No one seemed interested, but I still was. (After all, George had never gone to a rodeo.) Their meeting started on Thursday, so I made reservations to arrive at the RV resort on Monday. Wednesday was the first day of the Round-Up--and also Seniors' Day--so I got discounted tickets for two to the rodeo and the BBQ.
So, as they say at the Round-Up...
The Indian Relay was run in two heats. There were three teams of young Indians and nine horses. Saddles aren't included. They start standing next to a horse, jump up on it and race around the track. When they get around the track once, they jump off and attempt to jump onto the second horse. By this time, that horse is all excited from the noise, so he's jumping around too. IF the rider gets up, he has to race around again, then swap horses once more. One horse ran across the infield, but I don't think shortcuts are allowed.
Next event was steer wrestling. Not only does the cowboy have to chase down a steer, but then he has to jump off his horse and flip that critter to the ground and tie him so he can't get up. Not everyone succeeded. Those who did were able to do it in less than 10 seconds!
I'd never seen team roping before. Two cowboys race off after a steer. One ropes his head and the other somehow manages to rope his back feet. I think it sounds really hard, and it looks even worse. Only a couple of teams even managed to do it. (And these are professional rodeo cowboys!)
Steer roping is similar to team roping, except it's just one cowboy. He has to chase the steer, rope him, trip him, then tie him. His horse has to keep the rope taut once the steer is roped. In the top photo, the steer has been roped, and the cowboy is getting ready to put the slack in the rope around the steer's hips to unbalance him and make him fall down.
The last event was the Wild Cow Milking Contest. Two cowboys vs. one cow. One guy roped it, then tried to hold it while the other tried to milk it. I don't think they had to get enough for a bowl of cereal, and to be honest, I never did see anyone actually do it. It was pretty chaotic.
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