Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday evening I took a friend of mine Geneva.......
Here! To the PBR championships. For those who don't agree with or understand rodeos this is not a blog post for you. We're just going to have to agree to disagree my friends. It is something I grew up around and I love it.
One of the things I enjoy watching is all of the preparations that take place behind the scenes.
The adrenaline is pumping and the nerves are thick back here.
Another guy to watch that is pretty fun is this guy. He was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! After the cowboys fly through the air and eat dirt, this guy comes flying along on this beautiful horse and he gets the bull and makes sure it gets back in the pens where it belongs. I'm not even going to try to pretend I know the technical terms for everything. I know he does a lot of hazing and roping and he was magnificent to watch.
So was his horse.
Just look at that haunch! I'm sorry but I have a confession to make. I like a really nice muscly defined horses behind. Can't be helped! And this horse was beautiful. Watching this horse dig in his heels when he needed to. Wow! Just wow! And watching the cowboy dally on and dally off, rope these bulls and the finesse with which he did it. The man is a genius is all I can say.
And then, there are the bulls. The livestock at this PBR (Pro Bull Riding) did not disappoint. When you look at these animals and see how huge they are, it seems impossible that they could be so acrobatic but as you can see, these 1200 to 1300 pound animals are athletes. They are all muscle.
I can't even jump this high!
"Look mom! I can do a hand stand!"
It's not a rodeo without these bad boys. These would be the clowns. Wanna know what they do? I'll show you, and I can tell you, they don't get paid near enough.
They have a couple of jobs. One is if the bull is not being rowdy enough, they try to get the bulls to change direction and buck harder. The harder the ride, the more points the cowboy will get if he can stick it.
When the cowboy comes off, their job is to keep the bull away from the cowboy.
Especially if the cowboy gets his hand caught and his rope won't release.
See? Down goes the cowboy and here come the clowns to the rescue.
"Get outta there man!"
Here, I'll show you again. Different bull, different cowboy, same result.
This cowboy decided he wanted to copy the bulls and throw his heels in the air too. The clown didn't think this was a very good idea so here he comes? See him? There on the right.
Cowboy is on the ground, clown is getting the bull to focus on him.
This is what the bull thinks of the whole affair.
"Hi! My name is Ferdinand and I want to sit and smell the flowers!"
"What? You think I don't like flowers?"
"There's a whole lot of testosterone back here! Where are the heifers?"
"My manager is gonna hear about this!"
"Don't you go wavin' your hand in my face!"
"Any heifers this side of the fence?"
Ummm, cowboy, you're supposed to ride the bull...... not the fence.......