The rodeo we went to the other night was for local wranglers, no admission ticket for the crowd, and everybody in the stands was a neighbor.
We got to there a little late so we missed the Mutton Busting event.
But Evil Erin’s photo from the Pullman, Washington rodeo pretty much tells the story.
Pole Bending is a sort of timed slalom course.
A challenge for both horse and rider.
The junior wranglers and their friends get to hang out behind the gates like the big guys.
It’s all business in the prep for the big ride on the calf.
They come banging out of the gate just like the professional riders.
The kids wear a protective vest.
Because danger is part of the game. I hope the only thing this rider hurt was his pride.
Bigger rider, bigger calf.
Ribbon Roping is a timed team event. The roper catches the calf.
The runner removes a ribbon tied to its tail and runs it back. The skilled horse is an important part of the team.
This is just a photo of the handsome buckskin and his rider.
In a casual setting like this, rules can be stretched. This ribbon team is dad and son with a promise to grandma that the baby doesn’t get hurt.
Dad ropes the calf.
Grandpa runs in to snag the calf.
“Quick! Grab the ribbon, Son!”
Go! Go! Go!
By convincing rodeo cowboys and cowgirls to sport the color pink during competition, a creative and unlikely breast cancer awareness campaign is celebrating a great deal of success. In the Tough Enough To Wear Pink?™ campaign the rodeo competitors and fans alike are wearing pink to rodeos and western events across America to raise funds for cancer research.