Rodeo and Patriotism

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Patriotism is just a love of your country and its founding principles. It seems people these days want to try and make it a divisive issue, but that’s all it really is. Tradition can play a large role in that love. Rodeo is full of tradition. It also makes a point to respect and honor the traditions and symbols of the USA. I love how much respect and honor the American flag receives at a rodeo performance, but there are also enduring glimpses of other iconic symbols of the USA. I saw this one last year before the start of the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo’s Friday night Bull Riding competition.

A Bald Eagle made an appearance at the start of the Friday night bull riding at the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. It would be in the arena during the singing of the National Anthem.

Loved the moment. The majestic Bald Eagle caught in gorgeous sunset light. These kinds of moments are part of the reason I love the photographing the sport of rodeo.

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Memories Can Make It Worthwhile

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It’s not exactly Singing in the Rain, but photographing in less-than-ideal weather is something you just do when you earn money with your camera. Wind whipping up? Rain starting to pour? It might be time to reach into the camera bag and pull out the emergency countermeasures (known by most people as lightweight windbreakers and plastic bags) and keep shooting.

While I have a lot of great photography related memories… a lot… I will always recall the freezing Sunday afternoon rain of the 2014 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. Despite it being early June, the downpour was frigid. My fingers were so cold they were basically stuck in the curved position of gripping my camera. On the positive side, at least I couldn’t drop my equipment in the mud.

Colorado cowboy Tyler Scales gritted out a rain-soaked ride for a solid 83-point score, which was the best bareback ride of the day.

I am a freelancer, so I get to choose what I cover and what I photograph. Ice cold rain is not something I typically enjoy (and I pity those that do), but I do love covering good rodeos and photo opportunities in the rain can be unique. So I stayed a while longer and I am glad I did.

While the crowd had already been sent home due to weather conditions, the rodeo action restarted hours later to finish up in front of empty stands.

Why am I glad I stayed? While I was able to use some of the shots for my published article, the real reason I am glad I stayed is the memories that were made. I will always have the memories that go with those photos. Was it miserable weather for photographing? Yep. Did I want to leave sooner than I did? Yes again. But now, when I go back and look at the photos, I get to smile as I recall being there.

Sometimes I can’t believe I get paid to write and photograph. What is that old saying? Do what you love and love what you do.

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Prepping for Their Award Winning Rodeo

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I created a short video from some clips I shot while interviewing and photographing the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo volunteers upgrading the arena dirt in preparation for putting on their award winning rodeo! It is coming up quick — June 02-05, 2022!

https://rumble.com/v14ynp3-elizabeth-stampede-prepping-for-their-upcoming-2022-rodeo.html

Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo volunteers work on upgrading the arena dirt and other surface areas of the rodeo with a formulated blend of dirt in preparation for their upcoming 2022 rodeo (video taken on May 14, 2022).
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Every Second of Every Day…

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If followers of The Way don’t stand up in these days, who will? If we don’t speak out now, who will hear?

Psalm 47:2 — “For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.” Image and concept by Lincoln Rogers – All rights reserved.
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Proving the Power of the Horse

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A Pair of Related Colorado Companies Blaze a Trail by Taking What is Left Behind

Richer Lands Compost owner and manager Jonathan Whetstine (right) talks to an employee while the tractor creeps ahead during the turning of horse manure compost windrows. An Aeromaster turner is attached to the tractor and not only completely turns over the windrow, but also applies moisture and nutrients to the windrow while it does so.

A new article of mine is now out on the website of The Fence Post magazine and will be in their upcoming print edition (Monday May 02, 2022). Colorado Manure Hauling (CMH) and Richer Lands Compost are believed to be the only business combination in the country to perform the hauling and composting of equine waste to create a high-quality compost for commercial and residential use. While other businesses compost horse manure, they blend it with other organics. CMH and Richer Lands Compost look to be the only ones to use equine waste as a single-source for their final product.

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/the-source-is-the-horse-of-course/

I hope you enjoy the article and learning about how these Colorado companies are leading the way in creating high quality equine waste compost.

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Have a Blessed Good Friday

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God bless you on this remembrance and observance of Good Friday, the day Christians humbly honor the day our savior Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on a cross to be crucified and pay the penalty for the sins of the world. Now all those who have accepted Christ as their savior can say with an honest heart, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

The new quarterback of the NFL’s Denver Broncos echoed that sentiment today:

God bless you and I pray you have a great Resurrection Day celebration on Sunday.
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A Decade of Bull!

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Bull riding, that is! The 10th annual Castle Rock Bull Riding & Bull Challenge took place with two performances in front of large crowds on Saturday February 12, 2022 in Castle Rock, CO. 100+ bull riders competed, along with 33 stock contractors bringing teams of 3 bulls each. Both the bull riders and the stock contractors were vying to earn a share of over $25,000 in prize money. My article and photos have been published online by The Fence Post magazine: https://www.thefencepost.com/news/a-decade-of-bull/

Rafter R Bulls’ Red Bear showed the kind of animal athleticism that ensured Divide, CO bull rider Duece Brown was not going to be able to stay aboard during Saturday afternoon’s Castle Rock Bull Riding performance at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, CO (February 12, 2022).
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Cattle Dogs Are Cool!

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On the last weekend of the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, the cattle dogs showed their stuff. Watching top-notch working dogs in action is always a treat and this year was no different. My article and photos about the cattle dog competition are now online at The Fence Post’s website. Use the following link — https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dog-day-afternoon-2/ — or click on the photo to take you to the article.

As one of the cattle decides to run in a different direction, the dog is there in a burst of speed and attitude to remind it to cooperate. Athleticism, quickness, and even the flash of teeth are requirements in a good cattle dog. “(Your dog has) to have that strength. That presence,” said 2022 NWSS Cattle Dog competition winner James Butler when discussing cattle dogs at the NWSS venue.
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Cowboy Church at the National Western Stock Show

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Rodeo competitors, their families, those who work in the industry, etc. have to hit the road to earn a living. With most rodeo competitions being held over the weekends, it can be challenging for Christian involved in the sport to attend a church service. The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys organization helps to fill that void by taking church services to the rodeos. I was able to attend the FCC service on the last Sunday of the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO.

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys church service at the 2022 National Western Stock Show (Sunday January 23, 2022)
Fellowship of Christian Cowboys church service at the 2022 National Western Stock Show (Sunday January 23, 2022)
Fellowship of Christian Cowboys church service at the 2022 National Western Stock Show (Sunday January 23, 2022)
Fellowship of Christian Cowboys church service at the 2022 National Western Stock Show (Sunday January 23, 2022)
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Interview with National Western Stock Show President and CEO – Paul Andrews

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I was able to get some one-on-one time with NWSS President and CEO Paul Andrews on the last day of 2022’s 116th year of the NWSS (Sunday January 23). We discussed the challenges the NWSS had to go through in 2022 as well as looking ahead to the future of the historic venue and its on-going billion dollar expansion project. The Fence Post magazine has published and posted the Q&A online.

Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, rides into the Denver Coliseum arena while being announced to the crowd before the start of the championship round of rodeo at the 2022 NWSS. “This year was a must do,” said Andrews about the 2022 NWSS after 2021’s event was canceled due to COVID.

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/nwss-president-and-ceo-paul-andrews-talks-about-the-2022-nwss/

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