My First Rodeo

Well, I finally went to a Rodeo for the first time in my life. I’ve seen parts of it on television, but I’ve never been there in person. The whole time, I was a picture-takin’ fool. I had a blast with my camera in one hand and a can of Lone Star in t’other one.

When you walk in, they like to set the mood with western decor.

Rider and Bull in the “Chute,” fixin’ to get things started.

Lookin’ good at first…

…But then that ol’ bull was so mad he was spittin’ nails, and he threw the rider off before the required 8 seconds, the most dangerous 8 seconds in all of sports. This rider(#544) hopped up off the ground quick as a blink and got the hell oughta’ Dodge before that bull got to ‘im.

Every time a rider flew off those bulls chased after ’em with their horns lowered. These boys do some mighty dangerous work keepin’ the bulls distracted so the bulls won’t gore the riders to death. They got to have double-E sized brass balls or they cain’t do the job.


Sometimes those mean ol’ bulls got real riled up and difficult to control. When that happened, these boys came ridin’ like the cavalry to save the day. Just once I saw them swoop in and try to rope an irate bull. The lasso missed, but  the bull knew who was the law in these parts. Once that rope flew in, the bull settled down and walked away.

Just in case you missed anything, they had a big screen to replay the action.

Gettin’ it done. This bull rider held on for a full 8 seconds.

Miller time.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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14 Responses to My First Rodeo

  1. pattisj says:

    My daughter likes to watch that, but she’s never seen it live. I hurt just thinkin’ ’bout it.


  2. Shey says:

    LOL, Nice accent, well told and great captures!


  3. tedstrutz says:

    Yes, nothing like seeing a rodeo in person. WoW… that can of Lone Star and the smell of manure really cultivated a nice western accent!


  4. Sounds like a fun time, although yeah, you can’t do that sort of thing if you’re a coward. I’ve seen bull fighting where there are two bulls fighting each other, but never a rodeo.


    • EagleAye says:

      It’s pretty fun if you ever get a chance to see one. There’s more than bull riding. There’s bronco riding too. The barrel riding is pretty fun too, where they’re riding a horse through an obstacle course of barrels. It requires immense precision and teamwork by horse and rider.


  5. Pat(ricia) says:

    I’ve only ever watched bull riding competitions on t.v. – and I always think “these guys – all of them are nuts!” Seriously, such a dangerous sport – as can be attested to by the so many who have sustained unbelievable injuries, but admittedly, there is something infinitely “romantic” and definitely “Wild West” that appeals to so many, otherwise, it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.

    Glad that you had the chance to see it live – and tool such great shots. 🙂


  6. Indira says:

    Interesting post and great shots. Last one is superb.


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