I have been to big and small rodeos and my favorite has always been the smaller local rodeos. Tonight was a small rodeo event. The Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde Texas.
This is a true family affair. Lots of families with their kids enjoying the festivities. I took over 220 pictures, and about 100 have made it to the journal. I tried to eliminate as many as possible, but these pictures give the true story of then Bulverde Tejas Rodeo.
I had the pleasure of talking with several families and all were Texas Friendly Folks. You notice this entry has several pictures of the kids. Whether they were riding the Mechanical Bull, Dancing, Riding Ponies, the enjoyment on their faces made for a happy and fun filled evening here in Bulverde.
If I would take movies you could see real quick that the majority of men here were or had to be ex rodeo riders. How would I know that! Just about everyone of these guys were walking with a limp. Whether it was old age or just to many rides on the rodeo circuit who’s to say. I just know they had on their cleanest jeans, pressed starched cowboy shirts, big 10 gallon hats and of course the biggest and shiniest belt buckles ever. Just be assured that every man you see in these pictures has a slight or sometimes not so slight hitch in his getalong. As I watched the riders this evening I really understood where those limps come from. These bucking horses, bulls and calf's do their best to shed the riders. and tonight the animals won many of the events. In several rides the bulls were so nasty that it took the outriders several minutes to get them contained and returned to the staging areas.
In one case a young white bull just roamed the fence area near the stands. The kids and adults knew this was no game and just backed away from the fence. These animals looked healthy, big and every one looked a little ornery.
I have to mention the barrel racing event. A 7 year old girl was competing against all the adults and She came in 2nd. Like Nascar this Tejas Rodeo only awards 1st place. Even though she would not get a trophy the 7 year old has to feel good. She lost by just a few tenths of a second. I had a position on the last barrel before they took off in full gallop. The girl was stuck to the saddle, feet and hands were moving to get the big horse moving as it made the final turn, and move it did. If you have never seen a 80 pound girl, ride a 2000 lb quarter horse, put that in your bucket list. You could just see the big smile on the girls face as the horse gave it his all. The horse was pushing with both back legs and his front legs were really stretched out, every muscle visible and moving on his body. He was heading toward the barn and taking his rider to what might be the winners circle. Tonight was not the night, but both horse and rider put on a great show. This was the best ride of the evening. Much fun to watch.
The small rodeos give you much more access to the riders and horses than do the bigger formal rodeos. I had a seat that allowed me to see the warm up areas where the riders were getting their mounts ready for the show. I understand most of the riders here tonight do have a day job on the ranch. They do this to pick up some extra money. I heard that the most they would make is about $12,000 dollars a year. That is not much as it seems they have to spend a lot on horses, saddles, clothes, and equipment. Great night for a Rodeo.
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Thanks for riding along and have a great week