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Former Tatum resident has good night at Lea County rodeo

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Peter Stein/News-Sun

LOVINGTON – Bradi Good lived up to her last name at Saturday night’s ladies breakaway round in the Lea County Rodeo at Lovington’s Jake McClure Arena.

Good’s 3.2 score was the fastest performance time in Saturday’s round, earning her television and newspaper interviews for her troubles.

Good was fairly certain that her score would not be good enough in the overall tally. “As for the whole weekend,” she said, “I don’t think I’ll place.”

But Good was proud of her night anyway. She should have been, and she should have been, after finishing 12th overall and earning $429.

Good, who now makes her home in Abilene, Texas, has roots in Lea County, in the rodeo here, roots at Jake McClure Arena. She used to be a little girl watching her father Shay – once a Tatum resident – compete at McClure. Shay Good has a solid rodeo résumé himself, having placed as a steer roping finalist three times. He was 20th in the world standings as recently as last year – a season that included him winning the Texas Circuit Finals in Waco. Good ranked 17th in the 2020 world standings, 16th in 2019, 11th in 2017. He earned four National Finals Steer Roping qualifications – 2015 through 2017, and last year.

When Shay Good competed at McClure, his daughter Bradi was often there too.

“He rodeoed here a few times,” Bradi Good said, “and he brought me here to watch him. I’ve grown up watching him.”

Bradi Good thinks she was about eight years old when she began rodeoing. She’s 20 now and has been a pro for the past two years. Ladies breakaway has only been an official event for around that long, and Good was long hoping she would get her chance to be a pro at it. Finally, ladies breakaway joined the fray.

“I was very excited,” Good said, “very excited. Because the women deserved a chance to show that we can rope too, and we deserved our chance to show it in the pro rodeos. I like the chance we now get to show that.”

Good is early in the rodeo life, the whole pro experience, and is thrilled to be a part of it. But there are aspects of it that she doesn’t like so much.

“Probably the driving,” she said. “You’re driving from place to place. A lot of miles – from Oregon to Texas to New Mexico and so on.”

After Saturday night, Good was off to Dodge City, Kansas to finish a competition she had already started, hoping to win some money in the Sunflower State on Sunday.

But it was nice to compete at McClure,  something Good had wanted to do growing up.

“I dreamed of it,” she said, “and it came true.”

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