Rodeo - Payson, Arizona

June 3, 2016

 

Well it started back in Jacksonville when Declan confessed he'd always wanted to see a rodeo.  Debra and I searched the country to find one that would tie in with our trip.  We landed on Payson, Arizona, 20 May 2016.

 

We arrived early, bought a hat, learnt about hat etiquette, had a bite to eat and then settled down.  What an experience...

 

Awe at the hard work and the danger for the cowboys, concern for the livestock: the horses; the bulls; and the young steers, side-splitting for the mutton busting where 6-8 years olds are stuck on a ewe and sent charging out into the arena.

 

It was a great show and made you realise the importance of all the skills to the everyday life of a rancher. 

 

The shots include a few of the items we saw which included bare-back riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing, bull racing and our favourite by far, the mutton busting.  How H&S has not got involved I do not know.

 

 

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