On June 29th, 2021 at 4:00 a.m., two members of our Hart team and three members of the Intellego Media team loaded up in a minivan and started the journey north. There were several route options to choose from and for us we chose to go north into Kansas before turning back west towards Colorado.
More than 2,447 miles, 38 hours of driving and several days later we returned to Oklahoma having accomplished our mission. Our goal? Meet up with our newest Hart team member and give you a behind the scenes look at his craft and what it takes for him to get from one rodeo to the next. He allowed us to follow him around with our cameras in order to get a personal look at how he uses his Hart trailer, how it serves him, and what his life on the road looks like.
While this cowboy needs no introduction to many of you, we would like to give you an inside look at something very special that we are working on with Intellego Media and this outstanding athlete. Please help us welcome Mr. Hunter Reaume.
We met up with Hunter and his team in Greeley, CO. Trey was the first to greet us when we pulled up in our packed minivan into the Greeley Stampede. Hunter was checking the draw and had stepped away from the trailer momentarily. We had met Hunter in the past when he had stopped by the plant a few times and we had talked with him on the phone several times leading up to this. We knew what to expect with Hunter and his character. We were not disappointed when we met the rest of the team he was hauling with. It was no surprise that they too, were incredibly friendly and happy to help us.
Mrs. Tracy Hart presented Hunter with his sponsorship agreement before the performance in Greeley that Tuesday night. Shortly after we arrived at the trailer Hunter began getting he and his horse, Gypsy ready for the performance. After our initial hellos and introductions it was all business and we did our very best to stay out of his way.
Before we knew it we were on our way to the arena to get set up. Greeley was so hospitable and we were able to be placed right next to the roping box during the performance. This allowed us to capture an even more personal encounter with what exactly happens behind the scenes.
Trey helped handle Gypsy and do whatever Hunter needed him to do while he prepared to make his run. While Gypsy isn’t very old, one could tell the rodeo scene is old hat for the gelding. Much like his rider, he was just focused on what he needed to do.
Hunter and Gypsy took to the box and it was game time. They had a nice run in Greeley and we were happy to be there for it. We wrapped up late in Greeley and made our way back to our hotel. It had been a very long day of driving and we were all wiped out.
The following morning we made our way up north to Cody, Wyoming. It was absolutely beautiful so of course we had a few stops on the way to check out the scenery and stretch legs. Cody was just as welcoming as Greeley. We met so many kind and friendly people along the way.
That evening we met up with Hunter and his team to get a sit down interview with him and to make a plan for the following day. He was up in the slack the following morning in Cody so it would be another early morning. There wasn’t much time for sitting on this trip. These cowgirls and cowboys are always on the go and time is crucial.
The next morning we caught up with Hunter and captured a bit more of his warm-up as he prepared for his run. One of the things that could be noted about Gypsy was that he is constantly aware of where Hunter is. Every time Hunter walked off the horse followed him with his eyes. A couple of times he even nickered. This is such an amazing thing to witness. These horses are athletes too and they know they are part of a team. They are very close to their riders and the bonds that these animals and riders have with one another isn’t something that can be measured. Only observed, felt and appreciated.
It was clear from the beginning that Hunter takes his skill very seriously. Even though we were trying to stay out of his way so that he could focus, I’m not sure that it mattered a whole lot. His mental game and focus was incredible and just like any professional athlete warm up and preparation is crucial. It wasn’t long before Hunter handed Gypsy to Trey and we were following Hunter up to the arena.
The energy in Cody was drastically different than that in Greeley because instead of a performance, it was a slack. It was one of the most serene backdrops I have ever witnessed at a rodeo, slack or otherwise. The sky was incredibly blue and the mountains surrounding the arena made you feel like you were in a dream. It was absolutely beautiful.
Hunter and Gypsy made their run and soon they were packing up for Livingston and we were off to Yellowstone. We will share more footage and pictures of the performances very soon. For now we hope that you enjoyed getting a small behind the scenes look at our newest addition.
Hunter, we are incredibly proud to be behind you and your team and we wish you the very best on the road!
Stay tuned for a full introduction very soon!
Until next time,