The annual Exeter Dodge Rodeo is one I try not to miss. There's just something about the tuned up horses, wild eyed with anticipation, the bravado and swagger of next to real-life cowboys, and the power and unpredictability of the bulls that acts like a magnet upon my "closet" C&W self. Having loved horses all of my life, and fortunate enough to have owned and shown some very nice ones, I'm now happy enough to live the western life style from the sidelines.
The afternoon started with the saddle bronc competition. These are big, strong horses, and mostly bred for this particular talent. They are very good at their jobs :).
Next were the steer wrestling and roping classes.
Sometimes you wonder just who is winning, the cowboy or the steer!
A popular, and what can be very profitable, event is the polebending.
Out of the gate!
Another ladies' event is the barrel racing, which also has the potential to yield significant dividends on the rodeo circuit.
Total concentration ...
Holding her breath ... will it stay up or not??
Finally to close the show, the bull riding. Today, we definitely got our money's worth!