It’s rodeo time in Houston, and traffic around the NRG Stadium crawls to a stop. Since 2003, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (RodeoHouston) has been held at NRG. HLSR is the largest livestock exhibitions and rodeo in the world and offers the richest purses. The event is 20 days long. Kickoff is marked by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run – a 10k and 5k walk & run and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (the Chili Cookoff, which is a major event in HLSR each year). In 2017, attendance reached a record high of 2,611,176 people and 33,000 volunteers.
Of particular interest to me is the trail ride associated with the HLSR. In 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Today, more than 3,000 trail riders partake in the Rodeo’s signature tradition each year. One year, I saw them ride into Memorial Park and it was quite a spectacle, all those horses, trail-weary cowboys and cowgirls. Yes, have to admit I always wanted to participate in that part of the rodeo.
I was there several years ago and saw the Zach Brown Band. The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists, including Dixie Chicks, Elvis Presley, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd to mention a few.
I don’t usually go because of the huge crowds but one year I went with a friend and ended up buying this stunning necklace of a Spanish horse. The lady was getting ready to leave, and sold it to me at a lesser price. Otherwise, well…
Almost every book I’ve ever written includes the Andalusian or the Lusitano horse. I think Gylded Wings may be the only one that doesn’t have a horse of any persuasion. This dark fantasy is narrated in first person from Lucifer’s POV, but there is nothing satanic or demonic about the book. In fact, the ending is rather uplifting:
Angels in slavery? Brit Montgomery cannot believe it, until she is sent on a rescue mission to another dimension and witnesses the cruel practice first hand. The angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. She is drawn to him but sometimes beauty disguises wicked secrets. This man who rocks her world seems more demon than angel.
Gyldan, born into slavery, has one desire—fly free. When he escapes to Earth, he faces an alternate self-realization full of dark glory…and disbelief. Gyldan is bent on experiencing his newfound powers unmindful of the harm to Brit or others.
Confused and hurt by Gyldan’s erratic evil actions, Brit turns away. While Gyldan’s journey of self-discovery pulls him further distant, Brit finds acceptance in a solitary, comfortable life of her own until she realizes the day of reckoning has come. Will Gyldan be her final ruin or has he come back to her with a gift more precious than life itself?
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Let’s go to RodeoHouston! I want to be present and accounted for at the Chili Cookoff.