Fire-jumping cowboy ready for rodeo

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Rodeo schedule:

6 p.m. Pre-rodeo barbecue

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Live entertainment

7:30 p.m. Rodeo starts

Ticket prices:

Adults - $15

Children 7-15 - $8

Children 6 and younger - free

Adults can save $1 and children can save 50 cents by buying their tickets ahead of time. Discounted tickets are available at F.M. Light & Sons, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Gondola General, Information Center/Vacation Services in Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Central Reservations.

All tickets are general admission.

The events include:

- Bareback Riding

- Saddle Bronc Riding

- Bull Riding

- Tie-Down Roping

- Steer Wrestling

- Team Roping

- #11 Team Roping

- Cowgirl's Barrel Racing

- Pee Wee Barrel Racing

- Calf Scramble

- Ram Scramble

Veteran performers Blake Goode and John Buck will perform throughout the weekend.

— Blake Goode rolled into Steamboat Springs late Wednesday afternoon. In so many ways, it was yet another day on the road for the veteran rodeo performer, another day of the endless traveling that has him dreaming of home ever more frequently.

Things were a little different this time, however. Riding high in the seat next to Goode was his 9-year-old son, Zayne, along for one of his first rodeo tour trips in several years.

"It's been really good. A little easier being gone this time because I got someone in the car with me I care about," Goode said.

Goode made it to Steamboat after blasting down the blacktop from Salt Lake City. It's become a summer routine for him, but even with his son along for one ride, the routine that keeps him away from his new wife - expecting the couple's first baby - for eight months at a time is proving too much.

"I feel like I'm missing out on their lives," Goode said. "I'm tired of being gone all the time by myself. When you got someone at home, it's hard to be gone."

None of that means Goode isn't ready to put on another dazzling show in Steamboat.

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series has featured clowns each of its first four weeks and will do so again this weekend as John Beck performs. But Goode figures to provide a little something extra.

With his Roman riding routine, Goode said he will fly around the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill atop a pair of white horses labeled The Flying Aces.

He said even that can't match his ride atop a pair of 2,200-pound Braham bulls.

It's all even better, he said, when he adds the fire.

"It's all about how much time you invest in them," Goode said of training the animals for his act. "Each one is a little different."

Goode said he got into the more spectacular side of rodeo after years of steer wrestling. He won plenty of money, even taking several checks while in Steamboat, but couldn't find the regular paycheck in steer wrestling that he found in his Roman riding performances.

Even that won't be enough to keep him on the road in the future, he said. Goode plans to finish off all the contracts he has signed, then be more selective with his destinations in the future. He said he's happy to be in Steamboat for this weekend's two rodeos, however, and that doesn't have everything to do with who's riding shotgun.

"This will be the third or fourth time I've performed in Steamboat, and it always goes well," he said. "There's just a great rodeo committee, and it's a neat little town to come through, relax and enjoy yourself in."

Today's and Saturday's rodeos start at 7:30 p.m.

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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