Country music superstar Reba McEntire shared some throwback photos as well as her love for the rodeo on Instagram, last night. Reba has rodeo in her blood: her father and grandfather were both champion steer ropers. Her big break came as a result of her performance of the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.
Reba McEntire Shares Her Love of the Rodeo
In the final moments of throwback Thursday, Reba McEntire took a moment to share some memories from and her appreciation for the National Finals Rodeo. The photos show Reba singing the national anthem at the NFR in 1974 and 2017.
In the caption, the Queen of Country Music says that she is missing her rodeo family while watching the finals on TV. She goes on to say that she wouldn’t be where she is today without the National Finals Rodeo.
Reba’s Cowgirl Roots
Reba McEntire isn’t just an amazingly talented vocalist in cowboy boots. She grew up on a ranch and the rodeo was not only part of her life but a family tradition. Her father and grandfather have four steer roping championships between them. Growing up, Reba and her siblings competed in the rodeo.
She didn’t just get her big break from singing at the rodeo. Reba attributes her competitive spirit to growing up on the ranch and around cowboys and the rodeo. That spirit has certainly served her well over the years.
Rodeo on Her Mind
It’s no surprise that the rodeo is heavy on her mind right now. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is currently taking place. Last month, Cody Jonson released “Dear Rodeo.” The song, which is a duet with Reba McEntire, is a literal love letter to the sport. It’s easy to see why Reba is missing the rodeo a little more this year.