So you think your job is rough? Try having your job description include staying as close as possible to charging bulls inside an enclosed arena while trying not to be hit or trampled. That would be the American Bull Fighting competition held at the 100th Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO (July 02, 2022). My photo spread of the event is now published online. Cowboy mounted shooters were also on hand for a contest of their own. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dodge-bull-at-the-100th-greeley-stampede/
I was happy my job description that day was taking photos!
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/
I love watching great animal athletes in action, especially horses. The championship round of rodeo at the 2022 National Western Stock Show had the best bucking stock in the sport on hand to compete against the top cowboys. The award winning “Lunatic From Hell” (out of the great “Lunatic Fringe”) showed why he is one of the best bucking horses in the sport as he not only bucked off the cowboy, but also managed to avoid stepping on the competitor while continuing to buck and show off for the big crowd on Sunday January 23, 2022.
Keep singing that country music song with me… “Wild horses… keep dragging me away.”
The popular and famous Wild Horse Race (they don’t use actual wild horses anymore) is a tradition on the last day of the world famous Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a wild and wooly affair that pits cowboys against horsepower in a battle to saddle an untrained horse, ride it around the large track and cross the finish line first.
The horses are typically unharmed during the event (there are plenty of people on hand to help with that). The same can’t be said about most of the cowboys, though.
I wonder if making the decision to sign up for this event goes something like this: “Hey pard, those guys last year couldn’t get that wild horse saddled.” “Here, hold my beer.”
After being forced to cancel their world famous rodeo in 2020, Cheyenne Frontier Days, “The Daddy of ‘Em All!” will return in 2021 (July 23-August 01) with the 125th running at the historic Wyoming venue.
I missed the rodeo when it didn’t run last year, and I look forward to heading back up to Cheyenne this year in July when it returns with a bang.
I thought I would attach some photos of mine taken during some past CFD rodeos. I hope you enjoy.
Just a few photos from some past CFD rodeos. I hope you liked them. I know I am looking forward to getting back there in 2021!
Probably not what Colorado bareback cowboy Casey Colletti did this past Saturday (April 13, 2019)…
Casey Colletti wasn’t in the lineup of competitors for the 2019 Rodeo All Star event held in Denver, CO over the weekend of April 12-13, 2019. But when one of the contestants couldn’t make it, rodeo organizers called Colletti at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday to see if he could drive up from Pueblo, CO and ride some bucking broncs against some of the best competition in the sport.
Forget chores and spring cleaning, Colletti grabbed his gear and arrived in time for the 2:30 p.m. afternoon rodeo. Not content to just show up, Colletti won the afternoon round with an 84-point ride to advance to Saturday night’s championship round where, you guessed it, he rode another bronc for 87 points to win the Saturday night round and move into a head to head match-up against three-time PRCA world champion Will Lowe for a chance at an extra $5,000.00 and the 2019 Rodeo All Star title.
“I’m just happy to be here,” said a smiling Colletti after winning the round on Saturday night and getting ready to ride against Will Lowe for the title. “Being able to go against three time world champion Will Lowe in a shoot out, head to head format. This is the kind of stuff we live for, you know what I mean?”
In the head to head round, Colletti beat his earlier scores with an 88-point ride on his third bucking bronc of the day. That’s right. Not one bucking bronc, which would send most people crawling to their chiropractor, but three bucking broncs in a single afternoon and evening. Even though his impressive 88 points in the head to head round fell short of Will Lowe’s stunning 90-point ride for the Rodeo All Star title, it is safe to say Colletti’s planned day off was a bit more productive than any of ours.
The championship round of rodeo at the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado was full of action and enthusiastic fans in the stands (a near capacity crowd of 8,279). Here is my story and some photos from the event that have been published in The Fence Post magazine.