Rodeo! [Repost]

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Last year:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANever been to one before.  Being from up north, the Detroit Area, there weren’t rodeos.  So, after a long time being “down here” and seeing they had them, we decided to go.  Not a bad time.  Once a year.

First up, above, a dedication to our troops.

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Kopps-Etchell effect? No, the trick horses had sparkle on their butt.

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Then, they introduce the lineup, complete with a fiery line-in-the-sand, for effect:

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…the things that could go wrong…. .
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Can you say more fun than two cans of Coleman fuel?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Cow-pokes, lining up….  In front of flaming trench.

Opening ceremonies conclude – complete with a flare-tipped flag:

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Then some bronco riding – saddling up:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove, the extent of my picture prowess during bronc riding.  That fast action, I could not keep up.

Did get some video though, and since I’m too cheap to pay wordpress to host video, here are some screen-grabs.. :

bronc1 bronc2 bronc3 bronc5 bronc6 bronc7Not much better, but at least you can see more action… .

Barrel Riding –

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Girder that obstructed all of the other side of the arena, top right. It was a full-house… .

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After, they had cattle roping and tying.  Could not see that, it was on the other side of the arena, we had a full-house, were at top of the stands and had a great big support girder in the way… .

Then Intermission: We have a clown with a gun.  He “shot” a hole in his hat:

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Negligent Discharge!

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Cowgirls then riding around the ring doing tricks:

trick1 trick2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere was activity for the kids – chickens and pigs were set loose for the kids to try to catch.  You think those broncs were fast?  You’ve not seen a chicken running from 100+ crazed redneck chil’rens… .

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And finally, the main event, the bulls.  Again, tough for my amateur photog skills, but the highlight of the evening:

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Saddling Up.

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Out the Gate….
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And down.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore:

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This guy had it rough, the bull stomped him good.  He walked off though:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Already fallen off, he’s caromed off the side of the coral…. . He then got scooted further down by the bull.
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You really can’t see him, but he’s at the nose of the beast.

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Limping off. I am glad he walked away.

And then they had a kind of free-style bull roping… .

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The body lying down at the right edge of the picture is a dummy. The bull just stomped it.
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The clown did not take a ride in a bull-busted barrel. I was disappointed.
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He tried though… .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI will definitely bring other equipment next time.  Using SO’s Olympus E-PL1 with a 40-150 mm F4 telephoto, well, it could not keep up with the low light and fast action of the day.  I don’t think it runs faster than ISO 1600 either.  If I had better skill perhaps too – but next year I’m bringing my Canon, with a couple more lenses.  My 28-75mm 2.5 would definitely do better with the light… .

It was a good time.  The best part?  I had a cold.  So I missed out on the smells.  Yeah.

More: http://www.bakerarena.com/bara_rodeo_2015.php

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7 thoughts on “Rodeo! [Repost]”

  1. Glad you had that cold when you did. Too bad the rodeo wasn’t a week earlier. They are more fun than trying to catch a greased Pebble. Good entertainment for decent people. An’ you only have to get dressed up in your best jeans and shirt.

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    1. For sure. It would have been great to go when you were here. We did really enjoy it. Despite my sniffles, time went by quick. I just wanted to get closer to the action. It was crowded.

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  2. Great photos! I loved the rodeo when my friends and I went to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. We’ve also been to a PBR even there in Chicago. I’m a cowgirl at heart! 🐴 🐥

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