Cowboys and rodeos are the essence of the West. But until today I had seen only a few cowboys and no rodeos.
As a true Westerner, that was a grievous gap in my experience.
I rectified that problem this afternoon by driving down to Denver’s Coliseum to see the Pro Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show. The afternoon was mostly about photography and watching other fit people stay fit — or get injured when they fell from their horses. But I maintained my fitness with all the walking I had to do around the Coliseum complex as well as my yoga practice this morning.
The Pro Rodeo at the National Western is one of the biggest and oldest in the country; this is its 103rd year. Some of the cowboys who participated are national champions.
My photos of the cowboys, their horses, and the bulls intentionally did not freeze their movements. This was truly fast action:
A few months ago when I asked by barber for recommendations of things to do, he suggested the rodeo and the Coors Western Art Exhibit in the same complex. I went there after the rodeo and enjoyed the Western art on display. It is comparable to Boulder’s Leanin’ Tree Museum.
This National Western Stock Show and Rodeo was quite a spectacle! Loud, bright, exciting. Even the crowd was Western with thousands of cowboy boots, hats, shirts, belts. I loved it!