Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 33

Continued from page 22 NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY life. I grew up on a farm. My husband bought me my first cutting horse. We thought this would be something fun that we could do that’s more relaxed. Sheri and Jeff have been trying to get my husband into it, too. Anyone can do this. You don’t have to have a trained cutting horse, just one you can open gates with and that isn’t afraid of cattle. You have to read your cattle with your horse and your dog. You’re getting to work both. It’s just a fun sport where there is not a whole lot of pressure.” Greg Coalson of Warner, Texas, is a regular cutter and he’s had border collies and show dogs off and on for the last 20-25 years. “I enjoy it mostly because you get to use both horse and dog in unison,” Coalson said. “In a dog trial the dog does everything. Rodear is more realistic to what you do every day on a ranch when you’re going out and gathering cattle on horseback. It’s just you and your dog doing the job. Plus, it’s also the people involved. I’m close with them. We all want to win but at the same time we all pull for one another as well. I compete in the events and I’ve competed in all of them so far.” Even Bob Kingsley has gotten involved in the sport. He met the Newtons not too long ago but didn’t understand it until he saw it for the first time at the Matthews’ place. “I’ve been involved in it for about a year, but I’ve been hearing about it for a while,” Kingsley said regarding his involvement. “I love border collies. I’ve had a couple, actually, two or three. The one I have now is just excellent. I’ve worked her with sheep at the ranch.” Much like anyone else who has heard of Rodear, Bob Kingsley was excited. “It’s such a great idea. I tried it a few times and it didn’t go well. I’m a serious novice,” he said and laughed. “I can’t wait for the next big deal on the 29th of October. I just kind of jumped in and it’s a lot of fun and really enjoyable.” Like Atwood and Coalson, Kingsley relishes the challenge to work Continued on page 76 31