Old Glory is always prominently displayed at rodeos in the USA
This past Labor Day Weekend, all our family trekked to the Elk City rodeo. We had a great time like we always do, and even though I am far from a professional photographer, I’ll share some of the photos for those of you who might be unfamiliar with the sport.
The bucking chutes
The rodeo announcer is the guy on the platform at the top left side.
These longhorn steers were part of the pre-rodeo show, just before the national anthem.
The flag girl exiting the arena after the invocation
We still offer public prayers at rodeos because as the announcer said, “There ain’t no atheists behind the buckin’ chutes.”
Ladybug, our littlest cowgirl.
The cowboy on the horse is getting ready for his turn in the steer wrestling competition. He’s preparing to pile off that horse on a seven-hundred-pound steer and wrestle it to the ground by its horns.
Like that. The cowboy on the right just rides his horse along beside to keep the steer running straight for the steer wrestler. He’s called a header.
These fellers are getting ready to team rope. The one on the left is the header and ropes, yes, the head. The cowboy on the right is the heeler, and he ropes…that’s right…the heels. Team roping is a big deal in Oklahoma.
The other events I didn’t get any good pictures of were bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding ( my personal favorite even though I’m TERRIBLE at it myself), tie-down calf roping, women’s barrel racing, and almost everybody else’s favorite rodeo event, bull riding.
I’m getting too wordy for Wordless Wednesday, so God bless all y’all until next time.