Steer wrestling at the Tsuu T’ina rodeo

All rodeo cowboys are tough.  I particularly admire the steer wrestlers as that is an event that I have a hard time even dreaming of trying out.  Leaping off a perfectly good horse onto the back of a small cow with large horns seems a bit too close to the insane end of the scale for me.

Mind the horns - © Christopher Martin-0673

I absolutely love watching and photographing this event despite having no interest in doing it myself.  The short go of the steer wrestling event at the Tsuu T’ina All Indian Rodeo on July 26th put the top 10 qualifiers in the finals and a shot at the money.  Keenan Crane (the image directly above) had a great run and took home the cheque and the hardware – well deserved!

A diving request - © Christopher Martin-0750

Dirt slide - © Christopher Martin-0752

Power slide - © Christopher Martin-0738

Dirty work - © Christopher Martin-0587

Leap of faith - © Christopher Martin-0703

This series of Leon Montour pulling in a steer illustrates a bit of the power, balance and danger of this event.

Steer dive - © Christopher Martin-0600

Handlebars - © Christopher Martin-0602

Riding side by side - © Christopher Martin-0603

It's all in the hips - © Christopher Martin-0604

5 responses

  1. Been looking at your Tsuu T’ina series. Great action and gestures on the cowboys and the animals. How they keep their glasses on is beyond me.

    August 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

  2. Great action shots. Rough and tough cowboys!

    August 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

  3. Wonderful shots. Pretty insane if you ask me.

    July 31, 2015 at 8:55 am

  4. Wonderful action shots…(Suzanne)

    July 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

  5. Oh, very well captured indeed. And, now I know why I would never do that stuff!

    July 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm

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