2013 Livermore Rodeo

For the third year in a row, I had the pleasure this year of shooting the Livermore Rodeo. It's great to be able to shoot a big rodeo 45 minutes from home, but I wasn't planning on the weather. It was in the 90s for slack on Friday, but Saturday was something else. As I left the house on Saturday, my car's thermometer read 80, but as soon as we went over the hill, the reading went up a few degrees every mile. It was 106 by the time the rodeo started, and the reading on the dirt was reportedly 117. This is hot enough to cut back on the plan and conserve strength, and I still managed to massively dehydrate myself. Awesome. Anyway, the Under The Brim project is picking up steam:

John Growney at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Eric Layton at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Derrick Finnels at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Forrest Mallory at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Shane Proctor at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Jared Smith at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

I shot a lot of team roping again, taking advantage of the good angles in the arena. On Friday the sprinklers were on, so I was able to lay in the grass and shoot while getting a shower at the same time.

Team roper Kevin Wilkinson of Lincoln, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Justin Davis of Cottonwood, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Blaine Ketscher of Paso Robles, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Tyler Helton of Bakersfield, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Jake Twisselman of Santa Margarita, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Cord Forzano of Kerman, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Team roper Spencer Mitchell of Colusa, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

I played around with some more low angles and even shot with my portrait lens a bit during barrel racing:

Barrel racer Mary Jo Camera of Turlock, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Barrel racer Nicole Riggle of Scottsdale, AZ competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Barrel racer Courtney Cline of Arroyo Grande, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Billy Bugenig won the steer wrestling and set a new arena record with a 3.1. I had never seen a time that fast before.

Steer wrestler Billy Bugenig of Ferndale, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.  Bugenig turned in a 3.1 second time to win the event and set a new arena record.

Steer wrestler Timothy Hayes of Dunnigan, CA has some trouble with his steer at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Steer wrestler Charles Harris of Salinas, CA competes at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

I shot wider than I usually do for the bareback and saddle bronc. Usually I'd shoot at 400 and get the first couple of jumps. Livermore has a narrower arena, so I shot 70-200, skipped the first couple of jumps and got some good stuff at the middle/end of rides:

Bareback rider Cody Kiser of Carson City, NV rides Tattle Tale at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Joaquin Real of Woody, CA rides Crooked Creek at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bareback rider Bobby Mote of Huckaby, TX rides Jenny's Red Wine at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bareback rider Jared Smith of Cross Plains, TX rides Wild & Blue at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bareback rider Steven Peebles of Redmond, OR rides Beaver Fever at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

I did a section of saddle broncs on Sunday with the fisheye/monopod, and got a couple of winners:

Saddle bronc rider Nick LaDuke of Livermore, CA rides Riddle Me This at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Michael Maher of Warwick, Queensland, Australia rides Juice Queen at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Some crazy bronc buckoffs:

Saddle bronc rider Greg Lewis of Atascadero, CA gets bucked off Flat Head at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Saddle bronc rider Forrest Mallory of King City, CA gets bucked off Huckleberry at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

No one rode a bull on Saturday which left it wide open on Sunday. Cody Campbell had a rematch from Red Bluff with Glory Days, and matched his score of 90 and took the buckle.

Bull rider Cody Campbell of Summerville, OR rides Glory Days at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bull rider Travis Atkinson of Lehi, UT rides Private Party at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Some crazy bull buckoffs:

Bull rider Joseph Chamberlain of Newman, CA gets bucked off Mad Scientist at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bull rider Christopher Byrd of Compton, CA gets bucked off Inside Out at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Crystal Clear is now the bull I never want to be around. On Saturday he bucked off Ben Miles and then knocked him out with a shot to the back... Bull rider Ben Miles III of La Grange, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bull rider Ben Miles III of La Grange, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

...then on Sunday he threw off Carter Downing... Bull rider Carter Downing of Woodruff, UT gets bucked off Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

...stomped on him while hitting bullfighter Erick Layton... Bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

...then sent Layton for a ride...

Bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA takes a shot from Crystal Clear at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

After Layton hit the ground, Crystal Clear had him lined up again before Tim O'Connor distracted him long enough to save Layton.

Crystal Clear stares down bullfighter Eric Layton of Red Bluff, CA at the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, CA.

Thanks to Livermore Rodeo Foundation president Kathleen Baker-Minser and Livermore Rodeo photographer Phil Doyle for always taking care of me.

Selected clips:

Spin to Win Rodeo - August 2013 - Cody Cowden

Spin to Win Rodeo - August 2013 - Jade Corkill & Zayne Dishion