September 29 & 30
The drive down was deceptively lovely, warm, and sunny.
I love this photo. The person on the left is one of the pickup men who assist riders from their bucking horse/bull. The person on the left is one of the competitors. But what I like the most is the face of the horse coming up from behind. It’s the steed of another pickup man.
Occasionally scary things happen at a rodeo. Most of the time both human and animal are uninjured. If there is an injury it is usually to the human. These are tough student athletes. I cannot remember off the top of my head but injury to the animal is a tiny percentage of all injuries. Even the injury to the humans has been reduced since back in the day when I was a kid watching rodeos. Helmets, protective vests, mouth guards, and other protective gear are commonly used.
I LOVED that barrel racing slack was held on Saturday morning. This meant that I finally had decent lighting and was able to get a lot of great photos. If you want to see more of the team you’ll have to check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ISURodeoTeam/
I promise to explain Slack and more about college rodeo in future posts.
I really like how the photo below shows movement except from this lovely goat. To protect the goat it is only tied three times and then another goat is brought in.
Clearly a goat
“But I don’t want to leave the arena” This horse led the pickup men on a merry chase, around and around the arena it went. And just when they thought they had it heading out it reared and scampered back into the arena. Awesome, gorgeous horse.
Friday night it was cold, I had a wool blanket, sweater, and coat and was still cold. On Saturday afternoon I went out and bought some long underwear. Thank heavens I did because Saturday night’s rodeo wasn’t only raining but much colder. Luckily the grandstand had a covered section so I was able to stay dry, though I couldn’t move closer to get better photos. This one was taken from my seat in the stands. One more rodeo and then the fall season is over. – Jenny