2011 Livermore Rodeo

Flag Duty - 2011 Livermore Rodeo 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.

Brian Bain - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Cesar "Kid" Banuelos - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Chris Harris - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Bobby Mote - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

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:

Bobby Mote, Steven Dent, and Jason Havens - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Flag Duty - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

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.

Teddy Athan & Witch Doctor- 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Joe Gunderson & Lip Tricks - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Brian Bain & Juice Queen - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

George Gillespie IV - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

After bareback I headed to the other side of the arena to shoot the other events with longer lenses:

Nicholas Mitchell & Howdy - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Bo Bacigalupi & Touch N Go - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Wade Sundell & Wizard - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Marvel & Rock Ridge - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Chandler Bownds & Dutch - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Colin McTaggart & Let 'er Rip - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Allen Helmuth & Wishy Washy - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Shane Proctor & Icy Hot - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Kade Lingemann - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Deskovick - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Rankin Lindsey & Cowboy Caviar - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Jacob Tyner & Smoke Signal - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Chad Denton & Frampton - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Derek Lacasa & No Guts - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

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:

Spencer Mitchell - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Stephanie Denner - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Sherrylynn Johnson - 2011  Livermore Rodeo

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:

Jeff Nielsen and Clay Nielsen - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

I want to thank the Livermore Stockman's Rodeo Association for letting me shoot their first-class rodeo.

Here are couple of early clips:

Derek Lacasa - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Derek Lacasa - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Marvel - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Marvel - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Nicholas Mitchell - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Matt Marvel - 2011 Livermore Rodeo

Jared Ferguson - 2011 Livermore Rodeo