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!
Saddle bronc cowboy Hardy Braden rode one of the most famous bucking horses in the business — Killer Bee — for a new arena record at the 100th Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO during the final round of rodeo action on June 30, 2022. The 89.50-point score bested the previous record of 88 points set by Wade Sundell in 2018 and tied by Ryder Wright in 2019. “It is quite something, actually,” said Braden when told his score set a new record. “I am kind of at a loss. It was the 100th anniversary, what better way to do that then get an arena record and win the 100th.”
Pretty cool moment to see in person and nice to be able to talk to the humble cowboy about it. A new article about it will be published soon in The Fence Post magazine with more conversation and more photos.
My latest article with photos has been published on The Fence Post magazine’s website. I traveled last Sunday (June 26) to the 100th Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO to photograph and talk to participants and visitors who were taking part in and having fun at the historic venue. The story focuses on the family-friendly environment and tradition of the Greeley Stampede. Click on the link or image to get to the article. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/100th-greeley-stampede-embraces-history-tradition-and-family/
I enjoy looking for interesting moments while I am photographing an event for publication. One such moment arrived while I was covering 2022’s 100th Greeley Stampede on Sunday June 26. A rodeo pickup man stopped his horse right in front of where I was shooting. As I always do when a horse is nearby, I enjoyed looking at the horse! That is when I noticed the Greeley Stampede’s logo was reflected from the arena wall in the eye of the horse. So I took the shot and thought it would be cool if it turned out.
A new short article of mine (with excellent help from Bonnie Wheatley) has been published on the Barrel Racing Magazine website. Oklahoma barrel racer Paige Jones and 10-year-old Famous Hayday stopped the timers in a fast 16.73-seconds on Sunday afternoon at 2022’s 100th Greeley Stampede rodeo. That time put her more than a half-second ahead of the rest of the field, so far, in the first round of barrel racing. Click the image or link that follows to go to the article on BarrelRacingMagazine.com
With a degree from Colorado State University’s equine sciences program and working for the American Quarter Quarter Horse Association in her rearview mirror, along with a goal of obtaining a master’s degree on the road ahead of her, 25-year-old Ashley Baller is an accomplished, bilingual, first generation cowgirl from Parker, Colo., who earned the honor of wearing the iconic turquoise Miss Rodeo Colorado crown and representing the state of Colorado for the year 2022. I had the pleasure of talking with her about becoming and being 2022’s Miss Rodeo Colorado during a break in action at the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. The Q&A with photos has been published on The Fence Post magazine’s website and will be in the upcoming print edition (Monday June 20). Click the link or the image to go to the article. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/a-conversation-with-2022-miss-rodeo-colorado-ashley-baller/
The Greeley Stampede Rodeo is celebrating its 100 Year milestone in 2022. Originally billed as the Greeley Spud Rodeo in 1922 to honor the area’s potato farmers, the Greeley, CO event has been a long-running staple of the region. I spoke with Justin Watada, the Greeley Stampede’s General Manager, by phone about their upcoming 100th (running June 23-July 4, 2022) and the Q&A with historical photos from the early years, along with a number of my photos spanning 2005-2021, has already been published on The Fence Post magazine’s website and will be in this coming Monday’s print edition. Click the link or the image to get to the Q&A on The Fence Post’s website! https://www.thefencepost.com/news/gearing-up-for-100th-greeley/
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