It isn't hard to imagine what's going on inside a little girl's head as she circles a ring on a patient old pony...
... rodeo dreams. A lot of girls growing up in the West dream of this: the perfect little quarter horse, a nice black hat, tailored shirt, fancy belt, good boots, and above all, the ability to ride lickety-split.
If the dreams don't pan out, well at least one can get a hat. If you've ever worn a cowboy hat, then you know it is imbued with special bad-ass powers.
Saddle bronc riding.
The second part of the rodeo is devoted to the super-macho sport of bull-riding, but first we must have an interlude: the Local Business Donkey Races. The donkey race participants are all local business sponsors who bring forth two employees, each pair matched with a random, recalcitrant donkey.
On to the serious stuff: bull-riding. Such a terrible idea! What a ride, eh?
This alert horse and cowboy both watched the bull riding from a safe distance, ready to step in if needed.
At their side was a cow dog named Jake.
Then in a cloud of dust they disappear. Time to go home.
|Western art sculpture, created entirely of horse shoes.|