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.)
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!
It is great. I’d never been to it before, but that setting sure puts it on the top of my lists. Thanks!
You captured some great action.
Wow so much action
That’s for sure!
You mean to tell me Jesus wasn’t a Nowegian?
Beautiful — great action shots
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.
Oh, I bet the Minnesota rodeos have their share of tough cowboys – and girls!
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
The backdrop is pretty incredible, isn’t it? Thanks for checking it out.
Wow, wow, and WOW! Those pictures are incredible, and made me cringe a lot and say “Yikes!”
🙂 Yep, definitely cringe-worthy!
Nice! Shooting rodeos are always such fun, especially the small ones where they let you get in with the riders in their staging area.
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!
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! 🙂
How nice – thanks! (I do particularly admire the pink chaps that the cowboy is wearing in that last shot.)
So I’m realy late, this is the nodak friend of the band. LOOKING GOOD