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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


By Raquel


Yesterday Larry took me to the rodeo – here I’ve lived 6 and a half years in Houston and I had never gone…I wanted to see something I could only see at the rodeo, so we went to the rodeo competitions…cowboys and cowgirls competing in barrel racing and saddle bronc riding…it was fascinating to see something I had never seen in real life…it struck me that the competitors were all quite young, but then you’d have to be, I think, to be able to handle the falls, bruises and broken bones that are sometimes the result…some of them wore helmets, but mostly they just wear cowboy hats…there were Canadian cowboys as well, which was not something I expected…afterwards we went to see the animals on display…the cows and their calves, the bunnies (there were holland lop eared, himalayan rabbits, and many more), the horses…here are some images from the rodeo:

One of the people who “spot” a competitor in case something goes wrong:

Saddle bronc rider with “spotter” behind him:

The ladies competing in barrel racing:

In the livestock pens waiting to be judged:

One of many bunnies waiting to be judged for best in breed and best in show:

The carnival:

Ladies practicing for the competition on their horses:

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What a lovely day out

20 Mar, 2009


Sounds like you had a great day Raquel. I would have enjoyed to see the rabbits and the cattle myself.

20 Mar, 2009


Thank you Marann. It was.

Thanks Hywel - I did enjoy it. Part of it was I just enjoy spending time with Larry. But I surprised myself because I wasn't sure I would like the rodeo itself - but I was greatly cheered when I saw that the steers and the bulls really have the upper hand in the rodeo...not that I want people to hurt themselves! it amazes me that anyone would do that for a living! I loved the rabbits - there were sooo many of them, and to me, all of them were cute! How could anyone decide which was best?! The cattle was nice too..Larry spoke to some people from near his hometown of Wharton, and I asked if I could pet their cow and it was so soft! I didn't expect that. I also didn't know it weighed 1100 lbs!! The big auctions are over, it's the kids now who are presenting their livestock to be judged...the lambs were last week, I think.

20 Mar, 2009


Wonderful! A little blast from the past, I'm from cattle country, showed pig in the fairs for 4H and one of our high school extra curriculars was rodeo. Nothing like that up here. We had a state champion girl in school that since runs a horse ranch that takes in troubled city kids to help them change their ways. I appreciate the little trip with you. :-)

13 Apr, 2009

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