Git R' Done

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
Trip End Dec 16, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Friday, July 24, 2009

It's hot and breezy here on the prairie and the thunder storms blow in and out with regularity - some accompanied by gigantic hailstones.  Cheyenne Frontier Days  (CFD) is in full swing. The riders all chant the mantra Git R' Done as the chutes open and they start  the rides of their lives - competing for the top scores that win them the buckles that signify the best in their category. 

Karen's husband Joe says that man - all 150 pounds of him - getting on the back of a  bull - all 2000 pounds of him - and the resulting competition is the ultimate thrill.  I'm still trying to figure it out.  One of the Professional Bull Riders affectionately known as a PBR, had previously suffered a closed head injury and then earlier in the day another concussion and still showed up for his scheduled ride. Unfortunately he  managing to stay mounted for less than a second.  I'm sure the headache he was probably sporting didn't help.   With names like: Red Devil, Over The Edge, Cajun Blast, Hell Fire, Moonshine, Range War, Toxic Shock, Stinger, Grease Gun, Torque, and Avalanche I have been prepared for the worst.  

The week has been filled with parades, night programs, rodeo events, pancake breakfasts, Indian dancing,  and air shows.   People come out from all over or at least half do.  The other half stay home or leave town.  For all of my equestrian friends EVERYONE is on a horse.   You will also notice a lot of pink.  "Tough Enough to Wear Wear Pink" day was held to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.  The word is that real cowboys are western heroes who are always willing to help someone in need.  One of the steer ropers had served in Afghanistan in the AF and was now completing his internship at a local hospital.   Talk about multitalented.

So sit back and spend some time at the rodeo with me.   I've shot pictures of bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, barrel racing, steer roping, steer wrestling, team roping and the craziest event of them all the wild horse race - the event that my Aunt Lois always thought drew some of the craziest and least cerebral contestants.  You'll notice most of the riders now wear protective vests and SOME are also wearing helmets and face guards. There is a lot of money to be made if you stay on the back of these huge and constantly moving animals. Unfortunately the two guys from Michigan didn't caulk up 2 seconds between them before they were thrown off to the ground.   They probably will not be pursuing a new career in bull riding. 

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