The Cave Creek Rodeo in Arizona has to be the best small PRCA sanctioned rodeo in North America. I've photographed this rodeo for about ten or more straight years and it is an absolute joy. The best group of folks around.
Images were made with a Canon EOS R and Canon 70-200mm lens. Post processing in Lightroom and Photolemur.
Usually bull riding comes last. This time around for this finals event they started with bull riding, part one, and ended with bull riding part two. Kind of an interesting way to do it. There's a lot of tradition involved in rodeo and I have to think people like things the way it's always been done, but this worked out well.
The bulls were especially nasty today as I don't remember more than one cowboy sticking around past eight seconds. Somebody did. The all-around cowboy was JC Mortensen, winning $1,858 for bareback riding and bull riding.
The featured event is always bull riding. But before that the ladies of rodeo perform at barrel racing. And what a show they put on!
Here's a complete list of Cave Creek Rodeo winners. And great professional stock was again supplied by the Cervi Brothers.
And the Cave Creek Rodeo ends with the horse stock running around the arena.
I've also posted the Sunday finals photos on Flickr and on my portfolio site on SmugMug.
See ya soon!!!