In this photograph by Lincoln Rogers, a professional rodeo saddle bronc cowboy is shown from the backside as he walks toward the chutes to compete in a big rodeo. Photography software has been used to add texture, grain and grit in order to convey the rugged and tough-as-nails determination of every rodeo cowboy.
Rodeo cowboys pay their own way to get to a rodeo, enter the competition and then use their own saddles in order to attempt to win the rodeo and the cash that comes with it. Saddle bronc cowboys put their saddle on an untamed bucking bronc in the chute, attach a lead rope to a halter on the horse’s head and then, once the gate is opened, try and ride the bucking bronc for eight seconds in the arena. They are not only scored for staying on the horse for eight seconds, but also for correct form and style while riding. Saddle bronc riding is the traditional event that spawned the sport of rodeo, when cowboys on the old American ranches would attempt to break wild horses by getting on and riding them and the best cowboys would get a high reputation for their skill. Ranches would hold contests that putted the best riders against each other, and the sport of rodeo eventually came out of those contests.
January 11th, 2014
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