is a dream come true. I love what I do and to be honest not sure where this is all going too take me. I am always looking at ways too improve my act and of course start new horses and keep moving forward. I know I wont be trick riding for the rest of my life so I have too take advantage of it now. I am curious to see where this is all going too take me down the road. But for me right now just going to keep on traveling down the road to different rodeos and doing what I love. We will see where it is all going to take me!