~Sometimes at night, I lie awake
thinking of faraway places.~
~Martha Lloyd 1904~
This was my 15th consecutive year to attend one of the biggest rodeos in the nation; the Pendleton Roundup. You know how I dislike change...well, in those 15 years, there really hasn't been all that much change. We see the same people year after year, we've parked our living quarters horse trailer in the same place, we walk everywhere we go, we eat at many of the same places...it's almost the feeling of deja vu!
|My first attempt at doing something in PhotoShop Elements.|
I put two photos together.
There were some pretty big changes last year for the 100th Anniversary. The West bleachers were replaced with a covered grandstand, the statue (below) was put in, and the whole front cyclone fence was replaced with a brick and wrought iron fence.
But really, that's about all that's changed.
|Is My Man "tough enough to wear pink?"|
I think so!
Every Thursday is Tough Enough to Wear Pink day
to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for that cause.
As we walked around to the North side, I spied this group of rough stock horses...I do believe they were deep in conversation among themselves as to how best whip the cowboys that day!
|"Hey Pard...which cowboy did you draw today?"|
|Every grand entry is always emotional and sets the stage for a great rodeo!|
|This is the man who is responsible for opening the chute gate for every cowboy.|
He definitely takes the job seriously...which is a good thing.
|Cowboy LifeSavers...I enjoy watching them and their awesome horses|
just as much as watching the contestants.
|Joe Baumgartner doing what he does best...saving a cowboy.|
Pendleton was his last rodeo...he's retiring from fighting bulls.
He's been at every Roundup since I've been going.
What an awesome athlete he is...and he'll be missed by everyone.
There's always something good to look at...
|I'm lookin' at the horse's butt...whatcha think I was talkin' 'bout? hee hee!!|
The Indian relay racers are totally crazy...but they're sure good at what they do!
|Running full bore...bareback...amazing!|
Friday morning's parade was the usual "Fantastic"...no motorized vehicles...just horses, mules, and oxen.
|These four followed the American flag...and behind them|
came 100 more riders carrying American flags...totally inspiring.
The native Americans play a very large part of the Roundup....since the rodeo's inception 101 years ago. Saturday morning, we watched some of the dance competitions. The costumes, drums, and chanting were awesome. I took some video and will get that posted later...it really gives you the true appreciation of how hard they work to carry on their tribe's tradition and history. Tribes from all over the country come to participate.
|Different costumes signify the tribes.|
|You can see the bells on this dancer. Only the men dancers wore the bells.|
I loved the colors of their beading.
|In the old days, I'm sure the Indians wore actual animal skins.|
In the modern age, I suppose PETA would be all over them.
I'd prefer to see the true traditions.
I suppose we'll be back again next year...until then...Let 'er Buck!