At the Rodeo

At the Rodeo | Omak. WA | 2017

Although not a diehard bull-and-bronc fan, I attended five rodeos in the last 14 months and, I must say, rode them out (safely in the grandstands) like a pro. I even began to recognize some of the cowboys — Cody, Dusty, Shane, Jake, Chase, Dakota — who drove the summer circuit from Calgary to Vegas. And I started to appreciate stock names — Turbo, Thunder, Bushwacker — and the skill of riders to stay on and stay whole. As the season progressed, I found my interest increasing, my applause intensifying and my excitement rising each time the clock counted down those eight seconds of kickass action.