2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo

After shooting almost nothing but timed-events in Redding all week, I was eager to get some roughstock pictures at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo. One of the coolest traditions in rodeo is how they bring the flag into the arena. A rider starts at the top of a very steep hill and races down in full view of the fans. I set up at a bend so I could get it straight-on, but before the flag, some bulls and wild horses ran around at the top of the hill. 2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Wild Horses

Then came the flag:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Julie Blach

I did a set of bareback riders with the fisheye/monopod setup, and got one of my best pictures with it on the very first ride when Winn Ratliff and Wrangler bounced around in front of the chute for the first few seconds.

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Winn Ratliff

Then Damage Control reared up just inches from my lens:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Damage Control

I mixed it up for the bull riding, some from behind the chutes and some from the stands:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Allen Helmuth

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Will Morris

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Cody Campbell

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Scottie Knapp

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Jed Jones

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Lane Selz

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Winn Ratliff

Rocky McDonald had to take two re-rides, but won the buckle on his third bull:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Rocky McDonald

Some timed-event action:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Taylor Nahrgang

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Marguerite Happy

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Chad Rava

I did some panning from right beside the roping chutes, low percentage, but nice results:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - John McGill

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Sterling Smith

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Cade Swor

With a captive audience, I continued my "Under the Brim" project:

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Taylor Price

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Richie Champion

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Jacobs Crawley

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Ad Bugenig

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Ethan McNeill

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Rick Moffatt

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Rocky McDonald

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Heath Ford

2013 Rowell Ranch Rodeo - Cesar "Kid" Banuelos

The picture of Julie Blach ran in the July issue of Spin To Win Rodeo Magazine:

Spin to Win Rodeo - July 2013 - Julie Blach - High Call