Category Archives: Rodeo

Stonyford: Final Thoughts

I took this photo just off of main street in Stonyford.  It is peaceful and serene – idyllic.  But what I have not written about (and what my photos do not show) is the wild and woolly nature of rodeo … Continue reading

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Calf Roping

What’s going on here?  Why does it look like the calf is being pulled off stage by a vaudeville hook a la The Muppet Show?  The calf has actually just been flipped by the cowboy and the rope is tied … Continue reading

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This Guy

The best thing about this photo is that the rider didn’t fall off.  In fact, I think as far as bareback bronc riding goes, this is perfect form.

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The Ride

Within the sport of bronco riding there are two categories: saddle broncs and barebacks. Saddle bronc riders have the advantage of putting their legs in stirrups; bareback bronc riders cling to the horse with just one hand.  I imagine it … Continue reading

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Bull Riders and Bullfighters

Bull riders are the rock stars of the rodeo.  They ride the biggest, toughest animals and risk the most with every turn out of the chute.  When the bull riders take the arena, everyone stops to watch. Stonyford was a … Continue reading

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Welcome To Stonyford

One weekend every year the tiny Northern California town of Stonyford is overrun by bull riders, bullfighters, bronco busters, steer wrestlers, calf ropers, barrel racers, beauty queens, rodeo lovers, and rebel rousers.  It’s the annual Stonyford rodeo and it’s the … Continue reading

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