Sketches: Behind the Chutes
Last fall I attended several local rodeos here in New Mexico: the Casper Baca Roughstock Rodeo Fall Series and the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association Fall Rodeo. Both rodeos allowed me up-close access, for which I am grateful. This kind of access allowed for photographs beyond the action in the arena and a glimpse into the focus and preparation involved in rodeo competition.
Recently a short series of behind the scenes images from these rodeos were posted on my Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr feeds but were neglected here. This post rectifies that.
4 year Cuylee watches other competitors as she awaits her event, Mutton Bustin’. She will try to ride a bucking sheep for a full 8 seconds. Her father was a bull rider in his youth and Cuylee looked at the pictures and told him she could do better
A young cowboy awaits his 8 seconds on the steer. Bull riding is as much a mental game as it is a physical one.
Bull and Rider
A bull rider sits on a bull in the chutes leading to the bucking chute. A sense of familiarity appears to exist for both cowboy and bull.
A cowboy awaits his ride. There is a lot of time spent waiting for the 8 seconds aboard a bull.
A cowboy perhaps ponders what could have been after a Bosque Farms Rodeo Association Rodeo, Bosque Farms, New Mexico.
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