2012 Marysville Stampede

2012 Marysville Stampede - Flying U Rodeo Co. hauler It's not the biggest rodeo, or the one that attracts the most top cowboys, but the Marysville Stampede has something that none of the other rodeos I shoot have: great light. Rodeos (and sporting events in general) usually start at 1pm when the light is directly overhead or at night where you're totally at the mercy of the quality of artificial lighting the arena has. The Marysville Stampede starts at 5:30 which means that you're shooting in golden, directional light the whole time.

2012 Marysville Stampede - Flying U Rodeo Co. hauler

The men behind the legendary Flying U Rodeo Company. The King of the Cowboys, Cotton Rosser... 2012 Marysville Stampede - Cotton Rosser

...and the Prince of the Cowboys (can we make that stick please) Reno Rosser:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Reno Rosser

Kids are a big part of the Marysville Stampede, from the mechanical bull...

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mechanical Bull

...to the Silver Dollar Scramble...

2012 Marysville Stampede - Silver Dollar Scramble

...to, of course, mutton bustin':

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mutton Bustin'

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mutton Bustin'

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mutton Bustin

The Marysville Stampede also features team bronc riding which consists of three guys putting a saddle on an unbroken (wild) horse and riding it past the finish line. I knew that one of my Facebook friends would be competing, so I set up behind the chutes to make sure I got a few pictures. Some horses are (much) bigger than others, so they draw to determine which team gets which horse:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Team Bronc Riding Draw

Then they wait for the whistle:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Paul Bianchi

And then the carnage:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Team Bronc Riding

Some timed event action:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Jared Ferguson

2012 Marysville Stampede - Miles Mark Switzer

I've honestly never seen so many steer wrestlers miss their steer and wreck:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Danny Bray

2012 Marysville Stampede - Justin DeBraga

2012 Marysville Stampede - Riley York

2012 Marysville Stampede - Ryle Smith

A dearth of entries caused the bareback section to be scratched, but there was a lot of action in saddle bronc riding:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Ethan Lemmons

2012 Marysville Stampede - Ad Bugenig

Can't beat beams of sunlight cutting through the dust:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Joe Heguy

Wes Jones' swan dive:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Wes Jones

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mert Bradshaw

The barrel racing takes place when the sun is just clearing the arena, and the light is just awesome:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Sydney Wheeler

2012 Marysville Stampede - Cathy Cagliari

2012 Marysville Stampede - Mariah Demontigny

2012 Marysville Stampede - Marvel Murphy

Local high school senior Tyler Stueve won Saturday's bull riding:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Tyler Stueve

2012 Marysville Stampede - Tyler Stueve

My friend Dominic Benedet, coming off of a shoulder injury, looked great until his bull decided to use the fence to scrape Dom off:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Dominic Benedet

The sound of Dom's head bouncing off of the fence was unpleasant:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Dominic Benedet

This bull rammed the barrel with the clown inside. Rough ride:

2012 Marysville Stampede - 51/9

2012 Marysville Stampede - Joseph Chamberlain

Josh Daries' bull fell down, so he went over to the official to discuss a re-ride:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Josh Daries

Tough Enough to Wear Pink (Chaps) Day:

2012 Marysville Stampede - John Hollandsworth

2012 Marysville Stampede - Tim Myers

After the bull riding, Reno Rosser's discovery, the Flying U FMX riders performed. On Sunday, delays forced them to jump in almost darkness. Risky for them, but dramatic for pictures:

2012 Marysville Stampede - Flying U FMX

2012 Marysville Stampede - Flying U FMX

Thanks to the Flying U Rodeo Company (Cotton, Reno, and Barbara) for great access once again. While I was in Marysville, I picked up a copy of Rodeo Magazine with my picture on the cover:

Rodeo Magazine Cover