A two-day rodeo less than an hour away featuring the majority of the top 15 riders in all of the roughstock events? Yes, please. The 93rd Annual Livermore Rodeo ("The World's Fastest Rodeo") fit the bill, so I put on my cowboy hat and rolled into town early to catch up with some friends, walk around the grounds a bit, and get some feature pictures to balance out the action shots.
I'm not a hacky sack fan, but getting to knock it around with three guys who went to the National Finals Rodeo last year was kind of cool:
Once the performance started I went to the chutes to get some wide shots of the bareback riding. The chutes at Livermore don't have a platform behind them, so I had to be very careful not to fall off or knock anyone else off. Easier said than done when carrying a 50" monopod to get one of my cameras out over the riders. Luckily I didn't gore anyone.
After bareback I headed to the other side of the arena to shoot the other events with longer lenses:
I was on a mission to get a good picture of team roper Spencer Mitchell after the last one didn't meet with his approval because it was taken on a run where he missed. He and partner Broc Cresta got it done on Sunday and tied for third:
One event that I've never covered before was wild cow milking. Some of these guys got knocked around pretty well by the wild cows who didn't want to give up the milk:
I want to thank the Livermore Stockman's Rodeo Association for letting me shoot their first-class rodeo.
Here are couple of early clips: