Saturday, November 14, 2009

Just Call Him A Bull Rider…

You heard me speak of my good fortune at finding a strong young man to help us move and do heavy lifting for me.Jon's rodeo 004 This is Jonathan getting his game face on…

Both his daddy and his granddaddy were bull riders.  Jon started riding when he was 5 years old and after 9 years the boy is practically a veteran.  They only let him ride steers, which really ‘chaps his ass’, pun intended, but he will be 15 in April and then can start riding the big bulls.

Jon's rodeo 007   One of the neat things about going to small local forums is that I can walk around and watch what the cowboys do to prepare for their ride.  Here Jon is working on the baling wire on his spurs that go under the heel of his boots to help keep them from slipping when he gets hooked into the hide of the bull.

tying them on Some riders like to tie their boots on with strips of latigo. They DO NOT want their feet to slip out of their boots causing them to lose their leg grip.

more examples of tying boots on And another example… or two.  Each cowboy has their own routine that they go through, kind of like every other sport, they have their own superstitions.

Chaps look good I thought these chaps were good looking… not much else is on this photo…

now that is better This shot looks a little better…

blue chaps And check out these blue chaps.

getting geared up Jonathan strapping his chaps up, getting ready for his ride.

waiting his turn Waiting his turn.  There were 21 entries in the bull riding division so they ran out 10 of the bull riders, then ran Jon’s group, the steer riders, then the mutton busters which was won by a GIRL!!!  Wooo Hoooo!!!  Then came time for Jon’s group.

He asked me if I could video his ride for him and I told him I’d try.  I’d only done it once so here is my try at video with my point and shoot camera…

Except for the fact that I can’t figure out how to get it to download. I’m unloading my boxes as fast as I can to try and figure it out.  I know where the video is, it is the verbiage that is killing me.  I give them (those gremlins that reside in my computer) the answers to the questions as best as I can figure out but then I get something like the path is incorrect or the name isn’t right for the transition to be made and my ever favorite,         ” You’re an idiot that can’t figure out shit about computers!”

When I do figure it out I’ll have a bunch of videos to share. Right now I think I’ll go back to bed and cry myself to sleep.


Tipper said...

Well I just finished reading all your mud adventure posts : ) Wow you have had a time. It's almost like a book-with Pops, Jonathan, and his little sister included too.

I hope you got some rest. My girls are wishing Jonathan lived closer to us : ) Cute as a button and can back up a trailer too-even their Daddy would like him.

hetty said...

Great post, Helen! All very interesting since cowboy stuff is not very prevelant around here. Good lookin' bull rider, that Jonathan! Great lookin' chaps too!

Tatersmama said...

Wow.. chaps! *Sigh*
Great photos, (you'll have to share pics of Jonathan when he starts riding the big bulls) and I learned a bit about bullriding that I never knew!
You sure as hell don't live a sedate life, do you? lol!

Brenda S Okie in Colorado said...

That little stinker can ride!!
He is a little cutey and I am so proud of the way he is so helpful to you. I feel he is going to grow up to be a very hard working and good man.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Oh, he's a cutie! And a bull rider, too. Brave!!
My Boo won the mutton busting once. RIDING BACKWARDS! It was sooo funny. I love watching that. I don't do too well with the bull riding. You've read my cow and bull posts.....
Oh yeah, good luck with the video thing.

Margaret LaVonne Hall said...

Great pictures! And, I am glad that you got the video going...Fun times it looks like~!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

handsome and talented young man I hope to see him one day in the PBR That would be soooooo cool! we love the PBR when it comes to town!
HUGS helen I miss you but understadn when insanity hits... wish you could come visit and relax here :)

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