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I photographed the Cave Creek Rodeo finals on Sunday 2 April. This made it seven years in a row I photographed this wonderful PRCA Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned event.
The Cervi people provided the four legged stock athletes (animals). The two legged cowboy and cowgirl athletes were the other half of the event.
I really respect this sport and the athletes. It’s dangerous and these folks have to do well in these events to make a living. If a cowboy or cowgirl gets a penalty or no score, they are out and must go to the next rodeo for another try.
Country artist super star Garth Brooks put it best in his hit “Rodeo” about how really hard this sport and life are! Part of the lyrics goes like this,
Well it’s bulls and blood
It’s dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in his knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
Take a good look at how these cowboys and cowgirls “bring it” in the finals. By the way, rodeo clown Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford was funny too!