Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Golf and Rodeo
The pond was the next stop. It is a gravel pit being drenched. There is a dock to let go off of into the water and climb back up on. It is an enormous thumb print which would be as big as 10 football fields perhaps. The golf course was about that big too. The water was not only crystal clear, but it was warm, clean and refreshing. Shelly and Wally weren't able to enjoy the afternoon, but they'll get out on another occasion.
What else made it good was that they always had something going on in the lag time between events. At a sporting event there is always something happening on the jumbo tron between play, but at a rodeo you don't have that form of technology. But they did have this entertaining clown. He did some lasso tricks and was highly animated. Kids were involved in different things like the mutton ride, and 60 kids exploded into the ring to take flags off the tails of calves to win a prize.
The rodeo started a bit cheesy with quite the religious prayer and a display of Canadian nationalism that is nice, but not very common in Canada. However after that, it was straight to the bull riding. We came for the carnage and wipe outs.
There was an equal amount of events for men and women. Lots of beasts were ridden and roped throughout the 2 hours. There were a number of barrel race runs in the 15 second area - which I assume is good. There was a ninth girl whom just graduated 8th grade from the school I work at who was in it and her and her pony made it around the barrels in mid 17 seconds. I was very impressed as her horse was much smaller then the rest, and she wouldn't be any older then 14. So good on her and her horse.
And of course there were a number of missed roped steers, barrels knocked over, and ejected riders from the backs of bulls during the session. However I suppose that is the way it goes. I gathered that these people are doing it for the love of the sport and the tradition of rodeo. The weather cooperated and I would go back again if it was happening next year. I'd tell the riders though to not do as much looking at your phone and riding your horse.... Saw a lot of that. Or maybe not a lot per-sea, but shouldn't you see none.
Posted by DRM Exploits at 5:31 PM