Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rounding Up Memories...

It's that Red Bluff Round-Up time of year. 



 The Round-Up is a big deal in these parts, it brings in a great deal of revenue to the local businesses. 

The Cowman's dad & uncle were directors for many years, back in the day. The Cowman and his brothers worked the ground crew in the timed events chute. A thankless job, as it was either pouring rain or hotter'n hell, and they worked all the slack as well as all the performances. They all volunteered their time and effort to make it happen.  



Most of the old founding families are still active in producing the Round-Up.


  
Back in the day, at the end of each day's performance, was the Wild Horse Race.  They ran out a bunch of horses with a halter and lead rope on them. The wild horse race started with a shotgun blast, just to make sure they had the audiences attention, and spook the horses.Then each three man team had to hold on to their horse, get a saddle on it, one man had to mount up, and ride around the track back to the finish line to win the prize money.  Sounds rather simple, it's not, these were not gentle horses, they were wild horses. The Cowman, his older brother and a friend miraculously never got stomped into a pulp, bit, kicked, or bucked down like some teams.  The tough thing was hanging on to the horse long enough to get'm saddled and headed down the track in the right direction.  All this happened just feet away from the grandstand and we were lucky enough to have box seats to watch the action. 




Most of the teams were locals that we all knew, so the competition among them was pretty stiff.  I had a vested interest in those days, really didn't need a busted up husband, but we sure could have made good use of that prize money. 

They don't have the Wild Horse Race these days... But the Wild Ride competition at the last performance is great fun to watch.  The riders dress up in costumes and come out of the chute on a bronc for a Wild Ride.

Tonto & the Lone Ranger out of the chute
 My BIL still has the family box, and a ticket with my name on it, so I might just make a performance this year.
 
  

26 comments:

  1. Been to events like this, never a wild horse event. Rodeo and gymkhana are big in Alberta.

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    1. BW Bandy,
      You should catch one, here ya go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZoiuGHFsw

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  2. Why wouldn't you go? Great fun, close to the action, surrounded by family! Take photos and we'll live through you.

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    1. LL,
      Thank you for the motivational kick in the a**, I needed it. BIL gave me an additional ticket, so taking a distant cousin. He has never been, it should be fun to watch with new eyes.

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  3. These pictures are amazing and I hope you go.

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    1. Changes,
      There are some outstanding rodeo photographers around these parts.
      I am going, stay tuned...

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  4. Hope you go, take photos! Heart-stopping photo of the mid-air rider!

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    1. Celia,
      I'm going, and will try to remember to take photos.

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  5. I used to go to more rodeos but lately not so much. It sounds neat to have that history with it.

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    1. Rain,
      Back then it was a lot of locals that I knew entered, so much fun. Unless the S Dakota (family) crew is riding, I don't know any of the contestants. Now I mainly go to catch up with family and friends.

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  6. Pictures, we wants pictures! :-) we live vicariously through you!!! :-)

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    1. Jim (we don't rent pigs),
      Well that's damn funny,
      I've been doing the same through you...
      guns, food, Texas
      what more could a person want.

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  7. Our hometown rodeos were small events in comparison to the ones you attended. Many of my friends rode in the barrel races. That was about all they allowed for girls participation. You must use that ticket:-)

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    1. Granny Annie,
      I never wanted to be a guy and ride the guy events. Besides I got enough of riding rough stock at home and didn't have to cough up an entry fee.
      Can chasing was fun when I was a kid. Those horses are great athletes in their own right.

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  8. I've never been to see a rodeo, but looking forward to going after we get settled in Colorado!

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    1. drjim,
      A small local rodeo can be the most fun. Please, take someone with you that is knowledgeable about the events, it will make for a more interesting experience.
      Bet you are counting the days til you are out of Kalif. Happy for you.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      LOL, no body wants that, least of all me!

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  10. OK. So it has been determined that you are going with a camera in hand. I will look forward to your pictures. Yee haaaaawwwww!

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    1. Cheri Block,
      As you can see I didn't take many pics, Matt's are so good I just shared his...

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  11. I love rodeos, and I especially like the local ones. Granted, there can be some glitz and glamour associated with the biggies, with names that even city folk recognize, but there's just as much fun when they're small. Often, there's just as much skill, too.

    My favorite -- and the first rodeo I attended in Texas -- was at Crider's Dance Hall and Rodeo. Their first rodeo was held as a fund-raiser for the Hunt, Texas, PTA -- in 1925. What's not to like?

    I'll be looking forward to hearing all about yours.

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    1. Shoreacres,
      I like the small local rodeos best, where you know people.

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  12. We have the Cottonwood rodeo on the weekend of Mother's Day every year.
    Almost 50 years ago a couple of high school buddies and myself entered the wild horse race.
    Our anchor man lost the lead rope first jump out of the chute (the rope was shorter than anyone else's and he only had about a foot of rope to hang onto over the top of the gate).
    Things went rodeo after that.
    Folks said it was the best wild horse race they had ever seen.
    We have kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and spouses, as appropriate, coming for the rodeo parade and Mother's Day in a couple of weeks.
    I am gimped up due to knee surgery, so I won't be able to go along and point out the hand-forged tie rings for saddle horses embedded in the elevated sidewalk along Front Street or explain why Front Street is so wide compared to other streets (the train depot used to be located a the end of Front Street.
    Front Street was originally laid out wide enough so that a wagon drawn by twenty horses or mules could conveniently swing around and load at the depot and head back out of town.

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    1. waepnedmann,
      Your rodeo is coming up soon. All the years I have lived on and off in RB and I haven't been to the Cottonwood rodeo. Go figure.
      Sorry to hear you are gimped up, that sucks.
      Enjoyed the history of why Front Street was so wide, thanks.

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