Some 16 hours or so had elapsed since Lindsay Sears clinched her second world barrel racing championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Las Vegas.
The Nanton cowgirl suddenly became, in her words, "ecstatic."
It wasn't a delayed reaction to her remarkable conquest the night before. Sears' feelings were triggered by her sorrel mare Martha after she turned the 11-year-old out into a corral at a private facility on the outskirts of the city that was home for two weeks.
"She bucked, snorted, played and whipped around for a good half hour like she hadn't run in a month," Sears reported. "My veterinarian Dr. Warren Weber and I were standing there watching her and it was unbelievable. I was ecstatic."
Martha won't be bringing her amazing athletic ability to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
She's the remarkable 11-year-old sorrel mare that Lindsay Sears rode to her world barrel racing championship in 2008 and has been a mainly responsible for the Nanton horsewoman's six-year career earnings of $1,154,177.
"Finally, for the first time since the 2008 season ended, she's healthy and I don't intend changing that before the (Wrangler) National Finals Rodeo," Sears said without mincing words. "I'm going to keep it that way and just save her for the NFR."
Panhandle Slim, the Fort Worth, Texas based western wear manufacturer, is excited to announce the signing of World Champion Barrel Racer Lindsay Sears to promote the brand in the Rodeo and Western Lifestyle community.
Known for her chic clothing style, Lindsay Sears reads Vogue and Glamour magazines, wears low-rise jeans and waits eagerly for "Fashion Week" in New York and London every year. "I have finally found a brand of clothing that has a great fit and at the same time a cutting edge look," said Lindsay Sears. "Nothing fits me like my Rock and Roll Cowgirl Jeans . . . except maybe Martha."
Lindsay Sears is plowing down the rodeo trail without her bullet barrel racing mare Martha.
But, the 2008 world champion from Nanton is still managing to put her name on professional rodeo's leaderboards.
She has qualified for this coming Friday's semi-final round at the $1.2 million San Antonio, Texas rodeo after placing in three of her four qualifying rounds on the weekend and posting the second fastest time over the first 10 performances.
Nanton cowgirl Lindsay Sears seems to have mastered the art of keeping herself in the thick of things.
At least, that’s what the southern Alberta barrel racer is doing at this year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, where she’s finding ways to bring home at least a share of the rodeo winnings.
In Sunday’s Round 4 competition, Sears finished just behind the night’s top pace-setter by one-tenth of a second, the same slim margin that earned her a second-place showing and $13,840 one night earlier.
But a thicker logjam atop Sunday’s barrel-racing action meant Sears had to settle with a tie for fourth spot and a smaller $4,895 cheque.