And they call the thang…

Thought y’all might like to see a glimpse of our weekend…

(Apologies for the imitation American twang here today – it seemed appropriate with all the colourful boots and chaps and cowboy hats in this post!)

With Mr I and Dash away on a boy’s fishing weekend, Violet and I attended a small local rodeo on Saturday, cheering on our jackaroos Lachy and Cal as they took part in their chosen sport.

Lachy, who is tall and lean, is a saddle bronc rider.

Cal, who is a little more solid, is a bull rider.

I had never really comprehended the differences of each style of riding before now.  All rodeo requires enormous doses of courage and lightening anticipation – if you don’t have those, plus a lot of wiry strength, you WILL come undone. In the most spectacular (and public) way.

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Here is a slideshow of the action – see if you can spot Lachy and Cal in the mix.

Brace yourself for a series of shots of one of the boys’ mates, who managed somehow to get a leg over his arm (which was stuck in the rope) in the bull ride.

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How’s that for action?

Mothers, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys! (At least not unless you have a VERY strong stomach – isn’t that right Tracey*).

What did you get up to on YOUR weekend?


*Lachy and Cal’s very brave ma.

14 Responses to “And they call the thang…”

  1. What a spectacular photo display! I think I would be on edge the entire time…it looks so dangerous! Btw, “y’all” is such a staple in my vocabulary I didn’t even realize it wasn’t a natural for you until you mentioned it. :)
    Kelly´s last blog post ..Fall fishing fail

  2. Awesome pics! I was wincing in sympathy for the contortionist bullrider though – ouch!

  3. Are Lacky and Cal borne again Kamikaze pilots? Sure is never a dull moment with those two. Jac is correct – contortionists supremos!
    Weekend! Watching the amazing Adam Scott, an amazing great example for kids to admire – Mr.”Great Inspiration”. Plus of course the weather, clouds here come and go – tease but again look like coming back. Sure hope so, another good drenching would not go astray, hope you are getting likewise?

  4. Your photos certainly capture the moment…

  5. Cowboy up!
    Why, some girls like cowboys with a big buckle and a slight limp.

  6. Yes Bill… they do seem to! LOL. What about the cowgirls giving the steer riding a go? Braver than I!!

    • Oh yes girls are tough too. The bareback barrel racer makes my eyes go to wide angle (haven’t you had shots of that before?). I love me some rodeo.

  7. All I can think of the weirdly positioned leg over arm failed dismount is OUCH! Great photos. Looks like there was plenty of action.
    Anne´s last blog post ..WALT makes it to Cairns

  8. Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow OUCH!
    I foresee a great deal of liniment in their immediate future lol.
    Were those Violet’s boots with the bows?
    Very cute!
    Jayne´s last blog post ..Hear ye, hear ye…blah blah blah

  9. Wish I could have been there!!! My school laptop doesn’t have Java, so could you send me the photo’s on the slide show? I’d love to see what I missed out on! See you this holidays! xx

  10. Great shots! I hope the bendy bull rider is okay. You should send the close up of the chaps and bum and the big bay horse bailing out to the Facebook page Bronc Riding Nation. They will love them as much as I :)

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