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...!!!