RODEO: Mother, daughter bond through barrel racing at SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo

Julie Pluemer of Bosque Farms, New Mexico competes in the Barrel Racing function during the second night of the Sandhills Inventory Show and Rodeo Friday night at the Ector County Coliseum. Pluemer’s daughter Leia also competed in the function. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American) On the second night of performances of the […]

On the second night of performances of the 2022 SandHills Inventory Show and Rodeo, numerous rivals from throughout the region have been on hand to showcase their barrel racing skills.

Amongst people riders have been Julie and Leia Pluemer of Bosque Farms, N.M.

The mother-daughter duo showed off their velocity and procedure, finishing their races in just about similar moments.

Leia, the youthful Pluemer, clocked in at 14.74 seconds, even though Julie concluded in 14.47.

Competing in rodeos has been family business for Julie Pluemer for as prolonged as she can bear in mind.

“I grew up accomplishing 4A to junior rodeos, substantial university rodeos all the way up until now,” she mentioned.

Friday’s overall performance wasn’t the initial time the elder Pluemer has competed at the SandHills Inventory Show and Rodeo, this year’s version marking the 3rd time she has taken section in the experienced levels of competition.

She also competed in the function when she was in higher education.

Immediately after getting around rodeos for a big section of her life, Pluemer understood it was a organic phase for her daughter to make a identify for herself in the activity.

Leia Pluemer mentioned her mother noticed her curiosity in rodeos from the time she was pretty youthful.

“She mentioned I could trip just before I could stroll,” Leia mentioned.

Receiving to compete alongside each individual other has assisted the Pluemers improve their spouse and children bond in quite a few approaches, spending quite a few months of the year on the highway to participate in other rodeos.

When Julie is not competing, she usually handles the driving responsibilities when the duo hits the highway.

“It would make me definitely joyful, usually I go with her and she does most of the competing and I do the driving,” Julie mentioned. “We’re far more associates than mother-daughter.”

The partnership contains keeping each individual other accountable when they phase into an arena.

Looking at her daughter function toward her desires of competing at the optimum degree is a very pleased minute.

“She’s attained considerably far more than I could have ever attained,” Julie mentioned. “She keeps me encouraged.”

Like quite a few rivals at the SandHills Inventory Show and Rodeo, Leia is looking to safe a spot in this year’s Nationwide Finals Rodeo in December.

Leia Pluemer of Bosque Famrs, New Mexico competes in the Barrel Racing function during the second night of the Sandhills Inventory Show and Rodeo Friday night at the Ector County Coliseum. Pluemer’s mother Julie also competed in the function. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American)

For her race via the cloverleaf in Odessa, she opted to trip a youthful horse to give her typical horse a break just before heading into the subsequent several months that involve a multitude of other rodeos.

A single of Leia’s beloved elements about competing at the Ector County Coliseum is the downhill alley that rivals go via when leaving the annex to reach the main ground.

She mentioned there are not quite a few other rodeos that have a very similar setup.

She also enjoys obtaining her mother around at rodeos.

“It’s fairly cool simply because, yeah we’re definitely shut and we haul alongside one another but we also force each individual other to be much better,” Leia mentioned. “We’re fairly aggressive.”

Immediately after their displaying in Odessa, the Pluemers have been preparing on heading out to Midland to consider section in a further barrel racing function.

They’ll pack anything up and seem for their subsequent stop soon after that.

“The journey is in all probability the finest section, we see a large amount of cool factors and fulfill a large amount of cool folks,” Leia mentioned. “We type of split up the driving, we equally consider our truthful share.”

The youthful Pluemer handles the navigating part of their highway outings when her mother normally takes the wheel.

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