Sports

The Tsuu T’ina Nation’s 2017 Rodeo is underway

 

Kezia and I went to the first night of the Tsuu T’ina Nation Annual Celebration’s 43rd Annual Rodeo.  Kezia’s friend was dancing in the Pow Wow so we did not stay too long.  Definitely looking forward to getting back tonight.

 


Calgary Stampede Rodeo – Day 1 Barrel Racing

The Barrel Racing on the first day of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo was exciting as it always is.  The speed the women turn their horses through the course is awesome.  I think there should be more women’s events at the Stampede but I’m happy there is at least this one to showcase just how great the cowgirls are!



 

 


Calgary Stampede Rodeo – Day 1 Bareback

I was fortunate to be able to join a great group in the infield for the first day of the 2017 Calgary Stampede Rodeo (thanks Todd!).  It’s been a couple of years since I had a good opportunity to photograph down there.  Our seats were at the top of the infield which afforded a great view from above the chutes.  The bareback event was foreshadowed by the novice bareback riders and they had exciting rides.  Below, Lane Ferguson from Granum, Alberta rode Xotic Departure to the day win in the novice bareback event.

A little while later, the professional bareback riding got started.  Caleb Bennett and Up Ur Alley put up an 85.50 on the first ride.

Cole Goodine on Soap Bubbles went the full time as well but fell a little short of Caleb’s opening mark.


I’m always amazed watching both the cowboys and the horses – balance, power and speed on both sides of the contest.  All are world class and they did more than their share to help the Stampede to live up to its name as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Richie Champion astride Twin Cherry won the Day 1 money with a score of 89.00.  The first image in this set shows Richie set up well on the horse during the winning ride.  Below, the pair explode out of their gate – setting the tone for a great ride.


Calgary Stampede – running and riding at the rodeo

Calgary Stampede Day 1 Rodeo - © Christopher Martin-245-2

I started this year’s Calgary Stampede with an afternoon at the rodeo with two good friends.  We were part of a larger band of harmless troublemakers so the party started before and continued after the rodeo was over.  Photography wasn’t my focus on this visit to the grounds but I did have some good opportunities from the seats in the infield right above the chutes.

Calgary Stampede Day 1 Rodeo - © Christopher Martin-95

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It was great to see the cowgirls, cowboys and all of the animals in action.  Judging by the capacity crowd and all of their happy faces, I wasn’t alone.  Happy Stampede!


Parkour Kian at Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3260
When Kian and I were visiting Waterton we went up to explore the Red Rock Canyon.  Kian loved running on the slick rock and leaping back and forth across the stream.

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3257

I always love photographing him and when he’s in motion doubly so!  This was on the first day of our boys trip and set a great tone for the weekend.

Red Rock Canyon - © Christopher Martin-3252

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3231

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3280

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3281

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3282

Red Rock Canyon Parkour - © Christopher Martin-3286

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Saddle Bronc Finals at the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo

2015 Tsuu T'ina Saddle Bronc Finals - © Christopher Martin-1561

The Saddle Bronc was a great event to watch at this year’s Tsuu T’ina Rodeo.  The goal is to hang on for 8 seconds during a torturous ride that often finds the horse whipping the cowboy around like a rag doll tied to a rocket.  Here are a few images from the finals on July 26th.

2015 Tsuu T'ina Saddle Bronc Finals - © Christopher Martin-0781

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Tsuu T’ina Rodeo – Sunday Favourites

Faith Holyan Roping at the Tsuu T'ina Rodeo - 2014 © Christopher Martin

The Tsuu T’ina Nation’s Indian Rodeo is a grand event, as I have written about and shared photographs from for the past few years.  This year I was able to watch most of the Sunday Finals and the performances met all expectations.  Last week, I shared a few photos from the Saddle Bronc final.  Here are a few favourites from the other events on July 27th.

Rodeo airborne - 2014 © Christopher Martin

The race is on - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Backbone slide - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Stand up - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Roping a runaway - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Round the barrel - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Bull flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Rodeo clowns at work - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Showdown: Bull versus Cowboy - 2014 © Christopher Martin

These last two images are from Marlon Williams’s ride on Big Carl.  Marlon had a great ride and only came off the back after he’d logged the full 8 seconds and the bell had been rung.  This earned him the championship for the Bull Riding event which was the last one on the evening.

Bull and cowboy win - 2014 © Christopher Martin


Saddle Bronc Finals at the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo


Ready to ride - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Seth Fenner in flight - 2014 © Christopher Martin

The finals of the 40th annual Tsuu T’ina Nation Indian Rodeo were held on July 27th.  This rodeo is a favourite of mine as the competitors, the stock and the atmosphere are all excellent.  This year was no exception and I had a great afternoon photographing the cowgirls and cowboys in their respective riding, racing and roping events.  The Saddle Bronc is always exciting as these horses get charged up and it is incredibly hard for anyone to hang on for the required 8 seconds.  Seth Fenner walked away as the champion with a memorable ride on Cowboy Casanova that earned him 76.5 points (the photograph above is from that ride; the one below is at the end of the ride when the pickup men come in to assist the cowboy’s dismount).

With help from the pickup men - 2014 © Christopher Martin

The high quality of the stock contributed to a great final and the cowboys met the challenge.  The cowboys in this event always amaze me – it’s like riding a rocket while wrestling an angry crocodile.  There were a couple of qualified a number of exciting rides with a couple full times and a couple buck offs.  It’s fun to watch and I’m always impressed how skilled and committed all of the supporting cast are (the pick up men, rodeo clowns, officials and beyond).  The Tsuu T’ina Rodeo is on the same level as much larger rodeos and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

A fight to fly - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Here are a few more photos from the Saddle Bronc event.  I will share more from the other events soon.

Bucked off - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Charging out - 2014 © Christopher Martin

One second to ground - 2014 © Christopher Martin


The Tsuu T’ina Rodeo Finals

Where are the brakes on this thing? - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/2500th of a second at f/4 on ISO 800

The Tsuu T’ina Nation’s 39th Annual Open All Indian Rodeo ran from July 26-28 this year.  I went over several times and had a great time on the Redwood Fair Grounds watching the rodeo and the Pow Wow which combine to form the backbone of the Tsuu T’ina’s Annual Indian Days Celebration.  The rodeo finals on Sunday got started under dark skies but the rain never fell and the sun drifted in and out of the clouds throughout the afternoon.

Turning on the barrel - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/6400th of a second at f/4 on ISO 800

It was a perfect afternoon for rodeo and judging by the full grandstand, there were many people who agreed.  We were rewarded with a lot of top shelf performances by the cowgirls, cowboys and animals who were competing.  Here is a collection of a few of my images from this year’s finals.

Busted by mutton - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Roping with the crowd - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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A hard charging partnership - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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The steer wrestler's leap of faith - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Down in the dirt - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Dialed in - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Great throw! - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/1000th of a second at f/11 on ISO 1600

From one ride to another - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Driving off the two barrel - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Virgil Jacobs - 2013 steer wrestling champion - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/2500th of a second at f/4 on ISO 1600

The steer wrestler above is Virgil Jacobs.  He came out guns blazing and beat all the other cowboys to win the event this year.  My hat is off to you sir!

Perfect! - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/640th of a second at f/11 on ISO 1600

Who's not watching the barrel? - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/2000th of a second at f/4 on ISO 400


Flying at the Tsuu T’ina Rodeo

Cowboy Flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

On Friday night the kids and I went across the road to the Tsuu T’ina Nation Rodeo that runs July 26th to 28th this year.  It was a warm, sunny evening and it was great to see the stands pretty close to full.  With a good crowd on hand, the riders were fired up and there were some great performances. This cowboy had a wild ride that ended up with him earning a free flight.  I will be heading back for the finals on Sunday – I’m looking forward to another great day.


Hawaiian surfer: riding off Ke’e Beach

Surfing at Ke'e - © Christopher Martin-5634

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Ke’e Beach is further up the coast on the north shore.  The waves were big and came in haphazard sets with some breaks sending waves slamming into other ones.  I did not expect to see anyone surfing there but on one of the days we spent on the beach, watching the coastline and keeping an eye out for seals, I saw one fellow sitting on a surfboard watching the waves.  He watched for quite a while and then headed out, presumably having found the right spot and the right way to get out to it.

Into the cauldron - © Christopher Martin-5554

I kept an eye on his progress and when he started catching waves it was awesome.  He knew what he was doing and it was great to watch him navigate through the chaos, pick a wave and then grab a good ride.


Hawaiian bodyboarders: riding off Nukoli’i Beach

Wave riding - © Christopher Martin-1115

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Nukoli’i Beach seems to be an unpredictable surfing location in the winter.  The waves moving west were great the first few days on this eastern beach that we were in Kaua’i at the beginning of December.  However after one huge storm that raged across the island, they remained choppy and were not frequented by any surfers or bodyboarders for the rest of our stay.  Those first few days I did get out twice to photograph some of the bodyboarders.  The waves were breaking pretty far out but a long lens helped to make a few images.

Carvin' - © Christopher Martin-0902

Down the line - © Christopher Martin-1118

Tunneling - © Christopher Martin-1051-2

Ocean spray - © Christopher Martin-1033

Workin' a small one - © Christopher Martin-0913

Boogie boarder - © Christopher Martin-0814

This trip to Hawai’i I spent my time in the ocean photographing underwater and that squeezed out any time that I might have gone bodyboarding or surfing.  I’ll make up for that on the next visit.  It was really fun to watch these guys ripping along the waves.  I can’t wait to join in!

Flying off the back - © Christopher Martin-0670-3