Friday, July 25, 2014

Rodeo Re-Cap

Over a period of four days, I took hundreds of photos of the 67th annual Elgin Stampede in our little town, population 1700.  These are representative of the rodeo activities:

A local 15-year-old presented the flag at the Saturday show

Calf roping...also known as "tie-down roping"

Saddle bronc riding. There is also bareback riding: the cowboy doesn't have a saddle

Steer wrestling, once known as "bulldogging"

Barrel racing, an all-female event -- a timed event with 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern

A local 14-year-old barrel racer

Stampede drill team -- all-female group

Team Roping: one cowboy "heads" by roping the horns and his partner "heels" by catching the back legs

Bull riding: like all riding events, the cowboy tries to stay on for 8 seconds

The bulls won more often than the cowboys

Many modern bull riders wear helmets in addition to protective vests in this dangerous event


Michelle said...

These are some really great action shots! said...

I love rodeos. These are great action photos, Evelyn.

Bridget Larsen said...

You will be the official rodeo photographer one day

Lisa Gordon said...

Great motion in these, Evelyn.
I especially like the third one here.