Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Through the Summer with Mike Lee and Family

Fun traveling on the road!
This summer run was a lot of fun. My family got to come with me a great deal and I got back to just me and my family and riding bulls. It seems to help me ride better when it’s nothing else other than just me and the love of bull riding. Then everything else just disappears.

I put on two bull riding schools this summer one in Lane, OK and one in Mission, SD. The one in Lane OK called the Lane Frost Memorial Bull Riding School. I have been doing it for several years now and this year was a good year. Plenty of kids and several that were really motivated to ride and learn. We all went running up and down the gravel roads in the Oklahoma hills and a few of the kids even beat me back to the arena. It was a great few days and I got to see a lot of talent in these students. I hope the school had an impact on them because I push them hard and make them think outside of the box and push them out of their comfort zones. And not just an impact in bull riding but in other parts of their lives too.

Putting up tepees with the Lakota Tribe

The school in Mission South Dakota was for the Lakota Tribe there. It was a lot of fun getting to learn about their culture and the family that put on the school. It’s really pretty country there with great people who took care of me and my family like they were their own. We got to work a lot on the horses, more than I normally do, because of their natural ability to ride a horse. And believe it or not if you can ride a horse trotting around bareback in a round pen with no hands for 8 seconds then you can probably ride a bull.

Lancaster, CA event.
Mike won it and got 2nd and 3rd place
riding all six of his bulls.
I got on a lot of bulls this summer. Decatur was good event and California was really fun. I got to get on Bushwacker and he felt really good and really fun. In the past he hadn’t felt that good because I was out of time, but it seems to be easier to believe it’s possible now. God is helping me believe that things are possible. Not because I deserve them but because I trust and have faith in his plan for me. It seems to be that sometimes you quit trying to hold onto everything, you just let it go, and trust in your instincts and live bull by bull and day by day and there seems to be more freedom in that and more fun.

Mike Lee and Brendan Clark
with their sons at the
Salinas, CA PBR event.

This summer I pushed myself to the limits by entering several times at each event. This might not be for anyone else but it really helps me. When I get exhausted and I don’t have anything else left in my tank is when I find out who I really am. Things slow down and I feel alive.

Calgary Stampede Down Time

I got to spend time with my son Peter who is 7 months old and just kind of getting to watch and be with a baby again makes you kind of slow down and think about life. Think about “what am I living for?” And if everything was taken away from me, if my money, my bull riding, my family were all taken away then what is it if you lose everything that you live for?

It comes to mind that we’re all going to lose everything. We’re all going out the way we came in, naked and with nothing, just as my son peter did. I’m kind of experiencing the world in his eyes. It just makes you slow down and think what am I riding for? What am I living for? And at the end if you have no faith and no hope to meet your maker, and to meet Jesus, it makes no sense. All this work, all this effort, good, bad, what is it for? What is it worth? Without God without our maker then it seems pointless. And when things are pointless I lose hope.

This summer I found my hope again, and my belief that things are possible. I had told my wife I was feeling anxious this summer about a particular bull, it was a really good bull and there was a lot of pressure and I was getting a little bit of anxiety about it not wanting to mess it up. My wife turned towards me and said “that’s good, enjoy that feeling, enjoy the pressure, enjoy the moment. Don’t run from it, don’t try to escape it, take it all in, feel it, let it come over you. Bask in the greatness of that moment and rejoice in the mere fact that you get to experience it! Take note of how hard you worked to get there and how blessed you are to be there. Those are the moments to live for, the moments that you will remember the most. You tried your hardest and you didn’t let the fear take away your faith in the gift that God has given you.” When my wife told me that God whispered in my ear “just let it go and trust your instincts.”

Sometimes I forget I have a Father in heaven and that he leads my paths. As long as my spirits right I can trust and have hope and belief in things that seemed impossible. Sometimes I just have to remember to try to just enjoy the moment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mike Lee VS Bushwacker Results

It was a long night for Mike Lee.  He rode six bulls Wednesday night, the last being Bushwacker.

The first bull of the night caused Mike to strain his groin, but he kept on going, bull after bull, riding each one with dedication and heart.  Besides God, his wife and kids, and family, there is nothing that Mike would rather be doing, than riding those bulls.  

The crowds and fans went wild as World Champion Mike Lee climbed on World Champion Bushwacker.

No one has ridden Bushwacker eight seconds since last August when JB Mauney rode him.

Even the bull's owner, Julio Morenas, said that Mike was a great match up for Bushwacker. Bushwacker could really show just how good he was with a rider of that caliber.

Mike went through his usual routine as he got his rope on the bull and slid forward.  Mike loosens up his body and then nods his head to open the gate.

The crowd in the stands went wild while the fans at home screamed and cheered, (my family being part of that online crowd).  Mike stayed on Bushwacker longer than anyone else so far this season.

5 Seconds!

Which is a victory in anyone's eyes considering the bull!

While it wasn't the eight seconds Mike wanted, he walked to the chute with a huge grin on his face and proud of the 5 he held on.

Post by PBR.

This is a video of Mike discussing his ride.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Ride Mike Lee Has Been Looking Forward to ALL Year


Two world champions going head to head in a match up that Mike and Bushwacker's fans have wanted to see!

Watch it tonight on pbr.com/live  to see the event we have all been waiting for!

July 16th, 2014
10pm eastern

Held in Salinas, California

Read the following on the matchup:

TX Ranch n Rodeo 2014-07-14 by DeepEllumOnAir

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mike Lee Still On a Roll!

Summer in the PBR brings more action as Mike Lee travels the country, riding at events and teaching at bull riding schools.  

Currently, the Lee's are in Mission, South Dakota teaching bull riding to another eager bunch of cowboys.

The beginning of June you could find Mike and the entire family at the Lane Frost Memorial Christian Bull Riding and Bull Fighting School.  

Mike, Dana, Teri, and the kids had a great time working with the young people who came to learn the ins and outs of bull riding and bull fighting. They got the students on horses, steers, mini bulls, and bulls as well as learning physical training and spiritual training.

The students all had a great time riding, learning, interacting with Mike, Frank Newsom, and the Frost family.

One of the highlights of the school is when Elsey Frost comes out to share the story of her son, Lane Frost.  Many hearts were touched and changed as they heard his incredible story.  

Mike always looks forward to working with his bull riding students and even said he thinks he may see a few of these bull riders in the future!

Mike Lee is still leading in a sport where he has become a legend.  He remains in the top five bull riders in the world.  His recent wins in Decator and Asheville are not a surprise to anyone.  All his fans are thrilled to see him continue to excel in this exciting sport.

According to his wife, Dana, Mike is on a roll.  She said everything in his life is in the right place and going great.  She knows he has what it takes to take the world finals this fall and she looks forward to cheering the loudest in the stands the entire way there!

“I think he can do anything, as long as he stays healthy and believes in himself, he has the ability.”  Dana said.  She went on to share that the family is trying to help him focus on eating right, exercising, stretching his muscles daily, and remaining positive.

“He loves riding. He is getting on 6 or 7 bulls a weekend and still loves it.  He looks forward to it every week.” She continued to share.

He isn’t the only one!  With his thousands of fans, we all are right there with them, cheering him on and looking forward to every event.

For current stats go to PBR
For photos of the Lane Frost School go to the facebook page.

Friday, May 2, 2014

World Champion, Mike Lee, stays near the top of the 
2014 Built Ford Tough Series Standings. 

PBR BFTS 2014 (as of 5-2-14):

Events - 14
Top Five Standings - 5
Top Ten Standings - 10
Points - 4472.06
Current BFTS World Standings - 4th place

BFTS Career Stats:

Events - 316
Outs - 890
Rides - 448
Percentage - 50.34

Upcoming Events:
Rumble in the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Colorado - PBR BFTS - May 2-4
Last Cowboy Standing, Las Vegas, Nevada - PBR BFTS - May 9-10
Lane Frost Memorial Christian Bull Riding and Bull Fighting School, 
                                                           Lane, Oklahoma - June 9-11
Express Employment Professionals Classic, Tulsa, Oklahoma - PBR BFTS - Aug 15-16

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Twelve Weeks of BFTS

With the first half of the season in full swing, it is interesting to look back over the stats for the first part of the Built Ford Tough Series.  Mike Lee has stayed at or near the top this entire season.

Go to the PBR website for more stats like the one below.

TOP-RANKED RIDERS – Here are the top-ranked riders of 2014 with their BFTS points by week:

Week 1 – Fabiano Vieira, 1,012.50 (14.88 points ahead of J.B. Mauney)
Week 2 – Fabiano Vieira, 1,666.00 (221.75 points ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 3 – Mike Lee, 1,926.00 (147.38 points ahead of Fabiano Vieira)
Week 4 – Mike Lee, 2,610.25 (522.88 points ahead of Joao Ricardo Vieira)
Week 5 – Mike Lee, 3,024.75 (431.88 points ahead of Fabiano Vieira)
Week 6 – Guilherme Marchi, 3,191.50 (83.25 points ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 7 – Mike Lee, 3,784.25 (354.38 points ahead of Joao Ricardo Vieira)
Week 8 – Guilherme Marchi, 3,908.25 (124 points ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 9 – Guilherme Marchi, 4,313.43 (295.62 ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 10 – Guilherme Marchi 4,417.43 (70.37 ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 11 – Guilherme Marchi 5,073.68 (726.62 ahead of Mike Lee)
Week 12 – Guilherme Marchi 5,198.68 (374.12 ahead of Joao Ricardo Vieira)

Photo by Terry Good

Monday, March 24, 2014

Women of the PBR - Dana Lee

The old saying goes, "Behind every good man is a great woman."

Dana Lee shares her story with the PBR, Professional Bull Riders.

Coming from New York City to Decatur Texas, this woman has adjusted well.  With the love of her life at her side, she has learned to stand by her man as he rides the rankest bulls in the world - making his way to number one in October!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mike Lee competes in the Iron Cowboy and The American in Arlington Texas

Mike Lee has been on a roll this year with success after success that has kept him top of the BFTS standings so far this season. 

 I thought about calling him and asking about his terrible wreck he had on Saturday in the Iron Cowboy PBR event.

 Or maybe his thoughts on his placing in the top four of The American on Sunday.

But, I already know the answer.  He will say he is sore but doing good.  He would also say that He thanks God for dying on the cross for us.  In the four years I have known Mike, no matter what happens to him, he is "fine" and he always gives the glory to God.

So instead of calling him today and asking him those questions, I decided to share something that is always in his heart- eternity.

This week I will share a missions trip Mike Lee took with his wife and other bull riders with Manna Worldwide to Guatemala.

Mike always attributes his success to God, feeling that without Him, he couldn't ride. Mike has looked death in the face and come out the victor but does not take credit for it.  He knows his Source for all things and reminds himself of it daily.

Mike also knows that whether 

on the top or bottom of the bull
on the top or bottom of the BFTS standings,

he is in God's hands.

Friday, February 28, 2014

With the Iron Cowboy and The American this weekend, what's on Mike Lee's mind?

Mike Lee continues to be in the top two this season in the Built Ford Tough Series with the PBR. His success isn’t short term - it is something that has been consistent since he got on his first bull at the age of 10.
Terry Good, photographer

I asked him how his leg feels after being stepped on by a bull in the Kansas City, MO, event last weekend.  He told me it’s fine and wasn’t hurt bad at all – just a little strawberry on it.

I put him on the spot and asked him for a quote.

“What about?”

“I don’t know. How ‘bout something you’ve never told anyone before!”

We both laughed as he is used to my crazy antics. I wanted to know what was on his mind going into the grueling weekend of The American and Iron Cowboy Events in Texas, and he came back with something thoughtful and heartfelt, just like I expected this man of faith and compassion would.

“Lately, I am really enjoying life. I’m really enjoy my family and riding bulls. You’d think riding bulls would get old by now, but it’s not. I really look forward to doing it. I cherish every moment. You never know when Jesus is gonna come. I’m just in that kind of mindset lately.”

Notice Mike laughing hard in the background.
Shae Smith loved the ride, but said his bull riding
career is over after his one and only ride.

Mike and I laughed as we talked about the time my husband got on one of his bulls and was bucked off. We enjoyed staying with him and his family for a month in 2010. 

One of the most ironic moments of our stay with him was on our last night there. My son, Gabriel, put in his PBR Wii game and chose the player on the game named “Mike Lee”. It was wild watching the real Mike Lee play himself on the PBR Wii game. 

When Chicken on a Chain was the next Wii bull for “Mike Lee” to ride, the real Mike Lee told us he had always wanted to ride him. We watched him take on that infamous bull like it was real life. Mike made sure the game was on the hardest setting and he played round after round with Gabriel. It was beyond awesome.

Mike is a real cowboy with a heart bigger than the state of Texas that he loves.

Terry Good, photographer

He not only loves to bull ride, but he loves family, people, and Jesus.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mike Lee is in BFTS 1st Place after St. Louis PBR Event Feb 14-16

Mike Lee, once again, continues to show the world why he still has got what it takes to be a World Champion.

Mike Lee at the BFTS event in St. Louis
Terry Good, photographer

Since the 2014 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Season has begun, Mike has consistently proven that he is one of the best bull riders in the world. With his success this weekend in St. Louis, he rises to 1st place in the BFTS, where he has been almost all season.

His stats for 2014 are as follows 
(as of the publishing of this article)
  •         1st place in the BFTS
  •          3,340.50 pts
  •          7 events
  •          26 outs, 16 rides – 61.54%
  •          5 – Top 5’s
  •          6 – Top 10’s
  •     World Money $46,603.54

Career Stats
  •          309 Career events
  •          Career 874 outs, 444 rides – 50.8%
  •          Sixth in the PBR All Time Money Earners Stats with $3,344,159.69
  •          PBR World Finals Qualifications – 12 years in a row
For current stats go to his profile on the PBR website.

I asked Mike how it felt to be in 1st place and he replied, “God is good. I don’t have anything to do with it.”
He went on to say, “It is spooky being on top. It is hard as a Christian man because pride can sneak in real easy. I have to stay humble and I know that God is in control.”

“I just live for the moment. There is a lot less stress and that is what I am trying to do. When I get bucked off a bull, I am grateful because I learned something and I trust God. I don’t get angry like I used to. I’m tired of being stressed out.”

“I’m sick of the worldly way of thinking.”

Mike Lee thanks God after every ride.
Photo by Terry Good, photographer.
I asked him if there was something he wanted to tell his fans and he gave me the answer I knew he would. 

Mike is a simple man with one thing on his mind, and that is Jesus.

“I just want to say I believe in Christ and what Jesus did on the cross. I am very appreciative and humble for the way God lived for us and died for us.”

I asked him how it feels to be a new daddy again.

“Pretty cool. He is a good baby. He likes to eat and is very healthy. He can’t go long without eating!” He shared that his wife, Dana, is doing great and they are both excited to have little Peter John Lee.
With Mike, his success isn’t based on a percentage or statistic.  He trains hard, prepares physically and mentally for each event, and tries to take each ride as it comes but he understands that he is in God’s will and completely trusts his future to Him.

The World Champion Mike Lee is a lot like the World Champion bull Bushwacker -
  •      If you take the bucking out of Bushwacker he would lose who he is.
  •      If you take God out of Mike Lee, he would lose who he is.

Bushwacker is retiring this year and when I cautiously brought up the subject of retirement with Mike he said,

“I don’t see myself retiring unless God tells me to.” He plans on riding bulls for years to come.

Mike shared with me that he knows talking about Jesus and God is not politically correct but that is what’s important to him and he wants to share it.  So, as I prepared this article I just couldn't separate the two in it.
Mike Lee, Professional Bull Rider
Terry Good, photographer