rodeo is a most exciting and thrilling competition between
cowboys from all over over the country. It has a long tradition and even
today there are rodeo schools to keep it alive and professional. The arena
was floodlighted and surrounded by a wire fence. As we had places in the
first row, we were very close to the action - sometimes even were sprinkled
with sand by the passing steers or horses and in fact felt involved in
the breathtaking actions.
performance started with an Opening ceremony
with horsemen, dressed in bright colours and carrying flags. Then the people
present sang the National anthem followed by an invocation (prayer). Much
to our surprise our friends had managed that the master of ceremonies welcomed
us by our names as guests from East Germany and the audience joined
applauding. We even met a foreign exchange student from GDR. All through
the show the master of ceremony carried on a constant line of joking with
the competitors were announced by their names and places they came
from and when they had finished, the audience was given the achieved results
through the loud speaker . All the rodeo actions are timed beginning at
the starting gate
Here some of the competitions which
were carried out:
bucking wild horses with no saddle or bridle. The rider holds on with
one hand only for at least 8 seconds.
Rodeo in Coleman, TX.
Photo by James Fhifer
||Bull riding -
cowboy rides wild bulls with only one hand holding a rope around the
bull's chest for at least 8 seconds. Clowns keep bulls away from fallen
riders, otherwise the bulls would hurt or kill them.
CPRA Rodeo, TX
Photo by R & M
cowboy on a horse rides up to a running steer, jumps off the
horse, catches the steer by the horns and wrestles it to the ground, so
that all four feet are in the air. Objective is fastest time. It is usually
done in four to eight seconds from the starting gate.
Cowboy on his horse catches a running calf with a lariat rope, jumps
off the horse, throws the calf on the ground and ties three feet so the
calf can not get up. Objective is fastest time. The better cowboys catch
the calf and finish tieing it in approximately seven to eight seconds from
the time they leave the starting gate.
Half Pint Rodeo in Wimberly, TX.
Photo by Hollida
Barrel race -
women riders circle three barrels. Objective is least amount of
time to complete the course.
4SHSRA Rodeo, TX
Photo by L. Barnes
|Also the children got a chance, to show their
talents - little kids, all under six years old, were riding calves.
The rodeo was finished by a closing fanfare of riders performing complex
event was a very new experience for us and a highlight of our trip. The
rodeo, gave us unforgettable impressions and an idea of genuine Texan spirits.
We thank our Texan friends, who made it possible for us, to experience
this great and fascinating show - what an invaluable gift!
|Have a great video (tape), but unfortunately due to the unvavourable
light conditions we didn't succeed in taking good pictures of the fast
actions. However, to give you an impression, we added some pictures from
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