Mike has never been one to brag about himself. When we first started dating and I’d ask how a bull riding went it was either one of two answer “good” or “not good I bucked off all my bulls”. Being a man of little words I quickly realized that “good” could mean a variety of different things. One of them being WINNING an event.
I will never forget the first time he said he did “good” and when I asked him what place he finished he told me “uh first”. I was so excited for him but so confused at the same time because if I won I’d be jumping up and down with joy wanting to yell it from the rooftops! But Mike had it figured out long before I did.
Mike is the most humble man I have ever met and proves this to me on a daily basis. He is quick to thank God for his wins but hardly ever will admit that he won an event or even did well at it because he feels like it would be bragging on himself. There is only a handful of times I can remember Mike calling me excited to tell me that he won an event or did good. After you get to know Mike you realize that just because he doesn’t jump up and down and shout it from the rooftops doesn’t mean he is any less excited!
Winning this past weekend in Thackerville was a great blessing for Mike and there are no words to express how happy it makes me to see him up there in front of everyone thanking God for his blessing. Watching Mike ride has become one of my favorite things to do. To see him do something he loves and be able to cheer him on while he does it is amazing for me. To watch his dreams come true is a dream come true for me.
When I asked Mike on the drive home how it felt to win he said “Good, really good. God really blessed me tonight.” He said he hoped he could win another one this year too. And I believe if he stays healthy he will! For now he’s just taking it one bull at a time and one event at a time.