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Rodeo... what does it mean to you...?
Last Post 09 Apr 2011 08:05 PM by AC anonymous. 6 Replies.
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Scott Morrison, DVM
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09 Jul 2010 05:32 PM

    Rodeo, some say it's nothing shy of a foolish man's adrenaline rush, some say it's the toughest sport on earth, others say it's a love affair, and others say it's a life style. Well, in every way it's all of that and more but, it all depends on how you look at it.
    You can be born to rodeo and be raised around it or, you can kno nothing about it and go to just one and be hooked for life. You can also work the bar where the after party is and see the men and women who give their lives for the love of rodeo.
    With rodeo, you don't have to be born a cowboy, born and rased country. You can be born and raised in the city and still become a world champion rodeo cowboy, but it takes more work.
    From the plains of south Texas to the mountains of western Montana, from the North Carolina race tracks to the California vineyards. Bright lights of the big cities, small town county fairs, or a prairie dog town in the middle of nowhere. There's rodeos everywhere and rodeo cowboys from everywhere. Rodeo's also not just an American sport. There are rodeos and cowobys from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and even Europe.
    From 1995 world champion bull rider Jerome Davis from North Carolina to Californian 2004 steer wrestling world champion Luke Branquinoh. 9 Time world champion Ty Murray from the Cowboy Capital of Stevenville, Texas to All Around Cowboy champion of 1997, Montana saddle bronc rider Dan Mortensen.
    There's cowboys from past and present that says it's not where you're from that makes you a champion, but what's on the inside: heart, soul, passion, determination, and the drive to be the best that you can be.
    In rodeo there is no racism agains blacks or whites. There are several great black rodeo cowboys from past and present. There are also black world champions in All Around Cowboy, Tie-down roping, and in bull riding.
    Another important figure in rodeo in God. On any given Sunday at any given rodeo, there is Cowboy Church. There are cowboys that talk and share their experiences with God and their trust in him. Whether their experiences are wrecks and injuries of the mirical of winning the world title and the long road to get there. For every rodeo cowboy, God is an important role in their Lives and the way that they live.

    I would love to know everyone's opinion and thoughts on what rodeo means to you...!!!
    Rodeo is in my blood and veins and there's no way to get it out...!!!

    AC anonymous
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    18 Jul 2010 09:13 AM
    I think rodeo has gone to big. It has become more a business than anything else. On July 3rd I went to the Prescott Rodeo. Last night I went to the Murdo, SD ranch rodeo. I found the local ranch rodeo much closer to "real" cowboy work, mush more fun, which is what rodeos are supposed to be all about. And much cheaper. Professional rodeos seem to have goten away from that. However, I would never say anything against those choosing that path.
    AC anonymous
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    18 Jul 2010 05:28 PM
    hes right there are to many big time rodeo and to much expensive entertainment and not enough small rodeos with mutton bustin for the intermission show
    AC anonymous
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    19 Jul 2010 06:04 AM
    Rodeo is a way of life. Ive been in since I was 2 And a love affair Ive lost a few girls because of rodeo so rodeo is in my blood bull and bronc rider and steer wrestler And a bull clown sometimes
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    19 Jul 2010 08:52 AM
    This is a sport for people with a passion for winning, and enjoying the competition, and the potential for success! Winning at a rodeo is pretty dang fun! But loosing is just as much fun because you learn how deal with it and move on to your next ride! I grew up in rodeo. I don't mean as a child to a man, but as someone who was lost and found their way as a result of the great people involved in rodeo. It teaches you to stay focus and finish what you start.
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    19 Jul 2010 12:39 PM
    I do have to agree with you guys about the big rodeo's gettin into the business stuff a lil much. every friday i go to the local rodeo nd i like it cause you get to see the lil kids as well as some of the big name locals that ride. but the bigger rodoes need to go back to the way that they were in the eighty's nd ninty's nd just be the way that it was ment to be.
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    09 Apr 2011 08:05 PM
    grew up on a ranch but never had rodeo influence. always wanted to barell race though. work horses not for that i was told. my middle son got into bullriding at about 8 yrs. old and i have watched it teach him to give his best, be determined and tough, sportsmanship for the fellow rider, to care about others, and to respect the older men and the lifestyle of the cowboy. it is very addicting, i love to watch all the events. i agree about the "business" comments. it's more about the money than the competition now, but it is expensive to compete, especially if an injury puts you out of work or competing for a while. no happy medium here i am afraid. it is dangerous and the rodeor wants to be compensated for taking the risk or for getting hurt. almost have to. Guts and Glory. Have guts and give God the Glory.... rodeo makes you feel down to earth even when the world is falling apart around you. justamom
     


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