In The Desert
June. 17th, 18th 2011
Cedar City, Utah
More fun and excitement in the Southwest!
If you've never been to a wild west rodeo, then you don't know what your missing! These cowboys and cowgirls are very talented with some well trained horses. They have calf roping, bull riding, barrel racing, and bucking broncos. Here are a few photos of the rodeo from Friday night at the Cedar City Iron Ranger Arena-Cross Hollow Events Center.
Do yourself a favor next time you're out in the desert and near a rodeo, go join the fun, you'll be surprised. This is held every year in the middle of June.
Part of the Summer Games
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A couple of the cowgirls getting ready to ride. Also a couple of the cowboys getting ready to rope some calfs. And in the bottom photo their getting ready to release a rider on a bull. This is really fun to watch and the videos will give you a better idea of what to expect. There is no harm done to any of the animals in these rodeos. In fact the bulls look like their enjoying it. The rodeo is part of the Summer Games here in Southwest Utah.
Short videos of some of the events!
The truth about bull riding!
The flankstrap is the rope that goes around the bull's midsection. Its purpose is to enhance the natural bucking motion of a bull and to encourage the animal to extend its hind legs when trying to get his rider on the ground. The rope is fleece-lined and does not hurt the bull. A common misperception is that this strap somehow irritates or is tied to the bull's testicles! This is simply not true. That would cause the animal pain and discourage him from bucking or even moving - exactly the opposite of the desired behavior. The flank strap never covers or goes around a bull's genitals, and no sharp or foreign objects are ever placed inside the flank strap to agitate the animal. Furthermore, a flank strap cannot be too tight around the bull's flank or the bull will be too uncomfortable to perform. Pulling the flank strap too tight would restrict a bull's motion, resulting in an inferior performance by the bull and quite possibly a reride for the bull rider. The flank strap is designed for quick release and is removed immediately after the bull exits the arena.