Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Roping Life at the Cloverdale Rodeo

Filed under: Motivation — by at 9:38 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Cloverdale Rodeo: mere miles from where I grew up, but I always had homework on the May long weekend. Now, again mere miles (9 miles or 14.6 kilometres, according to Google Maps) from where Darrell and I live, getting there by public transit made going seem less appealing.

When my friend since high school Meike Krug asked if I wanted to go to the Cloverdale Rodeo last Saturday, I didn’t hesitate in saying, “Sure! Yes!”

Glenda and Meike

We were there in time to watch the parade. The nice thing about this parade: I actually saw it! No bums were standing in my way…

Cowgirls and horses!

Cowgirls on horses

A Zamboni and cowboy hats together in a parade…only in Canada, eh. Smile

A zamboni with the driver wearing a cowboy hats

Here come the Shriners…

Shriners on small motorbikes

One Shriner came over and gave me a pin, which has special meaning for me. Back when I was around four years old, I was in hospital for several months: first in traction, followed by surgery and recovery in a cast from my ankles to my armpits. As I share in my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself:

Eventually, I was allowed to go home on weekends. As the doctor signed my release for my first weekend home, he ordered my parents to ensure that I had a quiet weekend. “Yes, Doctor. No problem,” they assured him. Bright and early Saturday morning, we lined up for the Shriners’ Parade. Mom and Dad propped me, in my Y-shaped cast, against the curb so that I could see everything. One Shriner passed by and tucked a $5 bill in my hand. Awhile later, another Shriner tucked a $5 bill in my other fisted hand “so that I was balanced.” The clowns, the noise, and the action combined were more excitement than I had experienced in several months.

With the parade over and our car packed, we then went camping with friends. A hike was part of the plan and not to exclude me from the group, Dad and Uncle Jim carried me in my heavy body cast the entire way. Upon returning to our campsite, we discovered a Styrofoam cooler does not withstand bears. Oh, what a mess! And, probably not quite what the doctor had meant by a quiet weekend! But, oh what fun!

Thank you Shriner, I will cherish the pin.

Once on the rodeo grounds, Meike and I headed straight for the animal building (first for the bathroom and then for the animals). It was like the old days: hanging out with horses on a Saturday afternoon. What could be better!

Glenda standing up to receive kisses and a nuzzle from a horse

What’s a country fair without corn on the cob!

Meike eating a cob of corn

I am a proud 45 year old Canadian and this is likely my first photo with two Mounties in full red serge. Why leave this privilege to only the tourists?


Near the end of our day, we walked passed one booth with two huge, beautiful motorcycles on display. Meike suggested I park beside one, she would take a photo and the caption would read something like, “Glenda considering an upgrade.”

A voice from the back hollered, ”Go ahead and sit on it!” I could have responded with a wimpy, “Oh, no thanks. Its okay,” and not bothered getting on the bike, but…that isn’t me!

I stood up beside the bike and sat on the seat. Getting my leg over the front was a struggle. One woman suggested I sit sideways for the photo, but…that isn’t me!

With more effort and leaning back (who knew that helped with getting on to a motorbike), we managed to get my right leg over. (Thinking back, it might have been easier to mount it like a horse and swing my leg over the back. Next time!)


Sitting there felt great! I can only imagine what it would feel like to ride on the open highway.

Thank you Paula and Ray from Sturgis North!

Looking back on the lesson I learned when I was four (besides ignoring doctor’s orders when appropriate) and that has guided me through my life is to live life to the fullest. We get only one chance to make the most of the ride.

Thank you for a great day, Meike, my friend!

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Comment by Meike

May 24, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

Lots of laughs that day for sure! 😀

Comment by Glenda

May 24, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

Most definitely and great memories!

Comment by Deb

May 25, 2012 @ 4:18 am

The picture of you and the horse made me cry … from happiness. Glenda, you inspire me!

Comment by Gayle

May 25, 2012 @ 4:25 am

Great day~!! Thanks for sharing. We just visited Canada for the first time last week…your country is beautiful…I did not see a Mountie though.

Comment by Meike

May 25, 2012 @ 4:52 am

You haven’t seen anything! The horse actually came over to Glenda and nuzzled and cuddled her for about 5 minutes. People around us were so surprised. That picture is my favourite out of all of them.

Comment by Glenda

May 25, 2012 @ 10:32 am

And that horse nuzzle was after the mare with her beautiful buckskin month old colt “Rocky”. The mare let me scratch her nose for the longest time, and then came back for more. Sometimes I am better with animals than with people.

Comment by Glenda

May 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am

Gayle, I hope you enjoyed your trip to Canada. Seeing Mounties in their full dress red serge is still a treat. They are usually in their uniform blues. Please come again!

Comment by Jana

June 17, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

WOW looks like you had a great weekend!!!!

It’s awesome to see how your parents treated you to a “quiet” weekend, and how you have taken ahold of their “sieze the day” attitude in your own life!!!!

Loved seeing you on the bike!!!!!!! Best pic of you, ever!

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