God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. Can I get an amen?! So here’s the great recap that you’ve all been waiting for! So there were many great events that happened at the rodeo. There were all the main events that I thought I could recap first to let everyone know what the events were.
Rodeo for Dummies
Bulldogging – This is when two cowboys ride out after a steer getting a 25 foot head start. One cowboy steers the steer into the other cowboys horse and then the cowboy jumps off his horse and onto the steer and tries to land in the perfect area on the steer to wrestle him to the ground by his horns. These steers are rather large and must have horns to be able to wrestle them properly.
Team Roping -This is where two cowboys ride out and the steer gets about a 25 foot head start. The first cowboy ropes the steers horns and then directs it in an area where the back roper then ropes the steers back two legs. Then the cow just gets out of the ropes as soon as he steps down from being tied up. These are rather large steers as well.
Calf Roping – This is where one cowboy rides out chasing a small calf. This is the where they rope the calves head and then tie three of the legs together. Then as soon as the rope that is attached to the saddle of the horse, goes slack, they untie the calf and he gets up and goes back into the pen. These are smaller calfs with no horns.
Bull Riding – This is when there is no saddle on the bull and one rider gets on the back of the bull. He is in a chute and once the gate is open, he is released and bucks to get the rider off his back. The rider has to stay on for 8 seconds and there are many different techniques that also score the rider better points. These bulls are bred to be big and muscular. They are treated like professional athletes and can cost 50-60,000 dollars!
Bull Fighting – This is a special event to this rodeo and happens at only some rodeos. The ‘clowns’ of the rodeo fight bulls that are breed to be quick and mean and less muscular than the bucking bulls. They are out to get these clowns and this is a very exciting event, but is very scary to watch! They have to be in the ring for 45 seconds.
Saddle Bronc – This is when bucking horses get a smaller saddle put on them and the riders have to hold on to a rope to stay on. The horses come out of a chute and the rider also have to stay on for 8 seconds. These horses, along with the bareback riding horses are bred to be big and very muscular. They can also cost around 50-60,000!
Bareback Riding – This is when the bucking horses don’t have a saddle and the rider must hang on to a small handle on the back of the horse to stay on. The horses come out of a chute and the riders have to stay on for 8 seconds as well.
Mutton Busting – When small children under mostly the age of 8 have to hold onto a sheep’s wool as they go out of a chute. The rider stays on for the as long as they can. These sheep are just regular old sheep who haven’t gotten sheered so they have a ton of wool.
So this weekend was full of lots of exciting events for me. As you all know, I’m a city girl. I’ve never been in the ‘country’ besides with Mr. R, and he’s from the couuuuuuntry. I do love going up to his house though and I’ve learned a lot from him and his great family. I’m super blessed to have been able to experience that lifestyle for the short periods I have been able to visit with him.
So we got up there Friday morning at about 1:30 am. It was a long drive but we made it up there safe and sound. I woke up at 5:30 am and went for a 6 mile run. I don’t think that people up there have EVER seen anyone run, much less a girl. I got some strange stares! It was a good run though and I was glad I got in some miles before my feet were so sore from walking around in my boots all day.
Here is where all the bulls are put down in the chutes before they go into their pen to get the ropes attached to them before they can be ridden. They are HUGE and gross. They drool all over the place and just look plain out mean. They have big horns too. I was lucky enough to sit on this side of the rodeo for two days instead of in the stands. Since Mr. R is a helper, I got to go back with him and his brother. Kind of ‘behind the scenes’ and it gives you a whole new perspective on the events.
Oh, we stopped at this store to look if they had some cute cowboy boots for me, because I’ve searched high and low for some. Alas, they had none, BUT they had the cutest baby chicks ever. I just love them! Then they turn into ugly birds but still. When they sit there and go peep, peep, peep they are so cute! Mr. R was very thankful that I didn’t buy one.
After the first day, I realized that perhaps I needed some sunscreen. I was SO burned. I had a farmers tan line from my t-shirt and also a watch tan. This is still recovering!
They had four baby lambs there in the pen with the sheep for the mutton busting. They were the CUTEST things ever. For some reason I LOVE sheep and I want one as a pet. I know, I know they are supposedly the dumbest animals, but how can you not love those baby sheeps!
All the bucking horses and bulls in the pen behind the arena. I stayed far, far away from this section because a little fact about me is that large animals scare me!
This is the barrel that one clown will get into when the bull riders and bull fighters are fighting. This barrel is SO incredibly heavy but it protects the person inside from the bull’s horns. They can puncture through the barrel though if they are angry enough. It has handles inside and is completely hollowed out and ready for someone to just go inside it and just curl up and try to survive while being rolled around.
Mutton busting winner from day one. Yes, it’s a girl and yes, she’s wearing pink boots. She hung on for so long, everyone was cheering and clapping for her. She hung on until the sheep ran into the fence.
We got another picture with Wolf from American Gladiators! He is one of the clowns that goes in during the bull fights to help out the bull fighters and make sure that they don’t get hurt. This guy is SO nice and oddly enough he’s having a CD come out soon. He sang the national anthem on Sunday, the finals day and it was really good! But, it did kind of scare me that he’s wearing the same shirt that he had on last year.
This was one of the bucking horses on the finals day. They try to have the best livestock on finals day so that the riders can all have an equally good chance at the prize money. Yes, just look at that guys body, ummm that’s not a normal position.
Another bucking horse. Crazy how these guys just strap themselves on and hold on. I’m super impressed because there is no way I would ever be getting close to doing anything like that.
Here’s how close I was the 2nd two days. This is the chute where all the bucking horses and bulls would come back in after being ridden. When the horses come in, they are obviously a little agitated and just want to get back into their pen to eat and hang out. They are huge!
There a little section in the events where they bring out mares and colts. They are future bucking horses and they already at big horses! They are still so cute though.
This is from the steer wrestling or bull dogging competition. This is such a crazy event too. There’s no way I’m ever jumping off a horse. There’s no way I’m ever jumping off a horse onto something moving and with horns. Yikes.
Here is another bull rider! We were so close to the action on this side and it was very exciting.
MINI HORSE! How can you not love a mini horse!
Now onto some sweet videos! I hope you can view these on your computer. Please take note in the mutton busting ones of the CUTE little kid who is the “clown” for the sheep. SO cute. He always goes and gives them a high five and helps them up after they fall off.
This one is of mutton busting. I love how the little kid starts sliding to the side and then finally falls off and just kind of rolls around.
This one barely even makes it out of the chute and then practically rolls over on the kid! Hilarious, I tell you.
This one takes a little while until they let the sheep out, but it’s one of the best ones. The sheep goes head first into the ground trying to get the kid off his back!
This is a bull riding video. This guy gets thrown to the ground with such force! It’s pretty crazy. Again, these guys are CRAZY.
This is a steer wrestling video. I would never do this. EVER.
So overall the rodeo was a great time. It’s fun to go outside your regular little bubble and do something different! It’s fun to be around Mr. R’s family and see where he grew up more as well.
As for running, last night instead of running I did some biking with my roommate who got her new bike yesterday. She and I rode 10 miles and it was super fun and a great evening for a ride. We came home and my toenail seemed to want to live another day, so we’ll see how it is tonight after my run this evening. I am going to run 4 miles with 2 at half marathon pace to see how I’m feeling for this weekend. I also am stopping by Target this afternoon on my lunch break to find something to hold my camera in during the race so I can take pictures.
I hope y’all (appropriate here, no?) enjoyed my rodeo recap! Tomorrow is the post about why I dislike bikers.. get ready! Also, if you haven’t commented on this post to win a case of function drinks go here!