Posts tagged “bareback

Calgary Stampede – Day 5 at the Rodeo

The rodeo down at the Calgary Stampede today was great today.  It was Day One for the Group B competitors and it seemed obvious that they were ready to get started.

Here, Cody Cassidy has just left a perfectly comfortable horse to dive onto the back of a slightly ornery cow.  The Donalda, Alberta cowboy did a great job with this ride pulling the steer down in 4.5 seconds which was good for second place on the day.

Blake Knowles, from Heppner, Oregon, digs boots into the dirt as he drags the steer to a stop.

Clint Cannon had a wild ride on Coal Black with the horse winning today’s round.  It was a good Bareback event matchup and I would like to see Clint turn in some good scores and get into the final.

In the same event, Jake Vold drew Witch Doctor.  The horse lived up to its name and was a tricky ride.  One that the Bareback rider from Ponoka, Alberta was up to the challenge for.  Together, the pairing won the day with an 86.0 ride.

Savannah Reeves, a perennial contender from Cross Plains, Texas who won the 2010 Ladies Barrel Racing event rounds the first barrel during her run.

I can’t wait for the weekend.  The performances have already been great and I am excited about what we will see for the finals.


Calgary Stampede Favourites

A rider crashes into the ground after being bucked off at the 2010 Calgary Stampede.

Only 67 days to the start of the 100th Calgary Stampede.    With this year being the centennial anniversary for the Stampede, the rodeo, and all of the events in general,  should be fantastic.  I have a lot of fun as a spectator, a fan and a photographer at the rodeo.  Great action and amazing performances by the animals and the athletes.  I’m already getting excited about getting down to the grounds and covering the Stampede again this year.

These images are from the past couple of years and include a selection of my favourites.  You can click on this link or any of the images to go to the full gallery.

I will be displaying a couple of prints in the Western Showcase again this year and am planning to shoot the rodeo for the third straight year.  I hope to add a few to this collection this year. 


A Hard Ride: one cowboy’s fight at the Calgary Stampede

This is a visual story detailing one cowboy’s 8 second battle with a horse named Buck Wheat on Thursday afternoon at the Calgary Stampede.

The cowboy’s name is Matt Lait and he hails from just north of Calgary in Balzac, Alberta.  He rode the beast for full time and scored in the middle of the pack on the day.  However, the expressions by both the man and the horse throughout the ride made for an entertaining series.  Matt’s face displays how demanding this event is on concentration and how punishing it is on the human body.  Click on each to see a frozen moment within that 8 second ride.


Calgary Stampede: Saturday’s Rodeo

I had a full day along the rails down at the Stampede yesterday. Here are a few photographs I liked from the quick scan of the wagon load I took yesterday.

The rodeo is a great event and I’m amazed by the performances of both the athletes and the animals.  Huge helpings of strength, balance and sheer will on both sides.  And, a lot of fun to watch.

I’m just heading down for today’s rodeo, can’t wait to get back down there.