Monday, April 30, 2012

Bull Riding

Bulls are dangerous, powerful animals. Most riders don't make the 8 second ride. The "clowns" are there to protect the riders from the bulls when they are thrown off.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Steer Wrestling

This event used to be called bulldogging, but it's now called steer wrestling. It was invented by a black cowboy, Bill Pickett, in the 1890s when he was chasing a steer to brand, but had no rope. Later Bill Pickett was a star with the Miller's Wild West Show and worked breaking horses on Millers' 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. The U.S. Post Office issued a stamp in 1994 to honor Bill Pickett, but mistakenly showed one of his brothers. There still is a Miller Circus. This is an event for the large, strong cowboys.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bronc rider shows good form.

Calf roper with pigging string gets ready to ride.

Monday, April 23, 2012

 Saddle bronc rider gets ready to ride.

Rider did not make 8 second ride.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More Bare Back Rides

The riders have to stay on for eight seconds to get a qualified ride. That's a long time on a rank bronc. Both riders and horses are supremely fit athletes.