“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” ~John Wayne
Courage doesn’t mean a person has no fear. It means that in spite of your fear, you are able to move forward and do what must be done. In the case of a rodeo clown, or bullfighter as they prefer to be called, his job is mostly fun and games but there comes a time when he takes a deep breath, swallows hard, and moves forward to put himself between a nasty, mean bull and the rider he deliberately threw off his back. His job is to make sure that the cowboy is able to exit the arena safe and sound and that takes courage.
It takes a little bit of courage, or sometimes even a lot, for each of the rodeo participants to do take part in a dangerous sport which could end their career in 8 second or less. If it were easy, wouldn’t we all be riding a bucking horse?!? Which is exactly is why you will see me in the stands rather than the shoots, sharing in the triumphs, disappointments, and tragedies of the cowboys and cowgirls at the 96th annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo in Buena Vista on June 10-11, 2017.
This year marks the 96th consecutive year for Buena Vista’s rodeo. It began as a celebration in the fall after the lettuce harvest was over. The townspeople got together to have riding and roping contests and to celebrate their good fortune. They were “BuenaKist”!
If you don’t have boots and a cowboy hat, tennis shoes and a ball cap are acceptable attire for a rodeo. See ‘ya all there!