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A Cowboy’s Faith: Average can be best

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The law of averages will balance it all out.”

Reminder of that fact has recently been imprinted several times. Many insist “average” is not good enough, declaring being the “best” is what matters the most.

In reality it is impossible to be a winner every time. Records verify all-time champions often had top scores, yet sometimes were also losers.

What made the point hit home was a recent jackpot barrel race with several outstanding riders competing. Among 10 adults entered were no less than four cowgirls of national-winning caliber mounted on proven superstars.

It was a two-round competition with fastest time total in two runs the victor. Those cowgirls were outstanding, readily scoring best times in their first runs. The sleek race horses with fit young riders were impressive in tight turns and speeding down the straight away.

The archaic wannabe on his big, old, home-raised, ranch-bred palomino gelding was about two seconds off their fastest time. With little hopes of taking home the trophy on the announcer’s stand, ringside he watched the cowgirls’ second runs.

Third fastest first-round cowgirl was going lickety-split and knocked the second barrel down. Second fastest in the first out reset her mount inside the gate, becoming an uncontrollable runaway to the first barrel.

Next up was the first-go fastest time in perfect position around two barrels then sure enough crashed that last drum.

Adrenalin flowing, with horse prancing through the gate, they were off running perfect pattern as possible with that rider. A second faster than their first-round, it tallied to be the overall prize winner. Average counted most in the end.

Study this year’s National Finals Rodeo, story is the same. Several go-round winners got bucked off or had timed event problems in other go-rounds. Those consistent contestants every time out didn’t collect that much go-round money but had the best total scores. Average counted most in the end.

When the calf crop was sold in early October, there were some market toppers and others didn’t sell very high. Take home check was above a year ago. Average counted most in the end.

Reminded of the Parable of the Sower, Biblically referred to numerous times about the farmer who planted many seeds. While some seeds didn’t produce for various reasons, other seeds yielded many-fold; the law of averages.


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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