When I began writing about the upcoming Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (beginning here), I knew nothing about the professional sport. Frankly, I didn't even know enough to call it a sport.
But after a trip to Greeley for the annual Stampede in late June, three hours spent with rodeo cowboy Josh Peek's wife Kori and her mother, and a few phone interviews, I've learned enough to know it's a rough sport, and, in many ways, a tough life.
As Kori told me, because they live off their earnings day-to-day, "When you have some highs, they're high. And when you have lows, they're low."
However, I also learned that for the Peeks, ultimately it's all about family. Being able to travel together (with their 2-year-old twins), and share the ups and downs together, along with a very open relationship with God, is what keeps them going.
How long they'll keep going, well, Josh isn't sure.
"I've always talked that when my kids were big enough to start getting into school and playing sports, that I was gonna be home coaching and being around my kids when they can't travel with me."
Of course, they just turned 2. And Josh still has a very big goal in mind.
"I still have the competitive edge that drives me every year to win a world title so I'm gonna keep going, for right now, as hard as I can."
— Kirsten Akens
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