Tough Enough to Wear Pink began 5 years ago and is a favorite Roundup tradition on Thursdays. Thousands of dollars are raised each year for breast cancer research and awareness at this rodeo and others across the country. Wrangler brand heads up the sponsors...check out the web site!
My Man does look good in pink doesn't he?
We opted to take a carriage ride to the rodeo grounds instead of walking. It was a blast! I've had wagon rides before, but not a carriage ride. It was so smooth...when I get too old to get on a horse, this'll be the way to go!
The driver/owner is a really neat lady, and she had
numerous horses that she switched out. The horses
were very well taken care of and nothing bothered them.
This photo is courtesy of my pal Debbie.
She and her husband Steve have been coming
to the Roundup with us for the past 7 years.
OK...notice my beautiful scarf?!?
If you didn't read my post about how this
scarf came into my possession, you need to read here.
While I was browsing through an antique shop, the owner commented on the scarf. She asked me if I knew what I was wearing...well yes...a wonderful treasure. She said that they made them between the late 1900's into the 1930's. They came in all colors and lots of different graphics and text was used. She also warned me to be careful that no body tried to take it off of me...like try to steal it! And, here I was only worried about getting it dirty!
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it for the day and another big thank you goes out to AKPonyGirl. Hugs girl friend! OH...pssst...keep an eye on your mailbox AKPonyGirl ;~)
Ahhh...but times are a changin' at the Roundup.
This beautiful new front gate is part of the
makeover they are doing as part of the
100th anniversary which is next year.
I can't say I like all the uppity change. It'll be very pretty when it's all done...I just hope the feel of "Rodeo" isn't lost in the steel, brick and bronze. The west end will be covered and have new grandstands too...that will be the end of the "sun bowl" which it's been called for decades...sigh...
OK...on to the rodeo!! But, we first have to stop for just one at the Let 'er Buck Room!
No photos from inside...they take your cameras. Which is
really stupid because they don't take away any
cell phones...there were people taking photos everywhere
inside the Buck Room. LOL
The grand entry...my favorite part of any rodeo!
And the "Court" racing around the track always
brings tears to my eyes...along with many others.
Photo courtesy of my pal Debbie again.
My camera just won't zoom in from across the field.
Look at all those pretty pink shirts!!
Watching the pickup men do their job is just
as exciting as watching the cowboys ride.
We had box seats on Thursday and had to cover
our beverages more than once as the horses
raced by in front of us!
A special presentation is always made on Thursday
featuring breast cancer survivors.
It's always very inspirational.
Happy Canyon is another important part of the Roundup..."Since 1916 the Happy Canyon Night Show has thrilled audiences and become the world’s most unique Indian Pageant. Every year over 500 volunteers come together to portray the culture and traditions of local tribes, the coming of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail pioneers, concluding with the fast action of a frontier town."
The Indian village, the pageant, and the presentation during the rodeo are all amazing to see. Click on the link above to read about the history...it's really very interesting. The night show is a huge production with horses, wagons, guns, beautiful costumes...and a lot of fun!
A beautiful Happy Canyon Princess.
And an aspiring princess.
Their traditional costumes are truly amazing.
Fathers teaching their sons.
The Indian Relay Race is a really fun part of the rodeo. They have three races each day and a final race on Saturday to determine the winning team. Here are a few clips of the races...
Yep...you saw right...that was a loose horse in the last clip...a lot of crazy stuff happens during those races!
OK...fast forward to Saturday...and the winning team is
the Colville tribe from Omak, WA!!
Prizes, besides the purse money, include beautiful
blankets, bags and jackets.
Ahhhh...we survived Wednesday night (at the Happy Canyon casino) and Thursday...only two more days of this stuff!
A lil' R & R back at camp. L-R Steve, me and My Man.
We have a wonderful back yard that we stay at...right
next to the Cowboy Breakfast.
All the pancakes, eggs, and ham you can eat...yum!
More Pendleton Roundup in my next post.
~~PS...the Pendleton wild rag is safely hanging with my other wild rags~~