Wisconsin-Nothing makes a mother more proud than to
see her child succeed at something she loves. This is
true for all mothers, including Tammy Whyte. At the
North Central Rodeo in Medford, Wis., June 8-10 Whyte
watched as daughter Brandi won her first professional
rodeo and took great pride in the win despite the fact
that her daughter's win cost her victory for herself.
"She's on cloud nine,"
Tammy laughs. The elder Whyte is accustomed to victories.
Riding Luckys Tiny Bit, aka Cisco, Whyte has claimed
the last four Great Lakes Circuit Championships, one
year winning an incredible 13 of 25 rodeos.
But in Medford, it was Brandi's
turn in the limelight. Riding her mother's horse, Eureka
Playboy, she toured the cloverleaf in 18.18 seconds,
just .06 seconds faster than Mom; she won $1,634 while
Tammy settled for $1,400 for second.
"I am definitely excited,"
says Brandi of her first pro win. "I have been
working for this."
Whyte and Playboy have been a team
for a few years but are just now finding their timing
"The horses are here [at my
house] and I try to keep everything rolling," says
Tammy. The younger Whyte doesn't have the time to haul
as much as her mother due to her position as a medical
assistant in their hometown of Eau Claire, Wis. "Her
hauling is limited because she doesn't have the vacation
time to go on the road. I show up more without her."
Brandi often heads to Mom's after
work to ride and gear up for weekend events. She definitely
feels the benefits of her mother's experience.
"I can't say enough good things
about her," says Brandi. "She is always there,
she will give advice to everyone who asks. I believe
we learn as we go and there are so many times that I
learn something from hearing her answering other people's
questions. Everything I've learned about what to do,
where to go . . . it's all come from her."
With the addition of the big win
in Medford, the younger Whyte is now sixth in the Great
Lakes Circuit standings while Mom is out in front once
again. Despite her limitations in hauling time, Brandi
is eyeing a trip to the Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo
in Louisville in November. It would be her first.
"I've never quite had a horse
like this one before, so I feel that I have a good chance.
But I know how long Mom worked for it so I am not getting
my hopes up or down," says Brandi, adding that
her mother taught her to set goals in everything she
does. "Even if you don't reach them, you have to
keep working and you will eventually get there."
The Whytes will be on the road again
this coming weekend, though Tammy will start on Thursday
in Bellevue, Iowa alone. On Friday, Brandi will get
to rejoin the rig for a trip to Glenwood City just up
In addition to working for a living
and working for the circuit finals berth, Brandi is
also planning a wedding to her fiancé Mitch,
happening next April.
"He's not into the horses but
he supports me 100 percent," she says, adding that
he's much like her father Jeff in that regard.
Meanwhile, mother and daughter will
continue to enjoy their time on the road together and
hope to appear together in Louisville.
"I am trying to follow in her
tracks," laughs Brandi. "She is the greatest
role model and more of my best friend than my mom."
While the Whytes enjoyed great triumph
in Medford, tragedy struck one member of the WPRA Great
Lakes Circuit family. Kristen Meyers lost her great
stallion AG Famous Hotrod after "Fame" broke
his pastern during his run in Medford. The eight year
old stallion by PESI nominated Dash ta Fame had been
winning the circuit prior to the fatal injury. The WPRA
extends our deepest condolences to Meyers and family
on the loss of their beloved horse.