At the Rodeo Part II: “If Jesus Had Been a Norwegian” and Yikes!

The Wilsall Rodeo started with a dandy performance from the slightly math-challenged Ringling 5. You’ve no doubt heard their top ten song “If Jesus Had Been a Norwegian.”


There are not so scary moments during a rodeo – although I’m not sure the calf would agree!


But there are an awful lot of “yikes” moments.  I seem to spend most of the rodeo in terror for either the stock or the riders, but it sure is exciting.    Photographing the action seems to help – when I’m focused on getting the shot I’m not so focused on clutching my poor husband’s shoulder when a cowboy gets in trouble!

(By the way, check out the dudes in the background.   Great hats, great belt buckles.  They didn’t just make up that Marlboro man.)









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Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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20 Responses to At the Rodeo Part II: “If Jesus Had Been a Norwegian” and Yikes!

  1. GREAT shots! I love going to the rodeo. It brings back such good memories of summers with my grandfather. I’ve never been to a Montana rodeo, but the Wilsall Rodeo looks great!

  2. lylekrahn says:

    You captured some great action.

  3. Linda R says:

    You mean to tell me Jesus wasn’t a Nowegian?

  4. kenneturner says:

    Beautiful — great action shots

  5. You got some absolutely fabulous action shots. I have not been to a rodeo since I was a kid. Somehow I bet the rodeos in Minnesota would not even begin to compare to yours. Not that many Marlboro men in our state.

  6. Janet says:

    The excitment of the rodeo is set in front of the beautiful backdrop of the grassy hills and snowy mountains. Loved that first shot of the singing cowboys

  7. char says:

    Wow, wow, and WOW! Those pictures are incredible, and made me cringe a lot and say “Yikes!”

  8. Nice! Shooting rodeos are always such fun, especially the small ones where they let you get in with the riders in their staging area.

    • westerner54 says:

      I agree. Although the one time I was actually back with the cowboys a bull jumped out of its chute and just about trampled us. So now I just stay in the stands!

  9. Wow, that last shot in particular is magnificent. I’ve taken my camera to the rodeo before and know how tough it is to capture such speedy and messy action so well! And I love all of your spectator portraits, especially of the little squirts! 🙂

  10. geno says:

    So I’m realy late, this is the nodak friend of the band. LOOKING GOOD

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